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  • 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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  • Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun
  • Chelsea Wolfe

    Hiss Spun

    By Michael O'Brien | 21 September, 2017

    Ever since I got my hands on her Unknown Rooms acoustic album back in 2012, I’ve been a pretty big fan of Chelsea Wolfe. Of the many things that draw me to her as an artist, her unpredictability is very high on the list, but that ca...

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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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  • Contrive - Slow Dissolve
  • Contrive

    Slow Dissolve

    By Simon Milburn | 19 September, 2017

    Melbourne (Australia) metal act Contrive aren’t exactly the most productive band around. Forming in 1999 by twins Paul and Andrew Haug who then recruited bassist Tim Stahlmann to complete their line-up, it be another six years until their ex...

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  • Haunted, The - Strength in Numbers
  • Haunted, The

    Strength in Numbers

    By Simon Milburn | 19 September, 2017

    When I think of The Haunted, I think of persistence. Vocalists have come and gone, and returned and gone again. Guitarists have left. Drummers have left and returned. Could they be Sweden’s answer to Megadeth in regards to their line-up chan...

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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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  • Belphegor - Totenritual
  • Belphegor

    Totenritual

    By Michael O'Brien | 13 September, 2017

    When I was first introduced to long-running Austrian blackened death metal act, Belphegor, via their sixth full-length album, 2006’s Pestapokalypse VI, I went on what could best be described as a years long binge of their material. ...

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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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  • Septicflesh - Codex Omega
  • Septicflesh

    Codex Omega

    By Michael O'Brien | 02 September, 2017

    Greece’s Septicflesh must surely stand as one of the great heavy metal comeback success stories in recent memory. Following their breakup in 2003, they returned in 2008 with the very well regarded Communion, and have since that time...

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  • Soul Remnants - Ouroboros
  • Soul Remnants

    Ouroboros

    By Simon Milburn | 29 August, 2017

    I first came across Littleton, Massachusetts (U.S.A.) quintet Soul Remnants when I reviewed their 2013 long player, Black and Blood. I still spin the album here and there these days in amongst the slew of new releases that do come in. The...

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  • Paradise Lost - Medusa
  • Paradise Lost

    Medusa

    By Michael O'Brien | 29 August, 2017

    To this day, Paradise Lost's 1995 release, Draconian Times, remains one of my favourite albums of all time. It also has the dubious honour of being the last Paradise Lost album that resonated with me for the nearly 15 years leading up to ...

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  • Dead Cross - Dead Cross
  • Dead Cross

    Dead Cross

    By Simon Milburn | 22 August, 2017

    Dead Cross is a band that had my attention as soon as I heard that Dave Lombardo was associated with it. He of legendary Slayer fame (as well as Grip Inc. and Philm) can do no wrong. Formed initially in late 2015, Dead Cross, who were rounded out ...

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  • Prong - Zero Days
  • Prong

    Zero Days

    By Simon Milburn | 22 July, 2017

    For me, one of the best albums of 2016 was Prong’s X – No Absolutes even with a couple of niggly tracks that didn’t sit well with me. In my review of that album, I pointed out the band’s impressive work ethic since...

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  • MRTVI - Negative Atonal Dissonance
  • MRTVI

    Negative Atonal Dissonance

    By Michael O'Brien | 22 July, 2017

    The daunting flood of promos that are sent my way each week makes the act of choosing something to review less of a science than a scattershot process that usually takes the form of picking something either due to a familiarity with the band, a fa...

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  • Municipal Waste - Slime and Punishment
  • Municipal Waste

    Slime and Punishment

    By Simon Milburn | 22 July, 2017

    I’m sure many of us remember the first time we heard Municipal Waste. Waaaaaaay back when Earache Records were actually still fostering new talent instead of milking their heritage roster for whatever they can get, a little known band and al...

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  • Stone Sour - Hydrograd
  • Stone Sour

    Hydrograd

    By Simon Milburn | 18 July, 2017

    I have to admit that I found it amusing that Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger thought it worthwhile to call out Stone Sour on their success compared to his own band. Now, it’s pretty bloody obvious that the bands are miles apart on the scale...

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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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