Reviews by Chris Gibbs

  • Amorphis - Under the Red Cloud
  • Amorphis

    Under the Red Cloud

    By Chris Gibbs | 03 October, 2015

    With the exception of knowing the importance of Amorphis’ 1994 sophomore effort, Tales from the Thousand Lakes, I could not tell you much else about the band. Apart from Elegy (1995), the origins and the evolving f...

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  • Black Dahlia Murder, The - Abysmal
  • Black Dahlia Murder, The

    Abysmal

    By Chris Gibbs | 11 September, 2015

    Without fail, every two years between the months of June and September you can rest easy in the comfort of knowing that a new record from Waterford, Michigan’s The Black Dahlia Murder will drop. Never ones to disappoint, in just over tw...

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  • Nile - What Should Not be Unearthed
  • Nile

    What Should Not be Unearthed

    By Chris Gibbs | 09 September, 2015

    I’ve been a fan of South Carolina’s, ancient Egyptian themed death metal titans, Nile, for many years. I still represent my Black Seeds of Vengeance t-shirt sporting “The scourge of Amalek is upon you” on the back ...

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  • Hope Drone - Cloak of Ash
  • Hope Drone

    Cloak of Ash

    By Chris Gibbs | 02 September, 2015

    I first came across Brisbane’s Hope Drone a year ago when they were the extremely fortunate souls to snag the opportunity of a lifetime to support the one and only Neurosis on their very first Australian national tour in August 2014. Much to...

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  • Soilwork - The Ride Majestic
  • Soilwork

    The Ride Majestic

    By Chris Gibbs | 25 August, 2015

    One thing about Helsingborg, Sweden's Soilwork is you can't deny their impressive volume of recorded output since their inception in '95. The evolution of their sound from an early At the Gates-esque melodic death metal band is quite extraordinary...

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  • Fear Factory - Genexus
  • Fear Factory

    Genexus

    By Chris Gibbs | 31 July, 2015

    Fear Factory is the Burt and Dino show. 2002 saw the band break up and make up, sans guitarist Dino Cazares. Bassist Christian Olde Wolbers stepped up to guitar and Byron Stroud joined on bass while the recorded output that followed was questionab...

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  • Lamb of God - VII: Sturm und Drang
  • Lamb of God

    VII: Sturm und Drang

    By Chris Gibbs | 21 July, 2015

    As opener “Still Echoes” knocks you to the floor, there is simply no other way Lamb of God could return to the world but with no holds barred, vicious brutality. A primal scream over lightning riffs and blast beats drags you through vo...

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  • Cradle of Filth - Hammer of the Witches
  • Cradle of Filth

    Hammer of the Witches

    By Chris Gibbs | 14 July, 2015

    While not the biggest fan of black metal, let alone Cradle of Filth, I am partial to a few that mastered the dark arts such as Emperor, Marduk, and Dark Funeral. It is definitely a genre with an acquired taste and there have been some outstanding ...

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  • Vintage Caravan, The - Arrival
  • Vintage Caravan, The

    Arrival

    By Chris Gibbs | 02 July, 2015

    And they say rock and roll is dead…?

    Nuclear Blast has always had an impressive roster, but in the last couple of years they have become the home of the who’s who of all things heavy. Amongst all the death, thrash and ...

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  • Valkyrie - Shadows
  • Valkyrie

    Shadows

    By Chris Gibbs | 28 June, 2015

    The Sword and Iron Maiden’s bastard children of the damned

    Ever since I first laid eyes on the absolutely gorgeous artwork of the new Valkyrie record, Shadows, I’ve been champing at the bit to get my ears wrapp...

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  • Secrets of the Sky - Pathway
  • Secrets of the Sky

    Pathway

    By Chris Gibbs | 25 June, 2015

    An extremely rewarding and rare find in a new and exciting band

    After 26 years of listening to metal, I feel that long gone are the days of regularly being blown away every time you discover a new and exciting band, because new and...

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  • Six Feet Under - Crypt of the Devil
  • Six Feet Under

    Crypt of the Devil

    By Chris Gibbs | 28 May, 2015

    From Undead and Unborn to unsatisfactory

    I never really clicked with Six Feet Under, the once side project turned fulltime band following Chris Barnes’ departure from the almighty Cannibal Corpse in 1995. I made a few attempt...

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  • King Parrot - Dead Set
  • King Parrot

    Dead Set

    By Chris Gibbs | 21 May, 2015

    Face. Ripped. Off.

    Australia’s very own thrash/grind maniacs King Parrot are back with their sophomore effort, Dead Set. Preceding the release of the highly anticipated follow up to their 2012 debut Bite Your Hea...

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  • Sumac - The Deal
  • Sumac

    The Deal

    By Chris Gibbs | 21 May, 2015

    This is not Isis, but damn is it heavy

    Aaron Turner (Old Man Gloom/Mamiffer/ex-Isis) is the man, he is back, and he is heavy, angry, and loud with his new band Sumac. Joining the great vocalist/guitarist/songwriter is Nick Yacyshyn...

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  • Dawn of Azazel - The Tides of Damocles
  • Dawn of Azazel

    The Tides of Damocles

    By Chris Gibbs | 12 May, 2015

    One of New Zealand’s finest could invest in a little more melody and atmosphere

    New Zealand’s Dawn of Azazel has just unleashed their long overdue fourth slab of death metal, The Tides of Damocles, recorded an...

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  • Ensiferum - One Man Army
  • Ensiferum

    One Man Army

    By Chris Gibbs | 27 April, 2015

    No doubt one of epic melodic folk metal’s leaders

    I can’t say I’m exactly a big follower of Viking, folk, infused melodic death metal, but I am not a fan of sub-genre classification anyway and much prefer to consi...

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  • Barren Earth - On Lonely Towers
  • Barren Earth

    On Lonely Towers

    By Chris Gibbs | 24 April, 2015

    An incredible modern day progressive melodic death metal release with an amazing and unique vocalist that must be heard

    Barren Earth has been one of those bands that I keep telling myself to check out. Releasing an EP entitled ...

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  • Torche - Restarter
  • Torche

    Restarter

    By Chris Gibbs | 22 April, 2015

    Not much in the way of Restarter or replay value to be found here

    From all the good things I've read about Torche, their rise in popularity, praise for their previous output to their live shows, this is my first exposure to their m...

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  • Buckcherry - Fuck EP
  • Buckcherry

    Fuck EP

    By Chris Gibbs | 26 February, 2015

    Well, one can’t help but virtually not give a flying you know what 

    I’ve heard of Buckcherry over the years but I can’t say I’d ever actually heard them, at least not to my knowledge anyway. Well, I can...

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