Psycroptic – Aversions Crown – Within Destruction: Live at The Dome, London

Tonight is a busy day for Metal in the Capital, with the dreaded evening of multiple gig clashes, within a few stops of the Northern Line alone. One stop down from tonight’s proceedings in Tufnell Park sees the Cerberus-like bill of Behemoth, At The Gates and Wolves In The Throne Room, whilst Camden Town sees Toundra for those seeking something more mellow, and Obscura for some who, well, aren’t. This goes someway to explaining why The Dome looks tonight to be, at best, around half capacity for much of the night. Not that this seems to dampen anyone’s mood, as all night the crowd are on fine form, showing the bands plenty of love and movement as well as respect to one another. Continue reading

WRISTMEETRAZOR – Misery Never Forgets

It is pretty commonplace for the draw of music, especially heavy or extreme music, to be an integral part of the relationship that we have with hardship and the difficulties of life and of mental health. We more than likely have been through or know someone who has been through utter lows of mental health and perhaps have even considered or attempted suicide. Continue reading

Psycroptic – As The Kingdom Drowns

I imagine if you as far into your career as Death Metal veterans Psycroptic are right now, you reach a certain point where it’s either stick or twist. Their albums since the very start have always delivered the goods but it wasn’t until 2003’s Scepter Of The Ancients (Unique Leader) that it truly felt like the band had arrived, they then proceeded to tread water somewhat with albums that never even came close to ScepterContinue reading

Dödsrit – Spirit Crusher

I’m looking at Spirit Crusher (Prosthetic) the latest release from Sweden’s Dödsrit and I’m getting a feeling. Not super familiar with the band but judging by the font and the presence of umlauts we know extreme music is on the way, particularly of the Black Metal persuasion. And these song lengths certainly suggest experimentation and a non-commercial nature. Dödsrit is a one-man project isn’t it?

Those one man acts always have the most to say. Continue reading

Infera Bruo – Cerement

Black metal with a clean, crisp production and actual melody isn’t going to work for everyone. To some, it’s just not “cult” enough if it doesn’t sound like it was recorded at the bottom of a well, but Infera Bruo are three records into their career now and they’re still able to sound vibrant and full of ethereal evil. The emphasis, as ever with Infera Bruo, is on the balance of dark ambience with hints of malice scattered throughout. However, while Cerement (Prosthetic) is more to-the-point than previous releases, it lacks the memorable flair of both of its predecessors. Continue reading

Rebel Wizard – Voluptuous Worship Of Rapture And Response

I had a feeling that Rebel Wizard was a one-man project. I guess there are certain tells when it comes to that type or arrangement. Band title doesn’t seem to be an effort of compromise or mass appeal, the simple yet gloomy art design, the song titles. Yes, let’s talk about these fucking song titles. Screw it, the album is called Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response (Prosthetic). Continue reading

Exmortus – The Sound Of Steel

If you break Exmortus down into its finer components they should really stand as one of the biggest bags of fun you can have on record. Take some Kreator style Thrash (paying particular attention to latter-day) with pure old school Heavy Metal love and even a dash of Power Metal and you should get the biggest grin and craving for cold beer. Should being the operative word, because latest album The Sound Of Steel (Prosthetic), despite having some decent moments, never quite seems to reach the levels of battle cry that is hoped for. Continue reading

Wolf King – Loyal To The Soil

For those who hold music as dear to their hearts and their being as much as I’m sure you, the reader do, there is nothing quite like that discovery of a new band, perhaps out of nowhere, that captures so much about what you love in music. That feeling of finding a band in their early stages that stays with you, that smashes it out of the park, perhaps on the first try, and that both excites you so much and that you feel may break out in time to come. Ladies and gentleman; Wolf King may just well be that band for you. Continue reading