Reviews by Simon Milburn

  • Ohhms - Cold
  • Ohhms


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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  • Evil Invaders - Pulses of Pleasure
  • Evil Invaders

    Pulses of Pleasure

    By Simon Milburn | 08 May, 2015

    Caveat emptor!

    Belgium isn’t really the hot bed of metal acts, is it? I mean, really, go on... name some metal bands that hail from Belgium. If you put your Google-fu to work, sure, there’s quite a lengthy list. But in ...

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  • Unleashed - Dawn of the Nine
  • Unleashed

    Dawn of the Nine

    By Simon Milburn | 07 May, 2015

    Swedeath legends ride into battle again

    When I first heard Unleashed’s debut album upon its release, I was blown away by the overall ferocity of it as well as the songs themselves. Memorable riffs, excellent compositions and ...

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  • Gorefest - La Muerte (Reissue)
  • Gorefest

    La Muerte (Reissue)

    By Simon Milburn | 14 April, 2015

    The return of the gore!

    When Dutch death metal masters Gorefest reunited in 2004 after their nine year run ended in 1998, they returned truer to their roots more so than their incarnation towards the latter part of their first run....

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  • Gorefest - Mindloss (Reissue)
  • Gorefest

    Mindloss (Reissue)

    By Simon Milburn | 13 April, 2015

    An oldie but a goodie sees the light of day again

    We all know that in the history of death metal, the focus was always around Florida (U.S.A.) and Sweden more so than any other part of the world. That’s basic death metal hist...

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  • All That Remains - The Order of Things
  • All That Remains

    The Order of Things

    By Simon Milburn | 08 April, 2015

    The first song title sums it up

    Without going into a full on history lesson for All That Remains, I must admit it surprised me that The Order of Things is album number seven for the group. As someone that first heard them ...

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  • Halshug - Blodets Bånd
  • Halshug

    Blodets Bånd

    By Simon Milburn | 08 April, 2015

    Brutal is as brutal does

    Halshug, hailing from Copenhagen Denmark pull no fucking punches at all. If the band’s name, which translates as “to decapitate”, isn’t enough to give you some insight into the fury ...

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  • Ur Draugr - The Wretched Ascetic
  • Ur Draugr

    The Wretched Ascetic

    By Simon Milburn | 24 March, 2015

    Short and sweet and leaves you wanting more

    Australia’s west coast is a long way from having the population of its opposing shoreline but there seems to be a reasonable number of acts metal popping up over there. From the day...

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