Hellfrost and Fire is the latest vehicle for one of the greatest extreme metal voices ever to emerge from the UK, Dave Ingram. And whilst our hero signally fails to cover any new ground on Fire, Frost and Hell, by sticking to the tried and tested he’s delivered one of the best albums he’s ever been involved with.

At the root of all this is the utterly titanic guitar sound generated by Rick “Dennis” DeMusis, an earthshaking, move-any-mountain landslide of heaviness that is utterly devastating in it’s own, unalloyed, simply brutal way and which bolsters every song with an infectious ‘air guitars at the ready!’ joie de morte that is impossible to ignore. Second track Black Secrets In The Splintering Walls plays host to one of the most unforgiving chugs it’s ever been my pleasure to be pinned to the sofa by, as well as a nice little playful homage to Celtic Frost‘s Into The Crypts of Rays, which gives a little insight into one of the major influences of this skull-splitting record…

Memoriam/As The World Dies axe slinger Scott Fairfax contributes some on-point lead work across the album, but in all honesty F, F and H isn’t about flashy guitar – it’s about the all-in, immersive experience that only the best old school death metal can give the listener. In fact, listener is probably the wrong word to use here as you don’t simply listen to tracks like Meridian’s Acquisition or superb closer Within and Without The Emperor’s Frontier – you just wallow in the power and let it envelop you…

Standout cut The Lost King And The Heir Apparent is Hellfrost and Fire at their most groovily accessible – the camp spoken word intro might even remind you of Cradle of Filth in it’s inimitably British, Hammer Horror way – but whatever way you get your kicks from low slung, filthy death metal you’ll find something to tickle your tastebuds here. Essential listening.

Fire, Frost and Hell releases on March 18th.