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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – IX

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – IX

Austin, Texas’ …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (or Trail of Dead as they’re usually known for the sake of brevity) have never had the commercial success to match the hyperbole that greeted their second album ”Madonna” or the critical acclaim that met follow up “Source Tags and Codes”. Part of the reason is possibly that […]

By Chris Ball
October 24, 2014 | Comments

Damnation Festival 2014: Jagermeister Stage Preview

Damnation Festival 2014: Jagermeister Stage Preview

It’s that time of the year again when the best in extreme metal descend on Yorkshire for one day of riffs, brutality and debauchery as it is once again time for Damnation Festival. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year the main stage has out done themselves with a line up befitting of the occasion. Kicking […]

By Danny O'Brien
October 24, 2014 | 2 Comments

Tombs – Savage Gold

Tombs – Savage Gold

After destroying most of the competition at this years Temples Festival, Brooklyn based post black metal behemoths Tombs have returned with their follow up to their critically acclaimed 2011 record “Path Of Totality” entitled “Savage Gold”. The album finds Tombs on pretty familiar ground with “Savage Gold” keeping to the bands previously well established formula […]

By Danny O'Brien
October 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

John Tardy Of Obituary Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

John Tardy Of Obituary Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

The impending release of death metal legends Obituary‘s “Inked In Blood“, got me thinking about how long I have listened to this band and how things have changed. When the opportunity came up to throw a few questions at Obituary, I jumped at the chance.  All the metal/Obituary fans are excited for the release of “Inked […]

By Patrick Thompson
October 23, 2014 | 6 Comments

Obituary – Inked In Blood

Obituary – Inked In Blood

As a teenager in the mid to late 1980s, I was spending a lot of time soaking in what metal had to offer. Thrash bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and Sepultura were played over and over again late into the night. But come my senior year in high school, my friends and I would […]

By Patrick Thompson
October 22, 2014 | 6 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, […]

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

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – IX
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – IX

Austin, Texas’ …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (or Trail of Dead as they’re usually known for the sake of brevity) have never had the commercial success to match the hyperbole that greeted their second album ”Madonna” or the critical acclaim that met follow up “Source Tags and Codes”. Part of the reason is possibly that […]

Damnation Festival 2014: Jagermeister Stage Preview
Damnation Festival 2014: Jagermeister Stage Preview

It’s that time of the year again when the best in extreme metal descend on Yorkshire for one day of riffs, brutality and debauchery as it is once again time for Damnation Festival. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year the main stage has out done themselves with a line up befitting of the occasion. Kicking […]

Tombs – Savage Gold
Tombs – Savage Gold

After destroying most of the competition at this years Temples Festival, Brooklyn based post black metal behemoths Tombs have returned with their follow up to their critically acclaimed 2011 record “Path Of Totality” entitled “Savage Gold”. The album finds Tombs on pretty familiar ground with “Savage Gold” keeping to the bands previously well established formula […]

John Tardy Of Obituary Talks With ThisIsNotAScene
John Tardy Of Obituary Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

The impending release of death metal legends Obituary‘s “Inked In Blood“, got me thinking about how long I have listened to this band and how things have changed. When the opportunity came up to throw a few questions at Obituary, I jumped at the chance.  All the metal/Obituary fans are excited for the release of “Inked […]

Obituary – Inked In Blood
Obituary – Inked In Blood

As a teenager in the mid to late 1980s, I was spending a lot of time soaking in what metal had to offer. Thrash bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and Sepultura were played over and over again late into the night. But come my senior year in high school, my friends and I would […]

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

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