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Altar

And God Created Satan to Blame for His Mistakes

By Michael O'Brien | 27 February, 2017

Now here’s a band that I haven’t thought about for a long time. There was a period during the mid to late '90s where I was quite partial to the first few albums from Dutch death metal act, Altar, but like so many bands over the years, ...

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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

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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Sunless

Urraca

By Michael O'Brien | 23 February, 2017

I’ve been in a pretty unhappy relationship with technical death metal for quite a while now. From my perspective, it seems as though the overriding trend these days is for a lot of the bands in this sphere to occupy one of two extremes: the ...

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Glare of the Sun

-Soil-

By Simon Milburn | 23 February, 2017

Doom/post-metal. I remember when doom was just Candlemass, Saint Vitus, Pentagram and Trouble. Now there’s post-metal doom, and post-something-or-other-core and the silly list of names used to describe bands goes on, and on, and on. No label...

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Soen

Lykaia

By Chris Gibbs | 20 February, 2017

When former Opeth drummer Martin Lopez announced the formation of his new progressive band Soen in 2010 with bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Testament), the possibilities of how it would sound were tantalizing. Combining such impressive musiciansh...

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Hour of Penance

Cast the First Stone

By Chris Gibbs | 20 February, 2017

Hailing from Rome, Italy, Hour of Penance has been consistently belting out records of technical death metal for the last 14 years without my knowledge; six of them in fact. In that time, they have weathered substantial line-up changes with not on...

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Tygers of Pan Tang

Tygers of Pan Tang

By Andrew McKaysmith | 17 February, 2017

Talk about ageing gracefully! Almost 40 years into their chequered career, Tygers of Pan Tang (TTOPT henceforth) have released an album that sounds crisp and ready and willing to compete with the enormous volume of rock and metal releases availabl...

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Vipassi

Sunyata

By Andrew McKaysmith | 13 February, 2017

First up, I must confess that Vipassi occupy a particular genre of metal that I prefer over almost all others - proggy, jazz-infused instrumental metal in the vein of Cynic and Animals as Leaders. That said, it could work against the album as the ...

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Accept

Restless and Live

By Andrew McKaysmith | 10 February, 2017

This scribe's initiation to Accept was via a cover of "Metal Heart" by Dimmu Borgir on their compilation album Godless Savage Garden, which was released in late 1998. Having not read the liner notes before listening to the album, I i...

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Hadal Maw

Olm

By Michael O'Brien | 08 February, 2017

Prior to receiving the promo for Olm, Hadal Maw’s second full length, I had a very conflicted and confused relationship with the Melbourne-based band. Based on previous experiences seeing them play live, I’d had positive feeli...

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John Garcia

The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues

By Andrew McKaysmith | 07 February, 2017

Way back in '96, Metallica's James Hetfield and Jason Newstead were in Australia for a promo tour touting the still divisive Load album series. Both made repeated references to the brilliant Kyuss, whose Blue ...

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Overkill

The Grinding Wheel

By Andrew McKaysmith | 06 February, 2017

With over 30 official releases to their name, and a history steeped in the traditions of speed and thrash metal, what more can possibly be said for New Jersey's foremost wrecking crew, Overkill?

With the addition of groove metal elements t...

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Aversions Crown

Xenocide

By Chris Gibbs | 03 February, 2017

After signing a deal with Nuclear Blast Records and releasing their 2014 sophomore effort, Tyrant, Brisbane’s Aversions Crown suffered an unfortunate bout of inner turbulence. Original vocalist Colin Jeffs (now fronting Tongues) was...

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Kreator

Gods of Violence

By Simon Crawley | 30 January, 2017

This is the 14th studio album from the German thrash legends, and its whipping ferocity was conceived amidst the rising levels of hate and resentment gripping our planet all in the name of religious beliefs. This powerful theme soaks every minute ...

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Sodom

Decision Day

By Simon Milburn | 24 January, 2017

I have to admit I’m in awe of some of the bands with careers either beyond or rapidly approaching the three decade mark who are still churning out albums these days. At the same time, I’m glad that these bands, some of which were param...

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Emptiness

Not for Music

By Michael O'Brien | 18 January, 2017

Belgium’s Emptiness are a hard band to satisfactorily categorise, being that they’ve evolved their sound rather drastically over the course of their now five full-length albums. From the black/death metal of their first two releases, t...

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Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons

By Simon Milburn | 17 January, 2017

No one was ever really prepared for the passing of Lemmy. Maybe Motörhead’s inner circle had some time to prepare for the inevitable. The rest of us had absolutely bugger-all of a chance really. Lemmy’s passing shocked us all. No ...

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Psychedelic Witchcraft

Magick Rites and Spells

By Andrew McKaysmith | 16 January, 2017

Florence, Italy. The home of Renaissance art and beautiful architecture. This is the city that houses the Duomo Cathedral, Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus", and the much lauded "David" sculpture by Michelangelo. All of these historical artefacts ...

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Sepultura

Machine Messiah

By Chris Gibbs | 16 January, 2017

I must admit, Roots was my very first exposure to Sepultura, and I loved it. I still do in fact. While I did delve into their past classics with Chaos A.D, Arise, and Beneath the Remains, I honestly did not spend a lot o...

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