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  • Soulfly - Prophecy
  • Soulfly

    Prophecy

    By Simon Milburn | 06 February, 2005

    Tribal metal pioneers go more experimental

    When Sepultura released their final album with Max Cavalera fronting the band, little did anyone know that it would be the blueprint for his next band. But since then, Soulfly have managed...

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  • God Forbid - Gone Forever
  • God Forbid

    Gone Forever

    By Simon Milburn | 06 February, 2005

    Latest effort more focussed than ever before

    It's been three years since New Jersey quintet God Forbid unleashed their Century Media debut Determination. Moving somewhat away from the metal core influences of its predecessor, their...

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  • Napalm Death - Punishment In Capitals
  • Napalm Death

    Punishment In Capitals

    By Simon Milburn | 06 February, 2005

    Grindcore legends still leading the way

    Napalm Death, one of the originators of grindcore are still going strong almost 17 years after they burst onto the scene with the groundbreaking debut, Scum. Their latest release is a compani...

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  • Korn - Take a Look in the Mirror
  • Korn

    Take a Look in the Mirror

    By Simon Milburn | 06 February, 2005

    If it isn't broke, don't fix it

    Nu-metal/rap metal pioneers Korn return with their sixth album which shows a return to the heavier side of things and a sound that is more akin with their earlier efforts. Produced by the band themse...

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  • Devildriver - Devildriver
  • Devildriver

    Devildriver

    By Simon Milburn | 06 February, 2005

    Ex-Coal Chamber singer moves on

    Whilst the writing was on the wall for sometime concerning the break up of Coal Chamber, it was only earlier this year that it was formally announced. But it was during the recording of their final f...

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  • Hatebreed - The Rise of Brutality
  • Hatebreed

    The Rise of Brutality

    By Simon Milburn | 06 February, 2005

    The way to succeed

    There is no doubt that US hardcore metallers Hatebreed impressed many who saw them support Soulfly here in late 2002. It was a case of the support act stealing the show from the headliners. Not one to rest on the...

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  • Various - Headbangers Ball
  • Various

    Headbangers Ball

    By Simon Milburn | 06 February, 2005

    Resurrection of show produces fine showcase

    Is it because metal in its various forms has become more commercially acceptable and viable in the greater scheme of things that almost commercial like releases are now censored? Pantera'...

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  • Tiamat - Prey
  • Tiamat

    Prey

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    The road to nowhere

    It's funny how some bands make a major style change within their career. Some are criticised for it, whilst others are applauded. Some bands are so huge, that any change would be insignificant to their popularit...

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  • Stampin' Ground - A New Darkness Upon Us
  • Stampin' Ground

    A New Darkness Upon Us

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Stampin' their authority

    The subtle and subdued opening title track to the fourth full length Stampin' Ground CD definitely lulls the listener into a false sense of security. With a background that combines hardcore and metal, supp...

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  • Daysend - Severance
  • Daysend

    Severance

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Separating from the rest

    It's not uncommon that seeing a band live can change your opinion of them from what you have heard on CD. It is uncommon for the opposite to occur. Having seen Sydney's Daysend a couple of times up here on ...

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  • Frankenbok - Blood Oath
  • Frankenbok

    Blood Oath

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    One bad apple spoils the bunch

    Melbourne five piece Frankenbok have unleashed their sophomore album, and first with their new vocalist Adam B. Metal. For the most part, it is a fairly good and consistent album. Produced by Superhei...

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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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