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  • Nightrage - Sweet Vengeance
  • Nightrage

    Sweet Vengeance

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    ATTN: At The Gates fans

    Death metal supergroups are not too uncommon nowadays with the likes of Bloodbath and Lockup for example. Nightrage is another one to add to that list. Now, before you simply brush Nightrage off as just anot...

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  • Chimaira - The Impossibility Of Reason
  • Chimaira

    The Impossibility Of Reason

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    It's all about the company that you keep

    Chimaira are the self-proclaimed leaders of the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal (NWOAHM), which is a movement that also includes bands such as Lamb of God. Following up their 2001 release P...

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  • Tomahawk - Mit Gas
  • Tomahawk

    Mit Gas

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Pure madness and pure brilliance

    Tomahawk have returned. The supergroup which features brainchild Duane Denison (ex-Jesus Lizard) on guitars, Mike Patton (ex-Faith No More, ex-Mr. Bungle) on vocals, Kevin Rutmanis (The Melvins, The...

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  • Deftones - Deftones
  • Deftones

    Deftones

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    More gallop than White Pony

    It is within the same heavily textured vein as 2000's White Pony that Sacramento's Deftones have followed up with their fourth album, which is simply self titled. Working once again with Terry Date (Pant...

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  • Post Life Disorder - Post Life Disorder
  • Post Life Disorder

    Post Life Disorder

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Brisbane metal scene vets unlesash long player

    In the last few weeks or so, it would seem that 2003 is the year for local metal bands to release their long awaited full length albums. Long time veterans of the Brisbane scene, Post ...

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  • D-Nine - High Binder
  • D-Nine

    High Binder

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Best album ever recorded for $250

    Hard working Brisbane seven piece D-Nine have churned out their debut album High Binder on local label Ward 69 Music which was founded by Kentos and Antz from Hollow and Post Life Disorder respecti...

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  • Fear Factory - Hatefiles
  • Fear Factory

    Hatefiles

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    For completists only

    This album is strictly for you, the diehard Fear Factory fan. So say the liner notes for the second release since Fear Factory's disbandment in March 2002. Hatefiles is a collection of unreleased songs from vid...

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  • Blunt Object - Edgeless
  • Blunt Object

    Edgeless

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Quality local scene material

    After two EPs, Sunshine Coast four piece Blunt Object follow up with their debut long player titled Edgeless, capturing some more of their live energy on disc. Since the release of Edgeless towards the ...

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  • (hed) pe - Blackout
  • (hed) pe

    Blackout

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Keeping the same rhythm

    It could be seen as one of two things - when you are on a good thing, stick to it, or it's a sign of a fear to try something new. Whichever way you look at it, rap core metallers (hed) pe have returned once ...

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  • Cradle of Filth - Damnation And A Day
  • Cradle of Filth

    Damnation And A Day

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    It's a horror movie.. right there on my CD

    It seems that whenever an underground band gets signed to a major label, the cries of sellout are almost immediately heard. Sure, for some bands that might be true, but for others, such as...

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  • Poisonblack - Escapexstacy
  • Poisonblack

    Escapexstacy

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Sounds like Sentenced but with more feeling

    To the average metal fan, upon first listening to Poisonblack's debut album entitled Escapexstacy, you'd be forgiven for thinking you had inserted a CD by Sentenced into your CD player. T...

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  • Machine Head - Hellalive
  • Machine Head

    Hellalive

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Not just another day in the office

    Most metal bands are in their element playing live. It's how they build the fan base and their reputation when they start out, and they thrive on playing live and the energy exchange between the b...

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  • Merauder  - Bluetality
  • Merauder

    Bluetality

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Scene vets keepin' it real

    New York's Merauder, who were a part of the forefront of the metalcore wave of the early 1990s, finally deliver their long awaited third album Bluetality. With the current trend of metalcore bands such as...

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  • Ministry - Animositisomina
  • Ministry

    Animositisomina

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Almost returning to the fold

    As the opening track Animosity kicks into gear on the latest Ministry CD Animositisomina, it sounds like a return to the ministry of old ala The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste and the classic Psalm 6...

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  • Haunted, The - One Kill Wonder
  • Haunted, The

    One Kill Wonder

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Contesting the throne?

    Rumours were doing the rounds during the time in which The Haunted were working on their new album that hinted that it could be the greatest thrash album since Slayer's Reign In Blood. Some said it would surp...

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  • Mindjuice - Practice Dying Every Day
  • Mindjuice

    Practice Dying Every Day

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Mediocre English metal

    English quartet Mindjuice, are another band on the Loudspeaker Records roster who are trying to revive 90s English metal with their own brand of hardcore metal. These guys could almost be considered veterans ...

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  • Breed 77 - Breed 77
  • Breed 77

    Breed 77

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Reasonable rock from Gibraltar

    It's not everyday you hear of a band coming out of Gibraltar, but that's exactly where Breed 77 hail from. Formed in 1996 as simply Breed, they have toured relentlessly, released a couple of EPs and s...

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  • Dungeon - A Rise to Power
  • Dungeon

    A Rise to Power

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Shining Aussie power metal

    Not being a fan of flute metal, it was somewhat worrying to hear the opening strains of The Prophecy which kicks off the latest release by Sydney's Dungeon. As the dynamics of the intro track peaked and t...

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  • Shadows Fall - The Art of Balance
  • Shadows Fall

    The Art of Balance

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Bringing back the old school influences

    Metal today really isn't what it was some ten years ago. Over that time, we've seen a number of movements and styles within the genre rise and fall with popularity. With the current trend of ...

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  • Thine - In Therapy
  • Thine

    In Therapy

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Radio friendly unit shifter

    On a label that has always been associated with extreme metal bands during it's history, the exception to the rule is Thine. Imagine if you can, and goth pop version of Morrissey combined with The Cure, ...

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