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hAND – Kintsugi

hAND – Kintsugi

There is much to admire about “Kintsugi”, the new album from Sussex four-piece hAND. It is unashamedly progressive and difficult, whilst possessing subtlety and an attempt at emotional depth sometimes missing from progressive rock. And there lies my regular problem with the genre – I like my music earthy, or if it is cerebral, then at […]

By Chris Ball
September 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

Spike – 100% Frankie Miller

Spike – 100% Frankie Miller

Frankie Miller is a Scottish singer songwriter who had a few chart hits in the 70′s and was at one point backed by pub rock legends Brinsley Schwarz. You can tell a lot, I think, about a musician by the stars who line-up to record tributes. Alongside The Quireboys Spike, for whom this is a […]

By Chris Ball
August 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend

Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend

For this review, I wanted to find a band that was very popular with metalheads, but whose material I wasn’t personally familiar with. So when Eugene, Oregon doom masters Yob showed up on the promo list, I jumped at the chance to review their new album, “Clearing the Path to Ascend.” I first started the […]

By Patrick Thompson
August 28, 2014 | 9 Comments

Xerath – III

Xerath – III

Soundtrack music sometimes can make or break a film or TV show. Think about how much more of an impact certain scenes in a movie or an episode of a television series have just by using the right music. There are countless scenes from my favorite movies and TV shows that were made that much […]

By Wade Reitz
August 28, 2014 | 7 Comments

Opeth – Pale Communion

Opeth – Pale Communion

Opeth are unique with their vastly divisive fan-base, they do not seem to be influenced by this however; it’s clear that musical direction is governed by Opeth alone. Some fans want a more death metal sound whereas others embrace the softer approach. “Pale Communion” sets itself heavier and proggier than precursor “Heritage” but not as heavy as the likes of “Watershed” and “Blackwater […]

By Aidan Clucas
August 27, 2014 | 4 Comments

Slipknot Reveal New Album Details

Slipknot Reveal New Album Details

Iowa’s resident metal titans Slipknot have revealed the details for their long awaited fifth studio album. “.5: The Gray Chapter” will be released by the band on October 21st via Roadrunner Records. The album will contain 14 tracks with including the already released ‘The Negative Ones’ and the lead single ‘The Devil In I’. “.5: […]

By Danny O'Brien
August 27, 2014 | 2 Comments

Beggarz Fixx – Rouse the Rabble

Beggarz Fixx – Rouse the Rabble

When did this become a thing then? Yes, I know there’s always one group that emerges 25 years after a perceived ‘scene’ that tries to resurrect it but we already have Steel Panther and their Marmite take on the 1980′s Sunset Strip thing so why do we need Beggarz Fixx? We don’t, if truth be […]

By Chris Ward
August 26, 2014 | 7 Comments

King Canute – Drive

King Canute – Drive

This may sound like a bit of a harsh thing to say but King Canute would have been perfect Radio One fodder if “Drive” had been released 10-15 years ago. It’s not that they necessarily sound dated but if you cast your minds back to the previous decade then you’ll remember there was a flurry […]

By Chris Ward
August 25, 2014 | 2 Comments

(hed) p.e. – Evolution

(hed) p.e. – Evolution

Hey! Remember rapcore and nu-metal? Yeah, me too, ugh! Limp Bizkit won’t let us forget. Recently, there has been resurgence in these genres. Bands like Hacktivist are updating rapcore by making it more djent. King 810 has received a lot of attention lately, mostly not for their music. One band that has been around since […]

By Wade Reitz
August 24, 2014 | Comments

Capture the Crown – Reign of Terror

Capture the Crown – Reign of Terror

This will feel like an important moment for Sydney’s Capture the Crown who are on the comeback trail only two albums in to their career. Dropped by Sumerian Records after their debut album ”Til Death”, they released a crowd funded EP before being picked up by Artery Records who are releasing ”Reign of Terror”. Harsher and more precious metal […]

By Chris Ball
August 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

John Garcia – John Garcia

John Garcia – John Garcia

As Stoner Rock icons go there aren’t many bigger than John Garcia. Through his work with Unida, Slo Burn and obviously the stoner pioneers that were Kyuss, Garcia has morphed the stoner genre into what it has become today. With his trademark wailing accompanied by Josh Homme’s now legendary guitar tone, the two laid the […]

By Danny O'Brien
August 22, 2014 | 5 Comments

The Haunted – Exit Wounds

The Haunted – Exit Wounds

Over the years, Gothenburg, Sweden has been fertile ground for metal. Swedish death metal and melodic death metal both got their start in Gothenburg. The three melodic death metal pioneer bands to come out of Gothenburg, At the Gates, Dark Tranquility, and In Flames, spurned a movement and a genre. One band that emerged from […]

By Wade Reitz
August 22, 2014 | 7 Comments

Obituary Release New Album Teaser

Obituary Release New Album Teaser

Florida Death Metal legends Obituary have released a teaser for their upcoming new album, entitled “Inked In Blood”. The teaser features three new tracks ‘Visions In My Head’, ‘Violence’, and the title track, ‘Inked In Blood’. “Inked In Blood” track listing: 01. Centuries Of Lies 02. Violent By Nature 03. Pain Inside 04. Visions In My […]

By Danny O'Brien
August 22, 2014 | 3 Comments

Neal Morse – Songs From November

Neal Morse – Songs From November

Think of prolific prog artists and the name Steven Wilson will inevitably spring to mind. In those stakes Neal Morse cannot be far behind in terms of the volume of music he creates and the diversity of styles in which he is proficient. Between the epic excesses of supergroup Transatlantic‘s “Kaleidoscope” album and tour and […]

By Chris McGarel
August 21, 2014 | 10 Comments

Corrupt Moral Altar – Mechanical Tides

Corrupt Moral Altar – Mechanical Tides

Having impressed with a couple of suitably nasty EP’s last year, Liverpudlian grindcore quartet Corrupt Moral Altar look set to get more pulses racing with the release of debut full-length “Mechanical Tides”, a thoroughly nasty collection of modern grind tracks that proves there’s something very rotten up north. Opening track ‘Father Tongue’ blasts away in […]

By James Conway
August 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

MetallicA By Request @ Sonisphere Festival 2014

MetallicA By Request @ Sonisphere Festival 2014

Barely a festival season goes by where MetallicA don’t pop up and perform in this country, so it was quite nice when after they played “The Black Album” in its entirety at Download 2012 they fucked off for a while, personally (and I say this as a huge fan) I would have preferred another summer […]

By Greg Latham
August 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Airbourne @ Sonisphere Festival 2014

Airbourne @ Sonisphere Festival 2014

Airbourne. You either hate them because they “rip off AC/DC” or you love them because…well, because they’re just like AC/DC. I fall in to the latter category, although I think the only thing that remotely resembles that other band is the vocal stylings of Joel O’Keeffe, everything else is pure Airbourne baby. That aside the […]

By Greg Latham
August 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Frank Turner @ Sonisphere Festival 2014

Frank Turner @ Sonisphere Festival 2014

There are few people out there doing what Frank Turner does and even fewer doing it well. Having moved on from his hardcore band Million Dead (although having recently started up again with Mongol Horde), Frank has carved out his niche in what is best described as Folk Rock and can regularly be seen at […]

By Greg Latham
August 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Gojira @ Sonisphere Festival

Gojira @ Sonisphere Festival

As a university student, and like most of my kind, I am not one for this strange time zone that most people experience call morning. Anything before three in the afternoon is considered a “no go zone” and motoring skills do not tend to appear to be functioning until at least 12.30 on a good […]

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

The Lounge Kittens – Live @ Sonisphere 2014

The Lounge Kittens – Live @ Sonisphere 2014

The Internet is a truly wonderful thing. Many men have spent an evening alone… typing… clicking… playing… but I don’t personally play World of Warcraft. Another thing the internet is good for is uploading a music video you’ve made to an influential rock star who then gets you added to a major UK festival line […]

By Greg Latham
August 19, 2014 | 6 Comments

hAND – Kintsugi
hAND – Kintsugi

There is much to admire about “Kintsugi”, the new album from Sussex four-piece hAND. It is unashamedly progressive and difficult, whilst possessing subtlety and an attempt at emotional depth sometimes missing from progressive rock. And there lies my regular problem with the genre – I like my music earthy, or if it is cerebral, then at […]

Spike – 100% Frankie Miller
Spike – 100% Frankie Miller

Frankie Miller is a Scottish singer songwriter who had a few chart hits in the 70′s and was at one point backed by pub rock legends Brinsley Schwarz. You can tell a lot, I think, about a musician by the stars who line-up to record tributes. Alongside The Quireboys Spike, for whom this is a […]

Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend
Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend

For this review, I wanted to find a band that was very popular with metalheads, but whose material I wasn’t personally familiar with. So when Eugene, Oregon doom masters Yob showed up on the promo list, I jumped at the chance to review their new album, “Clearing the Path to Ascend.” I first started the […]

Xerath – III
Xerath – III

Soundtrack music sometimes can make or break a film or TV show. Think about how much more of an impact certain scenes in a movie or an episode of a television series have just by using the right music. There are countless scenes from my favorite movies and TV shows that were made that much […]

Opeth – Pale Communion
Opeth – Pale Communion

Opeth are unique with their vastly divisive fan-base, they do not seem to be influenced by this however; it’s clear that musical direction is governed by Opeth alone. Some fans want a more death metal sound whereas others embrace the softer approach. “Pale Communion” sets itself heavier and proggier than precursor “Heritage” but not as heavy as the likes of “Watershed” and “Blackwater […]

Slipknot Reveal New Album Details
Slipknot Reveal New Album Details

Iowa’s resident metal titans Slipknot have revealed the details for their long awaited fifth studio album. “.5: The Gray Chapter” will be released by the band on October 21st via Roadrunner Records. The album will contain 14 tracks with including the already released ‘The Negative Ones’ and the lead single ‘The Devil In I’. “.5: […]

Beggarz Fixx – Rouse the Rabble
Beggarz Fixx – Rouse the Rabble

When did this become a thing then? Yes, I know there’s always one group that emerges 25 years after a perceived ‘scene’ that tries to resurrect it but we already have Steel Panther and their Marmite take on the 1980′s Sunset Strip thing so why do we need Beggarz Fixx? We don’t, if truth be […]

King Canute – Drive
King Canute – Drive

This may sound like a bit of a harsh thing to say but King Canute would have been perfect Radio One fodder if “Drive” had been released 10-15 years ago. It’s not that they necessarily sound dated but if you cast your minds back to the previous decade then you’ll remember there was a flurry […]

(hed) p.e. – Evolution
(hed) p.e. – Evolution

Hey! Remember rapcore and nu-metal? Yeah, me too, ugh! Limp Bizkit won’t let us forget. Recently, there has been resurgence in these genres. Bands like Hacktivist are updating rapcore by making it more djent. King 810 has received a lot of attention lately, mostly not for their music. One band that has been around since […]

Capture the Crown – Reign of Terror
Capture the Crown – Reign of Terror

This will feel like an important moment for Sydney’s Capture the Crown who are on the comeback trail only two albums in to their career. Dropped by Sumerian Records after their debut album ”Til Death”, they released a crowd funded EP before being picked up by Artery Records who are releasing ”Reign of Terror”. Harsher and more precious metal […]

John Garcia – John Garcia
John Garcia – John Garcia

As Stoner Rock icons go there aren’t many bigger than John Garcia. Through his work with Unida, Slo Burn and obviously the stoner pioneers that were Kyuss, Garcia has morphed the stoner genre into what it has become today. With his trademark wailing accompanied by Josh Homme’s now legendary guitar tone, the two laid the […]

The Haunted – Exit Wounds
The Haunted – Exit Wounds

Over the years, Gothenburg, Sweden has been fertile ground for metal. Swedish death metal and melodic death metal both got their start in Gothenburg. The three melodic death metal pioneer bands to come out of Gothenburg, At the Gates, Dark Tranquility, and In Flames, spurned a movement and a genre. One band that emerged from […]

Obituary Release New Album Teaser
Obituary Release New Album Teaser

Florida Death Metal legends Obituary have released a teaser for their upcoming new album, entitled “Inked In Blood”. The teaser features three new tracks ‘Visions In My Head’, ‘Violence’, and the title track, ‘Inked In Blood’. “Inked In Blood” track listing: 01. Centuries Of Lies 02. Violent By Nature 03. Pain Inside 04. Visions In My […]

Neal Morse – Songs From November
Neal Morse – Songs From November

Think of prolific prog artists and the name Steven Wilson will inevitably spring to mind. In those stakes Neal Morse cannot be far behind in terms of the volume of music he creates and the diversity of styles in which he is proficient. Between the epic excesses of supergroup Transatlantic‘s “Kaleidoscope” album and tour and […]

Corrupt Moral Altar – Mechanical Tides
Corrupt Moral Altar – Mechanical Tides

Having impressed with a couple of suitably nasty EP’s last year, Liverpudlian grindcore quartet Corrupt Moral Altar look set to get more pulses racing with the release of debut full-length “Mechanical Tides”, a thoroughly nasty collection of modern grind tracks that proves there’s something very rotten up north. Opening track ‘Father Tongue’ blasts away in […]

MetallicA By Request @ Sonisphere Festival 2014
MetallicA By Request @ Sonisphere Festival 2014

Barely a festival season goes by where MetallicA don’t pop up and perform in this country, so it was quite nice when after they played “The Black Album” in its entirety at Download 2012 they fucked off for a while, personally (and I say this as a huge fan) I would have preferred another summer […]

Airbourne @ Sonisphere Festival 2014
Airbourne @ Sonisphere Festival 2014

Airbourne. You either hate them because they “rip off AC/DC” or you love them because…well, because they’re just like AC/DC. I fall in to the latter category, although I think the only thing that remotely resembles that other band is the vocal stylings of Joel O’Keeffe, everything else is pure Airbourne baby. That aside the […]

Frank Turner @ Sonisphere Festival 2014
Frank Turner @ Sonisphere Festival 2014

There are few people out there doing what Frank Turner does and even fewer doing it well. Having moved on from his hardcore band Million Dead (although having recently started up again with Mongol Horde), Frank has carved out his niche in what is best described as Folk Rock and can regularly be seen at […]

Gojira @ Sonisphere Festival
Gojira @ Sonisphere Festival

As a university student, and like most of my kind, I am not one for this strange time zone that most people experience call morning. Anything before three in the afternoon is considered a “no go zone” and motoring skills do not tend to appear to be functioning until at least 12.30 on a good […]

The Lounge Kittens – Live @ Sonisphere 2014
The Lounge Kittens – Live @ Sonisphere 2014

The Internet is a truly wonderful thing. Many men have spent an evening alone… typing… clicking… playing… but I don’t personally play World of Warcraft. Another thing the internet is good for is uploading a music video you’ve made to an influential rock star who then gets you added to a major UK festival line […]

Anthrax @ Sonisphere Festival 2014
Anthrax @ Sonisphere Festival 2014

Anthrax never quite made it to the heady heights of the rest of The Big Four, but they still inspire a lot of love and devotion from metalheads and are a reliable festival band to this day. Having played the Bohemia Tent on Friday, performing their seminal 1987 album “Among The Living” in full and […]

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