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Winterfylleth @ Damnation Festival 2014

Winterfylleth @ Damnation Festival 2014

Returning to the scene of their triumphant set at Damnation Festival 2012, Winterfylleth arrived on the back of a new album, a slew of excellent reviews and a packed Terrorizer Stage eager to see one of the brightest (or maybe that should be darkest) lights of the British Back Metal scene. While short, festival sets […]

By Steve Fallows
November 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

Bolt Thrower @ Damnation Festival 2014

Bolt Thrower @ Damnation Festival 2014

The organisers at Damnation Festival seem to pull off some seriously good headliners every year. Over the last few years artists as varied as Carcass and Devin Townsend have closed the day on the Jägermeister Stage to almost unanimous approval (some people just like to moan). This year was no different with the mighty Bolt […]

By Steve Fallows
November 25, 2014 | 4 Comments

The Hate Colony – Navigate

The Hate Colony – Navigate

A Norwegian metal album and not a glimpse of corpsepaint in sight – who’d have thought it? “Navigate” is the second album from metalcore heavyweights The Hate Colony, following on from 2011’s well-received “Dead or Victorious”, and if nothing else proves that this band have a lot of angst and the ability to let it […]

By Chris Ward
November 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

Job For A Cowboy – Sun Eater

Job For A Cowboy – Sun Eater

The evolution of a band is an interesting thing. Some bands barely evolve, like AC/DC. Some take leaps and bounds from album to album, like The Contortionist. Others, it’s a smoother more gradual process. Take Job for a Cowboy for instance. Formed in Glendale, Arizona in 2003, their first incarnation was more of a deathcore […]

By Wade Reitz
November 24, 2014 | 3 Comments

Damnation Festival 2014 Review

Damnation Festival 2014 Review

As the gloom falls across Leeds it is once again time for the annual northern gathering of all things brutal, crushing and sometimes unlistenable, yes once again it is time for Damnation Festival. Celebrating its ten year anniversary, Damnation Festival 2014 proved to live up to such an occasion supplying an excellent array of varied […]

By Danny O'Brien
November 24, 2014 | 6 Comments

Cannibal Corpse @ Damnation Festival 2014

Cannibal Corpse @ Damnation Festival 2014

Buffalo death metal legends, Cannibal Corpse, rounded off the day at a packed Terrorizer Stage (with a fair amount of people unable to get in) and showed exactly why there was he rush to see the band that have been at the top of their scene for nearly 25 years. Setting a feverish pace right […]

By Steve Fallows
November 23, 2014 | 4 Comments

Crobot – Something Supernatural

Crobot – Something Supernatural

There is no doubting Pottsville, Pennsylvania’s Crobot’s work ethic. They have been touring extensively since their emergence with the likes of Clutch, The Sword and have been added to the Volbeat and Anthrax North American tour in 2015. This is their debut album and it features all four tracks from their first EP and is […]

By Andy Little
November 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

He Whose Ox Is Gored – Rumors

He Whose Ox Is Gored – Rumors

Seattle’s He Whose Ox Is Gored are one those bands who don’t sound anything like you’d imagine from their chosen name. It conjures high brow death metal to me, but they are, well, I’m not sure what they are and I’m not sure the band have exactly figured it out either. They describe their sound […]

By Chris Ball
November 22, 2014 | 3 Comments

Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil talks with ThisIsNotAScene

Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil talks with ThisIsNotAScene

On a chilly autumn evening under the light of a full moon ThisIsNotAScene clambered aboard the Lacuna Coil tour bus and hunkered down on the spacious sofas to catch up with Cristina Scabbia, one half the band’s vocal power, about the bands hectic touring schedule, changing faces in the line up, eating habits while on […]

By Ro
November 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

Old Lines – No Child Left Behind

Old Lines – No Child Left Behind

While the hardcore scene remains locked in an ever decreasing spiral of recycled riffs, manufactured aggression and plastic political slogans, it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. One band who did manage to rise above the mediocre was Baltimore, Maryland’s Pulling Teeth who released a selection of boisterous yet quirky albums/EP’s and […]

By James Conway
November 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

Dope Body – Lifer

Dope Body – Lifer

“Lifer” is the second album by Baltimore’s Dope Body on the deeply interesting and culturally significant Drag City label. If you’re familiar with Drag City you’ll know they’re home to a lot of cool bands, notably in the 90’s (and for the purposes of this review) bands like Royal Trux and Make Up. It’s a smart signifier […]

By Chris Ball
November 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Kerbdog – Congregation

Kerbdog – Congregation

The nineties were a great period for British rock. On the back of the success of the likes of Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses, rock music started to get some serious airtime on TV and radio, and subsequently there was a new generation of British and Irish bands that got a lot of publicity and they […]

By Steve Fallows
November 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Vanderbuyst – At The Crack Of Dawn

Vanderbuyst – At The Crack Of Dawn

As soon as Jochem Jonkman delivers the priceless opening couplet of ‘A little make-up and a push up bra, high heels to make her legs look tall’ on the classily titled ‘Girl In Heat’, you pretty much know Dutch hard rockers Vanderbuyst aren’t exactly out to scale new heights of intellectual greatness. And that’s fine; […]

By Marcus Jervis
November 19, 2014 | 2 Comments

Triggerman – Origins, Lost Travellers & Rock n’ Roll Heaven

Triggerman – Origins, Lost Travellers & Rock n’ Roll Heaven

Firstly, an apology to all concerned: releases by Derry riff masters Triggerman have a habit of falling down the back of the digital sofa here at TINAS Towers. We were a little late bringing you news of their last fantastic mini album “Hail to the River Gods” and I’ve been meaning to give this 3 […]

By Chris Ball
November 18, 2014 | 7 Comments

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire

The return of Godflesh has undoubtedly been one of my highlights of 2014. 13 long years had passed since ‘Hymns’ was unleashed before they came to a messy end, and although playing various festivals over the past few years since reuniting, no new material had seen the light of day until the ‘Decline & Fall’ […]

By Steve Fallows
November 17, 2014 | 4 Comments

Wizard Rifle – Here in the Deadlights

Wizard Rifle – Here in the Deadlights

My attraction at first to Portland, Oregon’s Wizard Rifle is due to their influences Black Sabbath, Sonic Youth and Lightning Bolt as stated on their website. My thinking was whatever the outcome this isn’t going to be boring or predictable. My instincts are completely right. A former duo they have now expanded into a three-piece […]

By Andy Little
November 16, 2014 | 4 Comments

Dune – Aurora Majesty

Dune – Aurora Majesty

You ever have one of those albums where so much is going on it takes multiple listens to uncover what they have to offer, and, you still know there is more. The new EP from UK’s own Dune, “Aurora Majesty”, is just one of those type of albums. This is the follow up to their […]

By Myron Schmidt
November 15, 2014 | 9 Comments

Bullet – Storm Of Blades

Bullet – Storm Of Blades

Men with a penchant for beard-stroking and blowing smoke up their own ass will try hard to convince you that heavy metal is a darkly cerebral art form, its relics and icons curated by wizards in Hogwarts. It might be true of Yes, but Yes aren’t heavy metal are they? Heavy metal is essentially pretty […]

By Marcus Jervis
November 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

Blueneck – King Nine

Blueneck – King Nine

“King Nine,” from Blueneck, is some hybrid of post-rock soundscapes and pop melodies. Where the self indulgences of musics deeper, wider and more interesting prospects lie the combination of catchy melodies turns this release closer to the progressive rock likeness of Porcupine Tree or The Pineapple Thief, minus heavier guitars. ‘Counting Out’ is enough to go on to make […]

By Aidan Clucas
November 14, 2014 | 4 Comments

Haken, Leprous & Maschine @ The Garage, London – October 23, 2014

Haken, Leprous & Maschine @ The Garage, London – October 23, 2014

It’s difficult to think of a better lineup than this trio for those who love their music heavy, technical and progressive. From the outset The Garage is respectably packed with punters of all ages. Clearly there is an appetite for muso-centric instrumental proficiency beyond the realms of jazz and traditional prog. First on the bill […]

By Chris McGarel
November 13, 2014 | 5 Comments

Winterfylleth @ Damnation Festival 2014
Winterfylleth @ Damnation Festival 2014

Returning to the scene of their triumphant set at Damnation Festival 2012, Winterfylleth arrived on the back of a new album, a slew of excellent reviews and a packed Terrorizer Stage eager to see one of the brightest (or maybe that should be darkest) lights of the British Back Metal scene. While short, festival sets […]

Bolt Thrower @ Damnation Festival 2014
Bolt Thrower @ Damnation Festival 2014

The organisers at Damnation Festival seem to pull off some seriously good headliners every year. Over the last few years artists as varied as Carcass and Devin Townsend have closed the day on the Jägermeister Stage to almost unanimous approval (some people just like to moan). This year was no different with the mighty Bolt […]

The Hate Colony – Navigate
The Hate Colony – Navigate

A Norwegian metal album and not a glimpse of corpsepaint in sight – who’d have thought it? “Navigate” is the second album from metalcore heavyweights The Hate Colony, following on from 2011’s well-received “Dead or Victorious”, and if nothing else proves that this band have a lot of angst and the ability to let it […]

Job For A Cowboy – Sun Eater
Job For A Cowboy – Sun Eater

The evolution of a band is an interesting thing. Some bands barely evolve, like AC/DC. Some take leaps and bounds from album to album, like The Contortionist. Others, it’s a smoother more gradual process. Take Job for a Cowboy for instance. Formed in Glendale, Arizona in 2003, their first incarnation was more of a deathcore […]

Damnation Festival 2014 Review
Damnation Festival 2014 Review

As the gloom falls across Leeds it is once again time for the annual northern gathering of all things brutal, crushing and sometimes unlistenable, yes once again it is time for Damnation Festival. Celebrating its ten year anniversary, Damnation Festival 2014 proved to live up to such an occasion supplying an excellent array of varied […]

Cannibal Corpse @ Damnation Festival 2014
Cannibal Corpse @ Damnation Festival 2014

Buffalo death metal legends, Cannibal Corpse, rounded off the day at a packed Terrorizer Stage (with a fair amount of people unable to get in) and showed exactly why there was he rush to see the band that have been at the top of their scene for nearly 25 years. Setting a feverish pace right […]

Crobot – Something Supernatural
Crobot – Something Supernatural

There is no doubting Pottsville, Pennsylvania’s Crobot’s work ethic. They have been touring extensively since their emergence with the likes of Clutch, The Sword and have been added to the Volbeat and Anthrax North American tour in 2015. This is their debut album and it features all four tracks from their first EP and is […]

He Whose Ox Is Gored – Rumors
He Whose Ox Is Gored – Rumors

Seattle’s He Whose Ox Is Gored are one those bands who don’t sound anything like you’d imagine from their chosen name. It conjures high brow death metal to me, but they are, well, I’m not sure what they are and I’m not sure the band have exactly figured it out either. They describe their sound […]

Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil talks with ThisIsNotAScene
Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil talks with ThisIsNotAScene

On a chilly autumn evening under the light of a full moon ThisIsNotAScene clambered aboard the Lacuna Coil tour bus and hunkered down on the spacious sofas to catch up with Cristina Scabbia, one half the band’s vocal power, about the bands hectic touring schedule, changing faces in the line up, eating habits while on […]

Old Lines – No Child Left Behind
Old Lines – No Child Left Behind

While the hardcore scene remains locked in an ever decreasing spiral of recycled riffs, manufactured aggression and plastic political slogans, it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. One band who did manage to rise above the mediocre was Baltimore, Maryland’s Pulling Teeth who released a selection of boisterous yet quirky albums/EP’s and […]

Dope Body – Lifer
Dope Body – Lifer

“Lifer” is the second album by Baltimore’s Dope Body on the deeply interesting and culturally significant Drag City label. If you’re familiar with Drag City you’ll know they’re home to a lot of cool bands, notably in the 90’s (and for the purposes of this review) bands like Royal Trux and Make Up. It’s a smart signifier […]

Kerbdog – Congregation
Kerbdog – Congregation

The nineties were a great period for British rock. On the back of the success of the likes of Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses, rock music started to get some serious airtime on TV and radio, and subsequently there was a new generation of British and Irish bands that got a lot of publicity and they […]

Vanderbuyst – At The Crack Of Dawn
Vanderbuyst – At The Crack Of Dawn

As soon as Jochem Jonkman delivers the priceless opening couplet of ‘A little make-up and a push up bra, high heels to make her legs look tall’ on the classily titled ‘Girl In Heat’, you pretty much know Dutch hard rockers Vanderbuyst aren’t exactly out to scale new heights of intellectual greatness. And that’s fine; […]

Triggerman – Origins, Lost Travellers & Rock n’ Roll Heaven
Triggerman – Origins, Lost Travellers & Rock n’ Roll Heaven

Firstly, an apology to all concerned: releases by Derry riff masters Triggerman have a habit of falling down the back of the digital sofa here at TINAS Towers. We were a little late bringing you news of their last fantastic mini album “Hail to the River Gods” and I’ve been meaning to give this 3 […]

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire
Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire

The return of Godflesh has undoubtedly been one of my highlights of 2014. 13 long years had passed since ‘Hymns’ was unleashed before they came to a messy end, and although playing various festivals over the past few years since reuniting, no new material had seen the light of day until the ‘Decline & Fall’ […]

Wizard Rifle – Here in the Deadlights
Wizard Rifle – Here in the Deadlights

My attraction at first to Portland, Oregon’s Wizard Rifle is due to their influences Black Sabbath, Sonic Youth and Lightning Bolt as stated on their website. My thinking was whatever the outcome this isn’t going to be boring or predictable. My instincts are completely right. A former duo they have now expanded into a three-piece […]

Dune – Aurora Majesty
Dune – Aurora Majesty

You ever have one of those albums where so much is going on it takes multiple listens to uncover what they have to offer, and, you still know there is more. The new EP from UK’s own Dune, “Aurora Majesty”, is just one of those type of albums. This is the follow up to their […]

Bullet – Storm Of Blades
Bullet – Storm Of Blades

Men with a penchant for beard-stroking and blowing smoke up their own ass will try hard to convince you that heavy metal is a darkly cerebral art form, its relics and icons curated by wizards in Hogwarts. It might be true of Yes, but Yes aren’t heavy metal are they? Heavy metal is essentially pretty […]

Blueneck – King Nine
Blueneck – King Nine

“King Nine,” from Blueneck, is some hybrid of post-rock soundscapes and pop melodies. Where the self indulgences of musics deeper, wider and more interesting prospects lie the combination of catchy melodies turns this release closer to the progressive rock likeness of Porcupine Tree or The Pineapple Thief, minus heavier guitars. ‘Counting Out’ is enough to go on to make […]

Haken, Leprous & Maschine @ The Garage, London – October 23, 2014
Haken, Leprous & Maschine @ The Garage, London – October 23, 2014

It’s difficult to think of a better lineup than this trio for those who love their music heavy, technical and progressive. From the outset The Garage is respectably packed with punters of all ages. Clearly there is an appetite for muso-centric instrumental proficiency beyond the realms of jazz and traditional prog. First on the bill […]

Amon Amarth @ Bloodstock 2014
Bloodstock 2015 Adds More Names

Bloodstock Festival 2015 just got a whole lot bigger with the addition of three more names. British stoner mob Orange Goblin will return to Bloodstock on the main stage and will be bringing all their riffs and old school heavy metal swagger with them. They will be joined by Norweigan Black Metal heavyweights 1349, featuring […]

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