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Paul Castles

Paul Castles lives in the home of metal, Birmingham, UK, from where he writes about the extreme metal scene for a number of respected online and print journals.

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The new album from UK doom trio 11Paranoias is not so much an aural attack of the senses as an astrological one. Such is the trio’s fixation with the bigger picture that Asterismal develops into a truly immersive cosmic listening experience. 11Paranoias have been around for eight years and this is their fifth album

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If any UK doom releases pass through the assured hands of Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studios you can rest assured it almost comes with a quality stamp embedded through its core. The latest release to emanate from the hallowed north west of England’s doom control centre is Yn Ol I Annwn,

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Dead Witches were in no mood to gamble when embarking on the recording of their new album. To ensure they captured just the right measure of Hammer Horror and goth suspense they headed to the bewitching woodlands of the New Forest in deepest Dorset, even taking additional care when booking

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President Macron has been forced to call in his stormtroopers to quell the socio-politico uprising of the yellow vest brigade in Paris. Understandable, perhaps, as for successive weekends the Champs Elysees started to resemble a Beirut battleground rather than one of Europe’s most select shopping avenues. Perhaps a more peaceful

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Listening to UN is not really the best idea if you’re preparing for a big night of revelry with friends. By the time you’ve listened to all four tracks you’re far more likely to want to crawl back into bed and pull the covers up over your head than go

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  Since Windhand first dipped their toe in the not so murky waters of melodic doom, they have not been short of admirers. Mid-paced, with fuzzed up grooves that you could open a tin of peas with, and of course the smoky vocals of Dorthia Cottrell. What’s not to like

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