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  • Sentient Horror - Ungodly Forms
  • Sentient Horror

    Ungodly Forms

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 19 December, 2016

    According to their Facebook page, Swedeath purists Sentient Horror ironically hail from the town of Stockholm in New Jersey! So I guess one could say the band is showing its hand rather early.

    With that in mind, as I was perusing the album...

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  • Fetid Zombie - Epicedia
  • Fetid Zombie

    Epicedia

    By Simon Crawley | 14 December, 2016

    An album title like Epicedia comes across as being almost tongue in cheek, but then there is always the appropriate sense of stating the obvious that also works. Go ahead and spin this, the creation of renowned metal personality Mark Ridd...

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  • Verdun - The Eternal Drift's Canticles
  • Verdun

    The Eternal Drift's Canticles

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 02 December, 2016

    Verdun is an ancient city in the North East of France that played host to a particularly vicious and protracted battle on the Western Front during WW1. This battle is recognised as one of the most costly in terms of lives taken in human histo...

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  • Pestilence - Presence of the Pest
  • Pestilence

    Presence of the Pest

    By Simon Milburn | 02 December, 2016

    There are always bands that you’ll never get to see live in this fine country that we live in. One of those acts for me is Dutch death metallers Pestilence. Originally formed in 1986 by guitarist and vocalist Patrick Mameli and drummer Marco...

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  • Lamb of God - The Duke
  • Lamb of God

    The Duke

    By Simon Milburn | 30 November, 2016

    Extended plays - aka EPs - are a funny thing. They are somewhat of a rarity these days really. Back in the days of CD singles, or if you’re old enough like me, cassingles and seven inch and twelve inch singles, they were more common. But tha...

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  • Superheist - Ghosts of the Social Dead
  • Superheist

    Ghosts of the Social Dead

    By Simon Milburn | 29 November, 2016

    Why do bands feel the need to try and revive a genre or style that’s been a long time dead? I’m talking about nu-metal. Sure, Korn are still sticking at it and doing their thing rather well to be honest. But the rest of those bands tha...

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  • Worm Ouroboros - What Graceless Dawn
  • Worm Ouroboros

    What Graceless Dawn

    By Michael O'Brien | 29 November, 2016

    Of all of the diverse bands on Canadian label Profound Lore’s roster, San Francisco’s Worm Ouroboros are perhaps the band that embodies the extremity of that diversity the most.

    Lead by Jessica Way (guitar, vocals) and Lorraine...

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  • Anaal Nathrakh - The Whole of the Law
  • Anaal Nathrakh

    The Whole of the Law

    By Simon Crawley | 18 November, 2016

    Imagine any apocalyptic scene where the world is burning and the sea is galloping towards the shoreline with devastating intent – you can be sure that the soundtrack to such events will be courtesy of Birmingham, England’s Anaal Nathra...

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  • Devilment - II: The Mephisto Waltzes
  • Devilment

    II: The Mephisto Waltzes

    By Michael O'Brien | 18 November, 2016

    To say that I was not a fan of Devilment’s 2014 debut album, The Great and Secret Show, would be something of an understatement. It wasn’t for a lack of interest in it either, being that it featured Cradle of Filth’s Dan...

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  • In Flames - Battles
  • In Flames

    Battles

    By Chris Gibbs | 17 November, 2016

    A number of years have passed since I last gave In Flames any significant attention. Even more have passed since they released an album I enjoyed, such as 2006’s Come Clarity. While that wasn’t a true return to form of their c...

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  • Sirenia - Dim Days of Dolor
  • Sirenia

    Dim Days of Dolor

    By Michael O'Brien | 14 November, 2016

    I came into Sirenia’s eighth full length album, Dim Days of Dolor, consciously aware that I’m not really its target audience. This is a band that once straddled a line between symphonic metal and melodic death metal but has st...

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  • Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder
  • Darkthrone

    Arctic Thunder

    By Simon Crawley | 07 November, 2016

    Black metal, and that of the Norwegian persuasion in particular, definitely occupies a stark corner of the heavy metal realm. To that extent, Darkthrone was always one of those potently bleak acts that somehow conjured one’s respect. Their f...

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  • Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake
  • Testament

    Brotherhood of the Snake

    By Chris Gibbs | 01 November, 2016

    While 2008’s The Formation of Damnation and 2012’s Dark Roots of Earth were both excellent Testament records post-reunion, brimming with thrash, melody, and hooks, there was a substantial overall lack of speed. This i...

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  • Watchtower - Concepts of Math: Book One
  • Watchtower

    Concepts of Math: Book One

    By Simon Milburn | 26 October, 2016

    Watchtower is a band that I discovered waaaaaaay back in the day when Rage playing metal clips of any description was a rarity. It wasn’t a monthly thing or anything like that. It was a once in a blue moon thing and there was no internet or ...

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  • Obituary - Ten Thousand Ways to Die
  • Obituary

    Ten Thousand Ways to Die

    By Simon Milburn | 26 October, 2016

    I like that Obituary are still going after all these years. Sure they enjoyed the usual hiatus there for a few years - seven in fact, but when they returned with 2005’s Frozen in Time, it was clear the band never missed a beat. Trut...

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  • Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
  • Meshuggah

    The Violent Sleep of Reason

    By Chris Gibbs | 23 October, 2016

    I don’t know about you, but in the late 90s an obscure band from Umeå, Sweden by the name of Meshuggah took every single thing I thought I knew about metal, rolled it up into a ball of garbage and through it out the window. They left m...

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  • Suma - The Order of Things
  • Suma

    The Order of Things

    By Michael O'Brien | 23 October, 2016

    The Order of Things is an album I've been waiting for for a hell of a long time. Six years now, in fact.

    Back in 2010 Sweden’s Suma released Ashes, which was and continues to be one of my all time favourite sludge/d...

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  • Insomnium - Winter's Gate
  • Insomnium

    Winter's Gate

    By Simon Crawley | 06 October, 2016

    With a steady flow of studio album releases since 2002’s In the Halls of Awaiting, Finland’s Insomnium reveal its seventh in Winter’s Gate. Consisting of a single 40-minute track, this is a conceptual album insp...

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  • Crobot - Welcome to Fat City
  • Crobot

    Welcome to Fat City

    By Chris Gibbs | 06 October, 2016

    I have mentioned in the past that Nuclear Blast have built up an impressive roster in recent years, branching out to consist of some pretty killer hard rock n roll bands in addition to the high calibre death and thrash metal that is synonymous wit...

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