Reviews by Simon Milburn


Black Laden Crown

By Simon Milburn | 23 June, 2017

Let’s get something straight right from the get go. How good are those first three Danzig albums? There are so many good cuts across the four years that brought those fine releases to our ears. Whilst some artists have managed to deliver som...

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Steel Panther

Lower the Bar

By Simon Milburn | 19 April, 2017

It would be reasonable to be a little worried about Steel Panther. Have they peaked already? Could they hit new highs? Or perhaps, that should be new lows? More than likely, the answer is a little of all of those really. By now, fanthers know what...

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By Simon Milburn | 18 April, 2017

It’s equally easy as it is challenging to review a new release from Obituary. “How is that possible?” you may rightly ask. Well, consider this - it’s a generally safe rule of thumb that Obituary is a known quantity with res...

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Body Count


By Simon Milburn | 17 March, 2017

There are always "those" bands that come along at the right point in time and change the musical landscape forever. Bands like The Doors, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Metallica, Death, and many, many others. But sometimes, a band comes along with such in-...

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For the Fallen

By Simon Milburn | 16 March, 2017

Upfront and in the interest of transparency, I’ve been a Bolt Thrower fan since I heard “World Eater” (from 1989’s Realm of Chaos). When War Master was released in 1991, it cemented my love for the band. T...

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Armored Saint

Carpe Noctum

By Simon Milburn | 15 March, 2017

There’s always a little bit of excitement associated with a new release from the criminally underrated Armored Saint. Even if it’s a live album such as their latest one, dubbed Carpe Noctum, for me there&rsquo...

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Mors Principium Est

Embers of a Dying World

By Simon Milburn | 14 March, 2017

Melodic death metal, or melo-death, is just another genre that is rather saturated these days. Sure there were the pioneers that would always be just that bit ahead of the pack as numbers within the genre would increase rapidly. But just behind th...

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Glare of the Sun


By Simon Milburn | 23 February, 2017

Doom/post-metal. I remember when doom was just Candlemass, Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Trouble. Now there’s post-metal doom, and post-something-or-other-core and the silly list of names used to describe bands goes on, and on, and on. No label...

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Decision Day

By Simon Milburn | 24 January, 2017

I have to admit I’m in awe of some of the bands with careers either beyond or rapidly approaching the three decade mark who are still churning out albums these days. At the same time, I’m glad that these bands, some of which were param...

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Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons

By Simon Milburn | 17 January, 2017

No one was ever really prepared for the passing of Lemmy. Maybe Motörhead’s inner circle had some time to prepare for the inevitable. The rest of us had absolutely bugger-all of a chance really. Lemmy’s passing shocked us all. No ...

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Presence of the Pest

By Simon Milburn | 02 December, 2016

There are always bands that you’ll never get to see live in this fine country that we live in. One of those acts for me is Dutch death metallers Pestilence. Originally formed in 1986 by guitarist and vocalist Patrick Mameli and drummer Marco...

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Lamb of God

The Duke

By Simon Milburn | 30 November, 2016

Extended plays - aka EPs - are a funny thing. They are somewhat of a rarity these days really. Back in the days of CD singles, or if you’re old enough like me, cassingles and seven inch and twelve inch singles, they were more common. But tha...

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Ghosts of the Social Dead

By Simon Milburn | 29 November, 2016

Why do bands feel the need to try and revive a genre or style that’s been a long time dead? I’m talking about nu-metal. Sure, Korn are still sticking at it and doing their thing rather well to be honest. But the rest of those bands tha...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Six Feet Under

Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest

By Simon Milburn | 20 June, 2016

There’s no doubt that Six Feet Under have an audience. It might not be a large audience but in this age where genres are so splintered and no one particular style dominates metal or in fact defines metal these days, it must be said that Six ...

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