ABHOMINE - Larvae Offal Swine, ABYSSIC - A Winter's Tale, AFM records, Agonia records, Akem Manah - Demons Of The Sabbat, Alexanred - Zombie Virus, Altare Productions, Angertea - Snakes in Blossom, Artery Recordings, Beastmaker - Lusus Naturae, BIRTH OF JOY - Get Well, Black Lodge Records, Blakk Old Blood - Greed, Blakk Old Blood / Black Devotion, Blood Ceremony - Lord of Misrule, Blood Harvest, Cadaveric Fumes - Dimensions Obscure, Candlelight Records, Chains / Suton - Balkanian Narko Doom, Chaos Moon - Amissum, Church of Misery - And Then There Were None, CIRCUS MAXIMUS - Havoc, Clavis Secretorvm, COFFIN LUST - Manifestation of Inner Darkness, Crisix - From Blue to Black, DARKESTRAH - Turan, Darvulia - Mysticisme Macabre, De Tenebrarum Principio, Deathcult (Switzerland) - Demo '12, DELAIN - Lunar Prelude, Devils Gun - Dirty n Damned, Dissociated Records, Dream Death - Dissemination, DUST BOWL JOKIES, Ectovoid - Dark Abstraction, Edged Circle Productions, Eisenwald, Ensiferum - Two Decades of Greatest Sword Hits, Entheos - The Infinite Nothing, Fake Moss - Under The Great Black Sky, FROM THE DEPTHS - From the Depths, Frontiers music, fubear., GALLOWER - The Witch Hunt Is On, Goatess - Purgatory Under New Management, Goetic Equivalent, GREENLEAF - Rise Above The Meadow, Hatespirit - Blood & Poetry, hell's headbangers, Hells Headbangers / Osmose Productions, Hellsingland Underground - Understanding Gravity, Hellthrasher Productions, High Roller/ Skol Records, HITTEN - State Of Shock, Howls of Ebb - Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows, Human Fortress - Thieves Of The Night, ICE WAR - Dream Spirit, Ifrinn, Ihsahn - Arktis, Impurity (Brazil) / Sex Messiah - Vomiting Blasphemies Over The World, Inverse Records, Invictus, Irkallian Oracle - Apollyon, iron bonehead, Ithaqua (Greece) - The Black Mass Sabbath Pulse, Izegrim - The Ferryman's End, JESUS CHRUSLER SUPERCAR - 35 Supersonic, Kawir - Father Sun Mother Moon, Khroma - Stasis, Kuoleman Galleria - Kärsimys Kunniaan, Listenable Records, LITA FORD - Time Capsule, Long Branch Records / SPV, LORDS OF BLACK - II, Lucifericon - Brimstone Altar, Mad Hatters Den - Excelsior, Magick Touch - Electrick Sorcery, Malokarpatan - Stridžie dni, Massacre records, MOB RULES - Tales From Beyond, Morbus 666 - Ignis Divine Imperium, Moribund records, Mystic Prophecy - War Brigade, Napalm Records, Near - Own Sun, Necrosic - Putrid Decimation, No Remorse Records, Nuclear Blast Records, Nuclear War Now! Productions, Obsidian Sea - Dreams Illusions Obsessions, Occult Burial - Hideous Obscure, OCTOBER TIDE - Winged Waltz, Ordem Satanica - Ventos de Odio, Ordo MCM, Paroxsihzem - Abyss of Excruciating Vexes, PHAZM - Scornful of Icons, PLEBEIAN GRANDSTAND - False Highs, Poem - Skein Syndrome, Possession Productions, Prisoner of War - Rot, Putrisect / Scorched - Final State of Existence, Reckless Love - inVader, Relapse Records, Reptilian (Norway) - Perennial Void Traverse, Rise Above Records, Rodeostar / SPV, ROYAL HUNT - Cargo, Ruach Raah / Ordem Satanica - Tradicao Decadente, SACRED FEW - Beyond the Iron Walls, Sarvas, Saturnal, Savage Master - With Whips And Chains, Secret Entertainment, Serpentfyre / Dolentia, Shadow Kingdom, Spinefarm Records, Steamhammer / SPV, Steel Jungle - Soidinmenot, Surgical Meth Machine, svart records, Teloch - Thus Darkness Spake, Tendagruta - Ensalmo Do Sargaco, The Fog (Germany) - Perpetual Blackness, THE TREATMENT - Generation Me, THE UNGUIDED - Lust and Loathing, third eye cinema podcast, Throatruiner Records, Thunderstone - Apocalypse Again, Tombs - All Empires Fall, TOMBSTALKER - Black Crusades, Tombstoned - II, True Black Dawn - Come The Colorless Dawn, True Lows, Uada - Devoid Of Light, Unhuman Disease - De Templi Autem Veteris Serpentis, VERDUN - The Eternal Drift's Canticles, Vicisolum Productions, W.T.C. Productions, WALLS OF JERICHO - "Relentless", War Arts Productions, Wicked Maraya - Lifetime In Hell, Wild Kingdom, Winterhorde - Maestro, Wyrd - Death Of The Sun
Ever since our March Roundup arrived a week early, the virtual desk has been awash with one hopefully amenable if not awesome release after another (yes, you can tell the introduction’s being written before diving into all of this stuff…).
In point of fact, there are so many new labels and bands, not to mention a few returning champions here and there, that this may actually be the largest review cycle to date. And being the glutton for punishment that I am, I say, keep ’em coming, folks.
Postscript: a few weeks later and about 80% of the reviews complete, all I can say is there must be something in the air. Not only have there been a veritable landslide of releases to cover this month, but – and no, we haven’t gone soft all of a sudden – a surprising number of them are actually good. And I mean across all genres.
Say what the f***?!?
Must be something going down, and it ain’t with us…
And when we find ourselves giving the nod to bands previously and deservedly slagged mercilessly…all we can do is shake our heads in pleased disbelief.
So if you’re ready for this one…
Time to kick it into full throttle. Onward!