Celtachor – ‘Nine Waves From the Shore’, Self-released; 2012

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A couple of years have passed since their last demo release and some line-up changes, and Dublin-based Celtachor have finally released their full-length debut, ‘Nine Waves From the Shore‘. While it doesn’t necessarily reinvent anything within the formula of extreme metal and Celtic folk melodies that’s been coming out of Ireland since the early 1990’s, the album in itself is testament to a young band becoming more focused and stronger in the early stages of their career. Continue reading

Pilgrim – ‘Misery Wizard’, Poison Tongue/Metal Blade; 2012

Rhode Island band Pilgrim are currently being hailed as the bees’ knees in the doom metal circuit, and on first listen it’s easy to see why. While it is understandable that a number of youngsters will copy their heroes as closely as possible, Pilgrim‘s debut album “Misery Wizard” takes influence from their heroes without using them as a direct template. The record sounds as fresh as it is traditional. Continue reading

Seven7 – ‘Under Eye’, MGP Records; 2011

Two years have passed since the release of debut album ‘Try Something Different‘, and already Londoners Seven7 have upped their game with an “epic” record in their field of progressive rock/groove metal. That is to say, that where some bands opt to repeat themselves the second time around – a tactic that could go either hit or miss – Seven7 have actually chosen to rethink their sound on a bigger scale – making ‘Under Eye‘ a stand apart release from various other records under the groove label. Continue reading

Nightlord – ‘Approaching Thunder’, Copro Records re-release; 2011

 

It’s only fair to say that Nightlord‘s debut record ‘Approaching Thunder‘ has stood the test of time, despite coming out just a few years prior to the Middlesex quartet’s disbandment in 1993. Continue reading

ChthoniC – ‘Takasago Army’, Spinefarm Records; 2011

It’s taken six albums, but ChthoniC have finally latched onto a sound that fits them like a glove. Moving away from the European synth-driven black metal template put up by the likes of Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth, the group have focused more on their Taiwanese background for new offering ‘Takasago Army’ – a path which, contrary to negative outcries of pandering to Western stereotyping from music industry critics, the band have always followed through the years before the rest of the metal world even knew about them. Continue reading

Sol Invictus – ‘The Cruellest Month’, Prophecy Productions; 2011

Six years have passed since the release of ‘The Devil’s Steed’, and now renowned neofolk act Sol Invictus have returned with an offering which they consider to either mark a new start or a final end to their career. ‘The Cruellest Month’ channels a more bleak and desolate outlook than its predecessors; tinged with an anguish and anger which feels as fueled by the decline of old age as it is that of English society. Continue reading

Godsize – ‘Hymns For the Fallen’, Meltdown Records; 2007


Listening to Godsize‘s debut LP ‘Hymns For the Fallen‘, it shows how the band have mixed together their cultural influences to produce a sound that sets them apart in their respective field of sludge metal. Continue reading

Crucified Mortals – “Crucified Mortals”, Hell’s Headbangers, 2011

After ten years, Crucified Mortals have finally unleashed their first album. Like their past repertoire, this is meaty, underground thrash that stays true to a love of old school horror, murder and raw, angry riffs to match the words. While the underground scene’s ability to keep musical traditions alive and well cannot be refuted; it stands that the test of time means that new directions are expected to be crossed by many bands. Crucified Mortals may not exactly meet the latter, though from meeting the former one can easily overlook the band’s sticking to tradition in favour of just how well they do it.  Continue reading

De Profundis – ‘A Bleak Reflection’, Kolony Records; 2010

With just two records under their belt including the recent ‘A Bleak Reflection‘, London-based De Profundis offer an example of how to shift the template of progressive rock towards a darker and more ominous strain of extreme music. Continue reading

Septicflesh – The Great Mass, Season of Mist; 2011

Having already established that they’ve moved on from the darkwave-electro influences to their form of death metal, Septicflesh now release a second album with an orchestral direction. Exploiting the dramatic flair and melancholic intensity of European classical music; ‘The Great Mass‘ is an extreme metal re-imagining of this atmosphere, though not without moments of hasty songwriting through burnout. Continue reading

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