Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Meads of Asphodel-‘Damascus Steel’

 

 

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Razed Soul Productions

Reviewed by Steve Earles

Ten out of Ten

This is the third full-length Meads of Asphodel album, and the third of Razed Soul’s fine reissues of the Meads’ back catalogue.

This is as it should be. The Meads of Asphodel are one of the most significant, fearless and innovative bands to emerge from the British underground scene.

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NOCTURNAL WITCH – “Summoning Hell”

March 22nd 2014 by Undercover Records

German Black/Thrash Metal

8/10 – Luke Hayhurst

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Those Germans are at it again! From a country with a superb metal pedigree and a delicious underground extreme metal scene comes a debut album from one of their rising stars, Nocturnal Witch!

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Rippikoulu – Ulvaja

 

 

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Svart Records

Release: 13 June 2014

Finnish Death/Doom

10/10

Review by Susanne Sinmara

So, I’m not normally a particularly big death/doom fan, but this album has definitely caught me by surprise, and it’s fast becoming one of my favourite albums of the year. It’s not really an album as such actually, just an EP, but if this is a taster of what’s to come, it’s going to be grand.

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‘With the Tanks 1916-1918’ by W.H.L Watson

 

With the Tanks 1916-1918’ by W.H.L Watson

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Published by Pen & Sword

Reviewed by Steve Earles

One of the side-effects of the centenary of the Great War is the proliferation of superb books on the war’s history. Some of these books are new, and others are much-desired reprints of books written after the war by the men who were there. There are some superb books from the period still out of print, ‘Tattered Banners’ by Paul Rodzianko for instance, something I’d love to see an innovative publishing hose rectify.

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‘Blood Rites: The Origins and History of the Passions of War’ by Barbara Ehrenreich

 

Blood Rites: The Origins and History of the Passions of War’ by Barbara Ehrenreich

Published by Granta

Reviewed by Steve Earles

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One of the most life-changing books I have ever read was Barbara Ehrenreich’s ‘Nickledand Dimed’, where Barbara went undercover in America to see how the paid misfortunes who work in, for instance, the cleaning trade or the fast food industry, are treated. When you’ve finished reading it, you realise the terrible extent of how humans exploit other humans. No other living creature on Earth behaves like this, yet we consider ourselves ‘advanced’.

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