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Album Review: White Magician – Dealers Of Divinity

They say that no one has really been able to duplicate the sound of 70’s BLUE OYSTER CULT. Well, the claim has been made that GHOST has done it, but no honest music fan takes that seriously. I can say that Detroit’s WHITE MAGICIAN has probably made the best stab at emulating BOC that I can remember. That’s not to say they equal the CULT in full flow, because almost nobody can do that. But the BOC fingerprints are all over Dealers Of Divinity, and it makes for a pretty unique album. This really does have the authentic ’70s feel […]

MAGNUM to Release Special Album in January 2021

It’s been three years since MAGNUM brought out The Valley Of Tears – The Ballads, a compilation that focused on the British rock act’s quiet, more otherworldly and dreamy side. Three years during which the idea matured to follow this successful release (top 100 of the German album charts) with a companion piece. Dance Of The Black Tattoo has turned into exactly that: a collection of songs that present MAGNUM exclusively as tough-as-nails rocking and extremely vibrant musicians. What makes this album so special is the fact that MAGNUM have gone through their impressive archive, looking for rare live cuts […]

Album Review: Gearea – Limbo

It worried me when I saw that Portugal’s GAEREA had not-one-not-two-but-three (count ‘em!) songs past the 9-minute mark on its sophomore release, Limbo. Now I’m all for exploration, sonic and otherwise, but I’d truly enjoyed the 40-odd minutes of Unsettling Whispers in 2018, and its been my considered opinion that genre-wide, black metal slips most easily into wandering tangents when it should stay right where it is, and stop trying to be so fancy. I’m looking at you, UADA. Hence, when GAEREA pulled not one single punch, getting down to the monolithic, tower of fuckoff that is the beginning of […]

DEATHROLL Streaming New Song from Upcoming Debut EP

Austin (TX) – International metal project DEATHROLL, in collaboration with Spain’s Friedhof Magazine, has premiered the opening track from forthcoming debut EP Into The Vortex. ‘The Rise Of Artificial Souls’ (Exclusive Premiere) DEATHROLL will release Into The Vortex on November 13. Pre-order the EP HERE Extreme physical pain inspired the next-level technical brutality heard on DEATHROLL’s debut EP Into the Vortex. Drummer Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Six Feet Under, Suffocation) supports band leader David Coloma, who endured multiple surgeries to repair a ruptured long intestine during the songwriting process. “The pain was sometimes so bad I could barely […]

Album Review: Benediction – Scriptures

Brethren, let us open the Book of Armageddon to the Chapter of BENEDICTION and read the Scriptures therein. I have been a devotee for many years, and my heart has been empty for want of BENEDICTION. After an extended drought, these metal brothers are back, and lo and behold, their prophet Dave Ingram has returned to lead them back to the promised land of Nuclear Blast. This is a record I’ve been really looking forward to, as this band has always been a favorite of mine. Scriptures is an album for creating warm fuzzies and glows of nostalgia, not to […]

SATANIZE set release date for new HELTER SKELTER album, reveal first track

Today, Helter Skelter Productions (distributed & marketed by Regain Records) sets January 20th, 2021 as the international release date for SATANIZE’s highly anticipated sixth album, Baphomet Altar Worship, on CD and vinyl LP formats. Since 2001, Portugal’s SATANIZE have been prolifically pursuing their own vision of all-caps BLACK METAL. Of that prolific canon, they’ve released five full-lengths and more than twice as many EPs and splits. During that time, the longstanding duo of Reverend Of Diabolical Services And Sinister Sorcery (barbaric skullhammers & poisonous hate commands) and Reverend Of The Hell Legions And Macabre Tyranny (bestial strings of holocaust & […]

BRÒN signs with Nordvis and announces new album

We’re happy to announce our latest artist collaboration and welcome BRÒN into the Nordvis family. BRÒN is a project formed in Scotland in 2014 as a sonic chronicle of the wanderings of New Zealander KG (Barshasketh). BRÒN’s first three releases featured vast atmospheric black metal, punctuated by extended ambient sections. Lyrically and musically, these works were inspired by the untrodden wilds of Scotland, New Zealand and Serbia. Following this, KG relocated to Belgrade, Serbia and released a handful of ambient, down-tempo albums exploring life within a sprawling urban expanse. Now with the addition of drummer GH (A Forest Of Stars), […]

U.S. Melodic Metallers MARCH IN ARMS Releasing Sophomore Album ‘Pulse Of The Daring’ in December

Sioux Falls (SD) – U.S. Power Thrashers MARCH IN ARMS will release sophomore album Pulse Of The Daring on December 4. The album’s first single, ‘Welcome The Blitz’, has been released and is available below! Stream/Purchase ‘Welcome The Blitz’ Originally recorded November 2018, MARCH IN ARMS’ second studio release entitled Pulse Of The Daring is finally ready for release. After months of tracking, mixing and mastering the band deemed the creation epic enough for public consumption. This time around the themes have branched out to varying battlefields. The title track tells the harrowing tale of the first day of the […]

Album Review: Messiah – Fracmont

The return of Switzerland’s MESSIAH is welcome indeed. Coming from the same fertile scene that birthed CELTIC FROST and CORONER, they were an ’80s band that almost reached those same heights. They had their own unique sound that had some relation to both those seminal acts without falling into worship or mimicry. But that was then…this is now. Is Fracmont a comeback that lives up to its promise? You will certainly find similarities to MESSIAH’s classic sound here, but they’ve added some new tricks as well. I call the style on Fracmont “elegant primitivism”. The riffs are thick, heavy and […]

RUFF MAJIK: Ghost Cult Unveils Zombie Apocalypse Themed Video From South African Stoner Rock Unit; The Devil’s Cattle Full-Length To See Release October 30th Via Mongrel Records

‘Lead Pills And Thrills’ is the third single to be released from The Devil’s Cattle, the upcoming full-length from South African stoner rock collective RUFF MAJIK. It’s the first one to feature long-time producer and new member Evert Snyman plus founding member Johni Holiday front and centre on vocal duties. It’s also the first time the band experimented with piano driven rock ‘n’ roll. Lyrically, the latest single song deals with crippling addiction to both lost love and alcohol. The video is the conceptual follow up to the animated feature for previous single ‘Who Keeps Score’. Comments guitarist/vocalist Johni Holiday, […]