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  • Soundtrack - Freddy vs. Jason
  • Soundtrack

    Freddy vs. Jason

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Ultimate showdown produces diverse soundtrack

    Soundtracks are often hit and miss. A lot of the time, they feature a couple of hit singles or prominent songs from the movie with the rest of the track listing featuring music inspired...

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  • Ill Niño - Confession
  • Ill Niño

    Confession

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Latin laced metal

    The brief bio that accompanied the new Ill Niño album states that they have delivered exactly what they promised to with their second studio album… that being to deliver the most accessible as well as ...

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  • Fury - Slavekind
  • Fury

    Slavekind

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Thrashing all around Adelaide

    Is it me, or is there an increase in interest in thrash metal again? With current bands like The Haunted and Shadows Fall doing their thing, and the reformation of Death Angel and Nuclear Assault among...

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  • Morbid Angel - Heretic
  • Morbid Angel

    Heretic

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Death metal legends return in style

    Rolling Stone magazine once placed Morbid Angel in their Top 10 Most Important Heavy Bands of All Time list along side the mighty Black Sabbath amongst others. They were right. Since they burst o...

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  • Arch Enemy - Anthems Of Rebellion
  • Arch Enemy

    Anthems Of Rebellion

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    This could be the sound of Carcass circa 2003

    If the idea of a female vocalist fronting a death metal band doesn't appeal to you, then maybe you shouldn't read any further. You'd be missing out though. Give it a chance. Close your ...

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  • Nevermore - Enemies Of Reality
  • Nevermore

    Enemies Of Reality

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Poor production hinders an amazing album

    Seattle. It's well known for the Space Needle, its atrocious weather, a very high suicide rate and the grunge explosion of the very early 1990s. In fact, those last two points could be corre...

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  • Cult of Luna - Cult Of Luna
  • Cult of Luna

    Cult Of Luna

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    A step back from the beyond

    Hot on the heals of their Earache Records release The Beyond comes the re-issue of the debut self titled album from Sweden’s Cult of Luna. The original pressing of this album was limited to 2000 copi...

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  • 8 Foot Sativa - Hate Made Me
  • 8 Foot Sativa

    Hate Made Me

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Flying the flag for Kiwi metal

    Originally slated as the other overseas act to appear on this years Overcranked festival, New Zealand's 8 Foot Sativa are starting to make a few waves outside of their home country with their debut al...

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  • Japunga - Light At Days End
  • Japunga

    Light At Days End

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Express yourself

    If any band was well suited as a support band for the last Soulfly tour, it's our own local three piece Japunga. It's a fair statement to say that they would have been more suited than Karnivool given that Japunga'...

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  • Spineshank - Self Destructive Pattern
  • Spineshank

    Self Destructive Pattern

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Nice but not really a step forward

    Sixteen months is a long time to take to record an album. Even Metallica's 1991 self titled black album took only 9 months. Unexpected events such as a computer crash with 3 months work on it can ...

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  • Farmakon - A Warm Glimpse
  • Farmakon

    A Warm Glimpse

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Promising, but needs an injection of originality

    Finnish quartet Farmakon have only been together as a group for around 18 months or so, and the UK's Elistist Records, which is a sub label of the legendary Earache Records, were qui...

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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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