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June 12, 2012 0 Comments

Steff Metal reviews Jess and the Ancient Ones


Jess and the Ancient Ones are a Finnish “occult metal” outfit signed to Svart Records, the Finnish label famed for beautiful vinyl releases, so it’s no surprise you can also get this album as a beautifully-packaged gatefold vinyl. When I’m told a band is “occult metal”, I expect something closer […]

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June 29, 2011 0 Comments

Metalheads who Read: The Countess by Rebecca Johns

In 2010, Rebecca Johns (author of Icebergs) wrote a fictionalized account of the life of Countess Bathory (whom I’ve profiled in my Metal history column – see Metal History: Countess Bathory), the hungarian noblewomen accused of torturing and murdering hundreds of servant girls and bathing in their blood. Although many […]

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October 14, 2010 1 Comment

Gospel of Filth: A Bible of Decadence and Darkness review

Love them or hate them, Cradle of Filth were arguably one of the first bands to define a specific sound for English extreme metal. For nearly twenty years now, the band have been producing their extreme blend of decadence and debauchery, mixing the tropes of gothic literature, horror films, real-life […]

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