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Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth – Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth

Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth – Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth

He shared labels, producers and shows with Seattle icons Nirvana, and had his former (and eponymous) band signed to a major label in the post “Nevermind” free for all. Despite all of this, Tad Doyle managed to stay out of the limelight, but at the same time garner major respect from fans and bands alike. […]

By Steve Fallows
March 2, 2015 | Comments

Europe – War of Kings

Europe – War of Kings

Okay, let’s get this out of the way first – yes, this is the same Europe who had a global mega-hit with ‘The Final Countdown’ nearly 30 years ago (blimey!). You may laugh and you may titter but that’s one more global mega-hit than any of us have had so let’s leave the hairspray and […]

By Chris Ward
March 2, 2015 | 5 Comments

Six Organs of Admittance – Hexadic

Six Organs of Admittance – Hexadic

It has been somewhat of a break for the normally prolific Ben Chasny’s Six Organs of Admittance. The last release was 2012’s more aggressive noise filled electric guitar assault of ‘’Ascent’’. Prior to then there were explorations into acoustic folkie, other worldly pysch, with my two particular favourite albums ”The Sun Awakens” (2006) and ”Shelter […]

By Andy Little
March 1, 2015 | 2 Comments

Year Of The Goat – The Key and The Gate

Year Of The Goat – The Key and The Gate

Swedish six piece Year Of The Goat have released the first new material since their full length debut in 2012, “The Key and the Gate”, a three track EP which shows where band is heading in the three years since that release. Their brand of retro occult blues inspired rock features much more depth than […]

By Steve Fallows
March 1, 2015 | 1 Comment

Aversions Crown – Tyrant

Aversions Crown – Tyrant

I appreciate having friends who listen to the same music as me. Not only can we talk about it, but also if your friend hears something you might like, he tells you about it. If you are lucky, sometimes they just send you something new and to check out. That is what happened when my […]

By Wade Reitz
February 28, 2015 | 5 Comments

Morgan of Marduk Talks with ThisIsNotAScene

Morgan of Marduk Talks with ThisIsNotAScene

Marduk started out 2015 with their new slab of savagery, “Frontschwein,” and now they continue with their world domination. On the first night of Marduk‘s February UK tour with Belphegor, ThisIsNotAScene caught up with guitarist and main man Morgan. How are you doing? I’m good, we’re back marching across the world so everything is good y’know. […]

By Perran Helyes
February 28, 2015 | 10 Comments

Sick Of It All / Broken Teeth / Pay No Respect / Bearing Loss @ Sound Control, Manchester – February 5, 2015

Sick Of It All / Broken Teeth / Pay No Respect / Bearing Loss @ Sound Control, Manchester – February 5, 2015

It had been a while since I had seen Sick Of It All, the soundtrack to many of the most intense crowds I have been a part of over the years, so the chance to see them in support of their latest album “The Last Act of Defiance” was one I couldn’t turn down. The […]

By Steve Fallows
February 27, 2015 | 8 Comments

Monster Magnet & Bombus @ The Electric Ballroom, London – February 15, 2015

Monster Magnet & Bombus @ The Electric Ballroom, London – February 15, 2015

A cold Sunday night in February may not be the best setting for a night of rocktastic excess but any party thrown by Dave Wyndorf is worth attending, and so I arrive at the Electric Ballroom full of hope and expectation – just in time to catch the entrance of four crazy Swede’s… Bombus? I don’t […]

By Chris Ball
February 26, 2015 | 3 Comments

Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.

In sport they say ‘form is temporary, class is permanent.’ It doesn’t just apply to sport, Steven Wilson is not at the peak moment in his life where everything he writes is good, it is merely who he is; a genius song-crafter and weaver of dreams. “Hand. Cannot. Erase.” is his latest offering to the […]

By Aidan Clucas
February 25, 2015 | 3 Comments

Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct

Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct

Despite forever being known as “That band who is Thin Lizzy but not,” Black Star Riders have not let that stop them from perusing their own path, recording their own material and saying no to becoming just another old band going through the greatest hits night after night, with anything post 1979 being met with […]

By Danny O'Brien
February 24, 2015 | 3 Comments

H.E.A.T – Live In London

H.E.A.T – Live In London

With the loss of their singer after their first two albums, H.E.A.T might have worried their rapid rise would falter, especially as Kenny Leckremo had an incredible range and a soaring voice that sprawled all over those bombastic choruses. Recruiting the young (24 when he joined the band) and relatively inexperienced Erik Grönwall (winner of Swedish […]

By Dewie
February 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

American – Coping With Loss

American – Coping With Loss

There are many things that can bring two reclusive humans together who are usually a fair distance apart; be it family ties, sex, a wrong turn off the highway into an area with no cell phone reception to call a tow truck when your engine dies or in the case of American, a partner to […]

By Christine Hager
February 23, 2015 | Comments

Marduk – Frontschwein

Marduk – Frontschwein

Marduk are a band that came out of the, now infamous, Second Wave of Black Metal, of the early – 90’s. Swedish, not Norwegian, but were, nonetheless, Euronymous approved, back in the days when he was the inner-circle, taste-maker and indeed, still on this mortal coil. To be into their 25th year and still putting […]

By Ben Timpson
February 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

Ensiferum – One Man Army

Ensiferum – One Man Army

Folk metal might be viewed as a troll-slaying, ale-chugging gimmick of a genre by the uninitiated, but with a dedicated following and more diversity than the range of facial hair at a festival, it repeatedly churns out some of the most exhilarating stuff found in heavy music. Finland’s Ensiferum, nearly a decade and a half […]

By Perran Helyes
February 22, 2015 | 12 Comments

Periphery – Juggernaut: Alpha & Juggernaut: Omega

Periphery – Juggernaut: Alpha & Juggernaut: Omega

Music can be a story. A song can be a story in itself. Sometimes it takes more than one song to tell the story; enter the concept album. Many artists have created them (Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Green Day, The Who, Rush, Genesis, King Diamond, Voivod, Queensryche, Dream Theater), some have even made a career […]

By Wade Reitz
February 21, 2015 | 5 Comments

Primordial, Winterfylleth, Portrait, and Malthusian @ O2 Academy Islington, London – February 7, 2015

Primordial, Winterfylleth, Portrait, and Malthusian @ O2 Academy Islington, London – February 7, 2015

Those who made it down to Islington’s O2 Academy for tonight’s bizarrely early 5pm start are rewarded greatly. Malthusian only have one demo until their belt, but still manage to open up proceedings beautifully. Sharing a homeland with the headliner, they’re undoubtedly the most extreme band on the bill and they prove it with a […]

By Perran Helyes
February 20, 2015 | 10 Comments

Arroganz – Tod & Teuful

Arroganz – Tod & Teuful

Get ready people, Germany’s black/death metal band, Arroganz, is here to destroy everything in their path with their third full- length album, “Tod & Teuful”, which translated to English means Death and the Devil. Arroganz is a mysterious death metal trio consisting of K (vocals/bass), T (drums) and P (guitar) who have been around since […]

By Patrick Thompson
February 20, 2015 | 1 Comment

Negru from Negură Bunget Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

Negru from Negură Bunget Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

With their newest release “Tau” on the horizon and some truly important metal releases in their history, I decided to try to catch up with Negură Bunget and talk about line up changes and the future. Negru was gracious enough to chat with me about how things are in the Negură Bunget camp. There has been […]

By Mark Steele
February 19, 2015 | 3 Comments

Saxon – Heavy Metal Thunder

Saxon – Heavy Metal Thunder

This year brings a reissue of NWOBHM heroes Saxon’s “Heavy Metal Thunder”, initially released back in 2002 with the then current line-up re-recording a handful of their most iconic and best tunes from the early portion of their discography. Other than the initial shaking of the head at yet another Saxon release going by the […]

By Perran Helyes
February 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Deathtrip – Deep Drone Master

The Deathtrip – Deep Drone Master

So, picture the scenario – You’re heavily into your Black Metal, you know all the most important, and highest quality, releases. You hear that a band, featuring ex-members of Thorns, have released their debut album. Not only that, but it has been mixed by none other than Snorre Ruch, himself, the mastermind behind that solitary […]

By Ben Timpson
February 18, 2015 | 2 Comments

Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth – Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth
Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth – Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth

He shared labels, producers and shows with Seattle icons Nirvana, and had his former (and eponymous) band signed to a major label in the post “Nevermind” free for all. Despite all of this, Tad Doyle managed to stay out of the limelight, but at the same time garner major respect from fans and bands alike. […]

Europe – War of Kings
Europe – War of Kings

Okay, let’s get this out of the way first – yes, this is the same Europe who had a global mega-hit with ‘The Final Countdown’ nearly 30 years ago (blimey!). You may laugh and you may titter but that’s one more global mega-hit than any of us have had so let’s leave the hairspray and […]

Six Organs of Admittance – Hexadic
Six Organs of Admittance – Hexadic

It has been somewhat of a break for the normally prolific Ben Chasny’s Six Organs of Admittance. The last release was 2012’s more aggressive noise filled electric guitar assault of ‘’Ascent’’. Prior to then there were explorations into acoustic folkie, other worldly pysch, with my two particular favourite albums ”The Sun Awakens” (2006) and ”Shelter […]

Year Of The Goat – The Key and The Gate
Year Of The Goat – The Key and The Gate

Swedish six piece Year Of The Goat have released the first new material since their full length debut in 2012, “The Key and the Gate”, a three track EP which shows where band is heading in the three years since that release. Their brand of retro occult blues inspired rock features much more depth than […]

Aversions Crown – Tyrant
Aversions Crown – Tyrant

I appreciate having friends who listen to the same music as me. Not only can we talk about it, but also if your friend hears something you might like, he tells you about it. If you are lucky, sometimes they just send you something new and to check out. That is what happened when my […]

Morgan of Marduk Talks with ThisIsNotAScene
Morgan of Marduk Talks with ThisIsNotAScene

Marduk started out 2015 with their new slab of savagery, “Frontschwein,” and now they continue with their world domination. On the first night of Marduk‘s February UK tour with Belphegor, ThisIsNotAScene caught up with guitarist and main man Morgan. How are you doing? I’m good, we’re back marching across the world so everything is good y’know. […]

Sick Of It All / Broken Teeth / Pay No Respect / Bearing Loss @ Sound Control, Manchester – February 5, 2015
Sick Of It All / Broken Teeth / Pay No Respect / Bearing Loss @ Sound Control, Manchester – February 5, 2015

It had been a while since I had seen Sick Of It All, the soundtrack to many of the most intense crowds I have been a part of over the years, so the chance to see them in support of their latest album “The Last Act of Defiance” was one I couldn’t turn down. The […]

Monster Magnet & Bombus @ The Electric Ballroom, London – February 15, 2015
Monster Magnet & Bombus @ The Electric Ballroom, London – February 15, 2015

A cold Sunday night in February may not be the best setting for a night of rocktastic excess but any party thrown by Dave Wyndorf is worth attending, and so I arrive at the Electric Ballroom full of hope and expectation – just in time to catch the entrance of four crazy Swede’s… Bombus? I don’t […]

Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.

In sport they say ‘form is temporary, class is permanent.’ It doesn’t just apply to sport, Steven Wilson is not at the peak moment in his life where everything he writes is good, it is merely who he is; a genius song-crafter and weaver of dreams. “Hand. Cannot. Erase.” is his latest offering to the […]

Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct
Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct

Despite forever being known as “That band who is Thin Lizzy but not,” Black Star Riders have not let that stop them from perusing their own path, recording their own material and saying no to becoming just another old band going through the greatest hits night after night, with anything post 1979 being met with […]

H.E.A.T – Live In London
H.E.A.T – Live In London

With the loss of their singer after their first two albums, H.E.A.T might have worried their rapid rise would falter, especially as Kenny Leckremo had an incredible range and a soaring voice that sprawled all over those bombastic choruses. Recruiting the young (24 when he joined the band) and relatively inexperienced Erik Grönwall (winner of Swedish […]

American – Coping With Loss
American – Coping With Loss

There are many things that can bring two reclusive humans together who are usually a fair distance apart; be it family ties, sex, a wrong turn off the highway into an area with no cell phone reception to call a tow truck when your engine dies or in the case of American, a partner to […]

Marduk – Frontschwein
Marduk – Frontschwein

Marduk are a band that came out of the, now infamous, Second Wave of Black Metal, of the early – 90’s. Swedish, not Norwegian, but were, nonetheless, Euronymous approved, back in the days when he was the inner-circle, taste-maker and indeed, still on this mortal coil. To be into their 25th year and still putting […]

Ensiferum – One Man Army
Ensiferum – One Man Army

Folk metal might be viewed as a troll-slaying, ale-chugging gimmick of a genre by the uninitiated, but with a dedicated following and more diversity than the range of facial hair at a festival, it repeatedly churns out some of the most exhilarating stuff found in heavy music. Finland’s Ensiferum, nearly a decade and a half […]

Periphery – Juggernaut: Alpha & Juggernaut: Omega
Periphery – Juggernaut: Alpha & Juggernaut: Omega

Music can be a story. A song can be a story in itself. Sometimes it takes more than one song to tell the story; enter the concept album. Many artists have created them (Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Green Day, The Who, Rush, Genesis, King Diamond, Voivod, Queensryche, Dream Theater), some have even made a career […]

Primordial, Winterfylleth, Portrait, and Malthusian @ O2 Academy Islington, London – February 7, 2015
Primordial, Winterfylleth, Portrait, and Malthusian @ O2 Academy Islington, London – February 7, 2015

Those who made it down to Islington’s O2 Academy for tonight’s bizarrely early 5pm start are rewarded greatly. Malthusian only have one demo until their belt, but still manage to open up proceedings beautifully. Sharing a homeland with the headliner, they’re undoubtedly the most extreme band on the bill and they prove it with a […]

Arroganz – Tod & Teuful
Arroganz – Tod & Teuful

Get ready people, Germany’s black/death metal band, Arroganz, is here to destroy everything in their path with their third full- length album, “Tod & Teuful”, which translated to English means Death and the Devil. Arroganz is a mysterious death metal trio consisting of K (vocals/bass), T (drums) and P (guitar) who have been around since […]

Negru from Negură Bunget Talks With ThisIsNotAScene
Negru from Negură Bunget Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

With their newest release “Tau” on the horizon and some truly important metal releases in their history, I decided to try to catch up with Negură Bunget and talk about line up changes and the future. Negru was gracious enough to chat with me about how things are in the Negură Bunget camp. There has been […]

Saxon – Heavy Metal Thunder
Saxon – Heavy Metal Thunder

This year brings a reissue of NWOBHM heroes Saxon’s “Heavy Metal Thunder”, initially released back in 2002 with the then current line-up re-recording a handful of their most iconic and best tunes from the early portion of their discography. Other than the initial shaking of the head at yet another Saxon release going by the […]

The Deathtrip – Deep Drone Master
The Deathtrip – Deep Drone Master

So, picture the scenario – You’re heavily into your Black Metal, you know all the most important, and highest quality, releases. You hear that a band, featuring ex-members of Thorns, have released their debut album. Not only that, but it has been mixed by none other than Snorre Ruch, himself, the mastermind behind that solitary […]

Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel
Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel

It’s incredible to think that nearly three years have elapsed since the release of the début album by Ne Obliviscaris. It honestly feels like last week that I reviewed “Portal Of I”, and it is still an album that I play every so often on my travels, or at home on my hi-fi. Which, for […]

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