Reviews by Simon Milburn

  • 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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  • Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds
  • Machine Head

    Bloodstone & Diamonds

    By Simon Milburn | 11 November, 2014

    Their most ambitious release to date

    It’s been 20 years this year since Oakland (California, U.S.A.) quartet Machine Head delivered their quintessential debut, Burn My Eyes - an album that was a part of an elite grou...

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  • Obituary - Inked in Blood
  • Obituary

    Inked in Blood

    By Simon Milburn | 07 November, 2014

    Floridian death metal legends deliver once again

    As much as some bands get absolute grief from fans and the press alike for just doing the same thing all the time - releasing an album that sounds the same, looks the same, et cetera...

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  • Ohhms - Bloom
  • Ohhms

    Bloom

    By Simon Milburn | 07 November, 2014

    In bloom

    Once upon a time, a two track release was considered a CD single, or if you’re old enough like I am, a 7” single or sometime after that, a high tech cassingle. Ahhh those were the days. Or something. But in thi...

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  • Revocation - Deathless
  • Revocation

    Deathless

    By Simon Milburn | 07 November, 2014

    Fast and furious

    Revocation is, quite simply put, a machine. Looking at their history after changing their name from Cryptic Warning in 2006, since the release of their debut album in 2008, titled Empire of the Obscene, th...

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  • Ozzy Osbourne - Memoirs of a Madman
  • Ozzy Osbourne

    Memoirs of a Madman

    By Simon Milburn | 07 November, 2014

    Memoirs forgets the early years

    Best of releases are relatively entertaining and interesting releases to review usually. True fans, the hardcore, die-hard fans probably don’t give two shits about them really because they have...

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  • Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out
  • Exodus

    Blood In, Blood Out

    By Simon Milburn | 15 October, 2014

    Part of the old guard returns and the result is scorching

    The age old argument about who should be in the “big four” if it were expanded beyond that always amuses me. Big Four or big five or big seven - whatever. Bah. Who ...

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  • Godflesh - A World Lit Only by Fire
  • Godflesh

    A World Lit Only by Fire

    By Simon Milburn | 15 October, 2014

    An inspirational fire inside cannot be denied

    As a long time Godflesh fan since the Streetcleaner days, I for one was in a state of flux with a mix of excitement and curiosity as to what a new Godflesh release would mean and ...

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  • Sick of it All - Last Act of Defiance
  • Sick of it All

    Last Act of Defiance

    By Simon Milburn | 15 October, 2014

    These heavyweights are a long way from their last act...

    There really is only one word to describe Queens, New York (U.S.A.) hardcore legends Sick of it All and that is ‘consistent’. With a lengthy career approaching the i...

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  • Godflesh - Decline and Fall EP
  • Godflesh

    Decline and Fall EP

    By Simon Milburn | 02 July, 2014

    Their long awaited return delivers

    We all know just how much of a turning point in metal the ‘80s were. There were many pioneering acts pushing the boundaries of musical extremity from that era, but possibly none more so than Bir...

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  • Wretched - Cannibal
  • Wretched

    Cannibal

    By Simon Milburn | 30 June, 2014

    Plenty of bark and one hell of a bite

    There is one very big reason why a band like Wretched will continue to fly under the radar of most metal fans out there - they are on Victory Records. Now, it’s not because Victory aren&rsquo...

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  • Body Count - Manslaughter
  • Body Count

    Manslaughter

    By Simon Milburn | 27 June, 2014

    BC’s back in the house...

    In 1992, no one saw Body Count coming. Their debut album, originally called Cop Killer and soon after re-titled as simply Body Count, was the centre of a shitstorm thanks to the album&r...

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  • Corrosion of Conformity - IX
  • Corrosion of Conformity

    IX

    By Simon Milburn | 27 June, 2014

    Long-running act falls short of the mark

    There was a time that I would look forward to a new record from thrash-crossover-cum-southern-sludge-rockers Corrosion of Conformity. I’m familiar with all of their albums but always found...

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  • Hirax - Immortal Legacy
  • Hirax

    Immortal Legacy

    By Simon Milburn | 23 June, 2014

    There can be only one...

    ... Hirax. This long standing, Los Angeles (U.S.A) based thrash act has a history spanning three decades and a revolving door of musicians that centres around vocalist Katon W. De Pena. For whatever reason, Hir...

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  • Sabbatory - Endless Asphyxiating Gloom
  • Sabbatory

    Endless Asphyxiating Gloom

    By Simon Milburn | 19 June, 2014

    Countless classic death metal riffs...

    There really are a lot of influences at play on Sabbatory’s debut long player, Endless Asphyxiating Gloom. The bio mentions German death metallers Morgoth and Swiss metal masters Ce...

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  • Skinfather - None Will Mourn
  • Skinfather

    None Will Mourn

    By Simon Milburn | 10 June, 2014

    Dismember worship with a twist

    I’ve said before there’s quite the influx of old school Swedeath worship lately. Some are rip offs, some take elements of various acts from that era and kind of do their own thing. Then there ...

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  • Miasmal - Cursed Redeemer
  • Miasmal

    Cursed Redeemer

    By Simon Milburn | 04 June, 2014

    Redeemed and something to remember

    There are a lot of bands going around these days that really are pushing the ‘everything old is new again’ mantra hard. In particular, it holds true for thrash as well as traditional Swedi...

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  • From Hell - Ascent from Hell
  • From Hell

    Ascent from Hell

    By Simon Milburn | 04 June, 2014

    Never judge a book by its cover

    Concept album and supergroup - those ideas alone are a cause for concern for fans, let alone when they’re mixed together. From Hell are a new “supergroup” comprised of well known musici...

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  • Death - Leprosy (Deluxe Reissue)
  • Death

    Leprosy (Deluxe Reissue)

    By Simon Milburn | 04 June, 2014

    Essential death metal opus reissue hits the mark

    We’re being inundated with reissues and anniversary editions of, and I hate to say it, classic albums these days. Some have really hit the mark, others have pulled up short. I&rsqu...

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