ALBUM REVIEW: And The Owls Are Now Smiling – The Comforting Grip Of Misery

One man act AND NOW THE OWLS ARE SMILING has returned from deepest, darkest Norfolk with their new release The Comforting Grip Of Misery. The project had their first release in 2017 with the EP The Brooding and enjoyed favourable reviews on the follow up full length release Desolation. In terms of personnel on the … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: And The Owls Are Now Smiling – The Comforting Grip Of Misery

ALBUM REVIEW: Arx Atrata – The Path Untravelled

Atmospheric black metal is a difficult thing to do right. You need the melodic elements to keep it interesting for the listeners but too many that it loses the power it gains from the raw sound that typifies the genre. One-man act ARX ATRATA achieves somewhere close to this for their latest release The Path … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Arx Atrata – The Path Untravelled

ALBUM REVIEW: Solitary – XXV

SOLITARY’s latest EP XXV is, for me, the perfect blend of SLAYER and Dave Mustaine era METALLICA. The four piece from Preston consists of Rich Sherrington (Vocals, Guitar), Andy Mellar (Lead Guitar), Gaz Harrop (Bass), and Roy Miller (Drums). A personal favourite track is Requiem. It’s a brutally aggressive track that sets the tone in … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Solitary – XXV