Reviews by Simon Milburn

  • 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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  • 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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