Reviews by Andrew McKaysmith

  • Currents - The Place I Feel Safest
  • Currents

    The Place I Feel Safest

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 25 September, 2017

    When I had the chance to converse with Currents vocalist and front man, Brian Wille, for an interview, I was struck by how young he sounded. That’s a compliment as the musical output on The Place I Feel Safest belies both the band's...

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  • Eluveitie - Evocation II - Pantheon
  • Eluveitie

    Evocation II - Pantheon

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 21 September, 2017

    What can one possibly write about an album such as Evocation II – Pantheon by a band possessing as unique and distinct a sound as Swiss folk-metal titans, Eluveitie? Well, it’s good. Damn good. When I started writing the revie...

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  • Volumes - Different Animals
  • Volumes

    Different Animals

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 14 September, 2017

    Since the turn of the century, it has been impossible to avoid or ignore contemporary urban music. It's everywhere. In public spaces such as shopping centres, fast food chains, petrol stations and even at the dentist. Is urban music so prevalent t...

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  • Adagio - Life
  • Adagio

    Life

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 13 September, 2017

    Adagio’s new album, Life, begins with the sound of heavy strings set against the playful laughter of children. The dramatic opening sequence expands to include horns and other orchestral instruments before Stéphan Forté...

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  • Rings of Saturn - Ultu Ulla
  • Rings of Saturn

    Ultu Ulla

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 13 September, 2017

    Where to start? This is intense shit. Seriously fast and visual! Very visual! I started to write a traditional review where I typically offer examples of what I liked and what I thought could be improved but it just felt it was time to do somethin...

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  • Edguy - Monuments
  • Edguy

    Monuments

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 13 July, 2017

    There is a fair bit of kit to get through when discussing this outstanding release from German power metal quartet, Edguy. If one is a dedicated fan, passionate about the band and the music they have produce...

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  • Decapitated - Anticult
  • Decapitated

    Anticult

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 13 July, 2017

    Anticult is the seventh full length studio album from Polish death metal titans Decapitated, and it's also one of their more immediate releases with a focused effort to produce more concise songs that get straight to the point.

    Wa...

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  • Avatarium - Hurricanes and Halos
  • Avatarium

    Hurricanes and Halos

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 13 July, 2017

    Avatarium feature one of rock and metal’s great modern guitarists in Swedish maestro, Marcus Jidell. That doesn’t mean one can’t be objective when listening to Hurricanes and Halos for the purposes of a thorough review, ...

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  • Ghost Bath - Starmourner
  • Ghost Bath

    Starmourner

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 06 June, 2017

    Dennis Mikula is the driving force behind Ghost Bath and Ghost Bath are one polarising band. During the promo rounds for Moonlover, Mikula never corrected media assumptions the band hailed from Chongqing, China. This lead to peculiar arti...

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  • Desecrator - To the Gallows
  • Desecrator

    To the Gallows

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 07 April, 2017

    D-e-s-e-c-r-a-t-o-r... D-e-s-e-c-r-a-t-o-r... I can hear the chants reverberating through clubs and venues across the globe. The (name of band) chant is for only the most worthy and it is offered by the salacious hordes when the lights dim and int...

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  • Mantar - The Spell
  • Mantar

    The Spell

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 28 March, 2017

    With their latest EP, The Spell, Hamburg's very own noise makers, Mantar, offer barely palatable blackened doom riffage to accompany the tortured vocal stylings of guitarist/vocalist Hanno.

    I've already mentioned that Mantar are f...

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  • Suicide Silence - Suicide Silence
  • Suicide Silence

    Suicide Silence

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 13 March, 2017

    Just how far removed will fans allow a band to stray from a traditional sound? A change in musical direction is more often met with incredulity and disdain, and then of course there is the zeitgeist of the modern-age: keyboard warrior outrage. Hea...

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  • Arstidir Lifsins - Heljarkvida
  • Arstidir Lifsins

    Heljarkvida

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 06 March, 2017

    Having had literally no background on the band prior to the review, I have decided to launch into listening to Heljarkviða without any background on the artist, the individual members, or any clear picture on the concept or ...

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  • Black Star Riders - Heavy Fire
  • Black Star Riders

    Heavy Fire

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 01 March, 2017

    Let's acknowledge the elephant in room first: guitarist Scott Gorham is the only member of Black Star Riders that could claim to carry any genuine DNA from Thin Lizzy. You know, the band that recorded "The Boys Are Back in Town", "Jailbreak", and ...

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  • Six Feet Under - Torment
  • Six Feet Under

    Torment

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 28 February, 2017

    Seven string bassist, guitarist, and all round wunderkind Jeff Hughell ups the ante to help Chris Barnes release an album that sounds like it could be his best since the eminent '95 debut, Haunted.

    Torment is ac...

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  • Emmure - Look at Yourself
  • Emmure

    Look at Yourself

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 24 February, 2017

    Frankie Palmeri. The man has been called a "disgusting human being" and a "demonic genius", he has written lyrics that critics maintain glorify violence, and he was heavily condemned for opening a short lived merchandise store that sold T shirts d...

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  • Battle Beast - Bringer of Pain
  • Battle Beast

    Bringer of Pain

    By Andrew McKaysmith | 24 February, 2017

    This scribe had the fortune to interview Battle Beast's stunning Finnish frontwoman, Noora Louhimo, for Hot Metal Online recently. The most prominent attribute I could ascribe to Louhimo is her confidence, and not the boring bravado so common to t...

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