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  • Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods
  • Immortal

    Northern Chaos Gods

    By Michael O'Brien | 05 July, 2018

    Though I have absolutely no reservations in saying that Immortal has long been a favourite of mine, I’d also have to be honest and say that their place of prominence hasn’t been earned by anything they’ve done in the past 20-odd ...

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  • Ghost - Prequelle
  • Ghost

    Prequelle

    By Simon Milburn | 08 June, 2018

    Ghost is a band that divides the metal community. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, whatever they do manages to stir up both parties. Since the release of the band’s excellent third long player Meliora almost three years ago, they&r...

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  • Anthrax - Kings Among Scotland
  • Anthrax

    Kings Among Scotland

    By Simon Milburn | 14 May, 2018

    In the 37 years that Anthrax have been around in one form or another, they’ve released 11 studio albums up to and including 2016’s excellent For All Kings. In and around all of that, they’ve also released six live albums...

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  • Light the Torch - Revival
  • Light the Torch

    Revival

    By Chris Gibbs | 14 May, 2018

    Devil You Know went through a bit of turmoil in 2016. Drummer John Sankey was heavily focussed on his Legion Festival following the collapse of the annual travelling Soundwave Festival in the hopes of giving Australian metal heads something else t...

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  • Marginal - Total Destruction
  • Marginal

    Total Destruction

    By Simon Crawley | 08 May, 2018

    To say anything is ‘old school’ has gotten a bit tired, but when it comes to Belgium’s Marginal who kicks it seriously old school with their brand of grindcore/crust punk, it just seems fitting. This is a sound, whilst fully bene...

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  • TesseracT - Sonder
  • TesseracT

    Sonder

    By Michael O'Brien | 19 April, 2018

    Even though I wouldn’t really consider myself to be a fan of progressive metal generally, I have enjoyed my share of TesseracT’s material over the years, and especially so their second full length album, 2013’s Altered State<...

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  • Soldat Hans - Es Taut
  • Soldat Hans

    Es Taut

    By Michael O'Brien | 27 March, 2018

    Over the years, I’ve found it to be beneficial to be sceptical of the descriptions that are contained in the promotional blurbs for the promos that are sent my way. Though they’re clearly intended to be a guide and to pique interest (t...

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  • Primordial - Exile Amongst the Ruins
  • Primordial

    Exile Amongst the Ruins

    By Michael O'Brien | 26 March, 2018

    Despite having been around for over 20 years now, I have to admit to being pretty late to the party with Ireland’s Primordial. In fact, it wasn’t until I took the chance on seeing them at a festival in 2015 that their idiosyncratic fol...

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  • Holy Terror - Total Terror
  • Holy Terror

    Total Terror

    By Simon Milburn | 24 March, 2018

    <p>Holy Terror were truly an underground thrash band. Sure those heavily in the scene in the mid to late &lsquo;80&rsquo;s knew of them, and whilst their output was put out by Under One Flag and Roadracer Records back in the day, the...

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  • Machine Head - Catharsis
  • Machine Head

    Catharsis

    By Chris Gibbs | 28 February, 2018

    I have been a die hard Machine Head fan since I stumbled across Burn My Eyes in January 1997. Now, just because my all time favourite band releases a new record, this does not mean it is automatically a faultless masterpiece. Ever since <...

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  • Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained
  • Morbid Angel

    Kingdoms Disdained

    By Michael O'Brien | 30 November, 2017

    Though I personally think the lasting legacy of the first Tucker era of Morbid Angel is that it produced a lot of the patchier material in the band’s catalogue, the unmitigated disaster that was 2011’s Illud Divinum Insanus (w...

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  • Godflesh - Post Self
  • Godflesh

    Post Self

    By Simon Milburn | 22 November, 2017

    After an absence of a dozen odd years, the return of U.K. based industrial pioneers Godflesh was welcomed with open arms by fans and many reviewers alike. Three years ago, after the release of a teaser EP dubbed Decline and Fall, mastermi...

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  • All Pigs Must Die - Hostage Animal
  • All Pigs Must Die

    Hostage Animal

    By Simon Milburn | 21 November, 2017

    You know how there are many artists out there, across the many splintered genres of metal, that like to ease you into an album? It might with some acoustic guitars, the fading in of drums, or some kind of atmospheric intro of sorts. Whatever it mi...

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  • Cannibal Corpse - Red Before Black
  • Cannibal Corpse

    Red Before Black

    By Michael O'Brien | 07 November, 2017

    Cannibal Corpse will always hold a special place for me, because they were one of my primary gateways into heavy metal many moons ago; hearing "Hammer Smashed Face" on the local community radio metal show back in the day was nothing short of a rev...

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  • Gnaw - Cutting Pieces
  • Gnaw

    Cutting Pieces

    By Michael O'Brien | 25 October, 2017

    I like to think of myself as being a pretty adventurous listener with an eclectic range of tastes, but there are limits to that adventurousness. One band that stands at the edge of those limits is the now long defunct New York drone/doom project, ...

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  • Currents - The Place I Feel Safest
  • Currents

    The Place I Feel Safest

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 25 September, 2017

    When I had the chance to converse with Currents vocalist and front man, Brian Wille, for an interview, I was struck by how young he sounded. That’s a compliment as the musical output on The Place I Feel Safest belies both the band's...

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