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Caliban

The Opposite From Within

By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

German metal core evolution

A shift in style is never an easy thing for fans to accept. From the outside looking in, it can be viewed as selling out, or going with the latest trend if the parallels exist. But giving bands the benefit...

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Nightwish

Once

By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

Return Of The Finns

Whilst it's probably more common nowadays than 10 years ago for metal bands to incorporate orchestral pieces as a part of their music, very few can say they've recorded with the session orchestra that performed Ho...

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Haunted, The

rEVOLVEr

By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

The title says it all

The departure of a vocalist is always both a talking point and a turning point for any band that may undergo such a transformation. The announcement of the return of The Haunted's original vocalist, Peter Dolving...

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Chasm, The

The Spell of Retribution

By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

Back to the future

Many would say that whilst there are some shining lights in the sky of metal acts around today, that the market is overall saturated by many bands most of which lack the originality of the leaders of the subgenres ...

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Converge

You Fail Me

By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

Unlucky for some, but definitely lucky for these guys

Longevity is not something that is a prevailing trait amongst much of todays music industry as a whole however there are quite a few metal bands who manage to keep their head abov...

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Devolved

Calculated

By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

Local extreme metal let down by production

Devolved have quite the following both on our local scene and also around the rest of the nation. For some metal heads however, it's a case of you either like them or not. Since their incept...

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Shadows Fall

The War Within

By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

Winning the battle and the war

I think it's almost safe to say that the latest Shadows Fall album was one of the most anticipated releases of 2004. The presales figures alone tell the story of the rise of this Massachusetts based qui...

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Papa Roach

Getting Away With Murder

By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

Roaches that just won't go away

Papa Roach are one of those bands that were hot one day and almost forgotten the next. It seems only the diehard fans kept the support going for this quartet. 2000's Infest was a great album full of ca...

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Cradle of Filth

Nymphetamine

By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

Horror movie metal soundtrack

Moving on from Damnation And A Day, England's Cradle Of Filth have released it's follow up Nymphetamine this time avoiding the labour of a concept album. Moving from major label Sony to Roadrunner, the c...

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Mortiis

The Grudge

By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

Norwegian metal from the man with the pointy ears

What does a one man band do when said band gets a degree of success and has to start touring? The one man band evolves into a full scale lineup and that's just what Mortiis has had to...

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Candiria

What Doesn't Kill You

By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

Only the strong survive

At one time or another, we've either told someone or been told by someone that 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger'. For some it's just a saying, whilst others may take it as gospel. There are some who o...

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Kittie

Until the End

By Simon Milburn | 08 January, 2005

How long shall we sing this song?

Kittie made a name for themselves landing a spot on the who's who of metal summer touring circus known as Ozzfest. This was all on the back of their debut album Spit written when the girls were only...

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