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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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  • Sentenced - The Cold White Light
  • Sentenced

    The Cold White Light

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Progression is not a dirty word

    Some bands will consistently churn out the same product release after release. For others, they will progress and experiment with different musical styles throughout their career. In the case of Finlan...

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  • 36 Crazyfists - Bitterness the Star
  • 36 Crazyfists

    Bitterness the Star

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Emo with unique vocals

    What do Alaska and a Jackie Chan movie have in common ? The answer is 36 Crazyfists who originated from Alaska and acquired their name from a Jackie Chan movie. Originally formed in 1994, Bitterness The Star ...

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  • Skinlab - reVoltingRoom
  • Skinlab

    reVoltingRoom

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Slick production almost too good

    San Francisco Bay area metal band Skinlab, have finally released their much anticipated and much delayed third album entitled reVoltingRoom. Once again between releases, they have had a lineup chang...

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  • Earth - The Bleeding Fields
  • Earth

    The Bleeding Fields

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Awesome Swedish death metal from Melbourne

    The Bleeding Fields opens with the title track and straight away gives a good indication of the influences shared by this Melbourne band. Swedish death metal bands like Entombed, Dismember...

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  • Coal Chamber - Dark Days
  • Coal Chamber

    Dark Days

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    The downward spiral...

    After several name changes and delays, Coal Chamber's third long player Dark Days has finally been released. However, a mere four weeks ago after an on stage incident between Coal Chamber guitarist Meegs Rasc...

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  • Blackshine - Soulless & Proud
  • Blackshine

    Soulless & Proud

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Solid rock'n'roll to be proud of

    My how things change. Originally formed in 1988 under the moniker Hetsheads, this four piece made quite a name for themselves in the underground death metal scene. Over time, their material became l...

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  • Hellspawn - Lords of Eternity
  • Hellspawn

    Lords of Eternity

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Aussie black metal

    Black metal is not something that Australia is well known for. With only a couple of bands coming to mind in Destroyer 666 and Astriaal, Hellspawn are a newcomer to the scene assembled by drummer-come-vocalist Ma...

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  • Truth Corroded - Begin
  • Truth Corroded

    Begin

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Socially aware metal from South Australia

    After supporting various international bands such as Strapping Young Lad and Vision Of Disorder, Adelaide quartet Truth Corroded deliver their 11 track debut album. It has been a while comi...

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  • Stuck Mojo - Violate This
  • Stuck Mojo

    Violate This

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Originators of rap metal empty the vaults

    Rap-core. Is it current ? Yes. Is it new ? No. Some may think that bands like Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park are at the forefront of this movement, but in reality it started with bands like St...

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  • Novembre - Novembrine Waltz
  • Novembre

    Novembrine Waltz

    By Simon Milburn | 01 January, 2005

    Doom metal Italia

    After some interruptions that would have allowed this album to see the light of day earlier in the year, Italian doom metallers Novembre return with their latest release Novembrine Waltz. The departure of their ba...

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  • Dark Tranquillity - Character
  • Dark Tranquillity

    Character

    By Simon Milburn | 28 January, 2005

    Genre leading Swede's show their character and class

    It's been said that Dark Tranquillity are the founders and leaders of melodic death metal, also known as the Gothenburg Sound. 2002's Damage Done release was nothing short of brill...

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  • 3 Inches of Blood - Advance and Vanquish
  • 3 Inches of Blood

    Advance and Vanquish

    By Simon Milburn | 10 January, 2005

    Old school and proud

    There seems to be an abundance of acts lately that are highlighting the influence of the early metal acts of the 80s. As far as I’m concerned, that isn’t a bad thing either. Somewhere, somehow, metal ...

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  • Pain Confessor - Turmoil
  • Pain Confessor

    Turmoil

    By Simon Milburn | 10 January, 2005

    Brutal surprise package of Swedish metal from Finland

    Upon reading their bio, it would be easy to pass off Finland's Pain Confessor as another wanna be Gothenburg sound type band. Yes, I realize that Gothenburg is in Sweden and that ...

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  • Usurper - Cryptobeast
  • Usurper

    Cryptobeast

    By Simon Milburn | 10 January, 2005

    Bust out the spiked leather arm bands

    Chicago's Usurper aren't the most original band around, although having said that, I think it's becoming increasingly more difficult to be original in the metal world nowadays. But I digress. Cry...

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  • Napalm Death - Noise For Music's Sake
  • Napalm Death

    Noise For Music's Sake

    By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

    110% chuffed!

    Who'd have thought that a band as extreme as England's Napalm Death would be only a year or so short of making the 20 year mark? It's fitting that their fostering label Earache release a two CD set that serves as a best ...

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  • Exodus - Tempo of the Damned
  • Exodus

    Tempo of the Damned

    By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

    Legendary thrashers return to form

    Bay Area thrash legends Exodus released their last studio album Force Of Habit in 1992 and called it a day not long afterwards. But it took the death of original vocalist Paul Ballof in 2002 to real...

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  • Sepultura - Arise
  • Sepultura

    Arise

    By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

    From a pale grey sky...we shall ARISE!

    The year is 1991. Metallica released their insanely successfully and pivotal self titled album and Nirvana turned grunge into the latest trend with the release of Nevermind. Sepultura - the bo...

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  • Mudvayne - All Access to All Things (DVD)
  • Mudvayne

    All Access to All Things (DVD)

    By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

    Slipknot made waves a few years back as 9 masked guys with numbers for names. Not long after bursting onto the seen, Mudvayne did the same with masks replaced by ever changing and evolving painted face designs and foreign sounding names. The comparis...

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  • Caliban - The Opposite From Within
  • Caliban

    The Opposite From Within

    By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

    German metal core evolution

    A shift in style is never an easy thing for fans to accept. From the outside looking in, it can be viewed as selling out, or going with the latest trend if the parallels exist. But giving bands the benefit...

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  • Nightwish - Once
  • Nightwish

    Once

    By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

    Return Of The Finns

    Whilst it's probably more common nowadays than 10 years ago for metal bands to incorporate orchestral pieces as a part of their music, very few can say they've recorded with the session orchestra that performed Ho...

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  • Haunted, The - rEVOLVEr
  • Haunted, The

    rEVOLVEr

    By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

    The title says it all

    The departure of a vocalist is always both a talking point and a turning point for any band that may undergo such a transformation. The announcement of the return of The Haunted's original vocalist, Peter Dolving...

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  • Chasm, The - The Spell of Retribution
  • Chasm, The

    The Spell of Retribution

    By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

    Back to the future

    Many would say that whilst there are some shining lights in the sky of metal acts around today, that the market is overall saturated by many bands most of which lack the originality of the leaders of the subgenres ...

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  • Converge - You Fail Me
  • Converge

    You Fail Me

    By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

    Unlucky for some, but definitely lucky for these guys

    Longevity is not something that is a prevailing trait amongst much of todays music industry as a whole however there are quite a few metal bands who manage to keep their head abov...

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  • Devolved - Calculated
  • Devolved

    Calculated

    By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

    Local extreme metal let down by production

    Devolved have quite the following both on our local scene and also around the rest of the nation. For some metal heads however, it's a case of you either like them or not. Since their incept...

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  • Shadows Fall - The War Within
  • Shadows Fall

    The War Within

    By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

    Winning the battle and the war

    I think it's almost safe to say that the latest Shadows Fall album was one of the most anticipated releases of 2004. The presales figures alone tell the story of the rise of this Massachusetts based qui...

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