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Album: Lightning Swords Of Death – Baphometic Chaosium

January 30th, 2013

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Lightning Swords Of Death
Baphometic Chaosium
Metal Blade
21 January 2013

by Tom Dare

It’s been a rough couple of years for black metal albums. A few major bands have fluffed their lines, a few others have been away from the studio, and the relentless mediocrity of far too much of the rest has only been briefly punctuated by the genuine class of Altar Of Plagues, God Seed and a couple of others. But hopes are high for 2013, with promising releases on the horizon. Are Lightning Swords Of Death back to kick things off with a bang? Well… no. They’re a symptom of exactly why the last two years have been a bit poo.

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Album: Woe – Quietly, Undramatically

November 11th, 2010

Woe
Quietly, Undramatically
Candlelight Records
01 November 2010

by Tom Dare

Americans are supposed to be rubbish at three things – football, brewing beer, and black metal. In reality, the US drew with England at the World Cup, has one of the best ranges of microbreweries anywhere in the world, and as long as they’re producing records like Woe’s second album Quietly, Undramatically, they’ve got some of the most interesting and exciting black metal bands of recent times.

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