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  • Deicide - Overtures of Blasphemy
  • Deicide

    Overtures of Blasphemy

    By Simon Milburn | 09 September, 2018

     

    As one of the pioneering bands from the flourishing Florida (U.S.A.) death metal scene in the very early ‘90’s, it was somewhere after their move to Earache Records that my attention waned. There’s no doubt their f...

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  • Gulch - Burning Desire to Draw Last Breath
  • Gulch

    Burning Desire to Draw Last Breath

    By Simon Crawley | 05 September, 2018

    Hardcore certainly has, in my opinion, a lot more room for the warped and avant-garde. Originality and a good ol’ fashioned pair of balls are also qualities all too often lacking with hardcore acts. California's Gulch is a five-piece force o...

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  • Iskald - Innhøstinga
  • Iskald

    Innhøstinga

    By Michael O'Brien | 30 August, 2018

    By just about any rationale I can summon, I should be all over Norway’s Iskald and their blend of thrashy, melodic black metal, but the reality has proven to be a little more complicated than that.

    My introduction to the band came by...

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  • Immortal - Northern Chaos Gods
  • Immortal

    Northern Chaos Gods

    By Michael O'Brien | 05 July, 2018

    Though I have absolutely no reservations in saying that Immortal has long been a favourite of mine, I’d also have to be honest and say that their place of prominence hasn’t been earned by anything they’ve done in the past 20-odd ...

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  • Ghost - Prequelle
  • Ghost

    Prequelle

    By Simon Milburn | 08 June, 2018

    Ghost is a band that divides the metal community. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, whatever they do manages to stir up both parties. Since the release of the band’s excellent third long player Meliora almost three years ago, they&r...

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  • Skeletal Remains - Devouring Mortality
  • Skeletal Remains

    Devouring Mortality

    By Simon Milburn | 08 June, 2018

    Goddamnit. Somehow I missed 2015’s Condemned To Misery by Skeletal Remains. The 2012 release by this California (U.S.A.) group, titled Beyond the Flesh, was excellent. So, I’ve no idea how I missed their sophomore eff...

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  • Anthrax - Kings Among Scotland
  • Anthrax

    Kings Among Scotland

    By Simon Milburn | 14 May, 2018

    In the 37 years that Anthrax have been around in one form or another, they’ve released 11 studio albums up to and including 2016’s excellent For All Kings. In and around all of that, they’ve also released six live albums...

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  • Light the Torch - Revival
  • Light the Torch

    Revival

    By Chris Gibbs | 14 May, 2018

    Devil You Know went through a bit of turmoil in 2016. Drummer John Sankey was heavily focussed on his Legion Festival following the collapse of the annual travelling Soundwave Festival in the hopes of giving Australian metal heads something else t...

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  • Marginal - Total Destruction
  • Marginal

    Total Destruction

    By Simon Crawley | 08 May, 2018

    To say anything is ‘old school’ has gotten a bit tired, but when it comes to Belgium’s Marginal who kicks it seriously old school with their brand of grindcore/crust punk, it just seems fitting. This is a sound, whilst fully bene...

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  • TesseracT - Sonder
  • TesseracT

    Sonder

    By Michael O'Brien | 19 April, 2018

    Even though I wouldn’t really consider myself to be a fan of progressive metal generally, I have enjoyed my share of TesseracT’s material over the years, and especially so their second full length album, 2013’s Altered State<...

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  • Soldat Hans - Es Taut
  • Soldat Hans

    Es Taut

    By Michael O'Brien | 27 March, 2018

    Over the years, I’ve found it to be beneficial to be sceptical of the descriptions that are contained in the promotional blurbs for the promos that are sent my way. Though they’re clearly intended to be a guide and to pique interest (t...

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  • Primordial - Exile Amongst the Ruins
  • Primordial

    Exile Amongst the Ruins

    By Michael O'Brien | 26 March, 2018

    Despite having been around for over 20 years now, I have to admit to being pretty late to the party with Ireland’s Primordial. In fact, it wasn’t until I took the chance on seeing them at a festival in 2015 that their idiosyncratic fol...

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  • Holy Terror - Total Terror
  • Holy Terror

    Total Terror

    By Simon Milburn | 24 March, 2018

    <p>Holy Terror were truly an underground thrash band. Sure those heavily in the scene in the mid to late &lsquo;80&rsquo;s knew of them, and whilst their output was put out by Under One Flag and Roadracer Records back in the day, the...

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  • Machine Head - Catharsis
  • Machine Head

    Catharsis

    By Chris Gibbs | 28 February, 2018

    I have been a die hard Machine Head fan since I stumbled across Burn My Eyes in January 1997. Now, just because my all time favourite band releases a new record, this does not mean it is automatically a faultless masterpiece. Ever since <...

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  • Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained
  • Morbid Angel

    Kingdoms Disdained

    By Michael O'Brien | 30 November, 2017

    Though I personally think the lasting legacy of the first Tucker era of Morbid Angel is that it produced a lot of the patchier material in the band’s catalogue, the unmitigated disaster that was 2011’s Illud Divinum Insanus (w...

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  • Godflesh - Post Self
  • Godflesh

    Post Self

    By Simon Milburn | 22 November, 2017

    After an absence of a dozen odd years, the return of U.K. based industrial pioneers Godflesh was welcomed with open arms by fans and many reviewers alike. Three years ago, after the release of a teaser EP dubbed Decline and Fall, mastermi...

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