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The Black Dahlia Murder, Nerve End @ Tavastia Klubi (Helsinki), 20 Nov 2014

The Black Dahlia Murder teamed up with Finland's Nerve End to bring an onslaught of midweek Extreme and Melodic Death Metal to Helsinki's Tavastia Club. With a crowd of loyal locals, and special guest 'Rocky', Nerve End set the mood high and heavy hitting. The Black Dahlia Murder whipped the crowd into a circle pit frenzy. With no crowd barrier, Trevor Strnad reached straight into the front row to shake hands, and this photographer had to stay light on her feet to avoid moshing Finns.

Cardinal Wyrm - Black Hole Gods (Own Label)

A solid slab of doom...

This album came out in the beginning of August, so I’m rather slow on the uptake this time around.

Panopticon- Roads to the North (Bindrune Recordings)

Panopticon impress with their unique mix of bluegrass and black metal.

Black metal and folk music have always had something of a symbiotic relationship; they’ve meshed and melded together to create a sound that neither genre could on its own.

Midnight- No Mercy For Mayhem (Hells Headbangers)

Midnight hits hard with No Mercy for Mayhem.
Release Date: 
19 Aug 2014 (All day)

Imagine receiving an invitation to the most filthy, depraved party ever held. The kind held in the dingy basement of a back alley apartment block in the bad part of town.

Goatwhore- Constricting Rage of the Merciless (Metal Blade)

Goatwhore are back to once again lay waste in Satan's name!
Release Date: 
8 Jul 2014 (All day)

Goatwhore is back with a new album, and it happens to sound just like a new Goatwhore album.

Allegaeon- Elements of the Infinite (Metal Blade)

Is there really such a thing as a technical death metal album that's immediate as well as engaging?
Release Date: 
24 Jun 2014 (All day)

As a music critic, it’s a rare pleasure indeed when an album you weren’t expecting to like surprises you by being awesome.

Dismemberment – Embrace the Dark (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)

Don't stop to read this, just listen to the album.
Release Date: 
29 Apr 2014 (All day)

Embrace the Darkness delivers a mixed bag of genres which creates something I can’t quite put into standard metal vernacular.

Dismemberment- Embrace the Dark (The Black Birch)

Blackened thrash fun.
Release Date: 
1 Feb 2014 (All day)

If my last review hinted at fatigue towards some of the more played-out elements of metal, you should know that such feelings are fleeting.

Skeletonwitch- Serpents Unleashed (Prosthetic Records/Rocket Distribution)

Another fine piece of metal mayhem...
Release Date: 
25 Oct 2013 (All day)

Call me sentimental, but in this age of bells, whistles and po-faced self-consciousness, I have a real soft spot in my heart for bands that forego all of the extraneous bullshit and get down to the

Primitive Man- Scorn (Relapse Records)

A nasty sludge surprise for lovers of all things grim and hate-filled.
Release Date: 
20 Aug 2013 (All day)

Disgusting, horrifying, gut-wrenching . . . these are just a select few phrases that make my ears prick up when I hear people talking about a new release.