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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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  • Whitechapel - Mark of the Blade
  • Whitechapel

    Mark of the Blade

    By Chris Gibbs | 28 June, 2016

    Knoxville, Tennessee sextet, Whitechapel, have just unleashed what is no doubt going to be one of the biggest cans of worms of not only their career but of 2016 with their sixth record, Mark of the Blade. It’s 2014, Billboard 200 to...

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  • C.B. Murdoc - Here be Dragons
  • C.B. Murdoc

    Here be Dragons

    By Michael O'Brien | 24 June, 2016

    There were two things that drew me to this promo from the outset. The first is that the band’s unusual moniker reminded me of the kind of name a character from a Raymond Chandler novel might have, and the second was that the band was formed ...

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  • Be'lakor - Vessels
  • Be'lakor

    Vessels

    By Rod Whitfield | 23 June, 2016

    This is one band that has truly improved with every release they’ve put out there, and with Vessels, these Melbourne boys have put themselves fairly and squarely on the world class map.

    Vessels is an apt name for thi...

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  • Phobocosm - Bringer of Drought
  • Phobocosm

    Bringer of Drought

    By Simon Milburn | 14 June, 2016

    To most people, Canada means snow, ice hockey, maple leaves, mounties, Nickelback, Alanis Morrisette, and Bryan Adams. To metal heads, all bar the last three items in that list hold true. In addition to that, Canada also means Annihilator, Gorguts...

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  • Merciless Death - Taken Beyond
  • Merciless Death

    Taken Beyond

    By Simon Milburn | 09 June, 2016

    I’m never really sure what to make of bands that share their name with a song from another, usually older, metal band. In some cases, things work out OK to varying degrees of success. Just for a minute think about the likes of Deep Purple, O...

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  • American Head Charge - Tango Umbrella
  • American Head Charge

    Tango Umbrella

    By Simon Crawley | 08 June, 2016

    Drugs, breakups, reunions, and death – all too common a thread of themes in the music business, and Minneapolis’ American Head Charge are another one of those bands. It’s been just over ten years since the band’s last album...

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  • Withered - Grief Relic
  • Withered

    Grief Relic

    By Chris Gibbs | 08 June, 2016

    Six years have passed us by since Atlanta, Georgia’s Withered destroyed our senses, followed swiftly by our minds with their face splitting, thickly dense record Dualitas. They have now come back to obliterate any mental fragments t...

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  • Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts
  • Katatonia

    The Fall of Hearts

    By Chris Gibbs | 06 June, 2016

    My first exposure to Stockholm, Sweden’s Katatonia came in the form of 2001’s Last Fair Deal Gone Down, and while I became somewhat a follower of the band, I would not say I became a fan. I’ve made a constant effort to e...

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  • Grand Magus - Sword Songs
  • Grand Magus

    Sword Songs

    By Chris Gibbs | 31 May, 2016

    Stockholm, Sweden’s power trio Grand Magus, which is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Janne ‘JB’ Christoffersson, bassist Mats ‘Fox’ Skinner and since 2012, drummer Ludwigg Witt (their third in total) of Spiritual Begg...

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  • Lacuna Coil - Delirium
  • Lacuna Coil

    Delirium

    By Rod Whitfield | 30 May, 2016

    These Italian masters released their absolute classic album Comalies way back in ’02. That album, similar to Nightwish’s Once, is a true seminal moment in the development of the female fronted gothic metal phenomenon....

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  • Death - Scream Bloody Gore (Deluxe Reissue)
  • Death

    Scream Bloody Gore (Deluxe Reissue)

    By Simon Milburn | 30 May, 2016

    To be fair, Death is one of those bands who need no introduction. There’s nothing I can add that will elaborate on their diverse and highly regarded discography nor enhance the legacy left by mastermind Chuck Schuldiner. But, here I am, and ...

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  • Drown this City - False Idols
  • Drown this City

    False Idols

    By Rod Whitfield | 24 May, 2016

    In a heavily crowded post hardcore/melodic metalcore scene veritably bursting at the seams with cookie-cutter bands, this Melbourne-based five piece is poised to take a big step forward and howl ‘look at me!’ at the top of its lungs. A...

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  • Hatebreed - The Concrete Confessional
  • Hatebreed

    The Concrete Confessional

    By Chris Gibbs | 23 May, 2016

    Ahh Hatebreed. Are they not the leading representatives of metallic hardcore in its truest form? I remember working voluntarily in my local independent music store back in '99 and stumbling across Hatebreed's debut record, Satisfaction is the ...

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  • Devildriver - Trust No One
  • Devildriver

    Trust No One

    By Simon Milburn | 20 May, 2016

    Hiatus. Ugh. That word… again!! Man, if that ain’t a word that’s thrown around by bands like a hot potato these days, I don’t know what is. A band comes along and releases a series of albums. Suddenly, a “hiatus&rdqu...

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  • Death Angel - The Evil Divide
  • Death Angel

    The Evil Divide

    By Chris Gibbs | 20 May, 2016

    San Francisco, Bay Area thrash metal veterans Death Angel have been on one hell of an upward trajectory in the last eight years. Their hit and miss reunion album The Art of Dying arrived now 12 years ago after a 14 year break up, but its ...

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  • Apocalypse - Faithless
  • Apocalypse

    Faithless

    By Simon Milburn | 18 May, 2016

    Well, it goes without saying that Divebomb would complete the mission with respect to Apocalypse reissues and they did just that. The Swiss group’s 1993 sophomore and final album, Faithless, has also been given the limited edition a...

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  • October Tide - Winged Waltz
  • October Tide

    Winged Waltz

    By Simon Milburn | 17 May, 2016

    October Tide is, for many, probably a band that would go unnoticed. Formed by Katatonia alumi Fredrik Norrman and Jonas Renske in 1994, the band released their first two long players in Rain Without End (1997) and Grey Dawn (1999...

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  • Infernal Outcry - Mass Extinction Requiem I
  • Infernal Outcry

    Mass Extinction Requiem I

    By Rod Whitfield | 17 May, 2016

    These Tassie devils have obviously taken pretty solid cues from their fellow Taswegians Psycroptic. Such comparisons are inevitable when you play tech death and you hail from the Apple Isle (and this EP was even produced by Psycroptic guitarist Jo...

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  • Levitation Hex, The - Cohesion
  • Levitation Hex, The

    Cohesion

    By Rod Whitfield | 13 May, 2016

    Just like his former band Alchemist, Adam Agius’s latest project The Levitation Hex is a real enigma wrapped up in a mystery inside a riddle. Firstly, with Agius’s unique voice, guitar playing, and, above all, song-writing style, compa...

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  • Fallujah - Dreamless
  • Fallujah

    Dreamless

    By Chris Gibbs | 13 May, 2016

    Fallujah’s take on death metal of the technical and progressive kind took the metal world and keyboard warrior’s safe behind their monitors by storm. The dare I say “controversy” surrounding the band's eye opening sophomore...

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  • Gorguts - Pleiades' Dust
  • Gorguts

    Pleiades' Dust

    By Michael O'Brien | 11 May, 2016

    Like what I assume to be the case with the vast bulk of the death metal community, I’m a pretty big fan of Canada’s Gorguts. They’re a band that has not only spent their lengthy career pushing themselves creatively, but have also...

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  • Amenra - Alive
  • Amenra

    Alive

    By Michael O'Brien | 06 May, 2016

    When I first heard 2012’s Mass V, the fifth full-length album from Belgium’s Amenra, it was love at first listen, but as the years stretched out post-release, I found myself returning to the album less and less. Not because I&...

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