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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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  • Papa Roach - Getting Away With Murder
  • Papa Roach

    Getting Away With Murder

    By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

    Roaches that just won't go away

    Papa Roach are one of those bands that were hot one day and almost forgotten the next. It seems only the diehard fans kept the support going for this quartet. 2000's Infest was a great album full of ca...

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  • Cradle of Filth - Nymphetamine
  • Cradle of Filth

    Nymphetamine

    By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

    Horror movie metal soundtrack

    Moving on from Damnation And A Day, England's Cradle Of Filth have released it's follow up Nymphetamine this time avoiding the labour of a concept album. Moving from major label Sony to Roadrunner, the c...

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  • Mortiis - The Grudge
  • Mortiis

    The Grudge

    By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

    Norwegian metal from the man with the pointy ears

    What does a one man band do when said band gets a degree of success and has to start touring? The one man band evolves into a full scale lineup and that's just what Mortiis has had to...

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