Reviews by Justin Donnelly

  • Tombe - Longbarn
  • Tombe


    By Justin Donnelly | 03 February, 2015

    My introduction to Tombe comes via Black Trillium – a Sydney (N.S.W., Australia) based doom band whose two members (namely guitarist/percussionist/keyboardist Zach J. Carlsson and guitarist/autoharp player Simon Skipper) make up half of this...

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  • Segression - Painted in Blood
  • Segression

    Painted in Blood

    By Justin Donnelly | 02 February, 2015

    Original? No. The band's best yet? By a long shot

    I’ll be the first to admit that Wollongong (N.S.W., Australia) based outfit Segression have never really impressed me that much. Sure, there have been moments where I’ve...

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  • Mark Kelson - Resurgence
  • Mark Kelson


    By Justin Donnelly | 31 January, 2015

    The Eternal's front-man's long overdue triumphant solo effort

    Having spent his twenty year career in a various musical groups (most notably The Eternal, and to a lesser extent Cryptal Darkness, Alternative 4 and InSomnius Dei), voc...

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  • Order of Chaos - Deadweight Undertow
  • Order of Chaos

    Deadweight Undertow

    By Justin Donnelly | 22 October, 2014

    Another triumph for the Melbourne noisemakers

    Despite marking their return to the scene after a five year absence with their long overdue sophomore effort, Eyehate Swansongs, in late 2008, reactivated Melbourne (Victoria, ...

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  • Mutagenocide - Devolve
  • Mutagenocide


    By Justin Donnelly | 14 October, 2014

    A young and upcoming U.K. thrash act to keep an eye out for

    Although having only been together for four years, Oxford/Witney/Northampton (U.K.) based outfit Mutagenocide have certainly made their presence felt in a major way, with the...

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  • Evil United - Honored by Fire
  • Evil United

    Honored by Fire

    By Justin Donnelly | 14 August, 2014

    Plenty of fire, but not enough finesse

    San Antonio/Austin (Texas, U.S.) based outfit Evil United is an act that’s been kicking around for some years. Primarily formed out of the ashes of industrialised metal outfit Pitbull Daycar...

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  • Ginger Wildheart - Albion
  • Ginger Wildheart


    By Justin Donnelly | 21 July, 2014

    Ginger and band come up with another sure-fire winner for fans

    The last three years has without a doubt been the busiest Ginger Wildheart has ever been, with the singer/songwriter releasing no less than six studio albums in that time (...

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  • Skindred - Kill the Power
  • Skindred

    Kill the Power

    By Justin Donnelly | 15 July, 2014

    A little short on outshining the pride of 'Union Black'

    It’s been a long three years since Newport outfit Skindred last graced us with something new. And given how much I enjoyed 2011’s Union Black, I was really lo...

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  • Snake Sixx - Itz All About The Riff
  • Snake Sixx

    Itz All About The Riff

    By Justin Donnelly | 15 July, 2014

    A bold concept let down by a poor delivery

    Leif Gregory isn’t what you would call a household name amongst metal fans. But if you happen to be an avid fan of the underground Australian metal scene, you’ll no doubt know the ...

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  • Wicked City - Worsted Yarn
  • Wicked City

    Worsted Yarn

    By Justin Donnelly | 07 July, 2014

    Another slab of unpredictable heavy rock

    Long running Brunswick (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) based heavy/stoner/punk/grunge rock outfit Wicked City have been long absent from the studio since the release of their second full-length...

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  • Brainstorm - Firesoul
  • Brainstorm


    By Justin Donnelly | 24 June, 2014

    Brainstorm has a return to fire, and proves that there's still fire to be found in their soul

    If there’s one word that sums up Brainstorm’s output over the last 17 years, it would be consistent. Although the German power me...

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  • IQ - The Road of Bones
  • IQ

    The Road of Bones

    By Justin Donnelly | 06 June, 2014

    A case of the bonus being the superior effort

    I’ve been a fan of U.K. (Southampton) based outfit IQ for some years now, and given how much I loved their last release - 2009’s Frequency – and the rather length...

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  • Mekong Delta - In a Mirror Darkly
  • Mekong Delta

    In a Mirror Darkly

    By Justin Donnelly | 03 June, 2014

    Classical inspired progressive thrash at its best

    Mekong Delta is without a doubt one of the most criminally overlooked progressive thrash metal outfits on the scene today. Despite a history that has spanned more than 25 years (admitte...

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  • Jizzy Pearl - Crucified
  • Jizzy Pearl


    By Justin Donnelly | 31 May, 2014

    Like Pearl’s career, this a another mix of the good and the bad

    Back in the early 90’s, Californian outfit Love/Hate were hailed as the next big thing. Their debut release, Blackout in the Red Room (1990), was imme...

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  • Winger - Better Days Comin'
  • Winger

    Better Days Comin'

    By Justin Donnelly | 31 May, 2014

    If this is any indication of the future, better days are definitely ahead

    Given that I was a fan of Winger back in the late ‘80s, I was curious to see what the band had to offer fans when they decided to reunite after going their...

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  • Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
  • Triptykon

    Melana Chasmata

    By Justin Donnelly | 19 May, 2014

    No new ground unearthed, but leaner and meaner than last time

    When Thomas Gabriel Fischer emerged with the debut offering from his new outfit Triptykon (2010’s Eparistera Daimones), it’s fair to say that the album ...

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  • Vanishing Point - Distant is the Sun
  • Vanishing Point

    Distant is the Sun

    By Justin Donnelly | 13 May, 2014

    It’s taken a while, but the distance travelled has been worth the wait

    Despite being around for close to 20 years, Melbourne (Victoria) based outfit Vanishing Point aren’t quite the household name they should be given the c...

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  • KXM - KXM
  • KXM


    By Justin Donnelly | 07 May, 2014

    A showcase of the best this trio are capable of

    KXM is a new ‘supergroup’ of sorts, comprising of King’s X bassist/vocalist Dug Pinnick, ex-Dokken/Lynch Mob guitarist George Lynch and ex-David Lee Roth/Army of Anyone/...

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