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Album: Lucifer – Lucifer II

Lucifer IIThe second album from German singer Johanna Sadonis’ band saw her relocating to Stockholm Sweden with new partner Nicke Andersson (The Hellacopters, Entombed) and a change to a much rockier sound. (more…)

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Album: Immolation – Atonement (2017)

immolation-atonementImmolation have been part of the US death metal scene for over thirty years now. Theirs is a name that I heard mentioned a lot back in the 1990’s but for one reason or another, never really listened to.

If you’re anything like me, death metal will have become something of a blurry memory of days gone by. It’s fair to say that the music scene has moved on, but the genre lives on (or should that be remains undead?) and there are still some die-hard bands out there producing very high quality music. (more…)

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Album: CARDINAL’S FOLLY – Holocaust of Ecstasy & Freedom

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“You can only die once. After that, nothing and nobody can harm you.” 

Cardinal’s Folly are a relatively new band to me, despite being active in the underground doom metal scene since 2007 (the band actually formed in 2004 as The Coven changing their name to Cardinal’s Folly in 2007). (more…)

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Album: Vardis – Red Eye

vardis-red-eye“Life’s a bitch and then you die!”

NWOBHM veterans Vardis originally called it a day in 1986 before reforming in 2014. This album comes in the wake of the tragic death of their bass player Terry Horbury last year. Horbury had been with the band on and off since the early 1980’s and is replaced by Martin Connolly (ex- Rick Wakeman, Paul Fox). The cover art was painted by legendary horror artists Graham Humphries (Evil Dead, Death Waltz Recording Company) and features the band as disembodied heads (with red eyes of course) and Horbury is depicted, which serves as a fitting tribute to him. (more…)

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Review: Psychedelic Witchcraft – The Vision

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“People reject us. They will never know the answer to the question that we carry in our hearts.”

The Vision is the debut album from these Italian blues-doom rockers. The album is the follow-up to last year’s Black Magic Man EP, and offers nine tracks of smoky, classic blues rock with occult-themed lyrics. Singer Virginia Monti delivers said lyrics in a suitably witchy style, and manages to sound like she means it. That’s because she does!  (more…)

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Review: Goatess II – Purgatory Under New Management

Goatess IISweden’s Goatess released their debut LP in 2013 and came to my attention mainly via their singer (Lord Vicar and ex-Count Raven and Terra Firma frontman Chritus Linderson). Their music is a cross between stoner rock and doom with plenty of psychedelia thrown in for good measure. (more…)

Classic album: QUARTZ – Stand Up and Fight (1980)

Quartz-Stand Up and FightBirmingham’s Quartz, were a hard rock/heavy metal band who counted long-running Black Sabbath keyboard player Geoff Nicholls among their founding members. Formed in 1974 under the less than metal name of Bandy Legs, the band played club gigs and released a single (‘Bet You Can’t Dance’) for Jet records in 1976 before changing their name to Quartz (sounds a lot cooler doesn’t it?).
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Review: HIGH ON FIRE – Luminiferous

high-on-fire-luminiferousHigh on Fire are back with their seventh studio album, and I’m pleased to say that the band are definitely not mellowing with age. Luminiferous is nine tracks of the heavy rock, doom and thrash metal hybrid that Matt Pike and co. have spent the past fifteen years perfecting. Equal parts early Celtic Frost, Slayer and Motorhead, with just right amount of Venom and a healthy pinch of Wino, shoved in a blender and then set alight. That best describes the sound of High on Fire, and though it hardly seems possible, the new album takes things up another notch from their previous effort (2012’s De Vermis Mysteriis).  (more…)