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Vintersorg – Naturbål

Vintersorg – Naturbål

Swedish folk black metal band Vintersorg has returned with the third chapter of four in their elemental series, “Naturbål,” released on Napalm Records. After one look at the fiery album cover, I can see why the title translates to “Nature’s Bonfire.” Previous releases in the series include 2012′s “Orkan” (Hurricane) and 2011′s “Jordpuls” (Earth’s Pulse). […]

By Patrick Thompson
July 21, 2014 | 5 Comments

Secret Cutter – Secret Cutter

Secret Cutter – Secret Cutter

Secret Cutter is a doom or sludge, or doomsludge trio from Bethlehem, PA. To be honest, I do not really care what kind of bucket or genre you want to attach to music or this band in particular, what I do know is that this is another self released title that came out of left […]

By Myron Schmidt
July 20, 2014 | 5 Comments

Jeff Lohrber Of Enabler Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

Jeff Lohrber Of Enabler Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

Enabler are back with their newest album, “La Fin Absolue Du Monde“, inspired by the works of John Carpenter. Horror and great riffs, I needed more. Jeff Lohrber agreed to an interview with ThisIsNotAScene to chat about all things Enabler. First off tell us little about your self I’m Jeff, I play guitar and sing for Enabler in […]

By Myron Schmidt
July 20, 2014 | 7 Comments

Pact Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

Pact Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

The american black metal band, Pact, released “The Infernal Hierarchies, Penetrating The Threshold Of Night” earlier this year. This release really jumped out and knocked me over and I really was interested in finding some more about the band. I wanted to interview them and ask some questions to learn a bit more about Pact. Here’s […]

By Myron Schmidt
July 19, 2014 | 4 Comments

Sleep Stream New Song

Sleep Stream New Song

Legendary Doom/Stoner monoliths Sleep have release their first new material in over 10 years. The track ‘The Clarity’ is the first material released by the band since their album “Dopesmoker” was finally released in 2003. The track was released through Adult Swim’s Single Series which also includes music from the likes of Deafheaven and Tim Hecker. […]

By Danny O'Brien
July 19, 2014 | 2 Comments

Bury Tomorrow – Runes

Bury Tomorrow – Runes

After catching these guys in the Pepsi Max tent at Download 2013 during their “Union of Crowns” tour, I have to say that Bury Tomorrow have been a favourite of mine since. But, as with many new releases, I don’t immediately like new material. So, when they released their “Runes” teaser, ‘Man on Fire’ I, like […]

By Lorna Allen
July 19, 2014 | 5 Comments

Betraying the Martyrs – Phantom

Betraying the Martyrs – Phantom

“Phantom” is the latest release from Betraying the Martyrs and the follow-up to their debut album “Breath in Life”. I have to say that it’s not often that an album stops me dead in my tracks, and then forces me (yes, forces me) to play it four times in a row…you bastards, I’d got shit […]

By Lorna Allen
July 18, 2014 | 10 Comments

Kodiak Jack – Alhambra

Kodiak Jack – Alhambra

Several months ago Portsmouth based rock band Kodiak Jack released their second album, unfortunately this reviewer got a little bit too involved in listening to it and totally forgot to actually review it… Opening with ‘Get Out Alive’, the band waste no time in firing up all cylinders to rock your face off, make no […]

By Greg Latham
July 18, 2014 | 5 Comments

Novembers Doom – Bled White

Novembers Doom – Bled White

Novembers Doom are one of the United States’ continuously running doom bands. They have been at this game since 1989 and the release of “Amid It’s Hallowed Mirth” shortly thereafter. The line-up has changed several times with only vocalist and founder, Paul Kuhr, remaining from the original lineup. Their latest lineup is made up of Kuhr, […]

By Myron Schmidt
July 17, 2014 | 6 Comments

Enabler – La Fin Absolue Du Monde

Enabler – La Fin Absolue Du Monde

Enabler is a trio out of Ohio, and “La Fin Absolue Du Monde” is their newest release. What struck me most about the release was the title. It took me a few minutes to place where I heard that phrase from, and then it hit me, John Carpenter. The horror master did a couple of […]

By Myron Schmidt
July 16, 2014 | 6 Comments

Ministry – Last Tangle In Paris

Ministry – Last Tangle In Paris

Ministry are no longer, and whilst much of heir recent studio work wasn’t received as well as their classic albums, one thing that has never been in doubt is how much of a force they were as a live band. They were easily one of the most explosive bands I have ever seen, and of […]

By Steve Fallows
July 15, 2014 | 4 Comments

Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls

Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls

It’s been a funny few years for veteran Brummie metal band Judas Priest; their last album – 2008′s “Nostradamus” – was an ambitious concept double-album but it was built up as the last word in Priest albums for months before its release, so when it arrived it was a bit of a disappointment to have […]

By Chris Ward
July 15, 2014 | 10 Comments

Fall Out Boy @ Download Festival 2014

Fall Out Boy @ Download Festival 2014

Fall Out Boy are the band everybody loves to hate. You could literally hear the trolls melting under their bridges (parents’ basements) when they were announced for Download, which in hindsight is absolutely hilarious given the size of the audience they pulled on the Saturday night! I think the appearance of Fall Out Boy at […]

By Simon Crampton
July 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

Soulfly, Lody Kong, Husk & Enemo-J @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton – July 9, 2014

Soulfly, Lody Kong, Husk & Enemo-J @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton – July 9, 2014

And once again this intrepid reviewer ventures the 30-odd miles to Wolverhampton for a night of total metal goodness at the intimate (read: tiny) The Slade Rooms, only this time it’s with a childlike niggle of excitement. You see, I’m not just going to see any old club level band try and muster an audience […]

By Chris Ward
July 14, 2014 | 5 Comments

Karma To Burn – Arch Stanton

Karma To Burn – Arch Stanton

West Virginian trio Karma To Burn have been plying their trade now for nearly twenty years, and whilst they might not have been given the credit afforded to the like of Clutch and Kyuss, they have been instrumental in crafting some of the finest stoner rock releases you could wish for. With “Arch Stanton”, there […]

By Steve Fallows
July 14, 2014 | 3 Comments

Marc Rizzo Of Soulfly Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

Marc Rizzo Of Soulfly Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

I would like to preface this interview with a little bit of background, just to give you a sense of occasion. I’ll begin with a confession – I’m not really one for interviews. Not that I don’t like speaking to people when it comes to the subject of metal (and movies, my other passion) and […]

By Chris Ward
July 14, 2014 | 5 Comments

Bring Me The Horizon @ Download Festival 2014

Bring Me The Horizon @ Download Festival 2014

No band has done more of a u-turn in the last few years than Bring Me The Horizon. From being an out and out deathcore band that sounded sludgier and murkier than the worst of swamps of New Orleans, to being Radio One’s rock band of choice. It’s impressive to say least, but there are moments when […]

By Simon Crampton
July 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

sleepmakeswaves – love of cartography

sleepmakeswaves – love of cartography

Put up your hand if you’ve ever been nervous about a new release. You know, where you like the band’s current work and you’re hoping you’ll like the new stuff as much or more than the old stuff. Expectation and anticipation have a huge influence on how we respond, and I don’t think I’m alone […]

By Gilbert Potts
July 13, 2014 | 10 Comments

Nunslaughter – Angelic Dread

Nunslaughter – Angelic Dread

Now, let me ask you a question. How many bands can you name that have been together since 1987? Okay, you probably have some names floating around in your head, but I have a follow up question. How many of those bands you are thinking about have released a combined total of over 100 EPs, […]

By Patrick Thompson
July 12, 2014 | 9 Comments

Emmure @ Download Festival 2014

Emmure @ Download Festival 2014

Emmure are one of the more controversial bands to come out in recent memory. I think that is largely down to having an outspoken frontman in Frankie Palmeri, coupled with a zero fucks attitude. Aside from that, they happen to be a rad live band as well. Upgraded this year from the Pepsi Max stage […]

By Simon Crampton
July 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

Vintersorg – Naturbål
Vintersorg – Naturbål

Swedish folk black metal band Vintersorg has returned with the third chapter of four in their elemental series, “Naturbål,” released on Napalm Records. After one look at the fiery album cover, I can see why the title translates to “Nature’s Bonfire.” Previous releases in the series include 2012′s “Orkan” (Hurricane) and 2011′s “Jordpuls” (Earth’s Pulse). […]

Secret Cutter – Secret Cutter
Secret Cutter – Secret Cutter

Secret Cutter is a doom or sludge, or doomsludge trio from Bethlehem, PA. To be honest, I do not really care what kind of bucket or genre you want to attach to music or this band in particular, what I do know is that this is another self released title that came out of left […]

Jeff Lohrber Of Enabler Talks With ThisIsNotAScene
Jeff Lohrber Of Enabler Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

Enabler are back with their newest album, “La Fin Absolue Du Monde“, inspired by the works of John Carpenter. Horror and great riffs, I needed more. Jeff Lohrber agreed to an interview with ThisIsNotAScene to chat about all things Enabler. First off tell us little about your self I’m Jeff, I play guitar and sing for Enabler in […]

Pact Talks With ThisIsNotAScene
Pact Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

The american black metal band, Pact, released “The Infernal Hierarchies, Penetrating The Threshold Of Night” earlier this year. This release really jumped out and knocked me over and I really was interested in finding some more about the band. I wanted to interview them and ask some questions to learn a bit more about Pact. Here’s […]

Sleep Stream New Song
Sleep Stream New Song

Legendary Doom/Stoner monoliths Sleep have release their first new material in over 10 years. The track ‘The Clarity’ is the first material released by the band since their album “Dopesmoker” was finally released in 2003. The track was released through Adult Swim’s Single Series which also includes music from the likes of Deafheaven and Tim Hecker. […]

Bury Tomorrow – Runes
Bury Tomorrow – Runes

After catching these guys in the Pepsi Max tent at Download 2013 during their “Union of Crowns” tour, I have to say that Bury Tomorrow have been a favourite of mine since. But, as with many new releases, I don’t immediately like new material. So, when they released their “Runes” teaser, ‘Man on Fire’ I, like […]

Betraying the Martyrs – Phantom
Betraying the Martyrs – Phantom

“Phantom” is the latest release from Betraying the Martyrs and the follow-up to their debut album “Breath in Life”. I have to say that it’s not often that an album stops me dead in my tracks, and then forces me (yes, forces me) to play it four times in a row…you bastards, I’d got shit […]

Kodiak Jack – Alhambra
Kodiak Jack – Alhambra

Several months ago Portsmouth based rock band Kodiak Jack released their second album, unfortunately this reviewer got a little bit too involved in listening to it and totally forgot to actually review it… Opening with ‘Get Out Alive’, the band waste no time in firing up all cylinders to rock your face off, make no […]

Novembers Doom – Bled White
Novembers Doom – Bled White

Novembers Doom are one of the United States’ continuously running doom bands. They have been at this game since 1989 and the release of “Amid It’s Hallowed Mirth” shortly thereafter. The line-up has changed several times with only vocalist and founder, Paul Kuhr, remaining from the original lineup. Their latest lineup is made up of Kuhr, […]

Enabler – La Fin Absolue Du Monde
Enabler – La Fin Absolue Du Monde

Enabler is a trio out of Ohio, and “La Fin Absolue Du Monde” is their newest release. What struck me most about the release was the title. It took me a few minutes to place where I heard that phrase from, and then it hit me, John Carpenter. The horror master did a couple of […]

Ministry – Last Tangle In Paris
Ministry – Last Tangle In Paris

Ministry are no longer, and whilst much of heir recent studio work wasn’t received as well as their classic albums, one thing that has never been in doubt is how much of a force they were as a live band. They were easily one of the most explosive bands I have ever seen, and of […]

Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls
Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls

It’s been a funny few years for veteran Brummie metal band Judas Priest; their last album – 2008′s “Nostradamus” – was an ambitious concept double-album but it was built up as the last word in Priest albums for months before its release, so when it arrived it was a bit of a disappointment to have […]

Fall Out Boy @ Download Festival 2014
Fall Out Boy @ Download Festival 2014

Fall Out Boy are the band everybody loves to hate. You could literally hear the trolls melting under their bridges (parents’ basements) when they were announced for Download, which in hindsight is absolutely hilarious given the size of the audience they pulled on the Saturday night! I think the appearance of Fall Out Boy at […]

Soulfly, Lody Kong, Husk & Enemo-J @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton – July 9, 2014
Soulfly, Lody Kong, Husk & Enemo-J @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton – July 9, 2014

And once again this intrepid reviewer ventures the 30-odd miles to Wolverhampton for a night of total metal goodness at the intimate (read: tiny) The Slade Rooms, only this time it’s with a childlike niggle of excitement. You see, I’m not just going to see any old club level band try and muster an audience […]

Karma To Burn – Arch Stanton
Karma To Burn – Arch Stanton

West Virginian trio Karma To Burn have been plying their trade now for nearly twenty years, and whilst they might not have been given the credit afforded to the like of Clutch and Kyuss, they have been instrumental in crafting some of the finest stoner rock releases you could wish for. With “Arch Stanton”, there […]

Marc Rizzo Of Soulfly Talks With ThisIsNotAScene
Marc Rizzo Of Soulfly Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

I would like to preface this interview with a little bit of background, just to give you a sense of occasion. I’ll begin with a confession – I’m not really one for interviews. Not that I don’t like speaking to people when it comes to the subject of metal (and movies, my other passion) and […]

Bring Me The Horizon @ Download Festival 2014
Bring Me The Horizon @ Download Festival 2014

No band has done more of a u-turn in the last few years than Bring Me The Horizon. From being an out and out deathcore band that sounded sludgier and murkier than the worst of swamps of New Orleans, to being Radio One’s rock band of choice. It’s impressive to say least, but there are moments when […]

sleepmakeswaves – love of cartography
sleepmakeswaves – love of cartography

Put up your hand if you’ve ever been nervous about a new release. You know, where you like the band’s current work and you’re hoping you’ll like the new stuff as much or more than the old stuff. Expectation and anticipation have a huge influence on how we respond, and I don’t think I’m alone […]

Nunslaughter – Angelic Dread
Nunslaughter – Angelic Dread

Now, let me ask you a question. How many bands can you name that have been together since 1987? Okay, you probably have some names floating around in your head, but I have a follow up question. How many of those bands you are thinking about have released a combined total of over 100 EPs, […]

Emmure @ Download Festival 2014
Emmure @ Download Festival 2014

Emmure are one of the more controversial bands to come out in recent memory. I think that is largely down to having an outspoken frontman in Frankie Palmeri, coupled with a zero fucks attitude. Aside from that, they happen to be a rad live band as well. Upgraded this year from the Pepsi Max stage […]

Vader – Tibi Et Igni
Vader – Tibi Et Igni

Arguably the biggest death metal band not from North America or Sweden, Poland’s Vader is a metal institution, a juggernaut of heaviness that will never let you down. They’ve been releasing albums of consistently above-average quality since 1992, never stop touring and like their hard-working Polish brethren Decapitated and Behemoth, have survived hardship and tragedy, […]

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