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

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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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Review: Ihsahn ”Ámr”

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Ihsahn – Ámr (Candlelight/Spinefarm records) Anyone naive enough to question whether the fires within Ihsahn’s belly may be starting to quell after a quarter of a century of dining ...
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Review: Primordial “Exile Amongst The Ruins”

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Primordial – “Exile Amongst The Ruins” (Metal Blade records) AA Nemtheanga doesn’t simply write songs. Instead, like storytellers of olde, the Irishman paints pictures so vivid and voluptuous, with grandiose ...
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Review: Memoriam “The Silent Vigil”

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Memoriam – “The Silent Vigil” (Nuclear Blast records) Hailing from the ashes of acclaimed British death metal crews Benediction and Bolt Thrower, Memoriam’s inexorable rise has been sharper ...
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Review: Drudkh – “Їм часто сниться капіж (They Often See Dreams About the Spring)”

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Drudkh – “Їм часто сниться капіж” (They Often See Dreams About the Spring) (Season Of Mist records) Drudkh remain an enigma. Staunchly steadfast to their strict ‘no press, ...
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Review: Jungle Rot ”What Horrors Awaits”

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Jungle Rot – “What Horrors Await” (Victory Records) Special 20 or 25 year anniversary celebration edition reissues are nothing new in the metal world. Jungle Rot have decided ...
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Review: Stillborn ”Crave For Killing”

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Stillborn – “Crave for Killing” (Godz Ov War Productions) Some early Stillborn work has recently had the reissue treatment from Godz ov War Productions but this EP takes ...
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Review: Nebula “To The Center” and “Let it Burn”

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Nebula – “To The Center” and “Let it Burn” (Heavy Psych Sounds records) Among the numerous highlights in store for those heading to Desertfest in London this May ...
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Review: Erdve ”Vaitojimas”

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Erdve – “Vaitojimas” (Season of Mist records) Large parts of Europe are currently suffering a white lightning Siberian storm. Another icy Baltic blast is probably not what most ...
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Review: My Silent Wake ”There Was Death”

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My Silent Wake – “There Was Death” (Minotauro Records) There Was Death is the tenth studio album from the much-heralded UK doom outfit My Silent Wake. Passionate devotees of ...
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Review: Spite “Antimoshiach”

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Spite – “Antimoshiach” (Invictus Productions) Antimoshiach is the debut album from black metallers Spite. It translates as Anti-Messiah which conveniently spells out which side of the barbed wire ...
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Review: Labyrinth Entrance ”Monumental Bitterness”

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Labyrinth Entrance – “Monumental Bitterness” (Godz Ov War Records) It takes a while to discover quite which direction Labyrinth Entrance are moving in. All six songs on this ...
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Review: Corrosion Of Conformity “No Cross No Crown”

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Corrosion Of Conformity “No Cross No Crown” Nuclear Blast Records There’s a storm brewing and it comes in the fabulous form of the eagerly anticipated latest release from ...
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Review: Jess and the Ancient Ones “The Horse and Other Weird Tales”

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Jess and the Ancient Ones “The Horse and Other Weird Tales” Svart Records Anyone of a certain vintage may recall those mindbending children’s toys which you held to ...
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Review: SORROWFUL LAND “Where The Sullen Waters Flow”

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SORROWFUL LAND “Where The Sullen Waters Flow” Solitude Productions Sorrowful Land figure among the growing Ukrainian doom community, impressing plenty of knowledgeable observers with last year’s debut album ...
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Review: IGNIS HAERETICUM “Autocognition Of Light”

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IGNIS HAERETICUM “Autocognition Of Light” Goathorned Productions As we enter the traditional month of Christian celebration it’s safe to suggest that Ignis Haereticum won’t be first through the ...
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Review: Helvetestromb “Demonic Excrements Cursed with Life”

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Helvetestromb “Demonic Excrements Cursed with Life” Wormhole Death As album titles go, Demonic Excrements Cursed With Life, is right up there, as indeed are several of the 11 ...
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Review: Mork “Eremittens Dal”

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Mork “Eremittens Dal” Peaceville Records The reinvention of Black Metal is a wheel that never stops turning. New acts are held aloft as the next big thing or ...
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