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Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels

Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels

I was going to start this review by wondering if it wasn’t about time Portland, Oregon’s Witch Mountain received the attention of the wider rock community they so richly deserve. The current incarnation have released three albums of wonderful, bluesy doom metal over the past five years. What has set them apart has been the […]

By Chris Ball
September 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

Pontus from Snailking Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

Pontus from Snailking Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

The new release by Snailking, “Storm“, took me literally by storm. I got the chance to have a quick chat with guitarist, Pontus, from the band and we talked all things Snailking. Congratulations on the release of your amazing debut album, Storm. How are you today? Thank you! I’m fine. Can you please tell our readers […]

By Patrick Thompson
September 16, 2014 | 6 Comments

Virgil & The Accelerators – Army of Three

Virgil & The Accelerators – Army of Three

One listen to ‘Take Me Higher’, the opening track on “Army of Three”, is all you need to get hooked on this band and there are two reasons for that – one is that the album was produced by Chris Tsangarides, the producer of the mighty “Painkiller” – still Judas Priest‘s greatest studio achievement – […]

By Chris Ward
September 15, 2014 | 10 Comments

Snailking – Storm

Snailking – Storm

My track record for choosing great albums based on getting a chuckle out of the band’s name has proven successful so far. So when I saw that three-piece Swedish sludge/doom band Snailking was releasing their debut full-length album,”Storm,” for whatever reason their name hit my funny bone and I knew I had to give this […]

By Patrick Thompson
September 14, 2014 | 11 Comments

Nachtmystium – The World We Left Behind

Nachtmystium – The World We Left Behind

US psychedelic black metallers Nachtmystium have returned (sort of) with their seventh studio album “The World We Left Behind”, which has been released during a prolonged period of uncertainty over the future of the band. However, despite all of the turmoil surrounding the band, the largely new line-up have delivered a decent, if at times […]

By Steve Fallows
September 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

Triptykon @ Bloodstock 2014

Triptykon @ Bloodstock 2014

Fair play to Bloodstock, what other major music festival would have the collective knack to put a band as utterly grim and all consuming as Triptykon on at what at any other festival would be put aside as Booze O’Clock. Arriving at the heights of most people’s beer drinking binge. Tom G Warrior and co. […]

By Danny O'Brien
September 13, 2014 | 6 Comments

Jaldaboath @ Bloodstock 2014

Jaldaboath @ Bloodstock 2014

After an evening of great bands, rounding out Thursday’s entertainment is the highly quaint and yet strangely bawdy show of Jaldaboath, the UK’s finest medieval comedy metal export. They manage to channel the hilarity of Monty Python And The Holy Grail and Blackadder through heavy metal, and it works gloriously. From the opening chants of […]

By Mark Brandt
September 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

Orphaned Land (Acoustic) @ Bloodstock 2014

Orphaned Land (Acoustic) @ Bloodstock 2014

No strangers to performing acoustically, Orphaned Land settle down comfortably with their instruments for easily the hippiest moment of the weekend. Kobi Farhi elects to remain standing, and it soon becomes apparent why: folk-inspired songs lend very well to dancing. The set starts out reminiscent of the metal set earlier: ‘All Is One’ leads into […]

By Mark Brandt
September 12, 2014 | 5 Comments

Megadeth @ Bloodstock 2014

Megadeth @ Bloodstock 2014

If someone put a gun to my head and asked me to make a list of my top 5 favourite bands, you can bet that Megadeth would make that list. For my money, they are the most consistent of the Big Four of thrash, and also the only one that seems to want to push […]

By Simon Crampton
September 11, 2014 | 2 Comments

Orphaned Land @ Bloodstock 2014

Orphaned Land @ Bloodstock 2014

In troubled times such as these, it is a pure joy to see a band being a voice of reason and compassion amid all the harsh words and other projectiles thrown around in the Israel/Palestine conflict. But then Orphaned Land are no ordinary band. Displaying active involvement in uniting Middle Eastern communities (they’ve been the […]

By Mark Brandt
September 11, 2014 | 4 Comments

Friday New Blood Stage @ Bloodstock 2014

Friday New Blood Stage @ Bloodstock 2014

There’s nothing like some driving rock anthems to blast away the morning hangover, and Goat Leaf are full of them. Describing themselves as an HGV (Heavy Groove Vehicle), it’s an apt term for a band dedicated to the riff. Their set echoes a touch of Soundgarden‘s rockin’ out crossed with the quintessential Britishness of Orange […]

By Mark Brandt
September 11, 2014 | 2 Comments

O – When Plants Turn Into Stones

O – When Plants Turn Into Stones

Simply put, “When Plants Turn Into Stones” by O is a phenomenal recording. I don’t really want to classify this recording and believe if I do then I will lose something of what makes it so very special. All I know is this … from the opening atmospheric ambience of ‘Entstanden im Schatten wie Wasser’ […]

By Thomas Mathie
September 10, 2014 | Comments

Down @ Bloodstock 2014

Down @ Bloodstock 2014

For many people Down will always be Phil Anselmo’s other band, but the number of live appearances over the last few years seem to have elevated them to being his main band and that works out just fine for the hordes of fans at this year’s Bloodstock Open Air Festival. Opening with a simple jam […]

By Greg Latham
September 10, 2014 | 3 Comments

Jay Postones Of Tesseract Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

Jay Postones Of Tesseract Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

Tesseract are a band that is known for forward thinking and for making music as an artistic statement, despite lineup hurdles the band has always soldiered on and gone from strength to strength. We were able to catch up with their drummer Jay Postones over the summer to talk about playing the main stage at […]

By Simon Crampton
September 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

Autumn’s Dawn – Gone

Autumn’s Dawn – Gone

Autumn’s Dawn is a two man Australian depressive rock/black metal band who released their debut EP back in April of this year. Now they are back with their debut album,”Gone, ” released on the Eisenwald record label. Although Autumn’s Dawn is a new band, it’s two members are not new to the metal community. Tim […]

By Patrick Thompson
September 9, 2014 | 5 Comments

Aborted @ Bloodstock Festival 2014

Aborted @ Bloodstock Festival 2014

When one thinks of lunchtime entertainment, the name Aborted may not instantly come to mind. However, these Belgian death metal maniacs are just the right accompaniment to a hearty if over-priced meal. The quintet hit the stage with vigour to the horror-filled classical strains that lead into ‘Meticulous Invagination’, and the show begins with a […]

By Mark Brandt
September 9, 2014 | 5 Comments

Tomas Hubbard & Simon Grubb Of Hang The Bastard Talk To ThisIsNotAScene

Tomas Hubbard & Simon Grubb Of Hang The Bastard Talk To ThisIsNotAScene

Hang The Bastard. The band whose name you can’t write in mainstream media without using some stars, but also the name of one of the UK’s premier doom metal bands, which continues to go from strength to strength. We caught up with Tomas Hubbard (Vocals) and Simon Grubb (Drummer) out and about over the summer […]

By Simon Crampton
September 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Dimmu Borgir @ Bloodstock 2014

Dimmu Borgir @ Bloodstock 2014

As the sun began to dip on the first day of Bloodstock 2014, the beers began to do their work amongst the assembled throng of metalheads and the excitement started to build for sub-headliners Dimmu Borgir. Personally, I don’t care much for the more corpse paint related side of metal, but Dimmu Borgir are one of […]

By Greg Latham
September 8, 2014 | 6 Comments

Simon Wright Of Krokodil Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

Simon Wright Of Krokodil Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

There is a growing buzz around Krokodil at the moment, with shows at some of the summers biggest festivals under their belt, a lineup featuring A-list British talent and anticipation growing for their debut album. We tracked down singer Simon Wright to discuss how playing Sonisphere was for them, preparing for the release of the […]

By Simon Crampton
September 8, 2014 | 3 Comments

Orange Goblin – Back From the Abyss

Orange Goblin – Back From the Abyss

There is a school of thought that says once your band begins to gain some commercial success then creativity suffers as the hunger diminishes. Of course, this is bollocks; you only have to look at bands like Iron Maiden – who arrived hungry and continued to remain so as each album brought them a new […]

By Chris Ward
September 8, 2014 | 4 Comments

Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels
Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels

I was going to start this review by wondering if it wasn’t about time Portland, Oregon’s Witch Mountain received the attention of the wider rock community they so richly deserve. The current incarnation have released three albums of wonderful, bluesy doom metal over the past five years. What has set them apart has been the […]

Pontus from Snailking Talks With ThisIsNotAScene
Pontus from Snailking Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

The new release by Snailking, “Storm“, took me literally by storm. I got the chance to have a quick chat with guitarist, Pontus, from the band and we talked all things Snailking. Congratulations on the release of your amazing debut album, Storm. How are you today? Thank you! I’m fine. Can you please tell our readers […]

Virgil & The Accelerators – Army of Three
Virgil & The Accelerators – Army of Three

One listen to ‘Take Me Higher’, the opening track on “Army of Three”, is all you need to get hooked on this band and there are two reasons for that – one is that the album was produced by Chris Tsangarides, the producer of the mighty “Painkiller” – still Judas Priest‘s greatest studio achievement – […]

Snailking – Storm
Snailking – Storm

My track record for choosing great albums based on getting a chuckle out of the band’s name has proven successful so far. So when I saw that three-piece Swedish sludge/doom band Snailking was releasing their debut full-length album,”Storm,” for whatever reason their name hit my funny bone and I knew I had to give this […]

Nachtmystium – The World We Left Behind
Nachtmystium – The World We Left Behind

US psychedelic black metallers Nachtmystium have returned (sort of) with their seventh studio album “The World We Left Behind”, which has been released during a prolonged period of uncertainty over the future of the band. However, despite all of the turmoil surrounding the band, the largely new line-up have delivered a decent, if at times […]

Triptykon @ Bloodstock 2014
Triptykon @ Bloodstock 2014

Fair play to Bloodstock, what other major music festival would have the collective knack to put a band as utterly grim and all consuming as Triptykon on at what at any other festival would be put aside as Booze O’Clock. Arriving at the heights of most people’s beer drinking binge. Tom G Warrior and co. […]

Jaldaboath @ Bloodstock 2014
Jaldaboath @ Bloodstock 2014

After an evening of great bands, rounding out Thursday’s entertainment is the highly quaint and yet strangely bawdy show of Jaldaboath, the UK’s finest medieval comedy metal export. They manage to channel the hilarity of Monty Python And The Holy Grail and Blackadder through heavy metal, and it works gloriously. From the opening chants of […]

Orphaned Land (Acoustic) @ Bloodstock 2014
Orphaned Land (Acoustic) @ Bloodstock 2014

No strangers to performing acoustically, Orphaned Land settle down comfortably with their instruments for easily the hippiest moment of the weekend. Kobi Farhi elects to remain standing, and it soon becomes apparent why: folk-inspired songs lend very well to dancing. The set starts out reminiscent of the metal set earlier: ‘All Is One’ leads into […]

Megadeth @ Bloodstock 2014
Megadeth @ Bloodstock 2014

If someone put a gun to my head and asked me to make a list of my top 5 favourite bands, you can bet that Megadeth would make that list. For my money, they are the most consistent of the Big Four of thrash, and also the only one that seems to want to push […]

Orphaned Land @ Bloodstock 2014
Orphaned Land @ Bloodstock 2014

In troubled times such as these, it is a pure joy to see a band being a voice of reason and compassion amid all the harsh words and other projectiles thrown around in the Israel/Palestine conflict. But then Orphaned Land are no ordinary band. Displaying active involvement in uniting Middle Eastern communities (they’ve been the […]

Friday New Blood Stage @ Bloodstock 2014
Friday New Blood Stage @ Bloodstock 2014

There’s nothing like some driving rock anthems to blast away the morning hangover, and Goat Leaf are full of them. Describing themselves as an HGV (Heavy Groove Vehicle), it’s an apt term for a band dedicated to the riff. Their set echoes a touch of Soundgarden‘s rockin’ out crossed with the quintessential Britishness of Orange […]

O – When Plants Turn Into Stones
O – When Plants Turn Into Stones

Simply put, “When Plants Turn Into Stones” by O is a phenomenal recording. I don’t really want to classify this recording and believe if I do then I will lose something of what makes it so very special. All I know is this … from the opening atmospheric ambience of ‘Entstanden im Schatten wie Wasser’ […]

Down @ Bloodstock 2014
Down @ Bloodstock 2014

For many people Down will always be Phil Anselmo’s other band, but the number of live appearances over the last few years seem to have elevated them to being his main band and that works out just fine for the hordes of fans at this year’s Bloodstock Open Air Festival. Opening with a simple jam […]

Jay Postones Of Tesseract Talks To ThisIsNotAScene
Jay Postones Of Tesseract Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

Tesseract are a band that is known for forward thinking and for making music as an artistic statement, despite lineup hurdles the band has always soldiered on and gone from strength to strength. We were able to catch up with their drummer Jay Postones over the summer to talk about playing the main stage at […]

Autumn’s Dawn – Gone
Autumn’s Dawn – Gone

Autumn’s Dawn is a two man Australian depressive rock/black metal band who released their debut EP back in April of this year. Now they are back with their debut album,”Gone, ” released on the Eisenwald record label. Although Autumn’s Dawn is a new band, it’s two members are not new to the metal community. Tim […]

Aborted @ Bloodstock Festival 2014
Aborted @ Bloodstock Festival 2014

When one thinks of lunchtime entertainment, the name Aborted may not instantly come to mind. However, these Belgian death metal maniacs are just the right accompaniment to a hearty if over-priced meal. The quintet hit the stage with vigour to the horror-filled classical strains that lead into ‘Meticulous Invagination’, and the show begins with a […]

Tomas Hubbard & Simon Grubb Of Hang The Bastard Talk To ThisIsNotAScene
Tomas Hubbard & Simon Grubb Of Hang The Bastard Talk To ThisIsNotAScene

Hang The Bastard. The band whose name you can’t write in mainstream media without using some stars, but also the name of one of the UK’s premier doom metal bands, which continues to go from strength to strength. We caught up with Tomas Hubbard (Vocals) and Simon Grubb (Drummer) out and about over the summer […]

Dimmu Borgir @ Bloodstock 2014
Dimmu Borgir @ Bloodstock 2014

As the sun began to dip on the first day of Bloodstock 2014, the beers began to do their work amongst the assembled throng of metalheads and the excitement started to build for sub-headliners Dimmu Borgir. Personally, I don’t care much for the more corpse paint related side of metal, but Dimmu Borgir are one of […]

Simon Wright Of Krokodil Talks To ThisIsNotAScene
Simon Wright Of Krokodil Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

There is a growing buzz around Krokodil at the moment, with shows at some of the summers biggest festivals under their belt, a lineup featuring A-list British talent and anticipation growing for their debut album. We tracked down singer Simon Wright to discuss how playing Sonisphere was for them, preparing for the release of the […]

Orange Goblin – Back From the Abyss
Orange Goblin – Back From the Abyss

There is a school of thought that says once your band begins to gain some commercial success then creativity suffers as the hunger diminishes. Of course, this is bollocks; you only have to look at bands like Iron Maiden – who arrived hungry and continued to remain so as each album brought them a new […]

Carcass @ Bloodstock 2014
Carcass @ Bloodstock 2014

The time has arrived for the pioneers of grind, the masters of death: Carcass take the stage in a triumphant return since their show in 2009. After ‘1985’ is piped through the speakers, the quartet get underway with ‘Buried Dreams’ and ‘Incarnated Solvent Abuse’. the guitars have the right level of crunch for death metal […]

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