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  • Battle Beast - Bringer of Pain
  • Battle Beast

    Bringer of Pain

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 24 February, 2017

    This scribe had the fortune to interview Battle Beast's stunning Finnish frontwoman, Noora Louhimo, for Hot Metal Online recently. The most prominent attribute I could ascribe to Louhimo is her confidence, and not the boring bravado so common to t...

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  • Sunless - Urraca
  • Sunless

    Urraca

    By Michael O'Brien | 23 February, 2017

    I’ve been in a pretty unhappy relationship with technical death metal for quite a while now. From my perspective, it seems as though the overriding trend these days is for a lot of the bands in this sphere to occupy one of two extremes: the ...

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  • Glare of the Sun - -Soil-
  • Glare of the Sun

    -Soil-

    By Simon Milburn | 23 February, 2017

    Doom/post-metal. I remember when doom was just Candlemass, Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Trouble. Now there’s post-metal doom, and post-something-or-other-core and the silly list of names used to describe bands goes on, and on, and on. No label...

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  • Soen - Lykaia
  • Soen

    Lykaia

    By Chris Gibbs | 20 February, 2017

    When former Opeth drummer Martin Lopez announced the formation of his new progressive band Soen in 2010 with bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Testament), the possibilities of how it would sound were tantalizing. Combining such impressive musiciansh...

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  • Hour of Penance - Cast the First Stone
  • Hour of Penance

    Cast the First Stone

    By Chris Gibbs | 20 February, 2017

    Hailing from Rome, Italy, Hour of Penance has been consistently belting out records of technical death metal for the last 14 years without my knowledge; six of them in fact. In that time, they have weathered substantial line-up changes with not on...

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  • Tygers of Pan Tang - Tygers of Pan Tang
  • Tygers of Pan Tang

    Tygers of Pan Tang

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 17 February, 2017

    Talk about ageing gracefully! Almost 40 years into their chequered career, Tygers of Pan Tang (TTOPT henceforth) have released an album that sounds crisp and ready and willing to compete with the enormous volume of rock and metal releases availabl...

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  • Vipassi - Sunyata
  • Vipassi

    Sunyata

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 13 February, 2017

    First up, I must confess that Vipassi occupy a particular genre of metal that I prefer over almost all others - proggy, jazz-infused instrumental metal in the vein of Cynic and Animals as Leaders. That said, it could work against the album as the ...

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  • Accept - Restless and Live
  • Accept

    Restless and Live

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 10 February, 2017

    This scribe's initiation to Accept was via a cover of "Metal Heart" by Dimmu Borgir on their compilation album Godless Savage Garden, which was released in late 1998. Having not read the liner notes before listening to the album, I i...

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  • Hadal Maw - Olm
  • Hadal Maw

    Olm

    By Michael O'Brien | 08 February, 2017

    Prior to receiving the promo for Olm, Hadal Maw’s second full length, I had a very conflicted and confused relationship with the Melbourne-based band. Based on previous experiences seeing them play live, I’d had positive feeli...

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  • Overkill - The Grinding Wheel
  • Overkill

    The Grinding Wheel

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 06 February, 2017

    With over 30 official releases to their name, and a history steeped in the traditions of speed and thrash metal, what more can possibly be said for New Jersey's foremost wrecking crew, Overkill?

    With the addition of groove metal elements t...

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  • Aversions Crown - Xenocide
  • Aversions Crown

    Xenocide

    By Chris Gibbs | 03 February, 2017

    After signing a deal with Nuclear Blast Records and releasing their 2014 sophomore effort, Tyrant, Brisbane’s Aversions Crown suffered an unfortunate bout of inner turbulence. Original vocalist Colin Jeffs (now fronting Tongues) was...

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  • Kreator - Gods of Violence
  • Kreator

    Gods of Violence

    By Simon Crawley | 30 January, 2017

    This is the 14th studio album from the German thrash legends, and its whipping ferocity was conceived amidst the rising levels of hate and resentment gripping our planet all in the name of religious beliefs. This powerful theme soaks every minute ...

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  • Sodom - Decision Day
  • Sodom

    Decision Day

    By Simon Milburn | 24 January, 2017

    I have to admit I’m in awe of some of the bands with careers either beyond or rapidly approaching the three decade mark who are still churning out albums these days. At the same time, I’m glad that these bands, some of which were param...

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  • Emptiness - Not for Music
  • Emptiness

    Not for Music

    By Michael O'Brien | 18 January, 2017

    Belgium’s Emptiness are a hard band to satisfactorily categorise, being that they’ve evolved their sound rather drastically over the course of their now five full-length albums. From the black/death metal of their first two releases, t...

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  • Sepultura - Machine Messiah
  • Sepultura

    Machine Messiah

    By Chris Gibbs | 16 January, 2017

    I must admit, Roots was my very first exposure to Sepultura, and I loved it. I still do in fact. While I did delve into their past classics with Chaos A.D, Arise, and Beneath the Remains, I honestly did not spend a lot o...

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  • Teramobil - Magnitude of Thoughts
  • Teramobil

    Magnitude of Thoughts

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 10 January, 2017

    Many years ago I was listening to Cannibal Corpse's then new release Gore Obsessed. I was listening on my PC and without realising I managed to get the album to start playing via a 2nd multimedia application. So there I am...

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  • Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive
  • Mayhem

    De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 07 January, 2017

    What is there possibly left to say about one of black metal’s most storied and notorious musical landmarks? Among the plethora of reviews and opinion pieces found both online and via the still traded fanzines from the period the album was co...

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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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