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  • Prong - Zero Days
  • Prong

    Zero Days

    By Simon Milburn | 22 July, 2017

    For me, one of the best albums of 2016 was Prong’s X – No Absolutes even with a couple of niggly tracks that didn’t sit well with me. In my review of that album, I pointed out the band’s impressive work ethic since...

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  • MRTVI - Negative Atonal Dissonance
  • MRTVI

    Negative Atonal Dissonance

    By Michael O'Brien | 22 July, 2017

    The daunting flood of promos that are sent my way each week makes the act of choosing something to review less of a science than a scattershot process that usually takes the form of picking something either due to a familiarity with the band, a fa...

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  • Municipal Waste - Slime and Punishment
  • Municipal Waste

    Slime and Punishment

    By Simon Milburn | 22 July, 2017

    I’m sure many of us remember the first time we heard Municipal Waste. Waaaaaaay back when Earache Records were actually still fostering new talent instead of milking their heritage roster for whatever they can get, a little known band and al...

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  • Stone Sour - Hydrograd
  • Stone Sour

    Hydrograd

    By Simon Milburn | 18 July, 2017

    I have to admit that I found it amusing that Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger thought it worthwhile to call out Stone Sour on their success compared to his own band. Now, it’s pretty bloody obvious that the bands are miles apart on the scale...

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  • Edguy - Monuments
  • Edguy

    Monuments

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 13 July, 2017

    There is a fair bit of kit to get through when discussing this outstanding release from German power metal quartet, Edguy. If one is a dedicated fan, passionate about the band and the music they have produce...

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  • Decapitated - Anticult
  • Decapitated

    Anticult

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 13 July, 2017

    Anticult is the seventh full length studio album from Polish death metal titans Decapitated, and it's also one of their more immediate releases with a focused effort to produce more concise songs that get straight to the point.

    Wa...

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  • Avatarium - Hurricanes and Halos
  • Avatarium

    Hurricanes and Halos

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 13 July, 2017

    Avatarium feature one of rock and metal’s great modern guitarists in Swedish maestro, Marcus Jidell. That doesn’t mean one can’t be objective when listening to Hurricanes and Halos for the purposes of a thorough review, ...

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  • Danzig - Black Laden Crown
  • Danzig

    Black Laden Crown

    By Simon Milburn | 23 June, 2017

    Let’s get something straight right from the get go. How good are those first three Danzig albums? There are so many good cuts across the four years that brought those fine releases to our ears. Whilst some artists have managed to deliver som...

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  • OHHMS - The Fool
  • OHHMS

    The Fool

    By Simon Crawley | 07 June, 2017

    With the debut release of Bloom in October 2014, Kent’s (U.K.) OHHMS sidled up warmly to fellow The Metal Forge contributor Simon Milburn. And when 2015’s Cold came out, that was that – Mr. Milburn was won over ...

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  • Ghost Bath - Starmourner
  • Ghost Bath

    Starmourner

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 06 June, 2017

    Dennis Mikula is the driving force behind Ghost Bath and Ghost Bath are one polarising band. During the promo rounds for Moonlover, Mikula never corrected media assumptions the band hailed from Chongqing, China. This lead to peculiar arti...

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  • Suffocation - ...Of the Dark Light
  • Suffocation

    ...Of the Dark Light

    By Michael O'Brien | 06 June, 2017

    Approaching ...Of the Dark Light for the first time a couple of weeks or so ago, it occurred to me that it’s actually been quite a while since I’ve been really drawn to and hooked by a new Suffocation release. My first instinc...

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  • Sólstafir - Berdreyminn
  • Sólstafir

    Berdreyminn

    By Michael O'Brien | 25 May, 2017

    While I understand that many view 2009’s Köld as Sólstafir’s watershed album (and they may well be absolutely spot on for all I know as I’ve not heard it), I wasn’t introduced to the band until their 20...

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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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