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  • Carnal Forge - Aren't You Dead Yet?
  • Carnal Forge

    Aren't You Dead Yet?

    By Simon Milburn | 06 February, 2005

    Thrash metal never dies.

    Mixing metal core and old school thrash riffs isn't something new nowadays. Sweden's Carnal Forge and The Haunted are a long way ahead of the pack and both continue to release strong albums. Five piece outf...

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  • Slipknot - Vol.3: The Subliminal Verses
  • Slipknot

    Vol.3: The Subliminal Verses

    By Simon Milburn | 06 February, 2005

    New masks, new tunes, new ground

    It's been three years since Slipknot unleashed the somewhat alienating and indifferently received Iowa album. But just as Iowa did with its predecessor, it contained a combination of flat out aggres...

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  • Skinlab - Nerve Damage
  • Skinlab

    Nerve Damage

    By Simon Milburn | 06 February, 2005

    Bay area group release rarities collection

    San Francisco's Skinlab are one of those bands who seemed destined to remain on the fringes of some degree of success as far as metal bands go. Plagued by line-up changes and the on again ...

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  • Fear Factory - Archetype
  • Fear Factory

    Archetype

    By Simon Milburn | 06 February, 2005

    Resurrected cyber metallers bring the brutality

    Let's not beat around the bush. As far as Fear Factory albums go, their last full length studio album Digimortal was, to say the least, very disappointing. From their brutal debut and c...

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  • Killswitch Engage - The End of Heartache
  • Killswitch Engage

    The End of Heartache

    By Simon Milburn | 06 February, 2005

    Metal chock full of hooks

    When a band changes vocalists, there is no grey area. It's either make or break. For Killswitch Engage, it's definitely a case of the former. They return with their latest album The End Of Heartache which,...

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  • Dirty Americans - Strange Generation
  • Dirty Americans

    Strange Generation

    By Simon Milburn | 06 February, 2005

    Solid catchy rock album debut

    Detroit. Motor City. It was the home of the likes of The Stooges and The MC5. Now, it's latest rock'n'roll spawn are the Dirty Americans who formed out of the ashes of The Workhorse Movement. Am I comp...

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  • 36 Crazyfists - A Snow Capped Romance
  • 36 Crazyfists

    A Snow Capped Romance

    By Simon Milburn | 06 February, 2005

    Alaskan quartet avoids second album syndrome

    When 36 Crazyfists released their debut album a couple of years ago, I'll admit that it took a few listens for me to liken to it. Since then, it's an album that still has replay value. S...

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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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