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  • Ghost - Meliora
  • Ghost

    Meliora

    By Simon Milburn | 10 September, 2015

    Album number three is rather important. Think about it. Master of Puppets, Reign in Blood, Among the Living. Those albums, and there are of course many more, set quite a high water mark when you think of it. Of course so...

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  • Nile - What Should Not be Unearthed
  • Nile

    What Should Not be Unearthed

    By Chris Gibbs | 09 September, 2015

    I’ve been a fan of South Carolina’s, ancient Egyptian themed death metal titans, Nile, for many years. I still represent my Black Seeds of Vengeance t-shirt sporting “The scourge of Amalek is upon you” on the back ...

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  • Myrkur - M
  • Myrkur

    M

    By Michael O'Brien | 08 September, 2015

    With all of the heated and polarised opinions about one-woman band, Myrkur, the cynic in me can’t help but wonder if there’s a marketing department out there patting itself on the back for the chaos it has had a hand in confecting, bec...

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  • Hope Drone - Cloak of Ash
  • Hope Drone

    Cloak of Ash

    By Chris Gibbs | 02 September, 2015

    I first came across Brisbane’s Hope Drone a year ago when they were the extremely fortunate souls to snag the opportunity of a lifetime to support the one and only Neurosis on their very first Australian national tour in August 2014. Much to...

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  • Kadavar - Berlin
  • Kadavar

    Berlin

    By Brittany Hodge | 02 September, 2015

    Germany's three-piece retro rock outfit Kadavar continues to dig down to the earliest roots of hard rock and heavy metal with their latest release, Berlin. Named for where the band was formed and found a great deal of influence, ...

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  • Ohhms - Cold
  • Ohhms

    Cold

    By Simon Milburn | 27 August, 2015

    It only seems like yesterday that I was pleasantly surprised by Ohhms’ debut two track release titled Bloom. There were a lot of styles coming together on that release and it worked very, very well. They way that this Kent (U.K.) qu...

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  • Kronos - Arisen New Era
  • Kronos

    Arisen New Era

    By Simon Milburn | 26 August, 2015

    French extreme metallers Kronos certainly team up with labels as underground and as extreme as the noise they create. Since forming in 1994 as teenagers, after a handful of demos, it wouldn’t be until 2001 that they released their debut long...

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  • Disgrace - True Enemy
  • Disgrace

    True Enemy

    By Simon Crawley | 25 August, 2015

    Bludgeoning death metal is what comes to mind when taking a look at the immediately recognisable artwork from Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Malevolent Creation et al), but underneath it is in fact a bruising display of menacing hardcore from ...

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  • Soilwork - The Ride Majestic
  • Soilwork

    The Ride Majestic

    By Chris Gibbs | 25 August, 2015

    One thing about Helsingborg, Sweden's Soilwork is you can't deny their impressive volume of recorded output since their inception in '95. The evolution of their sound from an early At the Gates-esque melodic death metal band is quite extraordinary...

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  • Soulfly - Archangel
  • Soulfly

    Archangel

    By Michael O'Brien | 07 August, 2015

    Soulfly is a band that just about every metal fan seems to have an opinion on, and in my circles that opinion trends heavily towards the negative. In fact, that opinion is held almost universally within said circles to the point that I’ve av...

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  • C R O W N - Natron
  • C R O W N

    Natron

    By Michael O'Brien | 03 August, 2015

    France's C R O W N (Crown, henceforth) have been on my radar for a while now, originally from seeing their name around the traps and then from their bio which simply and minimally states that the band is "three men, three guitars, a voice and mach...

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  • Fear Factory - Genexus
  • Fear Factory

    Genexus

    By Chris Gibbs | 31 July, 2015

    Fear Factory is the Burt and Dino show. 2002 saw the band break up and make up, sans guitarist Dino Cazares. Bassist Christian Olde Wolbers stepped up to guitar and Byron Stroud joined on bass while the recorded output that followed was questionab...

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  • Entrails - Obliteration
  • Entrails

    Obliteration

    By Simon Milburn | 26 July, 2015

    “I like my modern old school Swedish death metal sound  with just the tiniest bit of old school Entombed worship,” said no one ever. That’s right because it wouldn’t be modern old school Swedish death metal if it only ...

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  • Kataklysm - Of Ghosts and Gods
  • Kataklysm

    Of Ghosts and Gods

    By Michael O'Brien | 25 July, 2015

    Remember that brief period about 20 years ago when the prospect of a new album from Canada’s Kataklysm was something to get excited about? Man, those were the days. This was a time when using the adjective ‘northern hyperblast’ t...

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  • Dew-Scented - Intermination
  • Dew-Scented

    Intermination

    By Simon Milburn | 25 July, 2015

    Some bands just persist don’t they? I mean, think about it. Some bands come and go, some bands make it, and some bands never make it out of their garage or rehearsal space. Then there are some bands that just persist at doing their thing, ra...

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  • Feared - Synder
  • Feared

    Synder

    By Simon Milburn | 21 July, 2015

    Swedish death thrash act Feared is very productive indeed. Since forming in 2007, the band as averaged almost a release per year. They’ve just released their sixth long player, Synder, but before that, they have five long players an...

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  • Gruesome - Savage Land
  • Gruesome

    Savage Land

    By Simon Milburn | 21 July, 2015

    Whenever it comes to death metal and I mean pure, old school death metal, you cannot go past the band with the name that defines the genre, Death. Chuck Schuldiner and Co. have quite the untouchable discography to their name. Sure things changed a...

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  • Lamb of God - VII: Sturm und Drang
  • Lamb of God

    VII: Sturm und Drang

    By Chris Gibbs | 21 July, 2015

    As opener “Still Echoes” knocks you to the floor, there is simply no other way Lamb of God could return to the world but with no holds barred, vicious brutality. A primal scream over lightning riffs and blast beats drags you through vo...

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  • Cradle of Filth - Hammer of the Witches
  • Cradle of Filth

    Hammer of the Witches

    By Chris Gibbs | 14 July, 2015

    While not the biggest fan of black metal, let alone Cradle of Filth, I am partial to a few that mastered the dark arts such as Emperor, Marduk, and Dark Funeral. It is definitely a genre with an acquired taste and there have been some outstanding ...

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