RAVEN BLACK NIGHT “Run With The Raven”

RAVEN BLACK NIGHT “Run With The Raven” (SAOL) I will willingly admit that I used to own an album by this band that I never got round to listening to before I sold it off. Perhaps a major mistake from my side. Or perhaps not. This Aussie band are supposed to be some sort of epic doom metal band. And since I love epic metal this really should be up my alley. As I listen to this is I am totally convinced that this is to my liking. I sit here and discuss it with myself. One side of me… Continue reading

ROMUVOS “The Baltic Crusade”

ROMUVOS “The Baltic Crusade” (Dangus) History is cool. Without history we would not be the people we are. Ever since I first got into metal in 1982 I have been on a never ending history lesson. And there seem to be no end to it. Lithuanian ROMUVOS play a sort of folk metal that brings back thoughts of Bathory. This is epic in all the right places. It is extremely hard to not like this album, especially for someone like me that is a major sucker for epic. There is something special when you mix the epic of folk music… Continue reading

PULSE “Adjusting The Space”

PULSE “Adjusting The Space” (NRT Records) Whenever I think of space metal think of Alf Svensson’s Oxiplegatz. That to me is the ultimate space metal there is. PULSE claim to be cyber metal. I have no idea what that really means but I can guess it is the musical equivalence of the Borgs in Star Trek. Listening to this I get a strange mix of feelings, like a cross between Fear Factory and Rammstein. But at the same time I am totally hooked on this. I don’t remember the last time an album got me this hooked this fast. This… Continue reading

STILLERS TOD “Jupiter”

STILLERS TOD “Jupiter” () Ever since “To mega Therion” I have been fascinated by the off the beaten path kind of metal. I cannot say that I totally understand what I sometime hear but it still fascinates me how musicians think when they create music. Mostly because I think very linear. Konstanz’ STILLERS TOD play an atmospheric/avant garde form of black metal. Listening to this is like seeing a play or a pantomime with a very intricate plot. You gotta be on your toes not to miss something that is going on. I will need to listen to this several… Continue reading

SOLLUST “(In) Versus”

SOLLUST “(In) Versus” () Portuguese progressive metal is not something that I come upon too often. Progressive metal in general is a scarce phenomenon in my review stack. This is leaning on the more extreme side of things. Still accessible to any with an interest in the progressive but you gotta appreciate the more blackish elements of this to fully enjoy it. I don’t remember the last time I heard a progressive black metal album. But I am glad that this came my way because I enjoy what I hear. This one turned out to be a nice surprise. There… Continue reading

VOKODLOK “Oracle’s Fury”

VOKODLOK “Oracle’s Fury” () This one I became aware of through a Facebook group I am a member of. As it caught my attention I wanted to further investigate what it was all about. Alas this review. Don’t feel too embarrassed if you are not familiar with this Romanian black metal band because they have been active in periods. There was a 10 year break between 2008 and 2018. Before that they managed to release a demo on CD, a split tape and an album. 2020 sees a new EP released. If you like your black metal raw and mid… Continue reading

VALENTINA REPTILE “Truth Or Death”

VALENTINA REPTILE “Truth Or Death” () Although supposedly a well known name in the UK extreme metal scene I cannot for the sake of my life remember ever having heard the name VALENTINA REPTILE. This EP is as far away from metal you can get. This is electronic that ranges from industrial to synthwave to electropop. But since I do enjoy industrial and even some synthwave I thought I’d give this one a try too. With no reference frames at all I can just go on my gut feeling, and that one tells me that this is not the worst… Continue reading

BROTTHOGG “The Die Is Cast”

BROTTHOGG “The Die Is Cast” () Not having heard the 2019 album from BROTTHOGG but having heard the 2017 EP I was a bit in the know as to what this new album would be like. Because back in 2017 I described them as Emperor sounding death metal. This time around they are much more black metal-ish in their sound. Much more symphonic Emperor-ish. Not that that is a problem for me. As a massive Emperor fan anything that slightly resembles Emperor makes me happy. But there is much more than that to this album. You still hear traces of… Continue reading

ROOM EXPERIENCE “Another Time And Place”

ROOM EXPERIENCE “Another Time And Place” (Burning Mind Group) “I know nothing, I’m from Barcelona”. I kinda feel like that when listening to this project. I know absolutely nothing about it except that I like what I hear. This is AOR/melodic hardrock of the very highest standard. With David Readman on vocals and lead by Gianluca Firmo this is an album that my wife would love hearing. So full of great songs that I feel like I am back in the 80s. I feel like I need to have a Back To The Future/Top Gun/St Elmos Fire film marathon. This… Continue reading

AIRFORCE “Strike Hard”

AIRFORCE “Strike Hard” (Pitch Black Records) In the back of my mind I have a faint recollection of having read about this band back in the 80s. Since I don’t have the stamina to look through all old Metal Forces I’ll just leave it at being a faint recollection. Musically this is NWOBHM. You can hear a hint of Iron Maiden in their sound but mostly it is good old heavy metal. You don’t have to be as old as me to fully enjoy this but it sure helps. This might not be lightning fast or heavy as hell but… Continue reading