Oceans of Slumber – Starlight and Ash (Review)

Oceans of Slumber - Starlight and AshThis is the fifth album from US progressive rock band Oceans of Slumber.

I really liked 2018’s The Banished Heart, but 2020’s self titled was something even more special, making it on to my end of year list. I wasn’t sure how Oceans of Slumber could top their last album, and I’m pleased that they haven’t tried to; as you may have noticed, I’ve tagged this as a progressive rock album, rather than Continue reading “Oceans of Slumber – Starlight and Ash (Review)”

Glorior Belli – The Apostates (Review)

Glorior BelliThis is the seventh album from Glorior Belli, a French black metal band, (essentially a one man band with hired help).

It’s always great to hear something new from this charismatic and individual band, and here we have 47 minutes of new material.

If you’re not familiar with Glorior Belli’s work, (check out Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls and Sundown (the Flock That Welcomes)), this is a band that Continue reading “Glorior Belli – The Apostates (Review)”

Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown (Review)

Corrosion of ConformityCorrosion of Conformity are a US metal band and this is their tenth album.

Back with their classic lineup, this is essentially a return to Corrosion of Conformity’s Deliverance/Wiseblood days, giving us 53 minutes of Southern metal mixed with good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll attitude. In many ways No Cross No Crown continues on from where Wiseblood left off, and Continue reading “Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown (Review)”

King Bison – Snake Head Burial (Review)

King BisonKing Bison are a UK metal band and this is their debut EP.

Fat riffs and heavy groove. If this sounds like your thing, then make sure that you check out King Bison’s music. Continue reading “King Bison – Snake Head Burial (Review)”

Zud – A Wilderness Left Untamed (Review)

ZudZud are a US black metal band and this is their second album.

It’s been a long wait since the band’s 2013 debut album The Good, the Bad and the Damned, but we now finally have a new release from this very individualistic black metal band. Continue reading “Zud – A Wilderness Left Untamed (Review)”

Hogan’s Goat – Hogan’s Goat (Review)

Hogan's GoatHogan’s Goat are from the US and play hard/stoner rock. This is their debut album.

This is Southern-styled stoner/hard rock that should appeal to fans of bands such as Clutch, Red Fang, Mastodon, and the like. Continue reading “Hogan’s Goat – Hogan’s Goat (Review)”

Mindkult – Witch’s Oath (Review)

MindkultThis is the debut EP from Mindcult, a one-man doom metal band from the US.

This is fuzzy doom rock with an addictive edge that lures the listener in, seductively, with wily allure.

A large part of this is down to the singer’s voice, which Continue reading “Mindkult – Witch’s Oath (Review)”

Thundering Herd – Backyard Junkyard (Review)

Thundering HerdThis is the début album from this US Southern/stoner metal band.

This is a riotous, rocking collection of tracks that offer high energy hooks and a filthy disposition.

Barkyard Junkyard is full of hard rocking tunes with plenty of swagger Continue reading “Thundering Herd – Backyard Junkyard (Review)”