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  • Eths - Ankaa
  • Eths

    Ankaa

    By Rod Whitfield | 03 May, 2016

    I must admit I hadn’t heard of this band up until receiving this album for review, despite them having been around for more than a decade and a half. But when I found out that they are: a) French, and b) an ‘experimental modern metal b...

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  • Apocalypse - Apocalypse (Deluxe Edition)
  • Apocalypse

    Apocalypse (Deluxe Edition)

    By Simon Milburn | 27 April, 2016

    Taking a step back in time, compilation albums actually meant something. These days, in an era of ‘buy one track here, one track there, and rarely the whole album’, they really offer little value and even then they are nothing more tha...

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  • Killswitch Engage - Incarnate
  • Killswitch Engage

    Incarnate

    By Simon Milburn | 26 April, 2016

    I’m sure many of you remember the “New Wave of American Heavy Metal” trend. There was a plethora of bands pushing that barrow including Lamb of God, Unearth, Shadows Fall and of course, Killswitch Engage. Now, it’s probably...

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  • Sourvein - Aquatic Occult
  • Sourvein

    Aquatic Occult

    By Chris Gibbs | 26 April, 2016

    Guitarist/vocalist T-Roy of Cape Fear, North Carolina fuzz driven sludge doom rockers Sourvein has been through a lot in the last 20 years. He’s kicked the bottle, twice, lost friends and family along the way, bounced from label to label, sp...

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  • Artillery - Penalty by Perception
  • Artillery

    Penalty by Perception

    By Simon Crawley | 26 April, 2016

    A band significant enough for its role played in the early days of thrash metal, Artillery is still around and has also survived two significant break-ups. The Danish thrashers unleash their seventh full-length studio album and fourth since their ...

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  • Rapheumets Well - The Exile
  • Rapheumets Well

    The Exile

    By Rod Whitfield | 06 April, 2016

    I’m a massive fan of bands that combine bombastic orchestral flourishes with heavy music, whether it be the female fronted gothic wonder of Nightwish or Epica, the blackened extremities of Dimmu Borgir or Cradle of Filth, or the sheer brutal...

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  • Gadget - The Great Destroyer
  • Gadget

    The Great Destroyer

    By Chris Gibbs | 30 March, 2016

    Gavle, Sweden grindcore troupe Gadget has just released their third full length record, aptly titled The Great Destroyer. Their 2004 debut Remote was a modern slab of grind for the new millennium, as was its excellent successor, ...

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  • Caliban - Gravity
  • Caliban

    Gravity

    By Chris Gibbs | 29 March, 2016

    German metalcore act Caliban has been belting out records since 1999. Personally, if I had to choose to listen to a band of this particular sound, I have always preferred their native peers Heaven Shall Burn. They’re heavier, more creative, ...

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  • Amon Amarth - Jomsviking
  • Amon Amarth

    Jomsviking

    By Peter Zischke | 25 March, 2016

    There are some bands which are synonymous with a particular genre of music.  In the case of what could be called “Viking Metal” - a combination of melodic death metal focussed largely on tales of Norse war, warriors and Gods - Swe...

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  • Karma to Burn - Mountain Czar
  • Karma to Burn

    Mountain Czar

    By Simon Milburn | 22 March, 2016

    I’m old enough to remember when “stoner rock” was a new thing. I’m talking about being there when Kyuss released album after amazing album and being lucky enough to see them in concert support Metallica on their 1993 &ldquo...

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  • Miasmal - Tides of Omniscience
  • Miasmal

    Tides of Omniscience

    By Chris Gibbs | 16 March, 2016

    Solid, quality, old school classic sounding death metal is hard to come by these days. With the exception of physically reaching for the Tampa classics in Death and Obituary, or that petrol fume drenched, chainsaw guitar sound of such Gothenburg l...

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  • Spiritual Beggars - Sunrise to Sundown
  • Spiritual Beggars

    Sunrise to Sundown

    By Chris Gibbs | 15 March, 2016

    Guitarist extraordinaire Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, ex-Carcass, ex-Carnage) is one busy man, that’s for sure. The fiery redhead’s long standing, '70s influenced classic rock supergroup, Spiritual Beggars, have just released their ninth...

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  • Bushwhacker - The False Dilemma
  • Bushwhacker

    The False Dilemma

    By Simon Crawley | 10 March, 2016

    While I’m not quite sure what’s in the name, as a bushwhacker links to the American Civil War and these chaps are from Canada; one thing I did come to understand about The False Dilemma is that it requires a few listens to beg...

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  • Prong - X - No Absolutes
  • Prong

    X - No Absolutes

    By Simon Milburn | 08 March, 2016

    Whilst some acts such as Metallica feel the need to take their time when it comes to writing and releasing albums these days, others such as Revocation and Prong churn them out in almost rapid fire succession. The native New Yorkers, since 2012, h...

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  • Wolvserpent - Aporia:Kala:Ananta
  • Wolvserpent

    Aporia:Kala:Ananta

    By Michael O'Brien | 03 March, 2016

    It’s funny how a band’s name can predispose you to an assumption about what they’ll sound like even before you’ve heard a single note. In the case of Boise, Idaho’s two-piece act, Wolvserpent, I’m not really sur...

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  • Spirit Adrift - Behind - Beyond
  • Spirit Adrift

    Behind - Beyond

    By Chris Gibbs | 01 March, 2016

    Spirit Adrift plays a form of desert wandering, psychedelic, and melodic doom that is I suppose at times reminiscent of the excellent Pallbearer, but nowhere near as good. I will of course cut them some serious slack as we’re talking about a...

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  • Oceans of Slumber - Winter
  • Oceans of Slumber

    Winter

    By Chris Gibbs | 29 February, 2016

    2016 has already delivered some cracking releases by well-established bands in just barely two months, but I’m here to tell you about a less established band, and one that is unlike any I have heard before. Oceans of Slumber, a sextet from H...

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  • Anthrax - For All Kings
  • Anthrax

    For All Kings

    By Simon Milburn | 26 February, 2016

    I must admit I’ve been sitting on this album for some time now. For All Kings, studio album number eleven for this long standing New York (U.S.A.) metal act, honestly didn’t sit well with me for the first little while. Of cour...

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  • Black Cobra - Imperium Simulacra
  • Black Cobra

    Imperium Simulacra

    By Simon Crawley | 25 February, 2016

    There is plenty of down-tuned, steamroller riffage and heaving tempo to soak up with Black Cobra, but also a significant hardcore thread running through the band’s sound. The inherent changeability of sludge metal and the way it can chaotica...

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  • Obscura - Akróasis
  • Obscura

    Akróasis

    By Chris Gibbs | 22 February, 2016

    After the success of their mind-blowing and brilliant third record, 2011’s Omnivium, German technical death metal masters Obscura, led by founder and now sole original member vocalist/guitarist Steffen Kummerer, had to face some unf...

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  • Megadeth - Dystopia
  • Megadeth

    Dystopia

    By Simon Milburn | 11 February, 2016

    It’s funny that Megadeth are still one of those bands that I get excited about when I know there is a new release on the horizon.  The rest of the big four as well as any of the other significant others of that ilk bring the same. You k...

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  • Wildernessking - Mystical Future
  • Wildernessking

    Mystical Future

    By Michael O'Brien | 11 February, 2016

    If you’re anything like I recently was and are unfamiliar with Cape Town, South Africa’s Wildernessking, I can save you some time right up front by asking you the following question: do you like atmospheric or, dare I say it, Cascadian...

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  • Fall - The Insatiable Weakness
  • Fall

    The Insatiable Weakness

    By Rod Whitfield | 10 February, 2016

    I hadn’t heard of this Texan outfit before this album came up on the album review list, but I thought I’d give them a crack anyway. They managed to attain the services of none other than Dirk Verbeuren on the drum stool for this record...

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  • Voivod - Post Society
  • Voivod

    Post Society

    By Simon Milburn | 10 February, 2016

    It’s almost surreal to contemplate that Canada’s Voivod have been going at it - in various forms of course - for well over thirty years. They are one of the few acts not only with that kind of longevity but also who have really managed...

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  • Lost Society - Braindead
  • Lost Society

    Braindead

    By Simon Milburn | 09 February, 2016

    When fellow TMF reviewer Simon Crawley covered Lost Society’s 2014 effort, Terror Hungry, I must admit I was a little late to the party. By the time I read his review and checked out the album enough for it to sink in, I was somewha...

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  • Ektomorf - Aggressor
  • Ektomorf

    Aggressor

    By Simon Milburn | 09 February, 2016

    Ahhh Ektomorf, I know what you’re all about. If you’re not familiar with this Hungarian quartet, they are not just influenced by Roots-era Sepultura and early Soulfly, they live and breathe it. There’s more than a few ti...

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  • Textures - Phenotype
  • Textures

    Phenotype

    By Chris Gibbs | 08 February, 2016

    What comes to mind when you think of The Netherlands? Amsterdam, weed, Heineken, windmills, God Dethroned, Gorefest, canals, and don’t get me started on the bicycles! But, I’ll be damned if I’d ever heard of Textures until a few ...

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  • Rotting Christ - Rituals
  • Rotting Christ

    Rituals

    By Michael O'Brien | 05 February, 2016

    You really have to hand it to Rotting Christ. Over the course of nearly 30 years and now 12 full-length releases, I can’t think of a single album that hasn’t at the very least been decent, but can definitely think of many that have bee...

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  • Fleshgod Apocalypse - King
  • Fleshgod Apocalypse

    King

    By Rod Whitfield | 03 February, 2016

    This is the album I’ve been waiting for from these Italian maestros. As a massive sucker for bands that combine heavy guitars and pounding drums with bombastic orchestral stylings, I love bands like Nightwish, Epica, Death Cult Armageddo...

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  • Lumberjack Feedback, The - Blackened Visions
  • Lumberjack Feedback, The

    Blackened Visions

    By Simon Crawley | 01 February, 2016

    Entirely instrumental albums are always somewhat of a grey area in terms of overall appreciation and enjoyment. The absence of vocals accommodates that extra element of risk of not capturing the listener’s attention. The instruments are left...

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  • Conan - Revengeance
  • Conan

    Revengeance

    By Michael O'Brien | 29 January, 2016

    From the rough and raw doom of their 2010 EP, Horseback Battle Hammer, through to the more refined but no less crushing doom of their second full-length album, 2014’s Blood Eagle, The UK’s Conan has been responsible f...

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