Reviews by Simon Milburn

  • Deicide - Overtures of Blasphemy
  • Deicide

    Overtures of Blasphemy

    By Simon Milburn | 09 September, 2018

    As one of the pioneering bands from the flourishing Florida (U.S.A.) death metal scene in the very early '90s, it was somewhere after their move to Earache Records that my attention waned. There’s no doubt their first three albums are certif...

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  • Ghost - Prequelle
  • Ghost

    Prequelle

    By Simon Milburn | 08 June, 2018

    Ghost is a band that divides the metal community. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, whatever they do manages to stir up both parties. Since the release of the band’s excellent third long player Meliora almost three years ago, they&r...

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  • Skeletal Remains - Devouring Mortality
  • Skeletal Remains

    Devouring Mortality

    By Simon Milburn | 08 June, 2018

    Goddamnit. Somehow I missed 2015’s Condemned To Misery by Skeletal Remains. The 2012 release by this California (U.S.A.) group, titled Beyond the Flesh, was excellent. So, I’ve no idea how I missed their sophomore eff...

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  • Anthrax - Kings Among Scotland
  • Anthrax

    Kings Among Scotland

    By Simon Milburn | 14 May, 2018

    In the 37 years that Anthrax have been around in one form or another, they’ve released 11 studio albums up to and including 2016’s excellent For All Kings. In and around all of that, they’ve also released six live albums...

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  • Holy Terror - Total Terror
  • Holy Terror

    Total Terror

    By Simon Milburn | 24 March, 2018

    <p>Holy Terror were truly an underground thrash band. Sure those heavily in the scene in the mid to late &lsquo;80&rsquo;s knew of them, and whilst their output was put out by Under One Flag and Roadracer Records back in the day, the...

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  • Godflesh - Post Self
  • Godflesh

    Post Self

    By Simon Milburn | 22 November, 2017

    After an absence of a dozen odd years, the return of U.K. based industrial pioneers Godflesh was welcomed with open arms by fans and many reviewers alike. Three years ago, after the release of a teaser EP dubbed Decline and Fall, mastermi...

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  • All Pigs Must Die - Hostage Animal
  • All Pigs Must Die

    Hostage Animal

    By Simon Milburn | 21 November, 2017

    You know how there are many artists out there, across the many splintered genres of metal, that like to ease you into an album? It might with some acoustic guitars, the fading in of drums, or some kind of atmospheric intro of sorts. Whatever it mi...

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  • Contrive - Slow Dissolve
  • Contrive

    Slow Dissolve

    By Simon Milburn | 19 September, 2017

    Melbourne (Australia) metal act Contrive aren’t exactly the most productive band around. Forming in 1999 by twins Paul and Andrew Haug who then recruited bassist Tim Stahlmann to complete their line-up, it be another six years until their ex...

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  • Haunted, The - Strength in Numbers
  • Haunted, The

    Strength in Numbers

    By Simon Milburn | 19 September, 2017

    When I think of The Haunted, I think of persistence. Vocalists have come and gone, and returned and gone again. Guitarists have left. Drummers have left and returned. Could they be Sweden’s answer to Megadeth in regards to their line-up chan...

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  • Soul Remnants - Ouroboros
  • Soul Remnants

    Ouroboros

    By Simon Milburn | 29 August, 2017

    I first came across Littleton, Massachusetts (U.S.A.) quintet Soul Remnants when I reviewed their 2013 long player, Black and Blood. I still spin the album here and there these days in amongst the slew of new releases that do come in. The...

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  • Dead Cross - Dead Cross
  • Dead Cross

    Dead Cross

    By Simon Milburn | 22 August, 2017

    Dead Cross is a band that had my attention as soon as I heard that Dave Lombardo was associated with it. He of legendary Slayer fame (as well as Grip Inc. and Philm) can do no wrong. Formed initially in late 2015, Dead Cross, who were rounded out ...

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  • Prong - Zero Days
  • Prong

    Zero Days

    By Simon Milburn | 22 July, 2017

    For me, one of the best albums of 2016 was Prong’s X – No Absolutes even with a couple of niggly tracks that didn’t sit well with me. In my review of that album, I pointed out the band’s impressive work ethic since...

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  • Municipal Waste - Slime and Punishment
  • Municipal Waste

    Slime and Punishment

    By Simon Milburn | 22 July, 2017

    I’m sure many of us remember the first time we heard Municipal Waste. Waaaaaaay back when Earache Records were actually still fostering new talent instead of milking their heritage roster for whatever they can get, a little known band and al...

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  • Stone Sour - Hydrograd
  • Stone Sour

    Hydrograd

    By Simon Milburn | 18 July, 2017

    I have to admit that I found it amusing that Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger thought it worthwhile to call out Stone Sour on their success compared to his own band. Now, it’s pretty bloody obvious that the bands are miles apart on the scale...

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  • Danzig - Black Laden Crown
  • Danzig

    Black Laden Crown

    By Simon Milburn | 23 June, 2017

    Let’s get something straight right from the get go. How good are those first three Danzig albums? There are so many good cuts across the four years that brought those fine releases to our ears. Whilst some artists have managed to deliver som...

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  • Steel Panther - Lower the Bar
  • Steel Panther

    Lower the Bar

    By Simon Milburn | 19 April, 2017

    It would be reasonable to be a little worried about Steel Panther. Have they peaked already? Could they hit new highs? Or perhaps, that should be new lows? More than likely, the answer is a little of all of those really. By now, fanthers know what...

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  • Obituary - Obituary
  • Obituary

    Obituary

    By Simon Milburn | 18 April, 2017

    It’s equally easy as it is challenging to review a new release from Obituary. “How is that possible?” you may rightly ask. Well, consider this - it’s a generally safe rule of thumb that Obituary is a known quantity with res...

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  • Body Count - Bloodlust
  • Body Count

    Bloodlust

    By Simon Milburn | 17 March, 2017

    There are always "those" bands that come along at the right point in time and change the musical landscape forever. Bands like The Doors, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Metallica, Death, and many, many others. But sometimes, a band comes along with such in-...

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