Dismal Spells from the Dragonrealm by Finland’s Druadan Forest isn’t black metal, isn’t goth or darkwave, and most definitely isn’t your average ambient mixer – but it shares common elements of all these as it binds together sweeping sonic portraits of darkness, despair and dread, making this fantasy soundtrack from Werewolf Records a perfect example of dungeon synth done right.

Finnish death metallers Decaying are proud to announce that their third full-length album The Last Days Of War is set for release on May 20th via Hellthrasher Productions. The follow-up to their acclaimed sophomore effort Encirclement features eight new tracks with a total running of 46 minutes and marks the debut of new bass player Sebastian Bergman. A new song entitled “Code Name Overlord” can be streamed via a YouTube clip below!

It’s always nice to find a jewel of a release in the sea of endless promo albums that come my way. It’s not that there aren’t a lot of good releases or acts, it’s just that it’s always cool to find an overlooked gem in the promo pile… Fall of the Idols being one of those such gems. The band’s CD, Solemn Verses, was recently sent to me by Ihate Records and to be honest, I wasn’t really expecting much. The artwork is cool and all, but with a name like Fall of the Idols I was expecting something like power metal.

On January 25th, 2013 Dark Descent Records and Woodcut Records will unleash Poisoned Void, the debut full-length from Finnish death metal four-piece Vorum. One of the most devastating bands in Finland’s underground death metal scene, Vorum blend uncompromising aggression and a hauntingly murky atmosphere with moments of earth-swallowing death/doom for an album that will crush skulls and send children screaming out of the room in fright. A promo video for the track “Dance of Heresy” has been posted online – listen below!