6th February 2023

Serpents Oath – Ascension

For some reason I first saw this CD more than a half year since its release. Nevertheless, here follows my initial thoughts on Ascension, the second full-length album by Belgium black metal horde Serpents Oath. […]
2nd February 2023

Lord Belial – Rapture

I’m devastated by the fact that I didn’t check this release before, since it’s been released more than seven months ago. Better late than never, right? So, here comes a short review of Swedish black […]
1st February 2023

Beyond The Catacombs – Fatal Error

Beyond The Catacombs is a death metal duo, hailing from Jyväskylä, Finland. The line-up consists of Ville Koskinen (Guitars, Bass) and Samu Pettersson (Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Bass, Drum programming). The band was formed a few […]
31st January 2023

Venom – To Hell And Back – 8-tape box

Since this release is a bit tricky to review, I’ve thought a few days on how to approach this review and what to write about mighty godfathers of Black Metal, Venom’s – To Hell and […]
30th January 2023

ACOD – Cryptic Curse

ACOD is a French Blackened Death Metal act that I have been keeping a cursory eye on for a while now, ever since I had the pleasure of reviewing their last full-length album late last […]
26th January 2023

Limbes – Écluse

Limbes (the french word for ‘Limbo’) is an Atmospheric Black Metal one-man band that previously went by the name Blurr Thrower – What inspired the name change is, at present, somewhat unclear since the overall […]
26th January 2023

Even Flow – Mediterraneo

The Sardinian masters of power & progressive metal, Even Flow return with a new EP entitled Mediterraneo. For all of you still unfamiliar with this band, I can briefly tell, that Even Flow is an […]
25th January 2023

Wömit Angel – Sadopunk Finland

Wömit Angel is a black/thrash metal trio from Tampere, Finland. The band was founded in 2010 and the line-up consists of; J-Violatör (Guitars, Backing Vocals), W. Horepreacher (Vocals, Bass) and Atomic Torment (Drums). Their fifth […]
24th January 2023

Katatonia – Sky Void of Stars

Over the course of past three decades Katatonia has shifted their approach from death/doom over to dark progressive metal and finally arriving to what could be labelled as prog goth rock, with especially their previous […]
23rd January 2023

A La Carte – Soup Dejour

All of a sudden I began to understand why the Danish Customs had demanded $20 from me the other day, for importing this CD from the USA. It is so unique that even your old […]
19th January 2023

Oaks – Genesis Of The Abstract

Oaks is a conceptual metal and instrumental progressive trio consisting of Thibault L (Guitars), Julien V (Bass) and Nathan RL (Drums). They are based in Paris and Genesis Of The Abstract is their seven-tracker debut […]
18th January 2023

Behind Your Fear – Anthropocene

Twenty years after her work with the gothic metal band Flowing Tears, Stefanie Duchêne’s and unmistakable and iconic voice can be heard again on her new band’s sophomore album. The moniker of this German-based band […]
17th January 2023

Entrails – The Tomb Awaits

Entrails is a Swedish death metal band formed in 1990/91. In 1994, half of the line-up decided to move on and by that time Entrails was put to rest as an official band. Jimmy Lundqvist […]
16th January 2023

Djevelkult – Drep Alle Guder

Originally founded under the name Skadefryd back in 2009, the band quickly changed their name to Djevelkult (the Norvegian word for ‘Devil Cult’). Since that change, the band has released a grand total of seven […]
16th January 2023

Khold – Svartsyn

Older black metal worshippers might remember the Norwegian band Khold. It was at the beginning of the new millennium that this four-piece act from Oslo begun releasing albums. This happened with some regularity until 2008 […]
25th January 2023

Karnivool & The Ocean Collective, 24th January 2023, Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark

Archive photo: Zoran www.sonic-shot.com There are several similarities to the two bands who shared the bill at Copenhagen’s Pumpehuset last night, but generally looking this seems like bit of an odd pair. The introvert and […]
24th January 2023

Katatonia – Sky Void of Stars

Over the course of past three decades Katatonia has shifted their approach from death/doom over to dark progressive metal and finally arriving to what could be labelled as prog goth rock, with especially their previous […]
15th November 2022

MMXX – Sacred Cargo

It stated a one of those many collaborative projects, which came as a result of the pandemic lockdown. But unlike most of other collaborations, which focused on playing and recording some online covers, MMXX was […]
4th November 2022

Dead Cross – II

Five years have passed since the blistering self-titled debut album by Dead Cross – a supergroup consisting of Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle), Dave Lombardo (Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, ex-Slayer), Michael Crain (Retox) and […]
20th October 2022

Spell – Tragic Magic

Couple of years ago Spell released Opulent Decay, which saw them dig noticeably deeper into the elements that gave their 70’s inspired psych rock the edge and differentiated them from most other bands inspired by […]
14th October 2022

Skid Row – The Gang’s All Here

Time flies. A cliché. A fact. Not only has it been well over three decades since Skid Row released their self-titled debut, but eight years have passed since their previous release, which was an EP […]
7th October 2022

The Cult – Under the Midnight Sun

Following the break-up after their most underrated album, the self-titled 1994 release, The Cult attempted a return by teaming up with Sonic Temple producer Bob Rock as well as drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses and Velvet […]
7th October 2022

Queensrÿche – Digital Noise Alliance

These days Queensrÿche features only two original band members: guitarist Michael Wilton and bassist Eddie Jackson. But truth be told it has been like that for five years already, ever since band’s drummer Scott Rockenfield […]
27th September 2022

Machine Head & Amon Amarth, 26th September 2022, Forum Black Box, Copenhagen, Denmark

  Photo: Goran Kljutic www.urbanmescalero.com With new albums under their belt Machine Head and Amon Amarth have headed on a co-headlining tour. To begin with the Swedes have been closing the night but now it’s […]
13th September 2022

Crippled Black Phoenix – Banefyre

With their previous album Ellengæst, Crippled Black Phoenix dialed noticeably down on experimenting, focusing on improving the overall sonic experience and tighter songwriting. The result was rather strong and more approachable record, which worked rather […]
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