Reviews by Kyall Robinson

  • Keydragon - Mythical
  • Keydragon


    By Kyall Robinson | 23 February, 2011

    Warning, contains dairy

    I like the word cheese. It’s a nice, solid word that can be used to describe many things. Specifically dairy products (obviously), an excessive amount of something, something so ridiculous that it is pa...

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  • Coliseum - House with a Curse
  • Coliseum

    House with a Curse

    By Kyall Robinson | 30 November, 2010

    Riffs so meaty you could make a steak out of them

    The intro to this album is exactly what is needed to set the tone of the album. Bittersweet and melancholy violin tones guide you towards what is to be one of the most true and passiona...

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  • Son of Aurelius - The Farthest Reaches
  • Son of Aurelius

    The Farthest Reaches

    By Kyall Robinson | 30 November, 2010

    Fully sick bro

    It's good that the internet and music journalism geared towards metal releases exists now, otherwise I think just about every person ever would have written off Son of Aurelius for their incredibly off putting album c...

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  • Amorphis - Magic and Mayhem
  • Amorphis

    Magic and Mayhem

    By Kyall Robinson | 30 November, 2010

    A reminder that the title track still uses the riff from 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida'

    It's been 17 years since Amorphis released 'The Karelian Isthmus', and they still love the Kalevala, so much so that they keep writing albums about it, and n...

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  • Sonic Syndicate - We Rule the Night
  • Sonic Syndicate

    We Rule the Night

    By Kyall Robinson | 01 November, 2010

    Abandon hope, all ye who enter here

    It's like this band has been specifically engineered to make me disillusioned with this new, I don't know, I can't think of a genre that sounds horrific enough to put this band in. It's like defining...

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  • Common Dead - Common Dead
  • Common Dead

    Common Dead

    By Kyall Robinson | 11 August, 2010

    I can dig it

    Common Dead is the one man project of Andrew Laurenson. All instruments, production, everything. That in itself is a commendable effort, what's even more commendable is the fact that this is actually really fucking good...

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  • Indica - A Way Away
  • Indica

    A Way Away

    By Kyall Robinson | 11 August, 2010

    Is 'Girl-Metal' even a term?

    I don't mean to sound sexist by saying that, but how else would you define an all female band that plays poppy, mainstreamed and somewhat metallic sounding music? Too fruity to be called Power Metal, and...

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  • Kvelertak - Kvelertak
  • Kvelertak


    By Kyall Robinson | 30 June, 2010

    I hope you love umlauts

    Perhaps the best way to give the erstwhile listener an impression of what Kvelertak sound like is to let them know who they’re touring with in their home country of Norway, and let them know they sound ...

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  • Blackout - Evil Game
  • Blackout

    Evil Game

    By Kyall Robinson | 29 June, 2010

    A cheese pizza, with a base of cheese, and with cheese topping, served in a cheese box.

    Without a doubt this is the cheesiest thing I have ever listened to. Ever.  From track one to track ten, Blackout deliver minute upon minut...

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  • Die Hard - Nihilistic Visions
  • Die Hard

    Nihilistic Visions

    By Kyall Robinson | 29 June, 2010

    No core in sight

    I’m pretty weird with death metal. I don’t like listening to multiple bands doing the same thing, so a lot of it sounds generic to me or I just write off bands instantly. It’s not my field really, ...

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  • Sabaton - Coat of Arms
  • Sabaton

    Coat of Arms

    By Kyall Robinson | 26 May, 2010

    History is the most metal thing ever

    Sabaton have always seemed interesting to me. Many other power metal bands prefer to have a vocalist that sticks to the higher ranges, whereas Sabaton very much thrive on Joakim Broden's deep and...

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  • One Step Beyond - Life Imitates Art
  • One Step Beyond

    Life Imitates Art

    By Kyall Robinson | 21 May, 2010

    “I said slag off!”

    One Step Beyond are a strange entity indeed. Very difficult to place within a genre, as their style of…death-ish progressive-ish rock-ish metal is something that’s rarely heard. I guess th...

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  • New Blood - Paradise Disintegrates
  • New Blood

    Paradise Disintegrates

    By Kyall Robinson | 19 April, 2010

    Slam that guttural sickness!

    Honestly, I just wanted to put that line in a review, but it's appropriate for this. New Blood are an Australian act that have been getting a little bit of buzz recently, and honestly, seeing their Faceb...

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  • Hellbastard - The Need to Kill/Eco War
  • Hellbastard

    The Need to Kill/Eco War

    By Kyall Robinson | 17 April, 2010

    You can't blame them for trying

    Hellbastard have had a long career of doing nothing particularly interesting, which is unfortunate. These lads have been doing their Nuclear Assault-esque thrash thing for a little while now, and you can...

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  • House of Thumbs - Crossing the Rubicon
  • House of Thumbs

    Crossing the Rubicon

    By Kyall Robinson | 02 March, 2010

    Mike Patton + Slipknot =

    I sometimes get flak for not liking local or Australian bands. I'm told sometimes I should support the local or Australian scene more and give all these bands support. But there's a problem with that. You see...

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  • Eternal Rest - Seize of Anubis
  • Eternal Rest

    Seize of Anubis

    By Kyall Robinson | 01 February, 2010

    Holy shit, these guys are from Toowoomba?

    You could be forgiven for judging Eternal Rest by their name. My first thought was that they'd be another Avenged Sevenfold worship band, but I couldn't be anymore wrong. Eternal Rest are a dea...

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  • Izah - Finite Horizon/Crevice
  • Izah

    Finite Horizon/Crevice

    By Kyall Robinson | 01 February, 2010


    It's hard for any band to give any sort of impression in a short length of time, but Izah do it. 'Finite Horizon/Crevice' may only be a short two track demo, lasting just over 20 minutes, but it's 20 minutes of well constru...

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