Reviews by Chris Gibbs

  • 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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  • Hatebreed - The Concrete Confessional
  • Hatebreed

    The Concrete Confessional

    By Chris Gibbs | 23 May, 2016

    Ahh Hatebreed. Are they not the leading representatives of metallic hardcore in its truest form? I remember working voluntarily in my local independent music store back in '99 and stumbling across Hatebreed's debut record, Satisfaction is the ...

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  • Death Angel - The Evil Divide
  • Death Angel

    The Evil Divide

    By Chris Gibbs | 20 May, 2016

    San Francisco, Bay Area thrash metal veterans Death Angel have been on one hell of an upward trajectory in the last eight years. Their hit and miss reunion album The Art of Dying arrived now 12 years ago after a 14 year break up, but its ...

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  • Fallujah - Dreamless
  • Fallujah


    By Chris Gibbs | 13 May, 2016

    Fallujah’s take on death metal of the technical and progressive kind took the metal world and keyboard warrior’s safe behind their monitors by storm. The dare I say “controversy” surrounding the band's eye opening sophomore...

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  • Sourvein - Aquatic Occult
  • Sourvein

    Aquatic Occult

    By Chris Gibbs | 26 April, 2016

    Guitarist/vocalist T-Roy of Cape Fear, North Carolina fuzz driven sludge doom rockers Sourvein has been through a lot in the last 20 years. He’s kicked the bottle, twice, lost friends and family along the way, bounced from label to label, sp...

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  • Gadget - The Great Destroyer
  • Gadget

    The Great Destroyer

    By Chris Gibbs | 30 March, 2016

    Gavle, Sweden grindcore troupe Gadget has just released their third full length record, aptly titled The Great Destroyer. Their 2004 debut Remote was a modern slab of grind for the new millennium, as was its excellent successor, ...

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  • Caliban - Gravity
  • Caliban


    By Chris Gibbs | 29 March, 2016

    German metalcore act Caliban has been belting out records since 1999. Personally, if I had to choose to listen to a band of this particular sound, I have always preferred their native peers Heaven Shall Burn. They’re heavier, more creative, ...

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  • Miasmal - Tides of Omniscience
  • Miasmal

    Tides of Omniscience

    By Chris Gibbs | 16 March, 2016

    Solid, quality, old school classic sounding death metal is hard to come by these days. With the exception of physically reaching for the Tampa classics in Death and Obituary, or that petrol fume drenched, chainsaw guitar sound of such Gothenburg l...

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  • Spiritual Beggars - Sunrise to Sundown
  • Spiritual Beggars

    Sunrise to Sundown

    By Chris Gibbs | 15 March, 2016

    Guitarist extraordinaire Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, ex-Carcass, ex-Carnage) is one busy man, that’s for sure. The fiery redhead’s long standing, '70s influenced classic rock supergroup, Spiritual Beggars, have just released their ninth...

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  • Spirit Adrift - Behind - Beyond
  • Spirit Adrift

    Behind - Beyond

    By Chris Gibbs | 01 March, 2016

    Spirit Adrift plays a form of desert wandering, psychedelic, and melodic doom that is I suppose at times reminiscent of the excellent Pallbearer, but nowhere near as good. I will of course cut them some serious slack as we’re talking about a...

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  • Oceans of Slumber - Winter
  • Oceans of Slumber


    By Chris Gibbs | 29 February, 2016

    2016 has already delivered some cracking releases by well-established bands in just barely two months, but I’m here to tell you about a less established band, and one that is unlike any I have heard before. Oceans of Slumber, a sextet from H...

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  • Obscura - Akróasis
  • Obscura


    By Chris Gibbs | 22 February, 2016

    After the success of their mind-blowing and brilliant third record, 2011’s Omnivium, German technical death metal masters Obscura, led by founder and now sole original member vocalist/guitarist Steffen Kummerer, had to face some unf...

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  • Textures - Phenotype
  • Textures


    By Chris Gibbs | 08 February, 2016

    What comes to mind when you think of The Netherlands? Amsterdam, weed, Heineken, windmills, God Dethroned, Gorefest, canals, and don’t get me started on the bicycles! But, I’ll be damned if I’d ever heard of Textures until a few ...

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  • Witchcraft - Nucleus
  • Witchcraft


    By Chris Gibbs | 25 January, 2016

    This is my first exposure to Sweden’s Witchcraft, whom have just released their fifth record and second for Nuclear Blast, entitled Nucleus.

    Opener “Malstroem” is very misleading with its heavy, compounding, and q...

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  • Aborted - Termination Redux
  • Aborted

    Termination Redux

    By Chris Gibbs | 18 January, 2016

    What does a new Aborted EP often signal? A new Aborted record is on the horizon. Opening this five track EP is “Liberate Me Ex Inferis”, a 30 second introduction that essentially borrows some dialogue from the deep space horror flick E...

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  • Devil You Know - They Bleed Red
  • Devil You Know

    They Bleed Red

    By Chris Gibbs | 29 October, 2015

    Devil You Know has wasted no time in following up their impressive 2014 debut, The Beauty of Destruction - within only a year and a half they are about to deliver their sophomore effort, They Bleed Red. They might as well keep th...

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  • Metal Allegiance - Metal Allegiance
  • Metal Allegiance

    Metal Allegiance

    By Chris Gibbs | 20 October, 2015

    The Metal Masters live shows began a few years ago, consisting primarily of classic metal covers performed by a revolving but well respected ensemble of who’s who of metal musicians, past and present. This surely acted as the catalyst for fo...

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