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Album: Corrupt Moral Altar – Mechanical Tides

July 28th, 2014

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Corrupt Moral Altar
Mechanical Tides
Season Of Mist
22 July 2014

by Pete Long

If you’re excited by the prospect of Corrupt Moral Altar‘s first full album, chances are it’s due to the feral rage that suffused their two previous EPs. The sludge-tinged grindcore of Whiskey Sierra and Luciferian Deathcult were the aural equivalent of a rusty steel bolt through the neck.

It’s probably going to make some of people unhappy then that Mechanical Tides is a marked evolution from that sound.

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EP: Drudkh/Winterfylleth – Thousands of Moons Ago/The Gates

January 18th, 2014

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Drudkh/Winterfylleth
Thousands of Moons Ago/The Gates
Season of Mist
21 January 2014

by Tom Gibbons

The Ukraine’s black metal underground is so underground that one of its leading bands, Drudkh, has a “no photos, no interviews, no website, no gigs” policy, and then streams their latest EP on Bandcamp. Awesome right? But it goes deeper – this EP isn’t just Drudkh covering lesser-known bands from the Ukranian scene (Hefeystos, Unclean, Sacrilegium) but also inviting the very English folk/black metallers Winterfylleth to contribute a cover of Hateforest’s ‘The Gates’ to conclude this four song split EP.

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Album: GOG – Ironworks

August 30th, 2013

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Ironworks
Season of Mist
30 August 2013

by Ruth Booth

It’s survived war, Wall Street, detonation by Edward Norton’s split personalities. The American Dream just won’t die. There’ll always be some wide-eyed kid who mistakes a sunset for streets paved with gold. Jumping on the corpse just makes the thing move. So I wasn’t enthused to hear GOG’s – aka Michael Bjella’s – new experimental ambient noise album is about The Death Of The American Dream (wake of Capitalism flavour). That’s more because if that’s what it’s meant to be, then Ironworks has grown far beyond purpose.

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Album: Philip H Anselmo & The Illegals – Walk Through Exits Only

July 19th, 2013

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Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
Walk Through Exits Only
Season Of Mist
19 July 2013

by Raziq Rauf

Maybe the slow burning classic rock jams of Down just aren’t cathartic enough for Philip. Maybe the increased vigour that he’s been displaying through Housecore Records has rekindled something deep inside one of the most metal hearts stalking our stages these days. Either way, Walk Through Exits Only is a heavy metal beast of an album.

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Album: Kylesa – Ultraviolet

May 31st, 2013

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Kylesa
Ultraviolet
Season of Mist
27 May 2013

by Tom Dare

It’s interesting that two of the most notable alumni of that Georgia sludge scene – Baroness and Mastodon – have moved a little away from their more crushing roots in recent years, and had success by doing so. Another distinguished graduate, Kylesa, have found their own, very different path for sixth album Ultraviolet. It’s individual, distinctively theirs and not quite what you expect.

It’s also bloody heavy and pretty metal.

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Album: Rotting Christ – KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY

February 12th, 2013

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Rotting Christ
KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY
Season Of Mist
01 March 2013

by Tom Dare

For all the black metal bands happy to stand still, there are those resolved to change with every album, to never repeat themselves and constantly give you something new. That doesn’t always guarantee quality – evolution comes with both higher risks and potentially higher rewards. Rotting Christ are a classic example.

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Album: Thy Catafalque – Rengeteg

November 22nd, 2011

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Thy Catafalque
Rengeteg
Season of Mist
11 November 2011

by David Keevill

Why fanny about with introductions when Thy Catafalque certainly don’t? As the opener to their latest album, Rengeteg, erupts into a solid and rambunctious Mastodon-esque riff, it’s immediately revealing that this avant-garde Hungarian metal band aren’t willing to bear all the ceremony and baggage that’s often associated with more experimentally inclined bands. Instead what we get from Thy Catafalque is a fat, sixty minute slab of interesting, shifting and polygamous music that draws deeply, and to its eternal benefit, from an Eastern, proto-Russian sound. [Read more →]

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Album: Sólstafir – Svartir Sandar

October 9th, 2011

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Sólstafir
Svartir Sandar
Season Of Mist
14 October 2011

by George Fernandez

Iceland. Famous for collapsing banks, one of the hardest languages to learn in the world, volcanoes, glaciers and one-time Chelsea striker Eidur Guðjohnsen. What it’s less famous for is heavy metal. Perhaps that’s for the best. If more people knew about the power of Sólstafir, the fuss kicked up by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull would seem like a minor affair, and Svartir Sandar is a shining example.

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Album: Watain – Lawless Darkness

June 9th, 2010

Watain
Lawless Darkness
Season of Mist
07 June 2010

by Tom Dare

Following the release of their last two records, evil Swedes Watain have managed to become one of the most hyped bands within their world. Given the effortless brilliance of Lawless Darkness, the band’s fourth studio album, they feel absolutely no pressure despite the nearly insurmountable expectations – either that or they simply do not care about what other people think.

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Album: Rotting Christ – Aealo

April 5th, 2010

Rotting Christ
Aealo
Season Of Mist
15 February 2010

by Tom Dare

Greek titans Rotting Christ – who’s name still remains the envy of every blasphemous band that wishes they’d thought of it first – had something to live up to with this, their tenth album. Their previous outing, Theogonia in 2007, was one of those albums – an astonishing record that is utterly brilliant from start to finish. The expectations were extraordinarily high. Perhaps inevitably, they’ve not quite managed to match them.

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