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  • W.A.S.P. - Golgotha
  • W.A.S.P.

    Golgotha

    By Brittany Hodge | 02 November, 2015

    After their longest ever gap in between albums, shock rock icons W.A.S.P. have released their 15th studio album, Golgotha. This long awaited follow-up to 2009's Babylon is named for what is commonly referred to as ...

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  • Novelists - Souvenirs
  • Novelists

    Souvenirs

    By Rod Whitfield | 30 October, 2015

    Novelists are yet another French heavy band adding further illustrious aura to that country’s bountiful scene. I’m not sure what they’re putting in the water over there, but it must be full of ‘heavy metals’, ‘c...

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  • Devil You Know - They Bleed Red
  • Devil You Know

    They Bleed Red

    By Chris Gibbs | 29 October, 2015

    Devil You Know has wasted no time in following up their impressive 2014 debut, The Beauty of Destruction - within only a year and a half they are about to deliver their sophomore effort, They Bleed Red. They might as well keep th...

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  • Gods of Eden - From the End of Heaven
  • Gods of Eden

    From the End of Heaven

    By Rod Whitfield | 23 October, 2015

    This Sydney based tech/progressive metal five-piece have massive ambitions for their sound, and this is fantastic. It’s great when bands choose not to operate within the restricting confines of regular, garden variety metal formats. Thinking...

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  • Metal Allegiance - Metal Allegiance
  • Metal Allegiance

    Metal Allegiance

    By Chris Gibbs | 20 October, 2015

    The Metal Masters live shows began a few years ago, consisting primarily of classic metal covers performed by a revolving but well respected ensemble of who’s who of metal musicians, past and present. This surely acted as the catalyst for fo...

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  • Snail - Feral
  • Snail

    Feral

    By Simon Milburn | 19 October, 2015

    For all of the underrated bands that have come and gone over the years - and no doubt that number is larger than many suspect - there’s always the odd stalwart that disappears from the scene for whatever reason before making a comeback. Some...

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  • Caligula's Horse - Bloom
  • Caligula's Horse

    Bloom

    By Rod Whitfield | 16 October, 2015

    The term ‘next big thing’ gets bandied around a lot by journos, publicists, and assorted others, and almost as often it turns out to be simply hype. This is one of those rare occasions when it is absolutely justified.

    Caligula&r...

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  • Ritual Killer - Exterminance
  • Ritual Killer

    Exterminance

    By Simon Crawley | 16 October, 2015

    If you enjoy your black ‘n roll and possess a real evil streak, then you’re likely to get solidly behind the second full-length from Ritual Killer. Sammy Duet (Goatwhore, ex-Acid Bath and ex-Crowbar) brings all his limb-shredding, buzz...

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  • Harlott - Proliferation
  • Harlott

    Proliferation

    By Simon Milburn | 15 October, 2015

    For the uninitiated, a band with the name of Harlott suggests that they should be playing the classy clubs of the L.A. glam scene of the ‘80’s. You’d expect them to pop up as regulars at the Roxy and the Troubadour alongside Motl...

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  • Five Finger Death Punch - Got Your Six
  • Five Finger Death Punch

    Got Your Six

    By Simon Milburn | 14 October, 2015

    I kind of like to think that I get to listen to a lot of varied styles of metal doing what I do here. To a point, I think that’s true. As an example, I get to listen to thrash, death, black, sludge, stoner, grind, traditional, et cetera and ...

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  • Dead to a Dying World - Litany
  • Dead to a Dying World

    Litany

    By Michael O'Brien | 14 October, 2015

    With its stupendously long running time, its compositional depth, and its *cough* litany of stylistic influences, Texan septet Dead to a Dying World's second full-length release, Litany, is certainly a dense and challenging listen.

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  • Scale the Summit - V
  • Scale the Summit

    V

    By Rod Whitfield | 14 October, 2015

    All instrumental acts must employ a range of different techniques and explore a wide variety of styles in order to keep their music interesting, without the catchiness and emotion of vocals to provide the colour. And that’s exactly what this...

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  • Kowloon Walled City - Grievances
  • Kowloon Walled City

    Grievances

    By Michael O'Brien | 03 October, 2015

    Kowloon Walled City is a band that I've always wanted to make more time for but never seem to, despite having the best of intentions. Having seen their name mentioned in a positive light by a number of folks online lead me to pick up their second ...

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  • Amorphis - Under the Red Cloud
  • Amorphis

    Under the Red Cloud

    By Chris Gibbs | 03 October, 2015

    With the exception of knowing the importance of Amorphis’ 1994 sophomore effort, Tales from the Thousand Lakes, I could not tell you much else about the band. Apart from Elegy (1995), the origins and the evolving f...

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  • Locrian - Infinite Dissolution
  • Locrian

    Infinite Dissolution

    By Simon Crawley | 29 September, 2015

    Two years on and Chicago’s experimental black/drone metal outfit is back with its sixth full-length studio album. Infinite Dissolution is the follow-up to 2013’s highly impressive Return to Annihilation and demonstrat...

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  • Pop Evil - Up
  • Pop Evil

    Up

    By Brittany Hodge | 22 September, 2015

    On the heels of 2013's Onyx, which spawned the three #1 U.S. Mainstream Rock singles, "Trenches", "Deal With the Devil", and "Torn to Pieces" and then "Beautiful" which was still charting earlier this year, Pop Evil is on top again w...

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  • Breaking Orbit - Transcension
  • Breaking Orbit

    Transcension

    By Rod Whitfield | 15 September, 2015

    This may be the type of review that nauseates some people, but I’m afraid I have to wax lyrical about the second album from Sydney based progressive rock four piece Breaking Orbit. I actually rate their debut of 2012, The Time Traveller<...

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  • Black Dahlia Murder, The - Abysmal
  • Black Dahlia Murder, The

    Abysmal

    By Chris Gibbs | 11 September, 2015

    Without fail, every two years between the months of June and September you can rest easy in the comfort of knowing that a new record from Waterford, Michigan’s The Black Dahlia Murder will drop. Never ones to disappoint, in just over tw...

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  • Slayer - Repentless
  • Slayer

    Repentless

    By Simon Milburn | 10 September, 2015

    It pains me to say this about the last album that Jeff Hanneman wrote and recorded with Slayer, but how shitty was 2009’s World Painted Blood? Apart from the title track, I feel the same about the album now as I did when I reviewed ...

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