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Sepulcros – Vazio
With their first full length (a previous label sampler notwithstanding) the Portuguese Sepulcros show attentiveness to album-shaping, and a careful approach to the craft....
Wømb – Here, The World Falls…
Raw black metal from Portugal
Colosso – Apocalypse
Doesn't tap as much into the possibilities of a four-track concept release about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as it could have, but does deliver more-than-solid songs and suitable panache.
Numenorean & Gaerea – Haarlem, 2019
I'm a new fan of Numenorean. Though it had only been a couple of months since I discovered their excellent 2019 album Adore, I...
Ravensire – A Stone Engraved in Red
It’s interesting to think that “heavy metal” once described a very specific style of music, rather than simply being a blanket term for a...
Machinergy – Sounds Evolution
Portugal’s Machinergy cover the standard death/thrash bases with a respectable enthusiasm. What’s mind blowing about Sounds Evolution is just how professional it sounds, despite...
Martelo Negro – Equinócio Espectral
Before there was death metal or black metal, there was Hellhammer, which later developed into the mighty Celtic Frost. The music produced by both...
Scarificare – Postulado
Cheese is a funny thing. A few years ago I was staying at the house of a particularly annoying relative, who asked me to...
Gates of Hell – Critical Obsession
It’s surprising to me that a blend like this hasn’t been attempted more often. Melodic death metal and thrash seems like such an easy...
The Dark Side of Business: An Interview with Scott Ian Lewis of Carnifex
Scott Ian Lewis on the dangerous state of live music, comics, and Necromanteum
“The songs you love, but not played well” – An Interview with Devin Townsend
Get Ready for Wacken 2023
Get ready to unleash your metal power because Wacken Open Air is back with a bang for its 2023 edition! Mark your calendars for...