Reviews by Andrew McKaysmith

  • Desecrator - To the Gallows
  • Desecrator

    To the Gallows

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 07 April, 2017

    D-e-s-e-c-r-a-t-o-r... D-e-s-e-c-r-a-t-o-r... I can hear the chants reverberating through clubs and venues across the globe. The (name of band) chant is for only the most worthy and it is offered by the salacious hordes when the lights dim and int...

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  • Mantar - The Spell
  • Mantar

    The Spell

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 28 March, 2017

    With their latest EP, The Spell, Hamburg's very own noise makers, Mantar, offer barely palatable blackened doom riffage to accompany the tortured vocal stylings of guitarist/vocalist Hanno.

    I've already mentioned that Mantar are f...

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  • Suicide Silence - Suicide Silence
  • Suicide Silence

    Suicide Silence

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 13 March, 2017

    Just how far removed will fans allow a band to stray from a traditional sound? A change in musical direction is more often met with incredulity and disdain, and then of course there is the zeitgeist of the modern-age: keyboard warrior outrage. Hea...

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  • Arstidir Lifsins - Heljarkvida
  • Arstidir Lifsins

    Heljarkvida

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 06 March, 2017

    Having had literally no background on the band prior to the review, I have decided to launch into listening to Heljarkviða without any background on the artist, the individual members, or any clear picture on the concept or ...

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  • Black Star Riders - Heavy Fire
  • Black Star Riders

    Heavy Fire

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 01 March, 2017

    Let's acknowledge the elephant in room first: guitarist Scott Gorham is the only member of Black Star Riders that could claim to carry any genuine DNA from Thin Lizzy. You know, the band that recorded "The Boys Are Back in Town", "Jailbreak", and ...

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  • Six Feet Under - Torment
  • Six Feet Under

    Torment

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 28 February, 2017

    Seven string bassist, guitarist, and all round wunderkind Jeff Hughell ups the ante to help Chris Barnes release an album that sounds like it could be his best since the eminent '95 debut, Haunted.

    Torment is ac...

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  • Emmure - Look at Yourself
  • Emmure

    Look at Yourself

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 24 February, 2017

    Frankie Palmeri. The man has been called a "disgusting human being" and a "demonic genius", he has written lyrics that critics maintain glorify violence, and he was heavily condemned for opening a short lived merchandise store that sold T shirts d...

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  • Battle Beast - Bringer of Pain
  • Battle Beast

    Bringer of Pain

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 24 February, 2017

    This scribe had the fortune to interview Battle Beast's stunning Finnish frontwoman, Noora Louhimo, for Hot Metal Online recently. The most prominent attribute I could ascribe to Louhimo is her confidence, and not the boring bravado so common to t...

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  • Tygers of Pan Tang - Tygers of Pan Tang
  • Tygers of Pan Tang

    Tygers of Pan Tang

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 17 February, 2017

    Talk about ageing gracefully! Almost 40 years into their chequered career, Tygers of Pan Tang (TTOPT henceforth) have released an album that sounds crisp and ready and willing to compete with the enormous volume of rock and metal releases availabl...

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  • Vipassi - Sunyata
  • Vipassi

    Sunyata

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 13 February, 2017

    First up, I must confess that Vipassi occupy a particular genre of metal that I prefer over almost all others - proggy, jazz-infused instrumental metal in the vein of Cynic and Animals as Leaders. That said, it could work against the album as the ...

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  • Accept - Restless and Live
  • Accept

    Restless and Live

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 10 February, 2017

    This scribe's initiation to Accept was via a cover of "Metal Heart" by Dimmu Borgir on their compilation album Godless Savage Garden, which was released in late 1998. Having not read the liner notes before listening to the album, I i...

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  • Overkill - The Grinding Wheel
  • Overkill

    The Grinding Wheel

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 06 February, 2017

    With over 30 official releases to their name, and a history steeped in the traditions of speed and thrash metal, what more can possibly be said for New Jersey's foremost wrecking crew, Overkill?

    With the addition of groove metal elements t...

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  • Teramobil - Magnitude of Thoughts
  • Teramobil

    Magnitude of Thoughts

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 10 January, 2017

    Many years ago I was listening to Cannibal Corpse's then new release Gore Obsessed. I was listening on my PC and without realising I managed to get the album to start playing via a 2nd multimedia application. So there I am...

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  • Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive
  • Mayhem

    De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 07 January, 2017

    What is there possibly left to say about one of black metal’s most storied and notorious musical landmarks? Among the plethora of reviews and opinion pieces found both online and via the still traded fanzines from the period the album was co...

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  • Sentient Horror - Ungodly Forms
  • Sentient Horror

    Ungodly Forms

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 19 December, 2016

    According to their Facebook page, Swedeath purists Sentient Horror ironically hail from the town of Stockholm in New Jersey! So I guess one could say the band is showing its hand rather early.

    With that in mind, as I was perusing the album...

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