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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Don`t Hear It... Fear It! (with Bonus 7 inch) (Color) (IMPORT) (LP) Cover Art Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Don't Hear It... Fear It! (with Bonus 7 inch) (Color) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition of only 300 copies on purple vinyl. Includes a purple 7 inch!

This band decided to name themselves after a British Naval officer who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Their band name had me thinking of Sir Lord Baltimore. The sound isn't exactly the same as that, but it's in the ballpark or at least the right era. Fuzzy, psychedelic tinged proto-metal is the sound that's at the core of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell's madness. Think the usual suspects like Sabbath and Deep Purple, but also Budgie (that may explain the cover too), Dust, Buffalo and others from that late 60's-to early 70's period when playing heavy music was still in its early stages and these bands were pioneers still figuring out hold to mold and control these sounds. This band captures that raw spirit, and despite having definite influences they still channel their music in such a way that you feel like you experiencing this style for the first time.

When I am given a promo copy of a band entitled Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell with a photo of a man in a giant red chicken head on the cover, I tend to take notice. My first impression was, “Oh my God! Are you having a laugh?” But once Don’t Hear It…Fear It! started spinning I was hooked! What can you say about the album? The band is a throwback to some trippy 70s vibe. The guitars are distorted. The bass guitar is totally in your face. The tone is heavy. The drumming is bombastic. It's got this slow burn southern rock thing happening. Some of the songs are even bluesy with a rock overtone. The only thing missing is the crisp and crackle of needle on vinyl.

Everything about Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s Don’t Hear It… Fear It! is hot! If you are driving in your car down the highway or sitting in traffic on the I95 or M25 this is the album you want spinning. If you are kicked back lounging by yourself or have a few mates over for a BBQ this is the album you want blasting. If you are knee deep in a first person shooter on your XBOX360… oh yesh, you want this album cranked!

Price: 38,000 pts
Angel Witch - As Above, So Below (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Angel Witch - As Above, So Below (IMPORT) (CD)



One of the flag-bearers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal in its early stages, Angel Witch is a band that started out as far back as 1977. The South London-based outfit released three studio albums “Angel Witch”, “Screamin’ ‘n’ Bleedin’” and “Frontal Assault” in the '80s, out of which the self-titled release is considered by many as a cult classic in this genre.

Interestingly, even though all eight tracks on here are completely fresh releases, the album combines old and new incarnations of Angel Witch. Two of the tracks, “Dead Sea Scrolls” and “Witching Hour” date back to the band’s 1983-84 sessions, and two other tracks “Guillotine” and “Into The Dark” are even older. The remaining four tracks are newly written, though. These newly created tunes sound very much like what you’d expect from Angel Witch, but they are clearly different from the older tunes, which is only a natural thing.

The album had me instantly hooked right from its first note, and other than a couple of brief segments here and there, it never let slip of its grip on me. These tunes exemplify the endearing qualities of traditional heavy metal, but in addition, they exude the uniquely dark aura of Angel Witch’s music, something that has always separated them from other bands in the NWOBHM movement. Angel Witch is back, and has delivered an album brimful of heavy metal in its purest form.

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Blood Ceremony - Living with the Ancients (Purple) (IMPORT) (2LP) Cover Art Blood Ceremony - Living with the Ancients (Purple) (IMPORT) (2LP)

Limited edition of only 300 copies on translucent purple vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.

Blood Ceremony‘s distinct style of flute-tinged “witch rock” evolves from an infernal marriage of occult-inspired acid folk and vintage hard rock riffing. After a mind-numbing study of hundreds of witchcraft-themed films, the group began to pour their energies into crafting songs, transforming their fascination for horror into a profane musical vision. Invoking the mischievous “Pipes of Pan“, BLOOD CEREMONY‘s songs are distinguished by singer Alia O’Brien‘s invoking flute solos, accenting an instrument long-associated with a list of devilish figures. Although the tag of “Heavy Metal” may be a stretch, there is a sense of heaviness and funereal gloom in the band’s music — as well as a lyrical obsession with eldritch themes — that aligns them with much of traditional Doom metal. BLOOD CEREMONY keeps it simple and heavy; their songs are tempered with strong, brooding melodies that could readily appeal to fans of Black Sabbath and Black Mountain alike.

Price: 63,000 pts
Blood Ceremony - The Eldritch Dark (Black) (IMPORT) (LP) Cover Art Blood Ceremony - The Eldritch Dark (Black) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition on black colored vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.

Flute. It's all one needs to know that Blood Ceremony is one of those bands that is so far removed from a metal sound that it makes them twice as metallic. It's an inversion you see. Like an upside down cross. It's the same spirit the flute brings to bloody ceremonies. Basically, the use of flute is Blood Ceremony's most obviously identifiable and defining characteristic. The other is Sean Kennedy's big, bad Sabbathian riffs. 2011's 'Living with the Ancients' saw the band move slightly away from the flute at times and go for more of an organ sound (both instruments are played by vocalist Alia O'Brien) and also deeper and darker into the cellar of Doom Metal. 'The Eldritch Dark', the band's third full-length album, sees the band veer sharply into folkier territory, featuring more flute than a renaissance fair and even some violin for good measure. It's the natural and logical direction for the music to go into.

It's this folky/proggy emphasis that provides the album with its dark appeal. We don't often associate folk and bright sounding instruments like the flute and violin with darkness in music, but what Kennedy's riffs don't slather in shadow, O'Brien's lyrics smother in sinister kisses with poisoned lips. She can suggest things even without explicitly saying or showing them, which makes the album all the darker, because the listeners fill in the blanks in their own minds. There are a great many bands and albums out there with a truly genuine 'vintage' sound. Kadavar's 'Abra Kadavar' is one, with a specifically hard rock feel, Purson's The Circle and the Blue Door is another. It sounds like it really could have been released by the Vertigo label in early '71. Chock up 'The Eldritch Dark' in this same category. What makes it stand out among the pack is its neo-acid folk stylings melted across the flaming grill of Kennedy's fretboard. You won't hear anything else like it, not even in the band's own back catalog.

Blood Ceremony is fronted by the dulcet tones of Alia O’Brien whose honeyed tones give the album a mystical feel. As with Purson’s exotic-looking Rosalie Cunningham, O’ Brien has clearly crawled out from under the same rock that once concealed the brooding talents of Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick and Coven’s Jinx Dawson. Not only does O’Brien possess a bewitching vocal, but she also extends her talents to organ and flute which litter this platter. Blood Ceremony most certainly revels in the annals of folklore, and it’s no surprise they’ve toured with the likes of Sweden’s Ghost. Mind you, I much prefer these Canadian rockers to the costumed spooks. The Eldritch Dark is another creepy installment that’ll have you stripping naked and dancing round a woodland fire before you can say “Hocus pocus”.

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Cathedral - The Last Spire (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Cathedral - The Last Spire (IMPORT) (CD)



Cathedral have never been afraid to flirt with different genres through the years and while “The Guessing Game” left many bemused with its multi-layered dark obscurity, curve balls on “The Last Spire” are kept to a minimum as Messrs Dorrian, Jennings, Dixon and Carlson extol the virtues of unadulterated doom.

From the outset, the air of despondency is palpable. The caws of a solitary crow overlay a tolling death knell with Lee Dorrian’s strangled wail of “Bring out your dead” echoing amidst a wall of feedback. What follows is a cacophonous collection of monolithic misery. Gaz Jennings has delved deep into his riff-ridden heart and summoned some of his grittiest sludge-steeped constructions to date. The addition of Rosalie Cunningham’s vocal helps create a Hammer Horror feel while a hammond embellished acoustic mid-section alters the focus before a crescendoing finale. Scott Carlson from Replusion has fit seamlessly into the line-up and his low end rumbling on “Tower of Silence” could curdle blood. Not to be outdone by his band mates, the decrepit “Infestation of Grey Death” spotlights some of Brian Dixon’s finest bludgeoning.

Times have changed since the days of “Witchfinder General" and “Ride”. Throughout “The Last Spire” it feels that Cathedral have come full circle. Nestled somewhere between "The Ethereal Mirror" and "The Forest Of Equilibrium" with shades everything thereafter, this final offering is a fittingly mournful completion to their legacy.

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Cathedral - The Last Spire (White) (IMPORT) (2LP) Cover Art Cathedral - The Last Spire (White) (IMPORT) (2LP)

Limited edition on white vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.

Cathedral have never been afraid to flirt with different genres through the years and while “The Guessing Game” left many bemused with its multi-layered dark obscurity, curve balls on “The Last Spire” are kept to a minimum as Messrs Dorrian, Jennings, Dixon and Carlson extol the virtues of unadulterated doom.

From the outset, the air of despondency is palpable. The caws of a solitary crow overlay a tolling death knell with Lee Dorrian’s strangled wail of “Bring out your dead” echoing amidst a wall of feedback. What follows is a cacophonous collection of monolithic misery. Gaz Jennings has delved deep into his riff-ridden heart and summoned some of his grittiest sludge-steeped constructions to date. The addition of Rosalie Cunningham’s vocal helps create a Hammer Horror feel while a hammond embellished acoustic mid-section alters the focus before a crescendoing finale. Scott Carlson from Replusion has fit seamlessly into the line-up and his low end rumbling on “Tower of Silence” could curdle blood. Not to be outdone by his band mates, the decrepit “Infestation of Grey Death” spotlights some of Brian Dixon’s finest bludgeoning.

Times have changed since the days of “Witchfinder General" and “Ride”. Throughout “The Last Spire” it feels that Cathedral have come full circle. Nestled somewhere between "The Ethereal Mirror" and "The Forest Of Equilibrium" with shades everything thereafter, this final offering is a fittingly mournful completion to their legacy.

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Church of Misery - Master of Brutality (Grey) (IMPORT) (2LP) Cover Art Church of Misery - Master of Brutality (Grey) (IMPORT) (2LP)

Limited edition of only 300 copies on grey vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve. "Japanese style" OBI-strip on left hand side of album. Three bonus tracks.

There's not a song on this album that feels like ‘filler’ material... you´ll get over 40 minutes of (serial)killer riffs and fuzzed drenched boogie rhythms served up in perfect sludge stew when you buy this album... what more can you ask for?

These guys are heavy duty... Along the same lines as Sleep once in a while Church of Misery have won me over with their over the top hardcore vocal approach basted over the doomy mix of blues and metal.

Price: 27,000 pts
Church of Misery - Master of Brutality (Grey/Purple) (IMPORT) (2LP) Cover Art Church of Misery - Master of Brutality (Grey/Purple) (IMPORT) (2LP)

Limited edition of only 300 copies with half grey and half translucent purple vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve. "Japanese style" OBI-strip on left hand side of album. Three bonus tracks.

There's not a song on this album that feels like ‘filler’ material... you´ll get over 40 minutes of (serial)killer riffs and fuzzed drenched boogie rhythms served up in perfect sludge stew when you buy this album... what more can you ask for?

These guys are heavy duty... Along the same lines as Sleep once in a while Church of Misery have won me over with their over the top hardcore vocal approach basted over the doomy mix of blues and metal.

Price: 37,000 pts
Church of Misery - Master of Brutality (Purple) (IMPORT) (2LP) Cover Art Church of Misery - Master of Brutality (Purple) (IMPORT) (2LP)

Limited edition of only 300 copies on translucent purple vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve. "Japanese style" OBI-strip on left hand side of album. Three bonus tracks.

There's not a song on this album that feels like ‘filler’ material... you´ll get over 40 minutes of (serial)killer riffs and fuzzed drenched boogie rhythms served up in perfect sludge stew when you buy this album... what more can you ask for?

These guys are heavy duty... Along the same lines as Sleep once in a while Church of Misery have won me over with their over the top hardcore vocal approach basted over the doomy mix of blues and metal.

Price: 32,000 pts
Church of Misery - The Second Coming (Blue) (IMPORT) (2LP) Cover Art Church of Misery - The Second Coming (Blue) (IMPORT) (2LP)

Limited edition of only 300 copies on translucent blue vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve. "Japanese style" OBI-strip on left hand side of album. Four bonus tracks.

Doom heads are gonna dig on this BIG TIME!

Church of Misery have always delivered some kickass sludge with just the right amount of 70’s hard rock influences. And as always they mostly serve it up with serial killer lyrics.

Price: 25,000 pts
   
 
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