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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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  • All Pigs Must Die - Hostage Animal
  • All Pigs Must Die

    Hostage Animal

    By Simon Milburn | 21 November, 2017

    You know how there are many artists out there, across the many splintered genres of metal, that like to ease you into an album? It might with some acoustic guitars, the fading in of drums, or some kind of atmospheric intro of sorts. Whatever it mi...

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  • Cannibal Corpse - Red Before Black
  • Cannibal Corpse

    Red Before Black

    By Michael O'Brien | 07 November, 2017

    Cannibal Corpse will always hold a special place for me, because they were one of my primary gateways into heavy metal many moons ago; hearing "Hammer Smashed Face" on the local community radio metal show back in the day was nothing short of a rev...

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  • Gnaw - Cutting Pieces
  • Gnaw

    Cutting Pieces

    By Michael O'Brien | 25 October, 2017

    I like to think of myself as being a pretty adventurous listener with an eclectic range of tastes, but there are limits to that adventurousness. One band that stands at the edge of those limits is the now long defunct New York drone/doom project, ...

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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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