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  • Sirenia - Dim Days of Dolor
  • Sirenia

    Dim Days of Dolor

    By Michael O'Brien | 14 November, 2016

    I came into Sirenia’s eighth full length album, Dim Days of Dolor, consciously aware that I’m not really its target audience. This is a band that once straddled a line between symphonic metal and melodic death metal but has st...

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  • Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder
  • Darkthrone

    Arctic Thunder

    By Simon Crawley | 07 November, 2016

    Black metal, and that of the Norwegian persuasion in particular, definitely occupies a stark corner of the heavy metal realm. To that extent, Darkthrone was always one of those potently bleak acts that somehow conjured one’s respect. Their f...

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  • Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake
  • Testament

    Brotherhood of the Snake

    By Chris Gibbs | 01 November, 2016

    While 2008’s The Formation of Damnation and 2012’s Dark Roots of Earth were both excellent Testament records post-reunion, brimming with thrash, melody, and hooks, there was a substantial overall lack of speed. This i...

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  • Watchtower - Concepts of Math: Book One
  • Watchtower

    Concepts of Math: Book One

    By Simon Milburn | 26 October, 2016

    Watchtower is a band that I discovered waaaaaaay back in the day when Rage playing metal clips of any description was a rarity. It wasn’t a monthly thing or anything like that. It was a once in a blue moon thing and there was no internet or ...

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  • Obituary - Ten Thousand Ways to Die
  • Obituary

    Ten Thousand Ways to Die

    By Simon Milburn | 26 October, 2016

    I like that Obituary are still going after all these years. Sure they enjoyed the usual hiatus there for a few years - seven in fact, but when they returned with 2005’s Frozen in Time, it was clear the band never missed a beat. Trut...

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  • Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
  • Meshuggah

    The Violent Sleep of Reason

    By Chris Gibbs | 23 October, 2016

    I don’t know about you, but in the late 90s an obscure band from Umeå, Sweden by the name of Meshuggah took every single thing I thought I knew about metal, rolled it up into a ball of garbage and through it out the window. They left m...

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  • Suma - The Order of Things
  • Suma

    The Order of Things

    By Michael O'Brien | 23 October, 2016

    The Order of Things is an album I've been waiting for for a hell of a long time. Six years now, in fact.

    Back in 2010 Sweden’s Suma released Ashes, which was and continues to be one of my all time favourite sludge/d...

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  • Insomnium - Winter's Gate
  • Insomnium

    Winter's Gate

    By Simon Crawley | 06 October, 2016

    With a steady flow of studio album releases since 2002’s In the Halls of Awaiting, Finland’s Insomnium reveal its seventh in Winter’s Gate. Consisting of a single 40-minute track, this is a conceptual album insp...

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  • Crobot - Welcome to Fat City
  • Crobot

    Welcome to Fat City

    By Chris Gibbs | 06 October, 2016

    I have mentioned in the past that Nuclear Blast have built up an impressive roster in recent years, branching out to consist of some pretty killer hard rock n roll bands in addition to the high calibre death and thrash metal that is synonymous wit...

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  • Syndrome - Forever and a Day
  • Syndrome

    Forever and a Day

    By Michael O'Brien | 04 October, 2016

    I’ve long been a fan of Belgium’s Amenra, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that I became aware of just how powerfully captivating they can be in their acoustic form. In addition to their excellent live album, Alive,...

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  • Heaven Shall Burn - Wanderer
  • Heaven Shall Burn

    Wanderer

    By Chris Gibbs | 19 September, 2016

    Having now ripped off faces for 20 years, Saalfeld, Germany’s prodigal sons of all things melodic death metal tinged metalcore, Heaven Shall Burn, return with their eighth full length album, Wanderer. Visually, the band's moniker is...

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  • Warfather - The Grey Eminence
  • Warfather

    The Grey Eminence

    By Michael O'Brien | 16 September, 2016

    To say that Warfather’s 2014 debut, Orchestrating the Apocalypse, was a disappointment would be quite the understatement. With the exception of his vocal duties with Nader Sadek, it had been quite some time since (then) ex-Morbid An...

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  • Opeth - Sorceress
  • Opeth

    Sorceress

    By Chris Gibbs | 13 September, 2016

    Before we go any further, and regardless of what the gorgeous yet brutal artwork by regular contributing artist Travis Smith might imply, there are no death growled vocals on the new Opeth record, Sorceress. Once upon a time, I adored Ope...

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  • King - Reclaim the Darkness
  • King

    Reclaim the Darkness

    By Chris Gibbs | 05 September, 2016

    Australian black metal trio King consist of an impressive extreme metal line up. Vocalist Tony Forde of the legendary Blood Duster and The Day Everything Became Nothing, guitarist David Hill of Fuck I’m Dead and also The Day Everything Becam...

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  • Imperium Dekadenz - Dis Manibvs
  • Imperium Dekadenz

    Dis Manibvs

    By Michael O'Brien | 02 September, 2016

    Over the couple of months I’ve spent with Imperium Dekadenz’s fifth full-length album, Dis Manibvs, - which also happens to be my first exposure to the band - I’ve had this nagging feeling of familiarity in the back of m...

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  • Soilwork - Death Resonance
  • Soilwork

    Death Resonance

    By Simon Crawley | 30 August, 2016

    Amidst the Swedish melodic death metal veterans’ ongoing tour to support their 2015 studio album, The Ride Majestic, fans are treated to over an hour’s worth of music consisting of two brand new songs and 13 rarely released tr...

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  • Vader - Iron Times
  • Vader

    Iron Times

    By Michael O'Brien | 22 August, 2016

    I’d be amazed if anyone went into a new Vader recording expecting to be surprised by what they hear by this point. Aside from the fact that the band has been active for over 25 years, their output has also been incredibly consistent over tha...

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  • Crypt - Disgusting Zombie Metal
  • Crypt

    Disgusting Zombie Metal

    By Michael O'Brien | 17 August, 2016

    Crypt, who hail from Brisbane and who have recently reformed after 15-odd years away, released one of my favourite Australian demos in 1994 with Excruciating Agony which, at the time, was one of the heaviest things I’d ever heard an...

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  • Hammers of Misfortune - Dead Revolution
  • Hammers of Misfortune

    Dead Revolution

    By Simon Crawley | 15 August, 2016

    There are those bands and styles of metal that ooze that sense of ‘epic’, taking the listener on a journey of riffs, melody, hooks, guitar solos, and dramatic vocals all tied to a string of stories or overall theme. Hammers of Misfortu...

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  • Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary
  • Witherscape

    The Northern Sanctuary

    By Chris Gibbs | 09 August, 2016

    Dan Swanö. The name is royalty amongst the world of the metal elite, and has been at the forefront of Swedish melodic death metal and production for well over two decades. Any self-respecting metal head is aware of the man and his plethora of...

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  • Revocation - Great is Our Sin
  • Revocation

    Great is Our Sin

    By Chris Gibbs | 09 August, 2016

    When I think of Boston, Massachusetts, I think of hardcore and metalcore bands, plenty of them and some rather excellent ones I might add. I most certainly don't think of technical death and thrash metal, that's for sure. That all changed barely t...

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  • Sanford Parker - Lash Back
  • Sanford Parker

    Lash Back

    By Michael O'Brien | 29 July, 2016

    Well, this isn’t what I was expecting to hear at all.

    I’ve been a fan of Parker’s work as a musician and a producer for a while now, and especially for his contributions in Minsk and Buried at Sea. His more recent program...

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  • Defiled - Towards Inevitable Ruin
  • Defiled

    Towards Inevitable Ruin

    By Simon Crawley | 21 July, 2016

    The Japanese death metal juggernaut that is Defiled has been crushing skulls and taking names for 22 brutal years. Much like their home city of Tokyo, this is metal of monstrous proportions. In the five years since Defiled’s last full-length...

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  • Despised Icon - Beast
  • Despised Icon

    Beast

    By Chris Gibbs | 21 July, 2016

    I am not a fan of deathcore. I am even less a fan of that word being used to describe a sub-genre. I had the same view when the term metalcore first propped up in the late '90s. Yes, the '90s. I don’t care what anyone says as that word was a...

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  • Vulture - Victim to the Blade
  • Vulture

    Victim to the Blade

    By Simon Milburn | 18 July, 2016

    Speed metal is one of those genres that sit in between two other major genres. For example, deathcore sits smack bang in the middle of death metal and hardcore. Speed metal to me sits in the middle of thrash metal and traditional metal. Whilst the...

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  • Lord of War - Suffer
  • Lord of War

    Suffer

    By Michael O'Brien | 11 July, 2016

    Just as there are labels out there like Flenser Records and Blood Music that I tend to be drawn to because of the kind of material they specialise in, there are also labels out there that I shy away from for the very same reason, and Unique Leader...

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  • H.P. Lovecraft - The Lurking Fear
  • H.P. Lovecraft

    The Lurking Fear

    By Michael O'Brien | 11 July, 2016

    While I’m a lover of books, I’ve never really gotten on board with the audiobook format. There’s something about the experience of digesting a story through the written word that isn’t quite the same for me when it’s ...

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  • Monsterworks - Black Swan Annihilation
  • Monsterworks

    Black Swan Annihilation

    By Simon Crawley | 11 July, 2016

    There is a striking air of enthusiasm about the UK’s Monsterworks which is also admirable when you think that the band has been around for well over a decade, churning out albums and sticking together as a unit the entire time. The release o...

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  • Gojira - Magma
  • Gojira

    Magma

    By Simon Milburn | 08 July, 2016

    Many will say that I’m jaded, old, disconnected from “today’s metal” and a hater. To their credit, there’s some truth in some or all of those things. I’ll leave it for you to figure out. The simple fact is that ...

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  • Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us
  • Nails

    You Will Never Be One of Us

    By Simon Milburn | 28 June, 2016

    This year has already seen a mountain of albums hit the shelves of your favourite store, be it a bricks and mortar store or one of the many digital options. I think it’s fair to say that one of the most anticipated albums of 2016 is You ...

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  • Gruesome - Dimensions of Horror
  • Gruesome

    Dimensions of Horror

    By Simon Milburn | 28 June, 2016

    With Relapse records wrapping up their series of deluxe “everything including the kitchen sink” multi-CD and LP Death reissues this month, it seems only fitting that Gruesome also return with a new EP to boot. Titled Dimensions of ...

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