Simon Bower

Rock/Metal junkie living in beautiful Anglesey.Love live music and have a musical taste which can go from Cannibal Corpse to Kate Bush in the blink of an eye.

Elmsfire – Wings Of Reckoning

The stars seem to have aligned once more, as Elmsfire release their long awaited new album , ‘Wings Of Reckoning’ Formed over 20 years ago now, the band has seen a few line up changes along the way but the core of guitarists, Doro and Germano remain. Now with a …

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Aleah – Aleah

Aleah is a heartfelt and fitting tribute to a beautiful soul I was genuinely struggling as to how to approach reviewing this album, I’m a great believer in that music should stir the emotions, and this album certainly does that. To lose such a shining talent at the ridiculously young …

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Poltergeist – Feather Of Truth

Thrash Titans Poltergeist return to wreak havoc with their fifth Metal offering titled ‘Feather Of Truth’ The importance and longevity of the Thrash genre to the Metal world can not be over emphasised, whilst it may have dipped in popularity in the late 90’s, early 2000’s, its resurgence over the …

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Goblins Blade – Of Angels And Snakes

      German Power Metal champions Goblins Blade unleash their hard hitting debut album in the form of “Of Angels And Snakes”   It’s great to come across a band you haven’t heard before, and especially one as good as Goblins Blade. The band tread a tried and tested …

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The Order – Supreme Hypocrisy

        Swiss hard rock exponents The Order return with their sixth and most powerful album to date, in the shape of Supreme Hypocrisy   As you look back and reflect on how many Rock and Metal bands you must have listened to over the decades, sometimes you …

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Xpus – In Umbra Mortis Sedent

          Hailing from Italy, Xpus release this hefty slab of Death Metal in the form of ‘In Umbra Mortis Sedent’   Right from the off, this record sets its stall out firmly with the malevolent and slightly unnerving atmospheric tones of intro track ‘Abyssus Abyssum Invocat’, …

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Miracle Flair – Synchronism

  The Swiss melodic metal band, Miracle Flair return with their third full length offering in the shape of ‘Synchronism’   Some albums, you just can not wait to get your hands on and dive into. From my perspective, this was surely one of them, previous release ‘Angels Cast Shadows’ …

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Noctu – Gelidae Mortis Imago

Noctu bring the darkest of Blackened Doom offerings to the altar, with this incredible album ‘Gelidae Mortis Imago’ One man projects such as this always fascinate me, giving a view of the composers mindset and thought process. A process that can sometimes become lost and cluttered in a band scenario, …

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Officium Triste – The Death Of Gaia

      Masters of all things Doom, Officium Triste return with their latest album ‘The Death Of Gaia’ 2019 marks a momentous landmark in the history of Officium Triste, as the guys from Rotterdam celebrate their 25th anniversary. And what better way to fly the flag and remind us …

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Ivory Tower – Stronger

    Ivory Tower return to the fore with their fifth offering titled ‘Stronger’, and boy does it pack a hefty punch   Fancy a riff fest?, then climb the stairs of this ivory tower to the very summit of what melodic hard hitting Metal has to offer. Powering in …

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Hex – God Has No Name

Spain’s masters of the riff, Hex, return with a rib crushing offering in the form of new album ‘God Has No Name’ released through Transcending Obscurity records The Death/Doom scene has been ever expanding for a number of years now, and no one has been flying the flag higher or …

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Left For Red – Human Complex

    Left For Red show their primary colours with the release of this impressive album ‘Human Complex’ I guess it was a kind of conformation of the quickening of time as you get older moment, when it suddenly dawned on me that this bunch have been in existence for …

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Onirophagus – Endarkenment (Illumination Through Putrefaction)

    Onirophagus sure do pack a mighty punch with the blistering album ‘Endarkenment (Illumination Through  Putrefaction), their first offering since 2013’s ‘Prehuman’ Whilst this technically is the bands second album, to all intents and purposes it could easily be viewed as a debut due to the line up changes …

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Imperia – Flames Of Eternity

It has been a long wait but Imperia finally return with their new album ‘Flames Of Eternity’ This latest Gothic Metal release represents the bands fifth full length album, and the first since 2015’s ‘Tears Of Silence’. Straight away, this record hits you as being one of pure quality, as …

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Chalice Of Suffering – Lost Eternally

        Atmospheric Doom Metal is incoming from the United States in the form of Chalice Of Suffering with their impressive second album ‘Lost Eternally’ If I had to summarise this album in one short word, then that word would be ‘diverse’. A conclusion I came to right …

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Il Vuoto – Vastness

    Il Vuoto release the hard hitting album ‘Vastness’ Emanating  from a single mind, this record is a deep and tortured offering. Revolving around the core theme of sorrow in its many forms, ‘Vastness’ is by its very nature an uncomfortable listen at times. Subject matters such as mental …

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Illimitable Dolor – Leaden Light

      Illimitable Dolor return with ‘Leaden Light’, the follow up album to their stunning self titled debut offering from 2017   When I first came across this band in 2017, I was completely blown away. The debut album was produced with such depth of feeling and emotion ( …

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Eremit – Carrier Of Weight

      German Sludge/Doom trio, Eremit announce themselves proper with ‘Carrier Of Weight’ An initial glance of the track listing shows a mere three songs, so more of an E.P. than an album you might be forgiven in thinking. How wrong could we be, these three mighty slabs of …

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Caustic Vomit – Festering Odes To Deformity

Caustic Vomit unleash a mind warping beast of a demo in the form of ‘Festering Odes To Deformity’   That first listen of an Album/EP/Demo is a defining moment. Although your feelings may change or alter over the course of multiple spins, a lot depends on that initial exposure. I …

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