Negură Bunget – Zău

Reviewed: [December 2021] Released [2021 Lupus Lounge/Prophecy Productions] Rating [3.5/5] Reviewer: Peter Atkinson Four years after the death of drummer/band leader Gabriel “Negru” Mafa, the surviving members of shape-shifting Romanian black/prog/pagan metallers Negură Bunget have completed what is likely the band’s swansong as a tribute and properly epic sendoff to…

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Wormwood – Arkivet

Reviewed: [August 2021] Released [2021 Sound Pollution] Rating [4/5] Reviewer: Peter Atkinson Funny – or at least very odd – thing happened as Swedish black metallers Wormwood worked toward the release of their third full-length. Originally titled Vita Arkivet – which translates as “The White Archive,” an official document detailing…

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Hexenklad – Heathenheart

Reviewed: [August 2021] Released [2021 CDN Records] Rating [3/5] Reviewer: Peter Atkinson Hexenklad deliver Northern European inspired black/folk/pagan metal by way of North America. Yet the Ontarians do with an authentic and inspired vigor and aesthetic that recalls Ensiferum, Moonsorrow and vintage Amon Amarth, with an element of Korpiklaani’s cheese…

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Eonian – The Nomad

Reviewed: [July 2021] Released [2021 Self Released] Rating [3.5/5] Reviewer: Peter Atkinson A whole mess of ingredients go into the five-track debut EP from symphonic metallers Eonian, which is essentially a solo project of Spanish guitarist Jaume Antuñano that quite literally spans the globe. Thanks to the Internets, he is…

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Alluvial – Sarcoma

Reviewed: [June 2021] Released [2021 Nuclear Blast Records] Rating [4/5] Reviewer: Peter Atkinson Alluvial has morphed from something of a solo project by ex-The Faceless/Black Crown Initiate guitarist Wes Hauch into an extreme metal super group that has brought together current The Merciless Concept/former Suffocation touring vocalist Kevin Muller, Entheos…

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