Album Review: Ihsahn – Ihsahn

The progressive metal champion, Ihsahn, returns with a double conceptual album, weaving familiar nightside eclipses on his latest self-titled work, Ihsahn. Fitting the magnitude of the type Ihsahn has constructed in the past, the album's instrumental opener, "Cervus Venator", serves up a nice atmospheric build-up with splashes of woeful tones before swooping into "The Promethean … Continue reading Album Review: Ihsahn – Ihsahn

Album Review: Lucifer – Lucifer V

Lucifer bring their 70's occult infused doom to a new home. Germany's Nuclear Blast is now responsible for further eerie landscapes for the band's fifth studio album - Lucifer V.  Opener "Fallen Angel" is certainly a monumental mass of electrifying rock n' roll, led by charismatic singer Johanna Platow Andersson whose melodies really lean into … Continue reading Album Review: Lucifer – Lucifer V

Album Review: Saxon – Hell, Fire and Damnation

Forty five years on from their debut, NWOBHM royalty Saxon, show they are still very much leading the charge with their twenty fourth studio album Hell, Fire and Damnation. Entirely fitting the aesthetic and tone-setting introduction, "The Prophecy" is made all the more encapsulating with added narration from the one and only Brian Blessed, which … Continue reading Album Review: Saxon – Hell, Fire and Damnation

Album Review: Carnation – Cursed Mortality

Belgian death metal outfit Carnation return with a new look and sound casting the band into a deeper and darker light for third album Cursed Mortality. Opening track "Herald of Demise" is full of gloomy synths but don't let this fool you as it also is quite possibly the heaviest track the band have released … Continue reading Album Review: Carnation – Cursed Mortality

EP Review: Foul Body Autopsy – Crucifix Dreams

The lone self-professed "talentless idiot" behind Foul Body Autopsy returns will an impressive line up and gory artwork (from none other than Dan Goldsworthy) to really hammer home this Halloween offering inspired by the acid bath murderer John George Haigh - Crucifix Dreams.  The Nightmarish title track opens with a chilling spoken word contribution from … Continue reading EP Review: Foul Body Autopsy – Crucifix Dreams

Album Review: Amorphis – Queen Of Time (Live At Tavastia 2021)

Ah, the worldwide pandemic. Remember that? Well it's about to get another mention. Through the waves of restrictions and rules artists were driven into new situations to be able to continue their craft, the results of which were ticketed live streams and the like to allow their music to still resonate with people. It seemed … Continue reading Album Review: Amorphis – Queen Of Time (Live At Tavastia 2021)