ALBUM REVIEW: Ecryptus – Kyr’am Beskar

For a franchise that is so well known for its musical content Star Wars has an alarmingly small repertoire of original music made in tribute to it. Now obviously some styles are more fitting than others. For example I doubt easy listening tribute to Tatooine’s finest would go down overly well but a death metal … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Ecryptus – Kyr’am Beskar

WORDS FROM THE TEAM: Jacob’s Top 10 Albums of 2021

Dear readers, It’s that time of year again when the cold wind blows, migratory animals retreat to their winter homes and I eat far too many biscuits.  What can be said of 2021 that hasn’t been said already? Oh, I know. Of all the things that have ever occurred, 2021 was one of them. Perfect. … Continue reading WORDS FROM THE TEAM: Jacob’s Top 10 Albums of 2021

ALBUM REVIEW: Rivers Of Nihil – The Work

The Work is the brand new album by Pennsylvanian Progressive Metallers RIVERS OF NIHIL. It is not strictly a metal album although metal is the dominant genre. Entwined are elements of jazz, easy listening and atmospheric tropes that serve to make something very interesting indeed. The album begins with The Tower (Theme From The Work) … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Rivers Of Nihil – The Work

WORDS FROM THE TEAM: Damnation Festival

I went to Leeds. I have done this many times in the past. It is a fine city. Filled with blackened churches stained by the ravages of time, black roads coated in the finest tarmac, and black metal, which is not visually black but still pretty on theme. Yes, Saturday the 6th of November saw … Continue reading WORDS FROM THE TEAM: Damnation Festival

ALBUM REVIEW: The Pineapple Thief – Nothing but the truth

What do we call an album that was not strictly speaking recorded in a studio. And that was not recorded live in front of people, and is definitively not a collection of demos but instead was broadcast live over the internet? We’re going to need a word. The last year and a half robbed musicians … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Pineapple Thief – Nothing but the truth

ALBUM REVIEW: Leiþa – Sisyphus

It’s often with some degree of dramatic irony that I’m given albums to review. This time it's a progressive black metal and jazz affair by German act LEIþA (Translation from Old German: Suffering). This album was described to me as being akin to a few other albums I have reviewed and naturally I was interested. … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Leiþa – Sisyphus

ALBUM REVIEW: Vincent Crowley – Beyond Acheron

In Dante’s Inferno, the Acheron is the river that serves as the border to Hell. In more general Greek mythology, it was known as the river of woe or pain and it is the one that the immortal boatman Charon ferries the dead across. It is this what VINCENT CROWLEY’s newest album concerns itself with, … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Vincent Crowley – Beyond Acheron

“A return to where we started with the benefit of everything we’ve learned”

Earlier this month I caught up with the atmospheric black metal band SOJOURNER to talk about their latest release, the mini EP Perennial. The EP is eclectic in both mood and style and really captures the spirit of the bands previous discography. Hi guys, thanks for taking the time to talk to me. How's it … Continue reading “A return to where we started with the benefit of everything we’ve learned”

ALBUM REVIEW: Before & Apace – The Denisovan

In my reviews and other writings, I relish the chance to show off some piece of obscure knowledge. There is an element of joy that I get that can only be found as a result of two disparate topics coming together in the most peculiar of ways. And I think, just maybe, I’ve found a … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Before & Apace – The Denisovan

ALBUM REVIEW: Candlemass – Green Valley (Live In Lockdown)

CANDLEMASS are a cornerstone of the global doom metal scene. Having emerged in 1984 from Stockholm, they’ve been around long enough to solidify a reputation as masters of their craft. Green Valley (Live In Lockdown) sees the band revisit some favourites from their lengthy back catalogue. These tracks include tracks from the acclaimed Epicus Doomicus … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Candlemass – Green Valley (Live In Lockdown)