Reviews by Simon Milburn

  • Megadeth - Dystopia
  • Megadeth

    Dystopia

    By Simon Milburn | 11 February, 2016

    It’s funny that Megadeth are still one of those bands that I get excited about when I know there is a new release on the horizon.  The rest of the big four as well as any of the other significant others of that ilk bring the same. You k...

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  • Voivod - Post Society
  • Voivod

    Post Society

    By Simon Milburn | 10 February, 2016

    It’s almost surreal to contemplate that Canada’s Voivod have been going at it - in various forms of course - for well over thirty years. They are one of the few acts not only with that kind of longevity but also who have really managed...

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  • Lost Society - Braindead
  • Lost Society

    Braindead

    By Simon Milburn | 09 February, 2016

    When fellow TMF reviewer Simon Crawley covered Lost Society’s 2014 effort, Terror Hungry, I must admit I was a little late to the party. By the time I read his review and checked out the album enough for it to sink in, I was somewha...

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  • Ektomorf - Aggressor
  • Ektomorf

    Aggressor

    By Simon Milburn | 09 February, 2016

    Ahhh Ektomorf, I know what you’re all about. If you’re not familiar with this Hungarian quartet, they are not just influenced by Roots-era Sepultura and early Soulfly, they live and breathe it. There’s more than a few ti...

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  • Snail - Feral
  • Snail

    Feral

    By Simon Milburn | 19 October, 2015

    For all of the underrated bands that have come and gone over the years - and no doubt that number is larger than many suspect - there’s always the odd stalwart that disappears from the scene for whatever reason before making a comeback. Some...

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  • Harlott - Proliferation
  • Harlott

    Proliferation

    By Simon Milburn | 15 October, 2015

    For the uninitiated, a band with the name of Harlott suggests that they should be playing the classy clubs of the L.A. glam scene of the ‘80’s. You’d expect them to pop up as regulars at the Roxy and the Troubadour alongside Motl...

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  • Five Finger Death Punch - Got Your Six
  • Five Finger Death Punch

    Got Your Six

    By Simon Milburn | 14 October, 2015

    I kind of like to think that I get to listen to a lot of varied styles of metal doing what I do here. To a point, I think that’s true. As an example, I get to listen to thrash, death, black, sludge, stoner, grind, traditional, et cetera and ...

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  • Slayer - Repentless
  • Slayer

    Repentless

    By Simon Milburn | 10 September, 2015

    It pains me to say this about the last album that Jeff Hanneman wrote and recorded with Slayer, but how shitty was 2009’s World Painted Blood? Apart from the title track, I feel the same about the album now as I did when I reviewed ...

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  • Ghost - Meliora
  • Ghost

    Meliora

    By Simon Milburn | 10 September, 2015

    Album number three is rather important. Think about it. Master of Puppets, Reign in Blood, Among the Living. Those albums, and there are of course many more, set quite a high water mark when you think of it. Of course so...

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  • Ohhms - Cold
  • Ohhms

    Cold

    By Simon Milburn | 27 August, 2015

    It only seems like yesterday that I was pleasantly surprised by Ohhms’ debut two track release titled Bloom. There were a lot of styles coming together on that release and it worked very, very well. They way that this Kent (U.K.) qu...

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  • Kronos - Arisen New Era
  • Kronos

    Arisen New Era

    By Simon Milburn | 26 August, 2015

    French extreme metallers Kronos certainly team up with labels as underground and as extreme as the noise they create. Since forming in 1994 as teenagers, after a handful of demos, it wouldn’t be until 2001 that they released their debut long...

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  • Entrails - Obliteration
  • Entrails

    Obliteration

    By Simon Milburn | 26 July, 2015

    “I like my modern old school Swedish death metal sound  with just the tiniest bit of old school Entombed worship,” said no one ever. That’s right because it wouldn’t be modern old school Swedish death metal if it only ...

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  • Dew-Scented - Intermination
  • Dew-Scented

    Intermination

    By Simon Milburn | 25 July, 2015

    Some bands just persist don’t they? I mean, think about it. Some bands come and go, some bands make it, and some bands never make it out of their garage or rehearsal space. Then there are some bands that just persist at doing their thing, ra...

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  • Feared - Synder
  • Feared

    Synder

    By Simon Milburn | 21 July, 2015

    Swedish death thrash act Feared is very productive indeed. Since forming in 2007, the band as averaged almost a release per year. They’ve just released their sixth long player, Synder, but before that, they have five long players an...

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  • Gruesome - Savage Land
  • Gruesome

    Savage Land

    By Simon Milburn | 21 July, 2015

    Whenever it comes to death metal and I mean pure, old school death metal, you cannot go past the band with the name that defines the genre, Death. Chuck Schuldiner and Co. have quite the untouchable discography to their name. Sure things changed a...

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  • Faith No More - Sol Invictus
  • Faith No More

    Sol Invictus

    By Simon Milburn | 25 May, 2015

    Keeping the Faith!

    Faith No More are one of those bands that, to me, any kind of reformation would have to be done right in every conceivable way. It’s a classic case of the planets aligning for it to be everything everyone i...

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  • Coal Chamber - Rivals
  • Coal Chamber

    Rivals

    By Simon Milburn | 17 May, 2015

    Why? Why is this even happening?

    Nu-metal was an interesting era, wasn’t it? Think about it - spiky hair, oversized jumpsuits, and an abundance of jumpdafuckup (JDFU) grooves. Some bands thrived - mostly the pioneers of the m...

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  • Corrosion - Corrosion
  • Corrosion

    Corrosion

    By Simon Milburn | 11 May, 2015

    Ex Trivium drummer swift return with mixed results

    Whenever a band member is fired, it’s never usually pretty. It can devolve into a messy, cringe worthy war of words between parties that often leaves fans feeling as though t...

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  • Morgoth - Ungod
  • Morgoth

    Ungod

    By Simon Milburn | 11 May, 2015

    Reunited old school death metallers deliver the goods

    German death metallers Morgoth really were Europe’s answer to Death. Their earliest EPs - 1989’s Resurrection Absurd and 1990’s The Eternal Fall

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