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Paul Castles
Living in the 'birthplace of metal' - Birmingham, UK - Paul Castles has been covering the extreme metal scene for many years.

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Gig report: Enslaved, High On Fire | 15. 10. 2018

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If there is any band that demonstrates the flexibility of metal, the ability it has to change and evolve, and the possibilities it offers for musical progression, it’s ...
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Review: Ultar “Kadath“ [Temple of Torturous Records]

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Siberia is often spoken of in reverential tones, with reference to its bleak icy plains, desolation and the infamous gulags. While Russia is developing a strong underground metal ...
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Review: Eternal Rot “Cadaverine” [Godz ov War Productions]

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Just a glance at the artwork surrounding Eternal Rot’s debut album Cadaverine tells you that the contents are not going to be pleasant. The sleeve captures a grotesque ...
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Review: Dalkhu “Lamentation and Ardent Fire” [Godz ov War Productions]

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Dalkhu have been among the most innovative firebrands of the underground Slovenian metal scene for well over a decade now. They’ve had a few comings and goings with ...
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Review: Shining “Animal” [Spinefarm Records]

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Trying to define the kind of music played by Shining is about as easy as pushing toothpaste back in the tube. Many have tried before with some kind ...
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Review: The Crawling “Wolves and the Hideous White” [Grindscene Records]

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To describe The Crawling as one of the most impressive new bands to emerge from Northern Ireland lately is doing them a disservice. The trio from Lisburn, eight ...
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Review: Anaal Nathrakh ”A New Kind Of Horror” [Metal Blade Records]

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To their fans, Anaal Nathrakh is an entity of almost blinding beauty. To the rest they paint an unbearable soundscape almost written as the aural accompaniment to the apocalypse. ...
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Review: Azaghal ”Valo Pohjoisesta” [Immortal Frost Productions]

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While Immortal Frost Productions provide an invaluable window through which to glimpse new black metal extremities emerging, albeit not quite into the sunlight, that’s not to say that everything ...
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Review: Evilon ”Leviathan” [Wormholedeath Records]

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Swedish newcomers Evilon have announced themselves to the world with an outstanding debut album, full of mystique, Celtic influence and Nordic mythology. When the various pieces of the ...
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Festival report: Bloodstock Open Air 2018

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Bloodstock is the UK’s premiere metal festival, this year attracting a record 18,000 revved up metalheads to the leafy surrounds of Catton Park in Derbyshire. With four stages ...
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Bloodstock Open Air 2018 preview

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For a whole generation of young metalheads Judas Priest is a name that they’ve almost certainly heard of but possibly may not appreciate their full historical contribution to ...
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Review: Árstíðir ”Nivalis”

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Árstíðir – ”Nivalis” (Season of Mist records) With the success of Sólstafir, Auðn, Árstíðir Lífsins along with numerous others, the power and the glory of Icelandic music has ...
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Review: Yob ”Our Raw Heart”

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YOB- ”Our Raw Heart” (Relapse records) Few bands have written such immense doom psalms as Yob in recent years. Their last album left many plenty of us having ...
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