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January 28, 2020

Norwegian dungeon synth/dark ambient masters Mortiis bring us their latest offering – Spirit of Rebellion. Upon first listening, it becomes immediately apparent that this album takes a different turn from their most recent discography and instead returns to the dungeon synth of their early 90s (“Era I”) material, back when it was still the solo project of Håvard Ellefsen (better known as Mortiis, the namesake of the band).

The album is intended as...

December 10, 2019

Cornish psychedelic doomsters Cybernetic Witch Cult bring forth their 3rd album: Absurdum Ad Nauseam. This 3 piece have managed to put together a great slice of ass-kicking stoner doom with a geeky, cult sci-fi/horror movie aesthetic evident on track names such as ‘Hypercomputer part 1’ and ‘Cromagnonaut’.

The album opens with a trippy nauseating intro, sounding like something from a horror movie soundtrack. It’s heavy on the FX featuring some rat...

October 15, 2019

Italian gothic metal giants Lacuna Coil bring us their latest offering, Black Anima, 3 years after their last album Delirium.

The opening track teases a notably different style, with vocalist Christina Scabbia taking on a higher lighter voice than usual, then there’s a breathy rhythmic vocal section similar to something Eivør might do. This hints at a darker and more experimental style to follow for the rest of the album.

Despite the uncharacterist...

October 1, 2019

Colorado gothic/symphonic metal outfit Beyond Forgiveness bring us their second full-length album Live To Tell The Story.

Although Beyond Forgiveness’ sound is predominantly gothic and symphonic, there are also some slight folky elements; such as the flutes on the opening track 'Echoes' and the closing track 'Forever Dream'.

The soprano vocals (Talia Hoit) are delicate and angelic and the vocal lines are catchy and easily to sing along to. The...

September 17, 2019

Finnish goth ‘n’ roll band The 69 Eyes give us their latest release West End, 3 years after 2016’s Universal Monsters.

It’s an interesting blend of rich bass-baritone vocals, akin to those of The Sisters of Mercy’s Andrew Eldritch and Type O Negative’s Peter Steele. With catchy anthemic rock hooks, reminiscent of the songwriting of later Alice Cooper, The Cult, Avantasia and HIM.

There is gothic aesthetic for sure, mainly coming from the piano and...

August 20, 2019

Finnish ‘hospital metal’ band Amanita Virosa take their name from a poisonous fungus also known as ‘the destroying angel’. 4 years on from their debut Asystole, they bring us their sophomore album Original Plague.

Perhaps contrary to what one might expect it to be, ‘hospital metal’ appears to be a mixture of black and death metal, evident in the heavy rhythm section and evil-sounding growled vocals, but with the added feature of heavy keyboard usa...

August 6, 2019

Since the ‘90s the world of metal has largely been divided into different subgenres, which have acted as pigeonholes from which bands rarely deigned to crossover with anything outside. There have been some bands who have combined two subgenres, hence the birth of new subgenres such as Blackened Death Metal. Also times of bands combining one subgenre with influences from outside of metal, which has given us subgenres such as Folk Metal. Rarer stil...

June 11, 2019

13 years on from their first studio album, Avatar bring us their first ever live album The King Live In Paris featuring 11 tracks from their latest 4 albums - Hail The Apocalypse, Avatar Country, Feathers and Flesh and Black Waltz.

Avatar are known for their signature blend of hard-to-pigeonhole, avant-garde metal which is reflected in both their grandiose aesthetic and eclectic music. The band use a pseudo-cyrillic font for their band name, wear...

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