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My Dying Bride ‘The Ghost of Orion’ Album Review

My Dying Bride ‘The Ghost of Orion’ Album Review By Adam McCann Nuclear Blast Records/Doom Metal It seems like aeons have passed since My Dying Bride released ‘Feel the Misery’ back in 2015. Thankfully, in these gloomy and depressing time, Yorkshire’s favourite doomsters are back with their highly anticipated 14th studio album ‘The

Scarab ‘Martyrs of the Storm’ Album Review

Scarab ‘Martyrs of the Storm’ Album Review By Adam McCann ViciSolem Productions/Death Metal As is the case with bands on smaller labels who have to self-fund most of their work, sometimes it can take longer than usual to release an album and that has unfortunately been the case with Scarab with the Egyptian

Smoulder ‘Dream Quest Ends’ Album Review

Smoulder ‘Dream Quest Ends’ Album Review By Adam McCann Cruz del Sur Music/Epic Doom/Heavy Metal Smoulder charged their epic vanguard onto the scene early last year with their frankly stunning debut album ‘Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring’. This album managed to prick and turn the heads of not only the doom

Wombbath ‘Choirs of the Fallen’ Album Review

Wombbath ‘Choirs of the Fallen’ Album Review By Adam McCann Soulseller Records/Death Metal Following an absence of nearly 20 years, Wombbath returned to the metal scene in 2014 with their hotly received album ‘Downfall Rising’; since then, the Swedish death metal band have been busy, releasing ‘The Great Desolation’ in 2018 and now,

Afterbirth ‘Four Dimensional Flesh’ Album Review

Afterbirth ‘Four Dimensional Flesh’ Album Review By Adam McCann Unique Leader Records/Brutal Death Metal Formed from members of Helmet and Artificial Brain back in the early 90s’, Afterbirth released two rather important demo tapes in the development of the brutal death metal scene. Unfortunately, the band went on hiatus from there with the

DeadRisen ‘DeadRisen’ Album Review

DeadRisen ‘DeadRisen’ Album Review By Adam McCann AFM Records/Progressive Metal When it comes to musicians, Mike LePond is no stranger to plying his trade with other bands and with Symphony X seemingly on an indefinite hiatus, LePond has joined DeadRisen; a new project featuring Rod Rivera and Dan Prestup of Rivera/Bomma and completed

Lychgate ‘Also sprach Futura’ Album Review

Lychgate ‘Also sprach Futura’ Album Review By Adam McCann Debemur Morti Productions/Avant-Garde Black Metal Every Science Fiction franchise under the sun has taken it under its wing to explore the possibility of Artificial Intelligence replacing organic life and with Lychgate’s latest EP, ‘Also sprach Futura’, the band take a step into this world

Lost Society ‘No Absolution’ Album Review

Lost Society ‘No Absolution’ Album Review By Adam McCann Grey Beard Concert & Management/Thrash/Groove Metal Since their inception at the start of the last decade, Lost Society have been working exceptionally hard to bring their brand of thrash metal to the world. The Finns reached a pinnacle with their warmly received 2016 album

Aeonian Sorrow – A Life Without Album Review

Aeonian Sorrow - A Life Without Album Review By Rainer Kerber For some years now I've been a great fan of this genre - Melodic Death / Doom Metal or especially Funeral Doom. And that's exactly what the multi-cultural band Aeonian Sorrow celebrates. The band was founded in 2015 by the Greek

Diabulus in Musica – Euphonic Entropy Album Review

Diabulus in Musica - Euphonic Entropy Album Review By Rainer Kerber Diabulus in Musica are back. It has been more than three years since “Dirge for the Archons” (November 2016). These were certainly eventful years for the two masterminds of the band Zuberoa Aznárez and Gorka Elso. You became parents. The singer

Darker Half – If You Only Knew Album Review

Darker Half - If You Only Knew Album Review By Rainer Kerber With rock or metal from Australia you immediately associate AC / DC, Airbourne or Rose Tattoo. But Down Under has a lot more to offer. Darker Half come from Sidney. And musically they are quite different from the three bands

Aevum – Multiverse Album Review

Aevum - Multiverse Album Review By Rainer Kerber Symphonic metal from Italy? Not unusual, some will say. In addition (according to Facebook) there are the attributes neoclassical and theatrical. This is also nothing unusual for music from Italy. I was able to experience Aevum live a few years ago. The musicians showed

DeadRisen – DeadRisen Album Review

DeadRisen - DeadRisen Album Review By Rainer Kerber What happens when old rock hands meet young wild ones. They form a new band and try to combine the influences of different styles and take them to a new level. This is what happened at DeadRisen on the American east coast. The superstars

Man Machine Industry ‘Doomsday Clock’ Album Review

Man Machine Industry ‘Doomsday Clock’ Album Review By Adam McCann GMR Music/Thrash Metal Man Machine Industry (MMI) began life back at the turn of the millennium as a side project for Jhonny Bergman which took in the popular industrial sound of the time. Twenty years and five albums later, MMI have progressively moved

Comaniac ‘Holodox’ Album Review

Comaniac ‘Holodox’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Thrash Metal There is no doubt that Comaniac hit the ground running; the Swiss thrash band smashed expectations and their first two albums were received more than warmly. Since the release of ‘Instruction for Destruction’ in 2017, Comaniac have been consolidating their position and are

Ihsahn Telemark Album Review

Ihsahn Telemark Album Review By Adam McCann Candlelight Records/Experimental/Progressive Metal/Black Metal Since the turn of the millennium, Norwegian black metal titans Emperor have been on and off as to whether they are active or not. When Emperor are generally ‘off’, band leader and composer Ihsahn spends his time working on his eponymous solo

Ozzy Osbourne ‘Ordinary Man’ Album Review

Ozzy Osbourne ‘Ordinary Man’ Album Review By Adam McCann Sony Music/Heavy Metal Even a passing fan of heavy metal will know that the last few years have been terrible for Ozzy Osbourne. The Prince of Darkness has struggled with his health culminating in the cancellation of his farewell ‘No More Tours 2’ tour.

Sanctorium – Ornaments Album Review

Sanctorium - Ornaments Album Review By Rainer Kerber Sanctorium are at home in one of the largest cities in Russia, Saint Petersburg. The band was founded in 2005 by guitarist Victor and drummer Andrey. Both have left the band in the meantime. The only remaining band member from the early days is

Ravenscroft – Dream Realized (Review)

Ravenscroft Dream Realized By Michael Aronovitz I write rock articles and I don’t get paid for them. I make a comfortable living as an adjunct professor at three universities teaching Rhetoric and Literature. I also write dark fiction: all published by small market horror presses that are very much like a cluster of

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