Reviews by Chris Gibbs

  • Pallbearer - Heartless
  • Pallbearer

    Heartless

    By Chris Gibbs | 10 April, 2017

    Melodic doom metal band, Pallbearer, impressed doom lovers across the globe with their excellent 2012 debut, Sorrow and Extinction, and we all rejoiced in the splendour of their 2014 sophomore release, the Billy Anderson produced Foun...

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  • Soen - Lykaia
  • Soen

    Lykaia

    By Chris Gibbs | 20 February, 2017

    When former Opeth drummer Martin Lopez announced the formation of his new progressive band Soen in 2010 with bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Testament), the possibilities of how it would sound were tantalizing. Combining such impressive musiciansh...

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  • Hour of Penance - Cast the First Stone
  • Hour of Penance

    Cast the First Stone

    By Chris Gibbs | 20 February, 2017

    Hailing from Rome, Italy, Hour of Penance has been consistently belting out records of technical death metal for the last 14 years without my knowledge; six of them in fact. In that time, they have weathered substantial line-up changes with not on...

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  • Aversions Crown - Xenocide
  • Aversions Crown

    Xenocide

    By Chris Gibbs | 03 February, 2017

    After signing a deal with Nuclear Blast Records and releasing their 2014 sophomore effort, Tyrant, Brisbane’s Aversions Crown suffered an unfortunate bout of inner turbulence. Original vocalist Colin Jeffs (now fronting Tongues) was...

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  • Sepultura - Machine Messiah
  • Sepultura

    Machine Messiah

    By Chris Gibbs | 16 January, 2017

    I must admit, Roots was my very first exposure to Sepultura, and I loved it. I still do in fact. While I did delve into their past classics with Chaos A.D, Arise, and Beneath the Remains, I honestly did not spend a lot o...

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  • In Flames - Battles
  • In Flames

    Battles

    By Chris Gibbs | 17 November, 2016

    A number of years have passed since I last gave In Flames any significant attention. Even more have passed since they released an album I enjoyed, such as 2006’s Come Clarity. While that wasn’t a true return to form of their c...

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  • Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake
  • Testament

    Brotherhood of the Snake

    By Chris Gibbs | 01 November, 2016

    While 2008’s The Formation of Damnation and 2012’s Dark Roots of Earth were both excellent Testament records post-reunion, brimming with thrash, melody, and hooks, there was a substantial overall lack of speed. This i...

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  • Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
  • Meshuggah

    The Violent Sleep of Reason

    By Chris Gibbs | 23 October, 2016

    I don’t know about you, but in the late 90s an obscure band from Umeå, Sweden by the name of Meshuggah took every single thing I thought I knew about metal, rolled it up into a ball of garbage and through it out the window. They left m...

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  • Crobot - Welcome to Fat City
  • Crobot

    Welcome to Fat City

    By Chris Gibbs | 06 October, 2016

    I have mentioned in the past that Nuclear Blast have built up an impressive roster in recent years, branching out to consist of some pretty killer hard rock n roll bands in addition to the high calibre death and thrash metal that is synonymous wit...

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  • Heaven Shall Burn - Wanderer
  • Heaven Shall Burn

    Wanderer

    By Chris Gibbs | 19 September, 2016

    Having now ripped off faces for 20 years, Saalfeld, Germany’s prodigal sons of all things melodic death metal tinged metalcore, Heaven Shall Burn, return with their eighth full length album, Wanderer. Visually, the band's moniker is...

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  • Opeth - Sorceress
  • Opeth

    Sorceress

    By Chris Gibbs | 13 September, 2016

    Before we go any further, and regardless of what the gorgeous yet brutal artwork by regular contributing artist Travis Smith might imply, there are no death growled vocals on the new Opeth record, Sorceress. Once upon a time, I adored Ope...

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  • King - Reclaim the Darkness
  • King

    Reclaim the Darkness

    By Chris Gibbs | 05 September, 2016

    Australian black metal trio King consist of an impressive extreme metal line up. Vocalist Tony Forde of the legendary Blood Duster and The Day Everything Became Nothing, guitarist David Hill of Fuck I’m Dead and also The Day Everything Becam...

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  • Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary
  • Witherscape

    The Northern Sanctuary

    By Chris Gibbs | 09 August, 2016

    Dan Swanö. The name is royalty amongst the world of the metal elite, and has been at the forefront of Swedish melodic death metal and production for well over two decades. Any self-respecting metal head is aware of the man and his plethora of...

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  • Revocation - Great is Our Sin
  • Revocation

    Great is Our Sin

    By Chris Gibbs | 09 August, 2016

    When I think of Boston, Massachusetts, I think of hardcore and metalcore bands, plenty of them and some rather excellent ones I might add. I most certainly don't think of technical death and thrash metal, that's for sure. That all changed barely t...

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  • Despised Icon - Beast
  • Despised Icon

    Beast

    By Chris Gibbs | 21 July, 2016

    I am not a fan of deathcore. I am even less a fan of that word being used to describe a sub-genre. I had the same view when the term metalcore first propped up in the late '90s. Yes, the '90s. I don’t care what anyone says as that word was a...

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  • Whitechapel - Mark of the Blade
  • Whitechapel

    Mark of the Blade

    By Chris Gibbs | 28 June, 2016

    Knoxville, Tennessee sextet, Whitechapel, have just unleashed what is no doubt going to be one of the biggest cans of worms of not only their career but of 2016 with their sixth record, Mark of the Blade. It’s 2014, Billboard 200 to...

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  • Withered - Grief Relic
  • Withered

    Grief Relic

    By Chris Gibbs | 08 June, 2016

    Six years have passed us by since Atlanta, Georgia’s Withered destroyed our senses, followed swiftly by our minds with their face splitting, thickly dense record Dualitas. They have now come back to obliterate any mental fragments t...

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  • Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts
  • Katatonia

    The Fall of Hearts

    By Chris Gibbs | 06 June, 2016

    My first exposure to Stockholm, Sweden’s Katatonia came in the form of 2001’s Last Fair Deal Gone Down, and while I became somewhat a follower of the band, I would not say I became a fan. I’ve made a constant effort to e...

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  • Grand Magus - Sword Songs
  • Grand Magus

    Sword Songs

    By Chris Gibbs | 31 May, 2016

    Stockholm, Sweden’s power trio Grand Magus, which is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Janne ‘JB’ Christoffersson, bassist Mats ‘Fox’ Skinner and since 2012, drummer Ludwigg Witt (their third in total) of Spiritual Begg...

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