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Q & A with: Crematory

German band CREMATORY has been a presence in the music scene for almost 30 years, and are generally regarded as one of the best and leading Gothic metal bands out of Germany. With almost two dozen albums to their name and countless live shows under their belt, they are true veterans and stalwart at that. The band is about to…

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Kathinka set to release “Kathinka”

Kathinka is a shoegaze / indie band from Bergen, Norway and delivers a delicious and well-dressed gift that frowns on ice-cold winter guts and maneuvering holiday dreams. Kathinka was signed by Apollon Records after the two singles “Peace and Love” and “At Least I Tried” in 2017. A third one, “Dusty Road”, came in the spring of 2018 and now…

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Black Orchid Empire sign with Long Branch Records

We’re glad to announce that Black Orchid Empire signed an international deal with Long Branch Records for the release of new music. The rock three-piece hailing from London is the latest addition in the constantly growing roster of the label and will release their new single “Celebrity Summer” on April 6th. “We discovered Black Orchid Empire through a Facebook post…

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Umphrey’s McGee: It’s Not Us (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland It’s been quite a while since I last came across Umphrey’s Mcgee, having reviewed their third (‘Anchor Drops’, 2004) and fourth (‘Safety In Numbers’, 2006) releases, and now here they are back with their eleventh studio album. They have certainly pushed the boat out with this one, as in addition to the standard download, CD, and…

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Usurpress: Interregnum (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Swedish self-proclaimed “primitive and progressive” death metallers Usurpress are back with an album which is certainly challenging what people would be expecting from a band defined as such. This time, core members Stefan Pettersson (vocals, lyrics), Påhl Sundström (guitars, music) and Daniel Ekeroth (bass, music) have brought in session musicians jazz-fusion drummer Stefan Hildman and ambient/trance…

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Voidhanger: Dark Days Of The Soul (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Poland’s Voidhanger is a blackened death/thrash three-piece of Zyklon (Infernal War), Warcrimer (Infernal War, Iperyt) and Priest (Massemord, Odraza). The band emerged in 2010 with a clear intention of “spreading darkness and negativity through metal music”. Nihilistic and militant in its outcome, with a huge amount of hardcore punk aggression mixed in, this is the third…

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Alghazanth: Eight Coffin Nails (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Alghazanth has been in existence for 22 years and has throughout its rather lengthy lifespan incorporated elements of the more melodic kind into its more or less traditional brand of black metal. The lyrical aspects of Alghazanth have always revolved around Satanism and all that it entails, but just like the musical expression itself has been…

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Animal Drive: Bite! (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Apparently the band were introduced to the label by Jeff Scott Soto, and having heard this I am not surprised that they were soon snapped up. This is a band very much looking back in time into the Eighties, bringing together ‘1987’ era Whitesnake with ‘Slave To The Grind’ era Skid Row to produce something that…

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