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Venom – From the Very Depths

Venom – From the Very Depths

There are few bands more important than Venom. Anyone with a passing interest in metal will know the tale of how three Geordie youngsters with a love of punk and an unhealthy appreciation for Dennis Wheatley novels created black metal single handedly with 1981’s “Welcome to Hell” and the following year’s “Black Metal” firmly establishing […]

By James Conway
January 29, 2015 | Comments

A Forest of Stars – Beware The Sword You Cannot See

A Forest of Stars – Beware The Sword You Cannot See

Ah, the great British eccentric, how we love them. We will accept all manner of outrageous behaviour and entertain all sorts of way-out ideas from the oddballs that we have decided to take to our hearts. I first heard of A Forest of Stars on this very site from James Conway‘s excellent review of their […]

By Chris Ball
January 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

Ginger Wildheart Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

Ginger Wildheart Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

ThisIsNotAScene‘s Steve Fallows sat down with iconic Wildhearts frontman Ginger Wildheart to discuss his Pledge campaign, his GASS fan club and what the future holds for the workaholic singer. First of all, congratulations on another hugely successful Pledge campaign. Despite the bizarre reactions of a few people online, did you expect such a huge response so […]

By Steve Fallows
January 27, 2015 | 8 Comments

Ingested – The Architect of Extinction

Ingested – The Architect of Extinction

Mancunian brutal death metal act Ingested’s last few years have not only seen them move away from the typically over the top, sexually violent lyricism of their early material (“Condemned to Rape”, “Anal Evisceration”, and “Intercranial Semen Injection” are now over half a decade old), but has seen them progress musically too. The deathcore-isms of […]

By Perran Helyes
January 26, 2015 | 5 Comments

Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

As one of his generation’s most notorious rock stars, Marilyn Manson spent a fair amount of time scaring conservative America, shifting bucketloads of records, selling out arenas and headlining festivals worldwide. As a result of this, every new album is preceded by a lot of hype and expectation as to whether it will live up […]

By Steve Fallows
January 25, 2015 | 3 Comments

The Jury and The Saints – The Jury and The Saints

The Jury and The Saints – The Jury and The Saints

Anthemic and cheerful. The debut, eponymous album by The Jury and The Saints is a joyful ride through the more buoyant side of punk. Slightly more an homage to the 2000s Americanised punk instead of the original British, gritty punk, it’s incredibly catchy and it’s clear that their penchant for enjoyable melodies will serve the band well in their […]

By Aidan Clucas
January 25, 2015 | 2 Comments

Ulver – Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997

Ulver – Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997

“Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997” (Bewitching Black Metal, if my somewhat poor Norwegian is correct) is a 5 disc retrospective of the early work of Norway’s Ulver, chronicling their so-called ‘black metal trilogie’. The band’s first 3 albums – “Bergtatt – Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler’, “Kveldssanger” and “Nattens Madrigal – Aatte Hymne til Ulven 1 Manden” […]

By Ian Girle
January 24, 2015 | 6 Comments

Forseen – Helsinki Savagery

Forseen – Helsinki Savagery

As much as some people want to ignore it, the whole ‘neo thrash renaissance’ machine rumbles ever onwards. Admittedly, I used to be sceptical about the whole thing as I feel that thrash was a whole movement that had ran out of ideas and hit a creative cul-de-sac. However, since doing some open minded research […]

By Mark Steele
January 22, 2015 | 12 Comments

Evisorax – Goodbye To The Feast… Welcome To The Famine

Evisorax – Goodbye To The Feast… Welcome To The Famine

With more than a decade of hate-fuelled noise behind them, Evisorax have returned with their latest chapter of violence with “Goodbye To The Feast… Welcome To The Famine”, which sees the three-piece really hit peak form. With members of Krokodil and Narcosis in their ranks, there is no doubt that any release from them will […]

By Steve Fallows
January 22, 2015 | 8 Comments

Sólstafir – Otta

Sólstafir – Otta

Sólstafir, I have to admit, are a recent discovery and has slipped my musical radar. Even an experienced metalhead such as myself can sometimes end up discovering a band very late in their life. While it seems that everybody else has apparently heard them for some considerable time I am late to the party. It happens really, […]

By Mark Steele
January 21, 2015 | 8 Comments

Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

Two decades on from their debut, Ireland’s premier merchants of Celtic catharsis don’t seem set to glide into the limelight and blow the minds of literally everybody like Behemoth did with “The Satanist” any time soon (the closest they’ve come being with 2007’s “To the Nameless Dead”), but amongst those in the know, a new […]

By Perran Helyes
January 20, 2015 | 19 Comments

Diablo Blvd – Follow the Deadlights

Diablo Blvd – Follow the Deadlights

Newly signed to Nuclear Blast Records on a worldwide deal, Diablo Blvd re-release their 3rd album, originally let loose in 2014, and in doing so create a little bit of Nuclear Blast history by becoming the first Belgium band on their books. A band that have been together for 10 years you would expect greater […]

By Andy Little
January 19, 2015 | 2 Comments

Child Bite – Strange Waste

Child Bite – Strange Waste

American four-piece Child Bite have been making their own brand of uneasy listening for nearly a decade now and this, their latest effort and second release for Housecore Records, adds to an already impressive catalogue. Coming across like the bastard son of The Jesus Lizard and Black Flag, the band specialize in short, quick, furious […]

By Steve Fallows
January 19, 2015 | 3 Comments

Sonic Mass Weekender – 20th/21st February – Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh

Sonic Mass Weekender – 20th/21st February – Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh

Pisschrist Promotions & Echoes and Dust present Sonic Mass Weekender – 20th/21st February – Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh “Some of us like riffs so much we not only want them to completely destroy our minds but but also conjure new worlds and let us explore them. Luckily, we’ve entered golden age of heavier bands becoming increasingly […]

By Myron Schmidt
January 19, 2015 | 3 Comments

Papa Roach – F.E.A.R.

Papa Roach – F.E.A.R.

Papa Roach have smashed it out of the park… FACT. “F.E.A.R.” is not only a blinding album, but it’s a showcase of how the band can progress and embrace moving forward without losing everything that makes them Papa Roach. All the key ingredients are there: insightful lyrics, killer Horton riffs, soaring choruses, infectious tunes and […]

By Mark Wrigley
January 18, 2015 | 2 Comments

Bowling For Soup – Songs People Actually Liked – Volume 1

Bowling For Soup – Songs People Actually Liked – Volume 1

Loads of bands release Greatest Hits collections (even Nickleback), and Bowling For Soup join that increasing list on January 26th with “Songs People Actually Liked – Volume One – The First Ten Years (1994 – 2003)”. You know what? It’s a great retrospective, loads of fun and it gives you exactly what it says on […]

By Mark Wrigley
January 17, 2015 | 3 Comments

Brant Bjork and The Low Desert Punk Band – Black Power Flower

Brant Bjork and The Low Desert Punk Band – Black Power Flower

Since leaving Kyuss (the seminal stoner rock band he co-founded back in 1994), Brant Bjork may have not been in the limelight as much as his former band mates, but he has maintained a healthy and prolific career with groups such The Bro’s, Vista Chino, Fu Manchu, Mondo Generator as well as appearances on The […]

By Steve Fallows
January 16, 2015 | 3 Comments

Cavalera Conspiracy – Pandemonium

Cavalera Conspiracy – Pandemonium

During the my early years listening to metal, building my collection and gig going, a new album or tour featuring Max Cavalera has seemingly never been far away, with his prolific work rate spread amongst several bands. Alas, over the last few years I haven’t paid as much attention as I used to, mainly due […]

By Steve Fallows
January 15, 2015 | Comments

Kreator, Arch Enemy, Shining & Marty Friedman @ Manchester Academy – December 29, 2014

Kreator, Arch Enemy, Shining & Marty Friedman @ Manchester Academy – December 29, 2014

As the cold air of the north batters the already frozen masses gathered outside for this incredibly early start, one would have to wonder whether the miserable conditions would take its toll on the audience eagerly waiting outside. However I could not have been more wrong as the masses in attendance give it their all […]

By Danny O'Brien
January 14, 2015 | 9 Comments

Behemoth, Decapitated, Grand Magus & Winterfylleth @ Birmingham Academy – December 12, 2014

Behemoth, Decapitated, Grand Magus & Winterfylleth @ Birmingham Academy – December 12, 2014

As the air conditioning helpfully blows cold air through a half empty hall on a freezing winter evening, it heralds the onslaught of Manchester’s finest – Winterfylleth. Greeted with a reassuringly loud reception as they open the bill, the venue slowly fills and the band tear through a brief set with conviction and precision. No […]

By Dewie
January 13, 2015 | 11 Comments

Venom – From the Very Depths
Venom – From the Very Depths

There are few bands more important than Venom. Anyone with a passing interest in metal will know the tale of how three Geordie youngsters with a love of punk and an unhealthy appreciation for Dennis Wheatley novels created black metal single handedly with 1981’s “Welcome to Hell” and the following year’s “Black Metal” firmly establishing […]

A Forest of Stars – Beware The Sword You Cannot See
A Forest of Stars – Beware The Sword You Cannot See

Ah, the great British eccentric, how we love them. We will accept all manner of outrageous behaviour and entertain all sorts of way-out ideas from the oddballs that we have decided to take to our hearts. I first heard of A Forest of Stars on this very site from James Conway‘s excellent review of their […]

Ginger Wildheart Talks With ThisIsNotAScene
Ginger Wildheart Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

ThisIsNotAScene‘s Steve Fallows sat down with iconic Wildhearts frontman Ginger Wildheart to discuss his Pledge campaign, his GASS fan club and what the future holds for the workaholic singer. First of all, congratulations on another hugely successful Pledge campaign. Despite the bizarre reactions of a few people online, did you expect such a huge response so […]

Ingested – The Architect of Extinction
Ingested – The Architect of Extinction

Mancunian brutal death metal act Ingested’s last few years have not only seen them move away from the typically over the top, sexually violent lyricism of their early material (“Condemned to Rape”, “Anal Evisceration”, and “Intercranial Semen Injection” are now over half a decade old), but has seen them progress musically too. The deathcore-isms of […]

Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor
Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

As one of his generation’s most notorious rock stars, Marilyn Manson spent a fair amount of time scaring conservative America, shifting bucketloads of records, selling out arenas and headlining festivals worldwide. As a result of this, every new album is preceded by a lot of hype and expectation as to whether it will live up […]

The Jury and The Saints – The Jury and The Saints
The Jury and The Saints – The Jury and The Saints

Anthemic and cheerful. The debut, eponymous album by The Jury and The Saints is a joyful ride through the more buoyant side of punk. Slightly more an homage to the 2000s Americanised punk instead of the original British, gritty punk, it’s incredibly catchy and it’s clear that their penchant for enjoyable melodies will serve the band well in their […]

Ulver – Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997
Ulver – Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997

“Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997” (Bewitching Black Metal, if my somewhat poor Norwegian is correct) is a 5 disc retrospective of the early work of Norway’s Ulver, chronicling their so-called ‘black metal trilogie’. The band’s first 3 albums – “Bergtatt – Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler’, “Kveldssanger” and “Nattens Madrigal – Aatte Hymne til Ulven 1 Manden” […]

Forseen – Helsinki Savagery
Forseen – Helsinki Savagery

As much as some people want to ignore it, the whole ‘neo thrash renaissance’ machine rumbles ever onwards. Admittedly, I used to be sceptical about the whole thing as I feel that thrash was a whole movement that had ran out of ideas and hit a creative cul-de-sac. However, since doing some open minded research […]

Evisorax – Goodbye To The Feast… Welcome To The Famine
Evisorax – Goodbye To The Feast… Welcome To The Famine

With more than a decade of hate-fuelled noise behind them, Evisorax have returned with their latest chapter of violence with “Goodbye To The Feast… Welcome To The Famine”, which sees the three-piece really hit peak form. With members of Krokodil and Narcosis in their ranks, there is no doubt that any release from them will […]

Sólstafir – Otta
Sólstafir – Otta

Sólstafir, I have to admit, are a recent discovery and has slipped my musical radar. Even an experienced metalhead such as myself can sometimes end up discovering a band very late in their life. While it seems that everybody else has apparently heard them for some considerable time I am late to the party. It happens really, […]

Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen
Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

Two decades on from their debut, Ireland’s premier merchants of Celtic catharsis don’t seem set to glide into the limelight and blow the minds of literally everybody like Behemoth did with “The Satanist” any time soon (the closest they’ve come being with 2007’s “To the Nameless Dead”), but amongst those in the know, a new […]

Diablo Blvd – Follow the Deadlights
Diablo Blvd – Follow the Deadlights

Newly signed to Nuclear Blast Records on a worldwide deal, Diablo Blvd re-release their 3rd album, originally let loose in 2014, and in doing so create a little bit of Nuclear Blast history by becoming the first Belgium band on their books. A band that have been together for 10 years you would expect greater […]

Child Bite – Strange Waste
Child Bite – Strange Waste

American four-piece Child Bite have been making their own brand of uneasy listening for nearly a decade now and this, their latest effort and second release for Housecore Records, adds to an already impressive catalogue. Coming across like the bastard son of The Jesus Lizard and Black Flag, the band specialize in short, quick, furious […]

Sonic Mass Weekender – 20th/21st February – Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh
Sonic Mass Weekender – 20th/21st February – Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh

Pisschrist Promotions & Echoes and Dust present Sonic Mass Weekender – 20th/21st February – Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh “Some of us like riffs so much we not only want them to completely destroy our minds but but also conjure new worlds and let us explore them. Luckily, we’ve entered golden age of heavier bands becoming increasingly […]

Papa Roach – F.E.A.R.
Papa Roach – F.E.A.R.

Papa Roach have smashed it out of the park… FACT. “F.E.A.R.” is not only a blinding album, but it’s a showcase of how the band can progress and embrace moving forward without losing everything that makes them Papa Roach. All the key ingredients are there: insightful lyrics, killer Horton riffs, soaring choruses, infectious tunes and […]

Bowling For Soup – Songs People Actually Liked – Volume 1
Bowling For Soup – Songs People Actually Liked – Volume 1

Loads of bands release Greatest Hits collections (even Nickleback), and Bowling For Soup join that increasing list on January 26th with “Songs People Actually Liked – Volume One – The First Ten Years (1994 – 2003)”. You know what? It’s a great retrospective, loads of fun and it gives you exactly what it says on […]

Brant Bjork and The Low Desert Punk Band – Black Power Flower
Brant Bjork and The Low Desert Punk Band – Black Power Flower

Since leaving Kyuss (the seminal stoner rock band he co-founded back in 1994), Brant Bjork may have not been in the limelight as much as his former band mates, but he has maintained a healthy and prolific career with groups such The Bro’s, Vista Chino, Fu Manchu, Mondo Generator as well as appearances on The […]

Cavalera Conspiracy – Pandemonium
Cavalera Conspiracy – Pandemonium

During the my early years listening to metal, building my collection and gig going, a new album or tour featuring Max Cavalera has seemingly never been far away, with his prolific work rate spread amongst several bands. Alas, over the last few years I haven’t paid as much attention as I used to, mainly due […]

Kreator, Arch Enemy, Shining & Marty Friedman @ Manchester Academy – December 29, 2014
Kreator, Arch Enemy, Shining & Marty Friedman @ Manchester Academy – December 29, 2014

As the cold air of the north batters the already frozen masses gathered outside for this incredibly early start, one would have to wonder whether the miserable conditions would take its toll on the audience eagerly waiting outside. However I could not have been more wrong as the masses in attendance give it their all […]

Behemoth, Decapitated, Grand Magus & Winterfylleth @ Birmingham Academy – December 12, 2014
Behemoth, Decapitated, Grand Magus & Winterfylleth @ Birmingham Academy – December 12, 2014

As the air conditioning helpfully blows cold air through a half empty hall on a freezing winter evening, it heralds the onslaught of Manchester’s finest – Winterfylleth. Greeted with a reassuringly loud reception as they open the bill, the venue slowly fills and the band tear through a brief set with conviction and precision. No […]

Skelethal- Interstellar Knowledge of the Purple Entity
Skelethal- Interstellar Knowledge of the Purple Entity

Wikipedia describes an EP as a musical recording that is more music than a single, but is usually too short to be a full-length album. With all that said, I love an EP that will grab my sometimes short attention span and by the end leave me crying for more. So, did Skelethal complete that […]

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