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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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  • Eths - Ankaa
  • Eths

    Ankaa

    By Rod Whitfield | 03 May, 2016

    I must admit I hadn’t heard of this band up until receiving this album for review, despite them having been around for more than a decade and a half. But when I found out that they are: a) French, and b) an ‘experimental modern metal b...

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  • Apocalypse - Apocalypse (Deluxe Edition)
  • Apocalypse

    Apocalypse (Deluxe Edition)

    By Simon Milburn | 27 April, 2016

    Taking a step back in time, compilation albums actually meant something. These days, in an era of ‘buy one track here, one track there, and rarely the whole album’, they really offer little value and even then they are nothing more tha...

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  • Killswitch Engage - Incarnate
  • Killswitch Engage

    Incarnate

    By Simon Milburn | 26 April, 2016

    I’m sure many of you remember the “New Wave of American Heavy Metal” trend. There was a plethora of bands pushing that barrow including Lamb of God, Unearth, Shadows Fall and of course, Killswitch Engage. Now, it’s probably...

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  • Sourvein - Aquatic Occult
  • Sourvein

    Aquatic Occult

    By Chris Gibbs | 26 April, 2016

    Guitarist/vocalist T-Roy of Cape Fear, North Carolina fuzz driven sludge doom rockers Sourvein has been through a lot in the last 20 years. He’s kicked the bottle, twice, lost friends and family along the way, bounced from label to label, sp...

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  • Artillery - Penalty by Perception
  • Artillery

    Penalty by Perception

    By Simon Crawley | 26 April, 2016

    A band significant enough for its role played in the early days of thrash metal, Artillery is still around and has also survived two significant break-ups. The Danish thrashers unleash their seventh full-length studio album and fourth since their ...

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  • Rapheumets Well - The Exile
  • Rapheumets Well

    The Exile

    By Rod Whitfield | 06 April, 2016

    I’m a massive fan of bands that combine bombastic orchestral flourishes with heavy music, whether it be the female fronted gothic wonder of Nightwish or Epica, the blackened extremities of Dimmu Borgir or Cradle of Filth, or the sheer brutal...

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  • Gadget - The Great Destroyer
  • Gadget

    The Great Destroyer

    By Chris Gibbs | 30 March, 2016

    Gavle, Sweden grindcore troupe Gadget has just released their third full length record, aptly titled The Great Destroyer. Their 2004 debut Remote was a modern slab of grind for the new millennium, as was its excellent successor, ...

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  • Caliban - Gravity
  • Caliban

    Gravity

    By Chris Gibbs | 29 March, 2016

    German metalcore act Caliban has been belting out records since 1999. Personally, if I had to choose to listen to a band of this particular sound, I have always preferred their native peers Heaven Shall Burn. They’re heavier, more creative, ...

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  • Amon Amarth - Jomsviking
  • Amon Amarth

    Jomsviking

    By Peter Zischke | 25 March, 2016

    There are some bands which are synonymous with a particular genre of music.  In the case of what could be called “Viking Metal” - a combination of melodic death metal focussed largely on tales of Norse war, warriors and Gods - Swe...

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  • Karma to Burn - Mountain Czar
  • Karma to Burn

    Mountain Czar

    By Simon Milburn | 22 March, 2016

    I’m old enough to remember when “stoner rock” was a new thing. I’m talking about being there when Kyuss released album after amazing album and being lucky enough to see them in concert support Metallica on their 1993 &ldquo...

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  • Miasmal - Tides of Omniscience
  • Miasmal

    Tides of Omniscience

    By Chris Gibbs | 16 March, 2016

    Solid, quality, old school classic sounding death metal is hard to come by these days. With the exception of physically reaching for the Tampa classics in Death and Obituary, or that petrol fume drenched, chainsaw guitar sound of such Gothenburg l...

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  • Spiritual Beggars - Sunrise to Sundown
  • Spiritual Beggars

    Sunrise to Sundown

    By Chris Gibbs | 15 March, 2016

    Guitarist extraordinaire Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, ex-Carcass, ex-Carnage) is one busy man, that’s for sure. The fiery redhead’s long standing, '70s influenced classic rock supergroup, Spiritual Beggars, have just released their ninth...

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