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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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  • Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun
  • Chelsea Wolfe

    Hiss Spun

    By Michael O'Brien | 21 September, 2017

    Ever since I got my hands on her Unknown Rooms acoustic album back in 2012, I’ve been a pretty big fan of Chelsea Wolfe. Of the many things that draw me to her as an artist, her unpredictability is very high on the list, but that ca...

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  • Eluveitie - Evocation II - Pantheon
  • Eluveitie

    Evocation II - Pantheon

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 21 September, 2017

    What can one possibly write about an album such as Evocation II – Pantheon by a band possessing as unique and distinct a sound as Swiss folk-metal titans, Eluveitie? Well, it’s good. Damn good. When I started writing the revie...

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  • Contrive - Slow Dissolve
  • Contrive

    Slow Dissolve

    By Simon Milburn | 19 September, 2017

    Melbourne (Australia) metal act Contrive aren’t exactly the most productive band around. Forming in 1999 by twins Paul and Andrew Haug who then recruited bassist Tim Stahlmann to complete their line-up, it be another six years until their ex...

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  • Haunted, The - Strength in Numbers
  • Haunted, The

    Strength in Numbers

    By Simon Milburn | 19 September, 2017

    When I think of The Haunted, I think of persistence. Vocalists have come and gone, and returned and gone again. Guitarists have left. Drummers have left and returned. Could they be Sweden’s answer to Megadeth in regards to their line-up chan...

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  • Volumes - Different Animals
  • Volumes

    Different Animals

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 14 September, 2017

    Since the turn of the century, it has been impossible to avoid or ignore contemporary urban music. It's everywhere. In public spaces such as shopping centres, fast food chains, petrol stations and even at the dentist. Is urban music so prevalent t...

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  • Belphegor - Totenritual
  • Belphegor

    Totenritual

    By Michael O'Brien | 13 September, 2017

    When I was first introduced to long-running Austrian blackened death metal act, Belphegor, via their sixth full-length album, 2006’s Pestapokalypse VI, I went on what could best be described as a years long binge of their material. ...

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  • Adagio - Life
  • Adagio

    Life

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 13 September, 2017

    Adagio’s new album, Life, begins with the sound of heavy strings set against the playful laughter of children. The dramatic opening sequence expands to include horns and other orchestral instruments before Stéphan Forté...

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