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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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  • Pentagram - Turn to Stone
  • Pentagram

    Turn to Stone

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    A little bit of doom goes a long way

    For those who grew up with what could be considered the beginnings of heavy metal music with bands like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, this release should really be right up your alley. Virginia...

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  • Marble Arch - Another Sunday Bright
  • Marble Arch

    Another Sunday Bright

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Perfect music for any Sunday

    Swedish goth rock quintet Marble Arch originally started out life as Evercry back in 1994. It has taken all this time for them to finalise a lineup, complete rehearsals and demos, and settle on a record...

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  • Abscess - Through the Cracks of Death
  • Abscess

    Through the Cracks of Death

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Abscess found during Autopsy

    As soon as this CD began with Raping The Multiverse, the brutal style of the classic 90s gore metal band Autopsy came to mind. After some research, sure enough that initial reaction was proved correct w...

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  • Hate Eternal - King of all Kings
  • Hate Eternal

    King of all Kings

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Former Morbid Angel axeman follows his dream

    After the intro track Our Beckoning completes, the first few seconds of the opening strains of the title track make it very easy to see why Erik Rutan (vocals, lead and rhythm guitar), a...

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  • Sinch - Sinch
  • Sinch

    Sinch

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Enter another player in the radio rock stakes

    Gone are the days in which the artist roster for Roadrunner Records consisted of heavy bands and only heavy bands. One of their most recent signings is Eastern Pennsylvania quintet Sinc...

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  • Stone Sour - Stone Sour
  • Stone Sour

    Stone Sour

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    When 8 + 4 leaves 9

    Slipknot. Love them or hate them – it really is that simple. However, in light of recent statements by frontman Corey Taylor, it would appear that now was the time for the members to do whatever side project...

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  • Time in Malta - A Second Engine
  • Time in Malta

    A Second Engine

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Hard rockers mixing it up to keep it interesting

    For anyone who likes the diversity of the songs that the Foo Fighters have recorded during their career, if you add some hardcore and emocore influences to that mix, then you’d p...

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  • Dark Tranquillity - Damage Done
  • Dark Tranquillity

    Damage Done

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Leading the way in darkness

    Hailing from Gothenburg Sweden, melodic death metal six piece Dark Tranquillity follow up their 2000 release Haven with Damage Done, which further progresses and showcases why this has been a much anticipa...

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  • Segression - Segression
  • Segression

    Segression

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Aussie metal vets don't quite cut it this time

    Returning with their fourth album are our very own Segression, who are probably our most well known metal band around at the moment, both inside and outside of our shores. Once again co...

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  • Fear Factory - Concrete
  • Fear Factory

    Concrete

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    For diehards only

    The best kept secret of Fear Factory’s career, which spanned more than a decade, included four full length albums (excluding remix albums), and saw them grace our shores numerous times, has now been posthumous...

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  • Godflesh - In All Languages
  • Godflesh

    In All Languages

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    A fitting end to an amazing band

    Recently disbanded industrial metal pioneers Godflesh, formed by original Napalm Death guitarist Justin Broadrick in 1988, release their definitive collection spanning their twelve releases whilst sig...

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  • Decapitated - Nihility
  • Decapitated

    Nihility

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Brutal original death metal from Poland

    Every once in a while, a band comes along that does something different to what is considered common place in their genre. Death metal, although nowhere near as popular as it was a decade ago, ...

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  • Bison - Architect of Sound
  • Bison

    Architect of Sound

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Surprise act comes up with the goods

    I managed to catch Melbourne’s Bison here mid last year as the national support act for the Brisbane stop of the (hed)p.e. tour. After their set, my immediate impressions led me to the merch...

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  • Jerry Cantrell - Degradation Trip
  • Jerry Cantrell

    Degradation Trip

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Trip at the brain

    For former Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, the title of his latest solo album, Degradation Trip, is more than appropriate. It more or less describes the period of his life in which it took shape. He virtua...

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  • Soulfly - 3
  • Soulfly

    3

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Too tribal for it's own good

    In a little less than two years since their sophomore release Primitive, Soulfly return with their third album of tribal metal, simply titled 3. This time around sees Soulfly front man Max Cavalera produc...

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