Reviews by Simon Milburn

Putrid Offal

Mature Necropsy

By Simon Milburn | 18 March, 2015

History lesson with a fresh makeover

Carcass has a lot to answer for. Really. Gore laced artwork and medical textbook like lyrics aside, there’s no doubt the lads from Liverpool (U.K.) have a place well and truly at the point...

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Winds of Genocide

Usurping the Throne of Disease

By Simon Milburn | 17 March, 2015

Usurping your senses one listen a time

In this day and age of digital everything at our fingers tips which ultimately means more music available to us than is imaginable, it’s surprising that a band has taken some nine odd ye...

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Angelus Apatrida

Hidden Evolution

By Simon Milburn | 13 February, 2015

Blasts off and manages to stumble towards the end

It seems the modern thrash movement is taking hold in places that one would never associate with thrash. Way back in the day, it was Bay Area or bust. Sure there was New York and Eu...

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Iron Lamb

Fool's Gold

By Simon Milburn | 11 February, 2015

Rock out!

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost four years since Iron Lamb’s debut left a solid impression on me. The album still gets spun regularly and I still love the raw, punk fuelled rock and roll energy tha...

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Napalm Death

Apex Predator - Easy Meat

By Simon Milburn | 10 February, 2015

The apex predator of grind returns

In the dictionary, under the word grindcore there is simply a picture of Napalm Death. Well, maybe not really, but there should be. They defined the genre. Well over thirty years on, they...

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Diablo Blvd

Follow the Deadlights

By Simon Milburn | 10 February, 2015

Kickin' hard time, risin'...

Belgian (Antwerp) rockers Diablo Blvd are certainly moving up in the metal world. Follow the Deadlights might be the band’s third long player but it is their first for Nuclear Blast after...

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Jupiter Zeus

On Earth

By Simon Milburn | 17 December, 2014

Slow burnin' rock 'n’ roll

So apparently hard rock and metal sub genres are so splintered these days that there is such a beast as “psychedelic space doom rock” according to the Jupiter Zeus’ Facebook page. ...

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Rise of the Northstar


By Simon Milburn | 17 December, 2014

Too many influences and bad ideas was never going to end well

So, if you believe everything you read, then you, like myself, would believe that Rise of the Northstar are a young thrash band. Now, I’m sure that anyone who list...

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Dead, The

Deathsteps to Oblivion

By Simon Milburn | 03 December, 2014

Five long, slow paced steps to your destruction

Australian readers out there may recall the somewhat legendary Brisbane metal band from the 1990’s called Misery. Whilst they may not have conquered the world, they were one of ...

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By Simon Milburn | 03 December, 2014

A sorrowful and emotive black metal surprise 

I’m not normally one to listen to anything black metal related. It’s just not my thing at all. Relentless raspy vocals, one dimensional tremolo picked guitars all wrapp...

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The New Tomorrow EP

By Simon Milburn | 01 December, 2014

Changing things up and teasing us all 

“Ooooh, there’s a new Witherscape EP on the way,” I thought to myself when I read the post on Facebook. Come to think of it, with the way that Facebook dictates what, wh...

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Cavalera Conspiracy


By Simon Milburn | 26 November, 2014

Three times not so much a charm but much of the same

To a point, I’m kind of chuffed that half of the original Sepultura line up are doing something together these days. No, I’m not talking about the band that still run...

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Foo Fighters

Sonic Highways

By Simon Milburn | 25 November, 2014

It’s a long way to the top...

I’m trying to figure out what has changed with radio these days. When Dave Grohl returned to the music scene with his new project called Foo Fighters and a lead single titled “This is...

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Machine Head

Bloodstone & Diamonds

By Simon Milburn | 11 November, 2014

Their most ambitious release to date

It’s been 20 years this year since Oakland (California, U.S.A.) quartet Machine Head delivered their quintessential debut, Burn My Eyes - an album that was a part of an elite grou...

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Inked in Blood

By Simon Milburn | 07 November, 2014

Floridian death metal legends deliver once again

As much as some bands get absolute grief from fans and the press alike for just doing the same thing all the time - releasing an album that sounds the same, looks the same, et cetera...

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By Simon Milburn | 07 November, 2014

In bloom

Once upon a time, a two track release was considered a CD single, or if you’re old enough like I am, a 7” single or sometime after that, a high tech cassingle. Ahhh those were the days. Or something. But in thi...

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By Simon Milburn | 07 November, 2014

Fast and furious

Revocation is, quite simply put, a machine. Looking at their history after changing their name from Cryptic Warning in 2006, since the release of their debut album in 2008, titled Empire of the Obscene, th...

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Ozzy Osbourne

Memoirs of a Madman

By Simon Milburn | 07 November, 2014

Memoirs forgets the early years

Best of releases are relatively entertaining and interesting releases to review usually. True fans, the hardcore, die-hard fans probably don’t give two shits about them really because they have...

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Blood In, Blood Out

By Simon Milburn | 15 October, 2014

Part of the old guard returns and the result is scorching

The age old argument about who should be in the “big four” if it were expanded beyond that always amuses me. Big Four or big five or big seven - whatever. Bah. Who ...

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A World Lit Only by Fire

By Simon Milburn | 15 October, 2014

An inspirational fire inside cannot be denied

As a long time Godflesh fan since the Streetcleaner days, I for one was in a state of flux with a mix of excitement and curiosity as to what a new Godflesh release would mean and ...

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