Steve Tottle

Lover of all things metal - the more extreme the better! Metal head since 1982. Also been a Gary Numan fan since 1979. I also love good food - cooking and eating it. Real ale, St Helens RLFC, Aircraft, Classic cars and diesel locomotives,and most of all, great friends!

MACHINE HEAD – “ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN” – Album Review

With their first concept album, and first to feature Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka can Machine head match the heights of “The Blackening”? As far as Machine Head go, most people will say that “Burn My Eyes” and “The Blackening” are peerless, and by far the best in their back catalogue. And …

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Wampyric Rites – “The Wolves Howl To The Moon” album review

Prolific Ecuadorian black Vampire metal band release their first full length album Ok I know, Ecuador is not the first place that springs to mind when we talk about Vampire influenced black metal. But nevertheless, South America has always been a hotbed for all sorts of extreme metal, and they …

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ARMNATT – “Immortal Nature” album review

Black metal from the icy wastes of… Portugal! One look at the band name, the album title, and the cover, all scream out Norway or Finland. But no, Armnatt does indeed hail from the Iberian Peninsula, and Portugal. More surprising to me, is that until now, I had never heard …

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Hours of Worship – “The Cold That You Left” Album Review

US/Portuguese Electronic doom duo release their first full-length album Now, this one came in to us labelled as Black/Doom Metal. For a start, let us take the words “metal”, and “black” out of the equation. The lush yet dark synthesizer intro gives no real hint of the melancholic doom we …

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Awaken The Mysoginist – “Descended From Vast Dimensions” Album Review.

This is the debut album from international slam collective Awaken The Mysoginist. This 5 piece featuring musicians from 4 different countries (Hong Kong, Switzerland, UK, USA) laid a pretty nasty and brutal starter, with their EP “Abuse of Consumption” in 2020. The three tracks from that EP also form part …

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Belphegor – “The Devils” Album Review

Austria’s kings of Blackened Death Metal return with dynamic 12th album “The Devils” Belphegor have been perverting the line that straddles black and death metal since 1992 with a very uncompromising sound and attitude. However with their new album “The Devils” they are building on that signature sound with more …

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Priest – “Body Machine” album review

Ex-members of Ghost continue their dark electronic spree with third full length “Body Machine” It’s well known now that several of the “Nameless Ghouls” fell out with dear Papa Emeritus. Lawsuits and all that kind of nasty fall out from such a split. But these ghouls decided to do their …

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Septic Flesh – “Modern Primitive” album review

The Greek godfathers of dark symphonic metal are back with a stunning new album “Modern Primitive” Septicflesh are along with fellow countrymen Rotting Christ the best known metal exports from the wonderful land of Greece. Since their inception in 1990, they have put out 10 full length albums, now fleshed …

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Bleed From Within – “Shrine” album review

Glasgow metal warriors Bleed From Within are ready to crush you with new album “Shrine” Straddling the line between Groove metal and Metalcore, Bleed From Within is one of those bands who consistently released better albums. “Shrine” is their sixth full-length release, and it is superb! First off, I had …

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Black Void – “Antithesis” album review

Black Void’s “Antithesis” is a cocktail of Norwegian black metal luminaries… Featuring members of Solefald, Borknagar, and Ihsahn‘s backing band, I was expecting this to be a very tasty musical cocktail. Instead, I got that glass you have to drink in the drinking game where everyone puts a bit of …

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Malevolence – “Malicious Intent” Album Review

Sheffield metalcore monsters Malevolence step outside of their comfort zone with new album “Malicious Intent” I’ll say it now – I’m not that big a fan of metalcore/deathcore/ whatevercore, so in taking on this Malevolence album to review, I was also stepping outside of my own comfort zone. First off, …

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Decapitated – Cancer Culture album review

Polish death metal stalwarts Decapitated return with their 8th full-length album “Cancer Culture” After the somewhat disappointing “Anticult” released in 2017, it is going to be interesting to see how they come back after 5 years… Cancer Culture is a much, MUCH better offering! Where the former really trod in …

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Blasphematory – The Lower Catacombs album review

Blasphematory serve up a disgusting feast of filthy, necro death metal on new album The Lower Catacombs Hailing from New Jersey USA, Blasphematory have been emitting forth their vile take on death metal since 2019. With one EP, two splits, and now two full length albums, these guys know how …

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Watain – “The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain” album review

Staying true to the core values of Black Metal, Watain delivers their best album yet. Watain are without doubt the 21st century’s flag flyers for black metal. Since 2000, they have delivered 6 full-length albums, and now we have a seventh in “The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain” to add …

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BLACK HILL COVE | Broken – album review

Black Hill Cove Broken

Black Hill Cove ‘Broken’ heralds new name on the block “Broken” is the rather splendid debut from Black Hill Cove who formed during the 2020 Covid lockdown. Based in Lisbon, Portugal this three-piece have produced a rather splendid slab of what I’d prefer to call groove metal. Because that’s what …

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Outre-Tomb – “Abysse Mortifère” album review

Abysse Mortifère

Quebecoise four piece Outre-Tomb have released their third full length Abysse Mortifère on Temple Of Mystery Records. If you know anything about Quebec, then you will know that it has produced some of the best and nastiest metal in the Canadian scene. Outre-Tomb is no exception to this rule, and …

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Morgal – “Nightmare Lord” album review

Finnish black metal horde Morgal bring forth the Nightmare Lord on their superb first full length album. Morgal have been hitting the black metal world hard in the face since 2015. With a demo, 3 EPs, a split with fellow countrymen Exitius, and a solitary live album, Nightmare Lord sees …

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Plague Bringers by Bryan Eckermann album review

Plague Bringers

Plague Bringers is the eighth full length album from the prolific one man melodic blackened death metal machine that is Bryan Eckermann. Yep, I had not heard of him either before this release, which considering my preferred choice of music is unusual! A swift bit of research though comes up …

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Confess Interview with Nikhan/band release new video and album details

Iranian/Norwegian metallers Confess have a new album out on January 21st 2022 through Swedish label Rexius Records. Nikan, and fellow band member Arash Ilkhani were arrested and imprisoned in one of Iran’s harshest prisons in 2015. The two were accused of Satanism and faced the death sentence for blasphemy. Nikan was sentenced …

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