Reviews by Simon Milburn

  • 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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  • Putrid Offal - Mature Necropsy
  • Putrid Offal

    Mature Necropsy

    By Simon Milburn | 18 March, 2015

    History lesson with a fresh makeover

    Carcass has a lot to answer for. Really. Gore laced artwork and medical textbook like lyrics aside, there’s no doubt the lads from Liverpool (U.K.) have a place well and truly at the point...

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  • Angelus Apatrida - Hidden Evolution
  • Angelus Apatrida

    Hidden Evolution

    By Simon Milburn | 13 February, 2015

    Blasts off and manages to stumble towards the end

    It seems the modern thrash movement is taking hold in places that one would never associate with thrash. Way back in the day, it was Bay Area or bust. Sure there was New York and Eu...

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  • Iron Lamb - Fool's Gold
  • Iron Lamb

    Fool's Gold

    By Simon Milburn | 11 February, 2015

    Rock out!

    It’s hard to believe it’s been almost four years since Iron Lamb’s debut left a solid impression on me. The album still gets spun regularly and I still love the raw, punk fuelled rock and roll energy tha...

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  • Diablo Blvd - Follow the Deadlights
  • Diablo Blvd

    Follow the Deadlights

    By Simon Milburn | 10 February, 2015

    Kickin' hard time, risin'...

    Belgian (Antwerp) rockers Diablo Blvd are certainly moving up in the metal world. Follow the Deadlights might be the band’s third long player but it is their first for Nuclear Blast after...

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  • Jupiter Zeus - On Earth
  • Jupiter Zeus

    On Earth

    By Simon Milburn | 17 December, 2014

    Slow burnin' rock 'n’ roll

    So apparently hard rock and metal sub genres are so splintered these days that there is such a beast as “psychedelic space doom rock” according to the Jupiter Zeus’ Facebook page. ...

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  • Rise of the Northstar - Welcame
  • Rise of the Northstar

    Welcame

    By Simon Milburn | 17 December, 2014

    Too many influences and bad ideas was never going to end well

    So, if you believe everything you read, then you, like myself, would believe that Rise of the Northstar are a young thrash band. Now, I’m sure that anyone who list...

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  • Dead, The - Deathsteps to Oblivion
  • Dead, The

    Deathsteps to Oblivion

    By Simon Milburn | 03 December, 2014

    Five long, slow paced steps to your destruction

    Australian readers out there may recall the somewhat legendary Brisbane metal band from the 1990’s called Misery. Whilst they may not have conquered the world, they were one of ...

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  • Barrowlands - Thane
  • Barrowlands

    Thane

    By Simon Milburn | 03 December, 2014

    A sorrowful and emotive black metal surprise 

    I’m not normally one to listen to anything black metal related. It’s just not my thing at all. Relentless raspy vocals, one dimensional tremolo picked guitars all wrapp...

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  • Witherscape - The New Tomorrow EP
  • Witherscape

    The New Tomorrow EP

    By Simon Milburn | 01 December, 2014

    Changing things up and teasing us all 

    “Ooooh, there’s a new Witherscape EP on the way,” I thought to myself when I read the post on Facebook. Come to think of it, with the way that Facebook dictates what, wh...

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  • Cavalera Conspiracy - Pandemonium
  • Cavalera Conspiracy

    Pandemonium

    By Simon Milburn | 26 November, 2014

    Three times not so much a charm but much of the same

    To a point, I’m kind of chuffed that half of the original Sepultura line up are doing something together these days. No, I’m not talking about the band that still run...

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  • Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
  • Foo Fighters

    Sonic Highways

    By Simon Milburn | 25 November, 2014

    It’s a long way to the top...

    I’m trying to figure out what has changed with radio these days. When Dave Grohl returned to the music scene with his new project called Foo Fighters and a lead single titled “This is...

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