Saor – Origins (Review)

Saor - OriginsThis is the fifth album from UK one-man black metal band Saor.

Brought to us by the artist behind Fuath, (and also an ex-member of Falloch), Saor’s music is well-regarded, although this is my first encounter with it. My loss, it seems, as Origins offers up a very compelling 41 minutes of atmospheric black metal. Continue reading “Saor – Origins (Review)”

Druids – Shadow Work (Review)

Druids - Shadow WorkThis is the fourth album from progressive/stoner metal band Druids.

After very much enjoying 2016’s Cycles of Mobeum, 2017’s Spirit Compass, and 2019’s Monument, I knew I wanted to check out Shadow Work as soon as it saw the light of day. Continue reading “Druids – Shadow Work (Review)”

Ryghär – Thurmecia Eternal (Review)

Ryghär - Thurmecia EternalRyghär are an epic heavy metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Here we have Ryghär, an epic heavy metal band that have come marching out of the underground with confidence and strength. Armed and armoured, this brotherhood quests for the cause of True Metal, and on Thurmecia Eternal they have conjured into being 39 minutes of molten metallic material. Continue reading “Ryghär – Thurmecia Eternal (Review)”

Doctor Smoke – Dreamers and the Dead (Review)

Doctor Smoke - Dreamers and the DeadThis is the second album from Doctor Smoke, an occult metal/rock band from the US.

Doctor Smoke combine metal and rock influences into 43 minutes of infectious material. The songs boast a relatively good range of stylistic influences, while still retaining a holistic feel and good flow to the album; the tracks all share largely the same template, but one that’s made up a few different details and nuances. Continue reading “Doctor Smoke – Dreamers and the Dead (Review)”

Hooded Menace – The Tritonus Bell (Review)

Hooded Menace - The Tritonus BellThis is the sixth album from Finnish death/doom band Hooded Menace.

Following on from 2015’s Darkness Drips Forth and 2018’s Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed, The Tritonus Bell is another gruesome slab of death/doom, only this time it has been infused with a greater amount of classic heavy metal influences. Continue reading “Hooded Menace – The Tritonus Bell (Review)”

Burial in the Sky – The Consumed Self (Review)

Burial in the Sky - The Consumed SelfThis is the third album from Burial in the Sky, a death metal band from the US.

The Consumed Self contains 58 minutes of modern technical/progressive death metal. The promo blurb says that it’s recommended for fans of Rivers of Nihil, Fallujah, Black Crown Initiate, Virvum, and Alustrium, which should let you know the sort of waters that Burial in the Sky wade in. Continue reading “Burial in the Sky – The Consumed Self (Review)”

Lucifer’s Fall – III – From the Deep (Review)

Lucifer's Fall - III - From the DeepThis is the third album from Australian doom metallers Lucifer’s Fall.

I’m a sucker for Lucifer’s Fall. Whatever they do seems like filthy doom gold as far as I’m concerned. If you haven’t already, make sure you also check out their past releases, (Lucifer’s Fall, Fuck You We’re Lucifer’s Fall, II – Cursed & Damned, Tales from the Crypt), as every single one of them is worth it. Continue reading “Lucifer’s Fall – III – From the Deep (Review)”

Burning Witches – The Witch of the North (Review)

Burning Witches - The Witch of the NorthThis is the fourth album from Swiss heavy metallers Burning Witches.

I always enjoy hearing some new material from this band. Can they follow up 2018’s Hexenhammer and 2020’s Dance with the Devil with another slab of prime heavy metal goodness?

The answer is Continue reading “Burning Witches – The Witch of the North (Review)”

Wode – Burn in Many Mirrors (Review)

Wode - Burn in Many MirrorsThis is the third album from UK black metallers Wode.

Burn in Many Mirrors contains 39 minutes of furiously potent blackened aggression.

Wode mix in elements of death metal into their blackened brew, allowing them to beef up their Continue reading “Wode – Burn in Many Mirrors (Review)”

Witchseeker – Scene of the Wild (Review)

Witchseeker - Scene of the WildWitchseeker are a heavy/speed metal band from Singapore and this is their second album.

Just look at that album cover! How Metal is that? It sets the scene nicely, so prepare yourself for Scene of the Wild‘s 38 minutes of glorious true heavy metal. Continue reading “Witchseeker – Scene of the Wild (Review)”