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Casino Thieves – The Quiet Road Home

Casino Thieves – The Quiet Road Home

The South Wales based three-piece Casino Thieves are new to me and this is their second EP release. It is a confident and assured second helping boosted by a well-rounded production that veers towards a commercial daytime alternative rock radio tone about it. There is a change to the line up from their debut EP, […]

By Andy Little
October 22, 2014 | 3 Comments

Bongripper – Miserable

Bongripper – Miserable

Bongripper is a Chicago based doom metal band. This is one those bands that epitomizes the do it yourself side of the music business and for whatever reason flown under the radar in the US but their fans are extremely loyal and devoted. When they offer shirts for sale they go fast and in doom […]

By Myron Schmidt
October 21, 2014 | 6 Comments

At the Gates – At War With Reality

At the Gates – At War With Reality

With the obvious exceptions of the likes of Sabbath, Maiden and Metallica, it’s difficult to think of another band that has had the same impact on the metal scene as At the Gates. Pioneers of the ‘Gothenburg Sound’ and one of the creators of melodic death metal, the nineteen years since their last full length […]

By James Conway
October 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Opeth & Alcest @ Roundhouse, London – 11 October, 2014

Opeth & Alcest @ Roundhouse, London – 11 October, 2014

Perched precariously at the front of the stage, the four members of Alcest look dwarfed by the headliners’ gear under wraps just behind them. It’s not an auspicious sight but the sound they create is big enough to command the crowd’s attention. Opening proceedings with ‘Opale’, the lead-off track from this year’s “Shelter,” their doomy […]

By Chris McGarel
October 20, 2014 | 6 Comments

Blackwolfgoat – Drone Maintenance

Blackwolfgoat – Drone Maintenance

Blackwolfgoat is the solo experimental project of Black Pyramid, The Scimitar and Milligram guitarist Darryl Shepard, and “Drone Maintenance” is the third album he has recorded in this guise. It comes three years after its predecessor “Dronolith” and is very much a different beast. This is a loose concept album, which has added acoustic guitars […]

By Steve Fallows
October 19, 2014 | 2 Comments

Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

Undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year, partly because of the six-year gap since previous album “All Hope Is Gone” and partly because it is the first output since the Iowa nine-piece lost two of its long standing family. Much has been said in interviews, features and internet speculation about what […]

By Steve Fallows
October 18, 2014 | 4 Comments

Deserted Fear – Kingdom of Worms

Deserted Fear – Kingdom of Worms

Now the most wonderful thing about death metal can also be its downfall. So many albums come across as just being about how fast and brutal one can play their instruments. Don’t get me wrong, a majority of the time I love having my eardrums melted just like every other metal listener, but sometimes I […]

By Patrick Thompson
October 17, 2014 | 3 Comments

Panopticon – Roads To The North

Panopticon – Roads To The North

One of the highlights be able to write about music for me over the last few years is the amount of bands that have changed my way of thinking about music, and introduced me to something new. Panopticon, masterminded by American multi instrumentalist Austin Lunn together with some guest vocalists, including Altar Of Plagues’ Dave […]

By Steve Fallows
October 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

Revocation – Deathless

Revocation – Deathless

Unique is not an easy thing to be. No matter what the circumstance or situation, to find something unique can be pretty special. Being unique is especially hard when it comes to music. In an age where everything has been done, redone, copied, stolen, remixed, or sampled, being unique in the music business is a […]

By Wade Reitz
October 15, 2014 | 6 Comments

Hidden Amongst Us – Parallel

Hidden Amongst Us – Parallel

The second part of the Hidden Amongst Us EP binge, “Parallel,” doesn’t stretch the boundaries of the previous EP “Echo” but builds on the strengths of the first release to better showcase the band. ‘Powder’ is definitely on a separate wavelength to the previous EP. With more emphasis on the voice in the chorus, the vocalist is clearly willing to […]

By Aidan Clucas
October 14, 2014 | 3 Comments

Haemophagus – Atrocious

Haemophagus – Atrocious

A decade into their career and Italian death metal band Haemophagus have returned with their second album, “Atrocious”, which is out now on Razorback Records. After a few line up changes earlier on in their career, David and Giorgio (the sole remaining founder members have now settled with this current incarnation, and the result is […]

By Steve Fallows
October 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

Shit The Cow – Rissna

Shit The Cow – Rissna

Self-styled Swedish “Scrapyard Rockers” Shit The Cow recently released their third EP, “Rissna”, named after the place where it was recorded. The four piece play a combination of garage rock, punk and stoner and package it all together with enough hooks to grab anyone’s attention. This five track collection opens with the raucous ‘This Is […]

By Steve Fallows
October 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

Jason Rubenstein – New Metal From Old Boxes

Jason Rubenstein – New Metal From Old Boxes

“New Metal From Old Boxes” is at the root of it all “experimental”. Though coming under the category of progressive rock there is absolute proof this isn’t solely an exploration into some great unknown, plucking melodies out of the vacuous space around us and delivering a divinely sculpted piece of musical art. It is experimental. The […]

By Aidan Clucas
October 13, 2014 | 5 Comments

Sick Of It All – The Last Act Of Defiance

Sick Of It All – The Last Act Of Defiance

Surely, one band that needs little introduction, as Sick Of It All have been doing their thing now for nearly 30 years, spent most of that time at the top of their game and haven’t really changed their approach too much over the past three decades. The NYHC legends have just released their 11th studio album, […]

By Steve Fallows
October 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

Hidden Amongst Us – Echo

Hidden Amongst Us – Echo

“Echo” is the first part of two EPs to be released by Hidden Amongst Us. Likely to be a new band to many and with the opening few seconds of “Echo“‘s ‘Disappear‘ the sound they want to craft can easily be interpreted. Seemingly a modern and not overly indulgent version of Avenged Sevenfold but taking wider inspiration from many […]

By Aidan Clucas
October 12, 2014 | 3 Comments

Prong @ Bloodstock 2014 [Live Photos]

Prong @ Bloodstock 2014 [Live Photos]

Tommy Victor and the latest incarnation of Prong hit the stage at Bloodstock 2014 and put on an awesome show. ThisIsNotAScene‘s photographer Sabrina Ramdoyal was front and center to capture these stunning shots of the show. Prong – Facebook Page Bloodstock – Official Website Our Rating: 8/10

By Sabrina Ramdoyal
October 12, 2014 | 4 Comments

Exoto – Beyond the Depths of Hate

Exoto – Beyond the Depths of Hate

One advantage to writing for ThisIsNotAScene is that I am exposed to bands I might not normally have a chance to be exposed to. Both a blessing and a curse. Not just because I do not have a frame of reference for some of the bands that I choose to review. Sometimes, like in this […]

By Wade Reitz
October 11, 2014 | 3 Comments

Mark Lanegan Band – Phantom Radio

Mark Lanegan Band – Phantom Radio

So a new Mark Lanegan solo album, under the guise of Mark Lanegan Band, he does still do them! We recently bought you a review of fellow QOTSA alumni Nick Oliveri‘s latest album, but while Oliveri‘s recent past is scarred by strife, Lanegan’s is one of peace and collaboration. I’ve lost count of the album’s […]

By Chris Ball
October 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Nightbringer – Ego Dominus Tuus

Nightbringer – Ego Dominus Tuus

Generally, USA is not well known for black metal bands – unless you’re one of the ‘kvlt’ brigade that has an archival memory for such a thing. Off the top of my head, four bands that I can think of are Agalloch, Absu, the recently defunct Nachtmystium, and Viking Crown (due to it being a Phil […]

By Mark Steele
October 11, 2014 | 3 Comments

Decapitated @ Bloodstock 2014

Decapitated @ Bloodstock 2014 [Live Photos]

Polish death metallers Decapitated were one of the most anticipated bands at Bloodstock 2014, and their set lived up to the hype. Luckily, ThisIsNotAScene‘s photographer Sabrina Ramdoyal was on hand to capture these shots. Decapitated – Facebook Page Bloodstock – Official Website Our Rating: 8/10

By Sabrina Ramdoyal
October 11, 2014 | 4 Comments

Casino Thieves – The Quiet Road Home
Casino Thieves – The Quiet Road Home

The South Wales based three-piece Casino Thieves are new to me and this is their second EP release. It is a confident and assured second helping boosted by a well-rounded production that veers towards a commercial daytime alternative rock radio tone about it. There is a change to the line up from their debut EP, […]

Bongripper – Miserable
Bongripper – Miserable

Bongripper is a Chicago based doom metal band. This is one those bands that epitomizes the do it yourself side of the music business and for whatever reason flown under the radar in the US but their fans are extremely loyal and devoted. When they offer shirts for sale they go fast and in doom […]

At the Gates – At War With Reality
At the Gates – At War With Reality

With the obvious exceptions of the likes of Sabbath, Maiden and Metallica, it’s difficult to think of another band that has had the same impact on the metal scene as At the Gates. Pioneers of the ‘Gothenburg Sound’ and one of the creators of melodic death metal, the nineteen years since their last full length […]

Opeth & Alcest @ Roundhouse, London – 11 October, 2014
Opeth & Alcest @ Roundhouse, London – 11 October, 2014

Perched precariously at the front of the stage, the four members of Alcest look dwarfed by the headliners’ gear under wraps just behind them. It’s not an auspicious sight but the sound they create is big enough to command the crowd’s attention. Opening proceedings with ‘Opale’, the lead-off track from this year’s “Shelter,” their doomy […]

Blackwolfgoat – Drone Maintenance
Blackwolfgoat – Drone Maintenance

Blackwolfgoat is the solo experimental project of Black Pyramid, The Scimitar and Milligram guitarist Darryl Shepard, and “Drone Maintenance” is the third album he has recorded in this guise. It comes three years after its predecessor “Dronolith” and is very much a different beast. This is a loose concept album, which has added acoustic guitars […]

Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter
Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

Undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year, partly because of the six-year gap since previous album “All Hope Is Gone” and partly because it is the first output since the Iowa nine-piece lost two of its long standing family. Much has been said in interviews, features and internet speculation about what […]

Deserted Fear – Kingdom of Worms
Deserted Fear – Kingdom of Worms

Now the most wonderful thing about death metal can also be its downfall. So many albums come across as just being about how fast and brutal one can play their instruments. Don’t get me wrong, a majority of the time I love having my eardrums melted just like every other metal listener, but sometimes I […]

Panopticon – Roads To The North
Panopticon – Roads To The North

One of the highlights be able to write about music for me over the last few years is the amount of bands that have changed my way of thinking about music, and introduced me to something new. Panopticon, masterminded by American multi instrumentalist Austin Lunn together with some guest vocalists, including Altar Of Plagues’ Dave […]

Revocation – Deathless
Revocation – Deathless

Unique is not an easy thing to be. No matter what the circumstance or situation, to find something unique can be pretty special. Being unique is especially hard when it comes to music. In an age where everything has been done, redone, copied, stolen, remixed, or sampled, being unique in the music business is a […]

Hidden Amongst Us – Parallel
Hidden Amongst Us – Parallel

The second part of the Hidden Amongst Us EP binge, “Parallel,” doesn’t stretch the boundaries of the previous EP “Echo” but builds on the strengths of the first release to better showcase the band. ‘Powder’ is definitely on a separate wavelength to the previous EP. With more emphasis on the voice in the chorus, the vocalist is clearly willing to […]

Haemophagus – Atrocious
Haemophagus – Atrocious

A decade into their career and Italian death metal band Haemophagus have returned with their second album, “Atrocious”, which is out now on Razorback Records. After a few line up changes earlier on in their career, David and Giorgio (the sole remaining founder members have now settled with this current incarnation, and the result is […]

Shit The Cow – Rissna
Shit The Cow – Rissna

Self-styled Swedish “Scrapyard Rockers” Shit The Cow recently released their third EP, “Rissna”, named after the place where it was recorded. The four piece play a combination of garage rock, punk and stoner and package it all together with enough hooks to grab anyone’s attention. This five track collection opens with the raucous ‘This Is […]

Jason Rubenstein – New Metal From Old Boxes
Jason Rubenstein – New Metal From Old Boxes

“New Metal From Old Boxes” is at the root of it all “experimental”. Though coming under the category of progressive rock there is absolute proof this isn’t solely an exploration into some great unknown, plucking melodies out of the vacuous space around us and delivering a divinely sculpted piece of musical art. It is experimental. The […]

Sick Of It All – The Last Act Of Defiance
Sick Of It All – The Last Act Of Defiance

Surely, one band that needs little introduction, as Sick Of It All have been doing their thing now for nearly 30 years, spent most of that time at the top of their game and haven’t really changed their approach too much over the past three decades. The NYHC legends have just released their 11th studio album, […]

Hidden Amongst Us – Echo
Hidden Amongst Us – Echo

“Echo” is the first part of two EPs to be released by Hidden Amongst Us. Likely to be a new band to many and with the opening few seconds of “Echo“‘s ‘Disappear‘ the sound they want to craft can easily be interpreted. Seemingly a modern and not overly indulgent version of Avenged Sevenfold but taking wider inspiration from many […]

Prong @ Bloodstock 2014 [Live Photos]
Prong @ Bloodstock 2014 [Live Photos]

Tommy Victor and the latest incarnation of Prong hit the stage at Bloodstock 2014 and put on an awesome show. ThisIsNotAScene‘s photographer Sabrina Ramdoyal was front and center to capture these stunning shots of the show. Prong – Facebook Page Bloodstock – Official Website Our Rating: 8/10

Exoto – Beyond the Depths of Hate
Exoto – Beyond the Depths of Hate

One advantage to writing for ThisIsNotAScene is that I am exposed to bands I might not normally have a chance to be exposed to. Both a blessing and a curse. Not just because I do not have a frame of reference for some of the bands that I choose to review. Sometimes, like in this […]

Mark Lanegan Band – Phantom Radio
Mark Lanegan Band – Phantom Radio

So a new Mark Lanegan solo album, under the guise of Mark Lanegan Band, he does still do them! We recently bought you a review of fellow QOTSA alumni Nick Oliveri‘s latest album, but while Oliveri‘s recent past is scarred by strife, Lanegan’s is one of peace and collaboration. I’ve lost count of the album’s […]

Nightbringer – Ego Dominus Tuus
Nightbringer – Ego Dominus Tuus

Generally, USA is not well known for black metal bands – unless you’re one of the ‘kvlt’ brigade that has an archival memory for such a thing. Off the top of my head, four bands that I can think of are Agalloch, Absu, the recently defunct Nachtmystium, and Viking Crown (due to it being a Phil […]

Decapitated @ Bloodstock 2014
Decapitated @ Bloodstock 2014 [Live Photos]

Polish death metallers Decapitated were one of the most anticipated bands at Bloodstock 2014, and their set lived up to the hype. Luckily, ThisIsNotAScene‘s photographer Sabrina Ramdoyal was on hand to capture these shots. Decapitated – Facebook Page Bloodstock – Official Website Our Rating: 8/10

Decapitated – Blood Mantra
Decapitated – Blood Mantra

Decapitated are back!!! One of the most highly anticipated releases for me this year is the band’s new album “Blood Mantra.” It finally hits the shelves tomorrow, September 30, 2014, via Nuclear Blast Records. I first heard Decapitated and their excellent album “Nihility” back in 2002, and have been hooked ever since. Most of you […]

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