ALBUM REVIEW: Candlemass – Green Valley Live


With plans to tour with their almost original line up – between the five current members of Candlemass all of them were in the band at some point across the legendary Doom Metal acts first two albums, and all were present and very much correct for 2019’s impressive The Door To Doom (Napalm Records) – on hold, Sweden’s epic morose masters ventured into the world of live lockdown streaming, capturing their 2020 performance from Stockholm’s Studio Gröndahl for release on multiple visual and audio formats under the title of Green Valley Live (Peaceville). Continue reading


Katatonia Announces New Live Album


Metal legends Katatonia have announced a new live album, Dead Air, due for release of their new live album on 13th November via Peaceville. The album captures their live set which was filmed during their May 2020 lockdown session. A live album featuring Katatonia performing av set of fan favourites plus the live premiere of three songs from City Burials, captured during their May 2020 lockdown sessionContinue reading


Darkthrone – Old Star


 

This review was brought to you by many things, but mainly sleep deprivation. It seems the new Darkthrone album, Old Star (Peaceville), is such an objet désiré that it could only be reviewed via a stream released the day before the album hits the shops. So, if I start weeping, and cross-reference any talking squirrels, take some comfort that I am doing all this for you. Continue reading


Katatonia To Celebrate The 10th Anniversary of “Night Is The New Day” with Exclusive Live Shows, Deluxe Reissue


Katatonia, by Hillarie Jason

Legendary prog-Doom band Katatonia is returning from their hiatus with major news. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of their stellar album Night Is The New Day (Peaceville) back in 2009. The band has announced a string of six 10th anniversary club shows to play the full album live as well as a deluxe reissue of the album, due out on May 17th, 2019. Tickets for the shows go on sale Friday 22nd February. Continue reading


Nailed To Obscurity – Black Frost


2017’s release of King Delusion (Apostasy Records) was a watershed moment for Nailed To Obscurity. It was an impressive and emotive effort which began to win them wider press and, as far as the UK is concerned, a coveted main stage slot at 2018’s Bloodstock Festival and signing to titans Nuclear Blast, evidence of a much deserved rise in fortunes and out of, ahem, obscurity. Where a brand new album would have hoped to really build upon this success however, sadly Black Frost (Nuclear Blast) isn’t quite the revelation as perhaps hoped.Continue reading


Cancer – Shadow Gripped


It is interesting to see how a band who has not released new material for a significant period of time – twenty-four years in the case of Midlands (UK) Death Metallers Cancer – will react to the task. As we know, Carcass, the test case, was an overwhelming success as Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast) refined their previous styles into a singular, focused direction of travel with added bite. Subsequently, At The Gates also returned with a show of strength, albeit with a more reflective tone to this year’s output; once again, an alteration to previous ideas was the way forward for that troupe. Both acts showed deference to their seminal works, choosing not to take them head-on, referring to their past with respect, while carving a newer niche.Continue reading


Bloodbath – The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn


Despite being established as Death Metal stalwarts, and already perhaps even close to attaining legendary status, the road for Bloodbath has often been seemingly a little bit bumpy. Admittedly a band that wasn’t always the main priority for its various members, over their time Bloodbath has had to lurk in the shadows waiting for busy schedules of to align. With alumni from the likes of Katatonia and Opeth, and more recently Paradise Lost, it has meant live shows are a rarity and album release schedules somewhat inconsistent. However, with Katatonia now on hiatus, it feels like Bloodbath can become a more prominent concern, which certainly seems evident with the fact that The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn (Peaceville) is quite possibly their most vibrant and strongest effort to date.Continue reading


Violation Wound – With Man in Charge


I hit an interesting (well, mildly) milestone today. Today I learned that it is indeed possible to get too much of a good thing. Violation Wound are strictly in the metallic punk business and With Man in Charge (Peaceville) is all about that life. Think of it as a slightly more polished version of the musical filth Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals gleefully dabble in.Continue reading