Cerekloth : Pandemonium Prayers

Hell’s Headbangers : 2009 Format : CD Satanic old school Death Metal is rarely a totally bad thing. Even when not at its most outstanding and memorable, there’s just something in old school Death Metal with sinister Satanic overtones that hits home. So too in the case of Danish Cerekloth, who on this four-track EP…

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Destruktor : Nailed

Hell’s Headbangers : 2009 Format : CD Some years ago, I reviewed a previous release by Australians Destruktor for another publication. I described the band as having a core of brutal Thrash and Death Metal laced with ferocious Black Metal-influences, resulting in a sound that is so obviously Australian it’s hard to mistake where these…

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Hunters Moon : The Serpents Lust

Hell’s Headbangers : 2009 Format : CD There’s been quite a few bands in the past twenty years or so who’ve taken their cue from Bathory’s most epic Viking Metal-albums, combining the majestic and epic atmospheres with more Black Metal-styled vocals and aesthetics. One of the first names that spring to my mind is Mayhemic…

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Drear

J Dread has a word with Niall & Glen of UK Black/Doom act Drear… Hello. To start things off with, would you please give a short introduction to Drear to those still unfamiliar; what is Drear, a short history of the band and such… Niall: I suppose Drear started to come together around the end…

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Swallow The Sun : Hope

Spinefarm Records: 2007 Format: CD You’d think Funeral Doom and Death/Doom are genres that are so far removed from light popular music that nobody’d even get the idea of trying to do a more accessible, “light” version of them. Well, somebody would try that, and they call themselves Swallow The Sun. On their two first…

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Solgrav vs. F : Kaksi Perkelettä

Varjot Productions: 2006 Format: CD Solgrav is first on this split CD between two as-of-yet rather unknown Finnish bands, with three tracks of which one is a re-recorded and –arranged version of a track originally released on their first demo. Solgrav’s style is hard to pigeonhole, as it’s obviously not Black Metal (a tag they’ve…

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Saattue : Jäähyvästi

Spikefarm Records : 2008 Format : CD ”Light Doom Metal” may be a contradiction in itself, but even so, that is how I would describe the sound of Saattue. Sharing similarities with fellow countrymen Swallow The Sun, Saattue explore the musical realm which exists somewhere between Death Metal, Doom Metal and dark, depressive, Goth-tinged Rock;…

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