Reviews by Simon Milburn

  • 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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  • Memoriam - For the Fallen
  • Memoriam

    For the Fallen

    By Simon Milburn | 16 March, 2017

    Upfront and in the interest of transparency, I’ve been a Bolt Thrower fan since I heard “World Eater” (from 1989’s Realm of Chaos). When War Master was released in 1991, it cemented my love for the band. T...

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  • Armored Saint - Carpe Noctum
  • Armored Saint

    Carpe Noctum

    By Simon Milburn | 15 March, 2017

    There’s always a little bit of excitement associated with a new release from the criminally underrated Armored Saint. Even if it’s a live album such as their latest one, dubbed Carpe Noctum, for me there&rsquo...

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  • Mors Principium Est - Embers of a Dying World
  • Mors Principium Est

    Embers of a Dying World

    By Simon Milburn | 14 March, 2017

    Melodic death metal, or melo-death, is just another genre that is rather saturated these days. Sure there were the pioneers that would always be just that bit ahead of the pack as numbers within the genre would increase rapidly. But just behind th...

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  • Glare of the Sun - -Soil-
  • Glare of the Sun

    -Soil-

    By Simon Milburn | 23 February, 2017

    Doom/post-metal. I remember when doom was just Candlemass, Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Trouble. Now there’s post-metal doom, and post-something-or-other-core and the silly list of names used to describe bands goes on, and on, and on. No label...

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  • Sodom - Decision Day
  • Sodom

    Decision Day

    By Simon Milburn | 24 January, 2017

    I have to admit I’m in awe of some of the bands with careers either beyond or rapidly approaching the three decade mark who are still churning out albums these days. At the same time, I’m glad that these bands, some of which were param...

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  • Pestilence - Presence of the Pest
  • Pestilence

    Presence of the Pest

    By Simon Milburn | 02 December, 2016

    There are always bands that you’ll never get to see live in this fine country that we live in. One of those acts for me is Dutch death metallers Pestilence. Originally formed in 1986 by guitarist and vocalist Patrick Mameli and drummer Marco...

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  • Lamb of God - The Duke
  • Lamb of God

    The Duke

    By Simon Milburn | 30 November, 2016

    Extended plays - aka EPs - are a funny thing. They are somewhat of a rarity these days really. Back in the days of CD singles, or if you’re old enough like me, cassingles and seven inch and twelve inch singles, they were more common. But tha...

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  • Superheist - Ghosts of the Social Dead
  • Superheist

    Ghosts of the Social Dead

    By Simon Milburn | 29 November, 2016

    Why do bands feel the need to try and revive a genre or style that’s been a long time dead? I’m talking about nu-metal. Sure, Korn are still sticking at it and doing their thing rather well to be honest. But the rest of those bands tha...

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  • Watchtower - Concepts of Math: Book One
  • Watchtower

    Concepts of Math: Book One

    By Simon Milburn | 26 October, 2016

    Watchtower is a band that I discovered waaaaaaay back in the day when Rage playing metal clips of any description was a rarity. It wasn’t a monthly thing or anything like that. It was a once in a blue moon thing and there was no internet or ...

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  • Obituary - Ten Thousand Ways to Die
  • Obituary

    Ten Thousand Ways to Die

    By Simon Milburn | 26 October, 2016

    I like that Obituary are still going after all these years. Sure they enjoyed the usual hiatus there for a few years - seven in fact, but when they returned with 2005’s Frozen in Time, it was clear the band never missed a beat. Trut...

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  • Vulture - Victim to the Blade
  • Vulture

    Victim to the Blade

    By Simon Milburn | 18 July, 2016

    Speed metal is one of those genres that sit in between two other major genres. For example, deathcore sits smack bang in the middle of death metal and hardcore. Speed metal to me sits in the middle of thrash metal and traditional metal. Whilst the...

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  • Gojira - Magma
  • Gojira

    Magma

    By Simon Milburn | 08 July, 2016

    Many will say that I’m jaded, old, disconnected from “today’s metal” and a hater. To their credit, there’s some truth in some or all of those things. I’ll leave it for you to figure out. The simple fact is that ...

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  • Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us
  • Nails

    You Will Never Be One of Us

    By Simon Milburn | 28 June, 2016

    This year has already seen a mountain of albums hit the shelves of your favourite store, be it a bricks and mortar store or one of the many digital options. I think it’s fair to say that one of the most anticipated albums of 2016 is You ...

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  • Gruesome - Dimensions of Horror
  • Gruesome

    Dimensions of Horror

    By Simon Milburn | 28 June, 2016

    With Relapse records wrapping up their series of deluxe “everything including the kitchen sink” multi-CD and LP Death reissues this month, it seems only fitting that Gruesome also return with a new EP to boot. Titled Dimensions of ...

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  • Phobocosm - Bringer of Drought
  • Phobocosm

    Bringer of Drought

    By Simon Milburn | 14 June, 2016

    To most people, Canada means snow, ice hockey, maple leaves, mounties, Nickelback, Alanis Morrisette, and Bryan Adams. To metal heads, all bar the last three items in that list hold true. In addition to that, Canada also means Annihilator, Gorguts...

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