Ironsword – Overlords of Chaos
Now that retro true metal is upon us - see Earache's Heavy Metal Killers compilation (reviewed here) and Metal Blade's recent signing of Ravage - perhaps the "true" true stuff will get its due. Portugal's Ironsword is the real deal, having been blessed by Manilla Ro…
Catacombe – Memoirs
by Cosmo Lee
If in 2008, you asked me to hear an instrumental NeurIsis band with a drum machine, I would sooner have asked to be shot in the face. Luckily, I gave Memoirs (Poison Tree, 2008) a chance. It's gorgeous and suspends my cynicism about the NeurIsis sound
Black Cobra, Corpus Christii, Vader, and more
Up at Decibel, I have reviews of Blotted Science (new project of Ron Jarzombek), Devian (new project of Legion, ex-Marduk), and Rigor Sardonicous (slower-than-slow dooooom), as well as a feature on Portuguese black metallers Corpus Christii, whose recent record Rising is sick-sick-sick

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