This has been a fantastic year for albums and the only down side this brings is trying to select a year-end list befitting of such a year - it’s very easy to criticise lists but I can assure compiling them is far from straight forward. As testimony to the standard of this year’s releases I’ve opted to select three albums for the number one spot. This is not a cop-out in any way, shape or form, merely a reflection of just how good this year has been and the three albums in question are exemplary releases that I just couldn’t and don’t want to split – which is why my list ends at 18. There are also a few albums such as those from Swallowed, Triptykon and Winterfylleth, amongst others, that are missing from my list – this is merely because I won’t get my grubby mitts on them until Christmas.
December 21, 2014
December 20, 2014
Vircolac - Codex Perfida (2014)
Iron Bonehead Productions
Review by Trevor Proctor
Ever the source of exciting and fresh underground music, once again Iron Bonehead has dredged the depths of Hell and unearthed another gem. Not content with supplying us top-notch bands such as Malthusian and Zom, Dublin has another new band to be proud of - Vircolac. Named after a Ukrainian werewolf this four piece death metal band is another Irish band you’ll be hearing a lot more of in the near future.
December 10, 2014
With 2014 being such a productive year it was always going to be difficult to select a year-end list of favourites. Narrowing EP, 7” and demo releases down to a list of ten has been a nightmare – the only thing that will prove even more difficult is an album list which is due to follow from both Jude and myself over the next few weeks. Anyhow, here’s my selection along with links to the relevant labels etc. And by the way, I cheated slightly as there’s eleven releases covered; the joint number ten features two seriously excellent debuts that were simply impossible to split. - Trevor Proctor
December 7, 2014
Voices – London (2014)
Review by Jude Felton
Last year saw Voices debut album, the obnoxiously titled but musically superior, From the Human Forest Create a Fugue of Imaginary Rain, lay waste to my eardrums. The band, having risen from the ashes of UK band Akercocke, were not about to rest on any laurels and release a sub-par album. It was, and still is, an outstanding debut. Now, with a European release date in 2014, and 2015 in the US (due to a distribution change with Candlelight), they spew forth their follow-up, the abruptly named London, and what a perfect title it is.
December 5, 2014
You either love them or hate them, or couldn't give a shit either way, but as the year draws slowly to a close you know there'll be 'best of' lists cropping up everywhere. Well, we're no different here at the Lair, and we do like to celebrate our personal favorites of the year. So, this year we're kicking off things with my pick of the singles, EP's and demo's of 2014. We'll be adding Trevor's lists over the coming weeks, as well as my album choice, so just have fun with it! I've also included links to purchase physical copies of these phenomenal releases.
December 2, 2014
Zom - Flesh Assimilation (2014)
Invictus Productions (Europe)/Dark Descent Records (US)
Review by Trevor Proctor
Since the 2011 release of their demo cassette via Invictus Productions Zom have been creating rumbles in the catacombs of Ireland’s death metal underground. The demand for this demo was so great it was re-issued on vinyl during 2013 with a bonus track, Ethereal Frost. A second demo was released in 2012 and featured three tracks; one of which was Ethereal Frost and the other two were Multiversal Holocaust and Terror of the Cosmos – in turn these two tracks got re-released on a limited 7” vinyl, again due to immense demand for their music.
November 28, 2014
UK black metal group, Sidious, have just released their excellent debut album, Revealed in Profane Splendour, through the terrific French label Kaotoxin Records. This follows on from their EP, Ascension to the Throne ov Self, and both have been reviewed on these filthy pages. So, what better time to catch up with the band and fire a few questions at them? Now, of course!
November 25, 2014
American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore (2014)
Review by Jude Felton
When it was first announced that there was to be an American Guinea Pig film, I’ll admit to not being especially excited. The original Japanese is one that is incredibly notorious, due mainly to the Flower of Flesh and Blood installment. It’s this one in particular that most people associate with the films, and is incredibly savage. There are a couple of other good ones, but there are also some that are particularly forgettable.