Author: Rick Eaglestone

Reign A.D./ The Oracle – The Mountain Peaks of Prophecy


Has it been over a year since The Oracle released an official release? As I sit in my darkened hollow I have to cast my mind back. As I pour through the entity’s releases it sure becomes apparent. So when the news dropped that a release was on its way that a split would be issued with Reign A.D. a U.K. act Cloaked in as much mysticism as that of the aforementioned act I knew I had to speak with the entity behind The Oracle.


Fluisteraars confirmed for Fortress Festival 2024

After the second headline announcement yesterday, Fortress Festival confirm another UK debut. This time from Dutch Duo Fluisteraars 



Misþyrming confirmed for Fortress Festival 2024

Fortress Festival announce the Headlining performance from Icelandic black metal act Misþyrming will be another UK exclusive for 2024 as a second stage headliner




Aldorfrea – Dark Fables Of The Night


Something wicked this way comes from the northern shores as the unholy trio of Aldorfrea unveil their latest offering Dark Fables of the Night 


Rogue Limb – Actus Reus

Nottingham’s neurotic hardcore duo Rogue Limb unleash their unhinged debut album Actus Reus 



Right the outset of Hoarder I’m already making a prediction that this album is going to be blistering wave of unappareled aggression and what I will say that so far I’m being proved correct but what I also like are the tempos and subtle weave of guitar parts just before Shatter Them unleashes wave upon wave of musical influences that you really feel has been really honed in on.

The album lead single Sirenhead  perfectly encapsulates the overall aesthetic and style of the debut, but with a nice late noughties element. I am yet to see Rogue Limb live (Looking at you Tap n Tumbler Nov 18) but can imagine this being a particular live favourite, this is then complemented by the maniacal and murky soundscapes of The Wound 


The album continues with Fuckboy which would be a great track to really annoy neighbours with but knowing mine I would have to turn it up, this is followed by the groove laden Doomscroller which for me is the  debuts’ crowning glory  as although it has that groove, its lyrical content is bleak – sidenote I also included this track on the latest edition of The Boneyard which you can find here 

Hands down the albums most furious offering comes in the from Light Pillar which continues to reinforce my earlier prediction and serving as a great aperitif to the formidable nature of Squatter.

Finally the album concludes with An Echo which gives me time to appreciate and reflect on this debut overall, the duo chose to not to release a Demo or EP before this and I have to say that it was a wise choice as it has really given them the creative freedom to really form a musical identity and concentrate of the musicianship for and incredibly strong and brutal debut.

Actus Reus is out now

Cult Burial – Reverie of the Malignant

London’s Cult Burial return to once again journey into the eerie realms with new album Reverie of the Malignant 


Ghül – Thangorodrim



Ghül today stand at the highest peaks of middle-earth to unveil the first offering Thangorodrim from their upcoming album Hell of Iron which feature guest vocals from abduction’s overlord A/V


Grave Pilgrim – The Bigotry of Purpose


Oregon’s duo of chivalric violence and hideous cruelty Grave Pilgrim    return with their second full length  The Bigotry of Purpose 


First Bands For Celestial Darkness 2024 Announced


With this years Cosmic Void Festival imminent (15-17 September) the festival have today announced the first seven bands for Celestial Darkness Festival next year.


Fortress Festival announce first bands for 2024


Scarborough will once again hold the second Fortress Festival with today seeing the wave of bands announced as well as the sale of early bird tickets