Reviews by Simon Milburn

  • 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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  • Merciless Death - Taken Beyond
  • Merciless Death

    Taken Beyond

    By Simon Milburn | 09 June, 2016

    I’m never really sure what to make of bands that share their name with a song from another, usually older, metal band. In some cases, things work out OK to varying degrees of success. Just for a minute think about the likes of Deep Purple, O...

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  • Death - Scream Bloody Gore (Deluxe Reissue)
  • Death

    Scream Bloody Gore (Deluxe Reissue)

    By Simon Milburn | 30 May, 2016

    To be fair, Death is one of those bands who need no introduction. There’s nothing I can add that will elaborate on their diverse and highly regarded discography nor enhance the legacy left by mastermind Chuck Schuldiner. But, here I am, and ...

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  • Devildriver - Trust No One
  • Devildriver

    Trust No One

    By Simon Milburn | 20 May, 2016

    Hiatus. Ugh. That word… again!! Man, if that ain’t a word that’s thrown around by bands like a hot potato these days, I don’t know what is. A band comes along and releases a series of albums. Suddenly, a “hiatus&rdqu...

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  • Apocalypse - Faithless
  • Apocalypse

    Faithless

    By Simon Milburn | 18 May, 2016

    Well, it goes without saying that Divebomb would complete the mission with respect to Apocalypse reissues and they did just that. The Swiss group’s 1993 sophomore and final album, Faithless, has also been given the limited edition a...

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  • October Tide - Winged Waltz
  • October Tide

    Winged Waltz

    By Simon Milburn | 17 May, 2016

    October Tide is, for many, probably a band that would go unnoticed. Formed by Katatonia alumi Fredrik Norrman and Jonas Renske in 1994, the band released their first two long players in Rain Without End (1997) and Grey Dawn (1999...

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  • Apocalypse - Apocalypse (Deluxe Edition)
  • Apocalypse

    Apocalypse (Deluxe Edition)

    By Simon Milburn | 27 April, 2016

    Taking a step back in time, compilation albums actually meant something. These days, in an era of ‘buy one track here, one track there, and rarely the whole album’, they really offer little value and even then they are nothing more tha...

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  • Killswitch Engage - Incarnate
  • Killswitch Engage

    Incarnate

    By Simon Milburn | 26 April, 2016

    I’m sure many of you remember the “New Wave of American Heavy Metal” trend. There was a plethora of bands pushing that barrow including Lamb of God, Unearth, Shadows Fall and of course, Killswitch Engage. Now, it’s probably...

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  • Karma to Burn - Mountain Czar
  • Karma to Burn

    Mountain Czar

    By Simon Milburn | 22 March, 2016

    I’m old enough to remember when “stoner rock” was a new thing. I’m talking about being there when Kyuss released album after amazing album and being lucky enough to see them in concert support Metallica on their 1993 &ldquo...

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  • Prong - X - No Absolutes
  • Prong

    X - No Absolutes

    By Simon Milburn | 08 March, 2016

    Whilst some acts such as Metallica feel the need to take their time when it comes to writing and releasing albums these days, others such as Revocation and Prong churn them out in almost rapid fire succession. The native New Yorkers, since 2012, h...

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  • Anthrax - For All Kings
  • Anthrax

    For All Kings

    By Simon Milburn | 26 February, 2016

    I must admit I’ve been sitting on this album for some time now. For All Kings, studio album number eleven for this long standing New York (U.S.A.) metal act, honestly didn’t sit well with me for the first little while. Of cour...

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