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  • Psycroptic - As the Kingdom Drowns
  • Psycroptic

    As the Kingdom Drowns

    By Chris Gibbs | 12 November, 2018

    Psycroptic are swiftly approaching their 20th anniversary. In that time they’ve consistently proven they run a relatively tight ship, with six full length records under their belt and only a couple of line-up changes. The most sig...

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  • Evoken - Hypnagogia
  • Evoken

    Hypnagogia

    By Michael O'Brien | 08 November, 2018

    Amongst the litany of bands playing within the margins of the funeral doom space, few have cultivated a sound that is as instantly recognisable as that of New Jersey’s Evoken. Over the course of their rather lengthy career, they have managed...

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  • Revocation - The Outer Ones
  • Revocation

    The Outer Ones

    By Simon Crawley | 05 November, 2018

    Full-length studio album number seven from Boston, Massachusetts’ Revocation is a significant one. Its release coincides with the band’s career at a juncture in its trajectory. That perhaps sounds too dramatic, but Revocation has, in t...

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  • Infera Bruo - Cerement
  • Infera Bruo

    Cerement

    By Simon Crawley | 11 October, 2018

    I will admit that what initially drew my attention to this release was learning of the link to Trap Them (also signed to Prosthetic Records) through the band’s bassist, Galen Baudhuin. He is Infera Bruo’s vocalist and guitarist and he ...

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  • Pig Destroyer - Head Cage
  • Pig Destroyer

    Head Cage

    By Simon Crawley | 03 October, 2018

    Significant foundations were laid earlier by the likes of Napalm Death and Repulsion, but grindcore never quite saw Pig Destroyer coming. This was in 1997 when vocalist J.R. Hayes and Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s Scott Hull formed the band, which...

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  • Deicide - Overtures of Blasphemy
  • Deicide

    Overtures of Blasphemy

    By Simon Milburn | 09 September, 2018

    As one of the pioneering bands from the flourishing Florida (U.S.A.) death metal scene in the very early '90s, it was somewhere after their move to Earache Records that my attention waned. There’s no doubt their first three albums are certif...

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  • Gulch - Burning Desire to Draw Last Breath
  • Gulch

    Burning Desire to Draw Last Breath

    By Simon Crawley | 05 September, 2018

    Hardcore certainly has, in my opinion, a lot more room for the warped and avant-garde. Originality and a good ol’ fashioned pair of balls are also qualities all too often lacking with hardcore acts. California's Gulch is a five-piece force o...

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  • Iskald - Innhøstinga
  • Iskald

    Innhøstinga

    By Michael O'Brien | 30 August, 2018

    By just about any rationale I can summon, I should be all over Norway’s Iskald and their blend of thrashy, melodic black metal, but the reality has proven to be a little more complicated than that.

    My introduction to the band came by...

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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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  • Skeletal Remains - Devouring Mortality
  • Skeletal Remains

    Devouring Mortality

    By Simon Milburn | 08 June, 2018

    Goddamnit. Somehow I missed 2015’s Condemned To Misery by Skeletal Remains. The 2012 release by this California (U.S.A.) group, titled Beyond the Flesh, was excellent. So, I’ve no idea how I missed their sophomore eff...

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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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