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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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  • 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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