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Ex-teacher, judoka, and long-suffering Newcastle United fan.

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Review: Suicide Forest “Reluctantly” [Avantgarde Music]

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Prolific multi-instrumentalist Austin Krueger returns in the guise of his one-man metal act Suicide Forest with a 9th release in 5 years all the way from Tucson, Arizona. ...
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Review: Saviour “Memories of a Spirit Sentence” [Australis records]

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Scratchy riffs, ghoulish song titles, scathing vocals, with death/trve metal elements? It can only be South American crossover entertainment from Chile’s Saviour. With 36 minutes of colourful South ...
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Review: Letargo “The Power of Genetic Manipulators” [Australis Records]

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More offerings from Chile’s metal scene sees Letargo‘s gritty trve/colourful thrash metal second release The Power of Genetic Manipulators. Crunchy production always goes well with old school composition ...
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Review: Serpent Throne “Beyond the Chains of Decadence” [Australis Records]

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Their first full-length since their first demo release in 2012, Serpent Throne deliver 47 minutes of crossover metal straight from Chile’s underground scene. An intro of clashing swords ...
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Review: Exterminated “The Genesis of Genocide” [Comatose Music]

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The Philippines’ brutal death metal duo Exterminated tear towards us with their first release, The Genesis of Genocide. Opening with a typically haunting sample of screams and rattling ...
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Review: Hymnr “Far Beyond Insanity” [Saturnal Records]

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Masterful drumming, measured growls, and melodious guitar parts will form a cloud of moody black metal over your domicile on 23rd April, courtesy of Russian’s Hymnr and their ...
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Review: Ævangelist “Dream an Evil Dream III” [Dead Seed Productions]

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Experimental dark-ambient might not be the most season-appropriate music to listen to right now, but ÆVANGELIST’s 46-minute track Dream an Evil Dream III may well be the most ...
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Review: Wode “Burn In Many Mirrors” [20 Buck Spin]

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Blackened melodic thrash of the aggressively atmospheric variety is served with aplomb in just over 39 minutes on Burn in Many Mirrors from Manchester’s Wode. The album oozes ...
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Review: Montuln “Arquetipo” [Australis records]

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Way too good to be black metal, not quite heavy enough to death metal, it’s the melodic and melancholy Arquetipo from Chile’s Montuln. Chilean metal hasn’t seen much ...
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Review: Caedes Cruenta “Of Ritual Necrophagia and Mysterious Ghoul Cults” [Helter Skelter / Regain Records]

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Third album from Greece’s Caedes Cruenta brings us over an hour of manic macabre metal to upset the neighbours with. Eerie samples, moody synths, melodious riffs, scorching solos, ...
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Review: Terrordome “Straight Outta Smogtown” [Selfmadegod Records]

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Fast, furious, fun – that’s Straight Outta Smogtown in 3 words. Carrying the carefree thrash/punk flame of the likes of Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies, Poland’s Terrordome address the current political climate with their usual ...
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Review: Fractal Generator “Macrocosmos” [Everlasting Spew Records]

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Their second LP after a 6 year wait, Canada’s death metal trio Fractal Generator return with 9 scathing tracks designed to unsettle and stimulate in equal measure. Macrocosmos starts with some ...
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Review: Grabunhold “Heldentod” [Iron Bonehead]

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As moody and pensive as the ex your mother never liked, Dortmund’s Grabunhold impress with their first full-length, Heldentod, released on Iron Bonehead Productions. It’s black metal, but ...
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Review: Evil “Possessed by Evil” [Dying Victims Productions]

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If Japanese old school crossover blackened thrash metal is your thing, then Possessed by Evil by, yep, Evil, might just be up your alley. Sounding like the offspring of Venom and Sodom if it were ...
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Review: Paranorm “Empyrean” [Redefining Darkness Records]

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A sweet-sounding technical thrash fest, Empyrean hits us full force from the first second as Sweden’s Paranorm release their first full-length album after a 7-year absence since 2014’s ...
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Review: The Scalar Process “Coagulative Matter” [Transcending Obscurity Records]

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Another great release from Indian label Transcending Obscurity, France’s The Scalar Process launch themselves into the technical death metal genre with a monster of a first release in ...
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Review: Vøidwomb “Altars of Cosmic Devotion” [Iron Bonehead]

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Short and sweet, Altars of Cosmic Devotion is the first release from Portugal’s VØIDWOMB, and what a promising EP it is. Tension is something of a rarity in ...
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Review: SKAM “The Sound of Disease” [Petrichor]

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Is it grindcore? Is it brutal/black/death metal? Is it empathetic or a cry for help? Either way, the Swedish one-man project comes at us full-pelt in a darkened ...
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Review: Crystal Viper “The Cult” [Listenable Records]

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The Eighth studio album from Polish metallers Crystal Viper follows on in their tradition of strong melodies, soaring vocals, and expert lead guitar work held together with perfect production. ...
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Review: Coffins / Depression [Hells Headbangers]

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Coffins kick off this split LP with a whirlwind of demonic riffs laden with enough bass to make you feel the claustrophobia of being buried alive. The drumming ...
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