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  • Desecrator - To the Gallows
  • Desecrator

    To the Gallows

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 07 April, 2017

    D-e-s-e-c-r-a-t-o-r... D-e-s-e-c-r-a-t-o-r... I can hear the chants reverberating through clubs and venues across the globe. The (name of band) chant is for only the most worthy and it is offered by the salacious hordes when the lights dim and int...

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  • Empusae - Lueur
  • Empusae


    By Michael O'Brien | 07 April, 2017

    With a string of interesting albums being released over the year or so that I’ve been aware of their existence, I’m at the point where I pay attention to just about everything that Belgian label Consouling Sounds puts out these days, a...

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  • Mantar - The Spell
  • Mantar

    The Spell

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 28 March, 2017

    With their latest EP, The Spell, Hamburg's very own noise makers, Mantar, offer barely palatable blackened doom riffage to accompany the tortured vocal stylings of guitarist/vocalist Hanno.

    I've already mentioned that Mantar are f...

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  • Drug Honkey - Cloak of Skies
  • Drug Honkey

    Cloak of Skies

    By Michael O'Brien | 23 March, 2017

    Before receiving this promo, if you'd told me that I'd be reviewing an album from a band named Drug Honkey, I would've laughed, but I can’t imagine I would’ve believed you. Here we are, though, and amusing name notwithstanding, Clo...

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  • Havok - Conformicide
  • Havok


    By Simon Crawley | 20 March, 2017

    Havok is a band I only came to know at the time they unleashed 2011’s Time is Up upon modern day thrash. One cannot ask for a better introduction. Time is Up remains a personal favourite and go-to album when my mood lends i...

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  • Bear Mace - Butchering the Colossus
  • Bear Mace

    Butchering the Colossus

    By Simon Crawley | 20 March, 2017

    In keeping to the gruesome theme, this is an album that, like a bear trap, will crack both the air and your bones as it smashes closed upon your stumbling across it. With beginnings dating back to 2012, this five-strong band hailing from Chicago l...

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  • Body Count - Bloodlust
  • Body Count


    By Simon Milburn | 17 March, 2017

    There are always "those" bands that come along at the right point in time and change the musical landscape forever. Bands like The Doors, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Metallica, Death, and many, many others. But sometimes, a band comes along with such in-...

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  • Memoriam - For the Fallen
  • Memoriam

    For the Fallen

    By Simon Milburn | 16 March, 2017

    Upfront and in the interest of transparency, I’ve been a Bolt Thrower fan since I heard “World Eater” (from 1989’s Realm of Chaos). When War Master was released in 1991, it cemented my love for the band. T...

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  • Armored Saint - Carpe Noctum
  • Armored Saint

    Carpe Noctum

    By Simon Milburn | 15 March, 2017

    There’s always a little bit of excitement associated with a new release from the criminally underrated Armored Saint. Even if it’s a live album such as their latest one, dubbed Carpe Noctum, for me there&rsquo...

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  • Mors Principium Est - Embers of a Dying World
  • Mors Principium Est

    Embers of a Dying World

    By Simon Milburn | 14 March, 2017

    Melodic death metal, or melo-death, is just another genre that is rather saturated these days. Sure there were the pioneers that would always be just that bit ahead of the pack as numbers within the genre would increase rapidly. But just behind th...

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  • Suicide Silence - Suicide Silence
  • Suicide Silence

    Suicide Silence

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 13 March, 2017

    Just how far removed will fans allow a band to stray from a traditional sound? A change in musical direction is more often met with incredulity and disdain, and then of course there is the zeitgeist of the modern-age: keyboard warrior outrage. Hea...

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  • Arstidir Lifsins - Heljarkvida
  • Arstidir Lifsins


    By Andrew McKaysmith | 06 March, 2017

    Having had literally no background on the band prior to the review, I have decided to launch into listening to Heljarkviða without any background on the artist, the individual members, or any clear picture on the concept or ...

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  • Black Star Riders - Heavy Fire
  • Black Star Riders

    Heavy Fire

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 01 March, 2017

    Let's acknowledge the elephant in room first: guitarist Scott Gorham is the only member of Black Star Riders that could claim to carry any genuine DNA from Thin Lizzy. You know, the band that recorded "The Boys Are Back in Town", "Jailbreak", and ...

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  • Six Feet Under - Torment
  • Six Feet Under


    By Andrew McKaysmith | 28 February, 2017

    Seven string bassist, guitarist, and all round wunderkind Jeff Hughell ups the ante to help Chris Barnes release an album that sounds like it could be his best since the eminent '95 debut, Haunted.

    Torment is ac...

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