Reviews by Simon Milburn

  • 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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  • 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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