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  • Obelyskkh - The Providence
  • Obelyskkh

    The Providence

    By Michael O'Brien | 23 April, 2017

    Even though I’ve been a fan of the style for quite a while now, I have to admit to feeling pretty burned out on the sludge/stoner doom genre these days. While there are definitely bands occupying this space that are doing interesting things,...

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  • Steel Panther - Lower the Bar
  • Steel Panther

    Lower the Bar

    By Simon Milburn | 19 April, 2017

    It would be reasonable to be a little worried about Steel Panther. Have they peaked already? Could they hit new highs? Or perhaps, that should be new lows? More than likely, the answer is a little of all of those really. By now, fanthers know what...

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  • Obituary - Obituary
  • Obituary

    Obituary

    By Simon Milburn | 18 April, 2017

    It’s equally easy as it is challenging to review a new release from Obituary. “How is that possible?” you may rightly ask. Well, consider this - it’s a generally safe rule of thumb that Obituary is a known quantity with res...

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  • 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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  • Warbringer - Woe to the Vanquished
  • Warbringer

    Woe to the Vanquished

    By Simon Crawley | 08 April, 2017

    Thrash is a highly coveted strain of heavy metal. Its speed, groove, and gritty aggression are elements diehard fans hold dear and get very protective over when the progressive arm of metal sidles up to it. In some ways, death and black metal have...

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  • 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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  • Empusae - Lueur
  • Empusae

    Lueur

    By Michael O'Brien | 07 April, 2017

    With a string of interesting albums being released over the year or so that I’ve been aware of their existence, I’m at the point where I pay attention to just about everything that Belgian label Consouling Sounds puts out these days, a...

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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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  • Drug Honkey - Cloak of Skies
  • Drug Honkey

    Cloak of Skies

    By Michael O'Brien | 23 March, 2017

    Before receiving this promo, if you'd told me that I'd be reviewing an album from a band named Drug Honkey, I would've laughed, but I can’t imagine I would’ve believed you. Here we are, though, and amusing name notwithstanding, Clo...

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  • Havok - Conformicide
  • Havok

    Conformicide

    By Simon Crawley | 20 March, 2017

    Havok is a band I only came to know at the time they unleashed 2011’s Time is Up upon modern day thrash. One cannot ask for a better introduction. Time is Up remains a personal favourite and go-to album when my mood lends i...

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  • Bear Mace - Butchering the Colossus
  • Bear Mace

    Butchering the Colossus

    By Simon Crawley | 20 March, 2017

    In keeping to the gruesome theme, this is an album that, like a bear trap, will crack both the air and your bones as it smashes closed upon your stumbling across it. With beginnings dating back to 2012, this five-strong band hailing from Chicago l...

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  • Body Count - Bloodlust
  • Body Count

    Bloodlust

    By Simon Milburn | 17 March, 2017

    There are always "those" bands that come along at the right point in time and change the musical landscape forever. Bands like The Doors, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Metallica, Death, and many, many others. But sometimes, a band comes along with such in-...

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  • Memoriam - For the Fallen
  • Memoriam

    For the Fallen

    By Simon Milburn | 16 March, 2017

    Upfront and in the interest of transparency, I’ve been a Bolt Thrower fan since I heard “World Eater” (from 1989’s Realm of Chaos). When War Master was released in 1991, it cemented my love for the band. T...

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  • Armored Saint - Carpe Noctum
  • Armored Saint

    Carpe Noctum

    By Simon Milburn | 15 March, 2017

    There’s always a little bit of excitement associated with a new release from the criminally underrated Armored Saint. Even if it’s a live album such as their latest one, dubbed Carpe Noctum, for me there&rsquo...

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  • Mors Principium Est - Embers of a Dying World
  • Mors Principium Est

    Embers of a Dying World

    By Simon Milburn | 14 March, 2017

    Melodic death metal, or melo-death, is just another genre that is rather saturated these days. Sure there were the pioneers that would always be just that bit ahead of the pack as numbers within the genre would increase rapidly. But just behind th...

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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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  • Sunless - Urraca
  • Sunless

    Urraca

    By Michael O'Brien | 23 February, 2017

    I’ve been in a pretty unhappy relationship with technical death metal for quite a while now. From my perspective, it seems as though the overriding trend these days is for a lot of the bands in this sphere to occupy one of two extremes: the ...

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  • Glare of the Sun - -Soil-
  • Glare of the Sun

    -Soil-

    By Simon Milburn | 23 February, 2017

    Doom/post-metal. I remember when doom was just Candlemass, Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Trouble. Now there’s post-metal doom, and post-something-or-other-core and the silly list of names used to describe bands goes on, and on, and on. No label...

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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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  • 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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