November 3, 2019

Devotees of death metal have long prided themselves on the total inaccessibility of the genre to the casual metal fan. The convoluted guitar acrobatics, aggressive, agile drum-work and various muscular techniques involved are reserved for the chosen few, those who take...

When it comes to death metal, particularly along the more technical end of the spectrum, it’s often tricky to look beyond the complex mechanics to discover where the true genius lies. Balancing the various sophisticated techniques required is a bit like a challenging p...

September 16, 2019

Ever since its bleak and bloody inception, the thorny branches of black metal have spread and grown in a tangled plethora of ever more twisted and devillishly inventive directions. One such murky offshoot has sprung up deep in the shadows of Germany’s Black Forest in t...

To enter the eldritch world of American fantasy artist Chadwick St. John is to be lead down a particularly spine-tingling and chilling path, deep into those primeval vistas sprung from the most nightmarish of legends, where the sinister branches of enchanted forests dr...

To witness black metal troupe Thy Antichrist rampaging about the stage, you’d be forgiven for thinking the seal on the demonic dimensions had been smashed open and the most hoar-frosted of evil spirits unleashed. In gleeful embrace of the full-on black aesthetic, the b...

When you peel back the mask of civilisation, all that remains is darkness – something brooding black metallers Advent Sorrow are almost too painfully aware of. With a highly original style that balances symphonic, oppressive chords with strangulated, retching vocals an...

DunkelNacht are gearing up to take the metal world by storm, and if you haven’t heard whisper of them yet, you soon will. Offering up an exquisitely crafted mix of black and death metal divinely inspired by various classical and avant-garde sources, these purveyors of...

December 15, 2018

German metalheads Deathrite are a force to be reckoned with. The band have gone from strength to strength with a fair smattering of albums and EPs, stealthily stealing up on the scene and racking up a modest yet loyal core fan-base. Serving up bone-chilling slabs of to...

November 21, 2018

Sirenia are a goth metal rollercoaster ride of unrelenting energy. A kaleidoscopic, ever-evolving treat of styles and genres, their songs are continually shifting into fresh patterns, one minute soaring to giddying heights of operatic melody and synthetic symphony, the...

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