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Dave McCallum

Old enough to know better. I have been a metalhead for a long time, I am a lifelong collector of vinyl and cds, the more the better.

Goatess – Goatess (Svart)

Goatess arrived on the scene in 2009 from Stockholm and since then there has been a steady buzz building around them. There really is no way to window dress this album, it has taken the Sabbath plagiarism to such a degree that is just sounds ridiculous. The first track “Know …

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Impiety – The Impious Crusade EP (Hells Headbangers Records)

Impiety hail from Singapore and have been at the game of Death/Black metal since 1990 with an impressive discography. It has been many years since I have heard new Impiety material and I am pleased to discover that they have not taken their foot of the pedal at all. The …

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Age of Taurus – Desperate Souls of Tortured Times

Age Of Taurus were formed originally as a one man project in 2009 and after the release of the debut demo “In the Days of the Taurean Empire” mainman Toby Wright put together a full band to take to the songs to the stage. Opening track “A Rush of Power” …

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Astralnaut – In the Gaze of the Gods

Astralnaut are from the dark wet plains of Northern Ireland and trade in big riffs.Formed in late 2011 the band have been gigging the length and breadth of the Island dishing out their brand of Stoner rock which is influenced by the likes of Down, AIC, Solace and even a …

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Procession – To Reap Heavens Apart (High Roller Records)

This is the second full length from this Chilean band now based in Europe. Procession offer up Doom in the tradition of bands like Solstice and Candlemass –  epic , melodic and with plenty of weight. The band knows when to apply the pressure and when to hold back and …

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ZOMBIE Inc. – Resurrection Guaranteed (Massacre Records) (digital single)

This single is taken from the second album by the death metal outfit ZOMBIE INC. The Band originated in Austria and features former Pungent Stench vocalist Martin Schirenc. There is no reinvention of the wheel here but everything is in its place, the guitar sound is reminiscent of the likes of …

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Cultes Des Ghoules – Henbane (Hells Headbangers Records)

Black Magic, ancient rituals, demonic possession and witchcraft are the lyrical themes and signed to Hells Headbangers. Hailing from Poland Cultes Des Ghoules discharge a potent mix which channels the likes of Mayhem, Venom and Hellhammer but provide a denser sound and a wider range of ideas. Opening track “Idylls …

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Cough / Windhand – Reflections of the Negative (Relapse)

Once you see the band Cough in the title you know that this is going to be nothing less than devastatingly heavy. Cough was formed in 2005 with the sole purpose of being the heaviest band from their area. To date they have released two full lengths, split with the …

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Toxic Holocaust – From the Ashes of Nuclear Destruction (Relapse)

Toxic Holocaust formed in 1999 in the USA originally as a one man project in the shape of Joel Grind. The band were picked up on their third album by Relapse and to date have released four lps, four eps and contributed more tracks to splits and compilations that collecting …

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Arkham Witch – Legions of The Deep

Arkham Witch are a British band formed in 2008 and features members of The Lamp Of Thoth. They describe themselves as “Old School Heavy Metal/Doom infused with Lovecraftian horror, tales of mighty Barbarians and festering evil superstitions!” an intriguing introduction. This is their second album and kicks off with “David …

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Sink – Holy Testament (Svart Records)

Sink hail from Finland and have been torturing humans with their mix of black metal and drone for ten years. The band lurks somewhere in the dark reaches of your mind that is only presented when that blackened room is opened. This is an album that defies categorization. It is …

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HIC IACET – Prophecy of Doom (Hell Headbangers Records)

This Spanish band formed 2010 and this is their first official release. This manky low-fi black/death/doom on first listen is fuzzy and unintelligible. After a few listens the riffs start to appear from the sonic mist and the low growls. This band is coming from the old school and have …

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Children of Technology – Mayhemic Speed Anarchy EP (Hells Headbangers Records)

Formed 2007 and hailing from Italy they have been a busy band with 10+ releases behind them. Here on offer is 80’s thrash with punk influences along the lines of Trench Hell and to a lesser extent the likes of Destroyer666. The production is excellent and the two 3 minute …

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Interview with Sebastian “Zeb” Nilsson in Belfast 20th January 2013

Ahead of their debut show in Belfast, I had caught up with  with founding member Zeb (lead guitar)  from Aeon. We discussed where Death Metal is now positioned compared to when the band formed, inspirations, writing processes and influences amongst other things. A fierce band that are sure to keep …

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AEON (Swe) – Voodoo, Belfast Sunday 20th January 2013 (Supports The Obscene Machine (NI), Warpath (IRL), Ageless Oblivion (UK), Dyscarnate (UK))

There are fewer things more miserable than a cold, wet January Sunday evening in Belfast city centre. Tonight, in the warm surroundings of Belfast’s Voodoo which is a premier up and coming music venue and provides a traditional style bar downstairs for rabid metal heads to stock up on beer …

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Interview with Blacky from Voivod

I caught up with Blacky from Voivod via skype for a chat about the new album, industry changes, bass gear amongst other things and for those that like to be in the know there is a “you heard it here first folks” moment. I guess you will have to listen …

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Hollow Truth – The Earth Shook (Demo MMXII)

Hollow Truth are a 5 piece crossover band hailing from Dublin, Ireland. Presented here are 3 tracks and an intro “MMXII” which is simplistic but effective until a Hetfieldism of warbling “yeah” is brought into the mix. Track 2 “He Who Shook the Earth” clocking in at under 3 minutes …

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VOIVOD – Target Earth

Voivod formed in 1983 and have never achieved the commercial success they deserve but have maintained critical acclaim throughout their career by releasing records that are starkly different and follow no set formula. This is their thirteenth studio album and the first to feature Dan Mongrain and first to be …

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DEATH – Spiritual Healing (2-CD Remaster)

22 years after its original release and after shoddy attempts at repackaging, Relapse Records have come to the rescue with a decent package and a remaster. Having bought this album on vinyl from the much missed Shades in London on release, I was surprised at how the impact of this …

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