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Barren Earth- On Lonely Towers

Barren Earth- On Lonely Towers

Since my discovery in 2010 of the Finnish super-group Barren Earth, I’ve been amazed at what they’ve been able to accomplish in such a short time. The band has released two albums, “Curse of the Red River” and 2012’s “The Devil’s Resolve,” and both of them were so spectacular they made my “Top Ten Albums […]

By Patrick Thompson
March 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

Vivus Humare – Einkehr

Vivus Humare – Einkehr

So called black metal always seems to invoke a wide range emotions from the “purists” to the modern musicians and fans alike. Once a more Nordic style of music, over the years this style has transcended geographical boundaries with entries like Absu, Agalloch, Wolves in the Throne Room and Cobalt to name a few. As […]

By Myron Schmidt
March 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Answer – Raise A Little Hell

The Answer – Raise A Little Hell

It’s a sobering thought that The Answer are now in their 15th year. Their debut album “Rise” got them a considerable amount of praise, including newcomer of the year in one particular rock magazine. Listening to this, their 5th release, it’s quite clear they have tightened up their sound and songwriting for a more direct […]

By Andy Little
March 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

JJ Grey and Mofro @ 02 Academy Islington, March 18th 2015

JJ Grey and Mofro @ 02 Academy Islington, March 18th 2015

JJ Grey and Mofro are a septet southern rock fusion band from the sunshine state Florida. Merging Lynyrd Skynyrd style rock with a heavy dosage of funk, country and soul –  with Otis Reading and Jerry Reed notable influences. Currently on a world tour in support of their ninth album “Ol’ Glory”, they stopped off at the 02 […]

By Tom Thrower
March 24, 2015 | 3 Comments

Mammoth Mammoth – Vol. IV: Hammered Again

Mammoth Mammoth – Vol. IV: Hammered Again

I first encountered Mammoth Mammoth with the release of their previous album, 2013’s “Vol. III – Hell’s Likely”. And although admittedly it was the naked hippy chick on the front cover that first enticed me, the album ended up being in my top ten albums list for that year, not just because of the cover […]

By Chris Ward
March 24, 2015 | 5 Comments

Marmozets, Steak Number Eight & Thought Forms @ Manchester Academy 3 – February 23, 2015 [Live Photos]

Marmozets, Steak Number Eight & Thought Forms @ Manchester Academy 3 – February 23, 2015 [Live Photos]

Three bands. Three styles. A night of fun to be witnessed. Take a look at what TINAS has captured UK’s own Marmozets along with supports Steak Number Eight and Thought Forms on their sold out Manchester Academy 3 show! Marmozets On Facebook Steak Number Eight On Facebook Thought Forms On Facebook Photos by Sabrina Ramdoyal. […]

By Sabrina Ramdoyal
March 23, 2015 | 6 Comments

Yorblind – Blind…But Alive

Yorblind – Blind…But Alive

Metal is a language that spoken worldwide. That said you never know where the next cool band will come from. Enter Paris, France’s Yorblind. Obviously, there are many great metal bands from France, like Gojira (DUH!), Dagoba, Gorod, and Betraying the Martyrs, but this is my first exposure to Yorblind. Formed in Paris in late […]

By Wade Reitz
March 23, 2015 | 5 Comments

JB From Grand Magus Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

JB From Grand Magus Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

Backstage after a short but very well received set, Grand Magus sit sweaty and relaxed in their dressing room. Enigmatic frontman JB Christoffersson relaxeswith a bottle of Badger ale and sporting a beard that has braved many Swedish winters. He is relaxed, amiable and above all a true metalhead So…apart from the debacle with Ireland last […]

By Dewie
March 22, 2015 | 5 Comments

Leviathan – Scar Sighted

Leviathan – Scar Sighted

US black metal has gone from Scandinavia’s unwelcome runt sibling to being widely recognised as responsible for birthing some of the most beautiful, bestial and bizarre sounds in the genre. With Agalloch, Nachtmystium, Cobalt, Wolves In the Throne Room, Absu, and more recently acts like Liturgy and Deafheaven, USBM has a habit of pushing the […]

By Perran Helyes
March 21, 2015 | 5 Comments

Europe, Black Star Riders & The Amorettes @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – March 14, 2015

Europe, Black Star Riders & The Amorettes @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – March 14, 2015

There’s a certain crackle in the air tonight inside the Civic. Seems to be a lot of positivity coming from the assembled masses as the bald and bearded old timers (a group which includes this writer) mingle with the younger fashion victims to create a mixed crowd excited to catch two hard rock behemoths who […]

By Chris Ward
March 21, 2015 | 10 Comments

Frosthelm – The Endless Winter

Frosthelm – The Endless Winter

I suspect the most common phrase coming out of everyone’s mouths when they stepped through their front door this record- breaking winter was, “Damn, it’s cold outside.” So when I saw Frosthelm‘s debut full-length album was appropriately titled “Endless Winter,” I knew I had to review it. Frosthelm is a blackened-thrash band from Minot, North […]

By Patrick Thompson
March 20, 2015 | 4 Comments

Halestorm, Wilson – Nottingham Rock City – 3rd March 2015

Halestorm, Wilson – Nottingham Rock City – 3rd March 2015

Halestorm are quite possibly one of rock’s hottest properties right now, and with the new album “Into The Wild Life” hitting us on April 13th, Lzzy and her boys were eager to show Nottingham what they’ve got. It was up to us, TINAS Operatives, to get to Rock City early, grab a suitable vantage point, […]

By Mark Wrigley
March 20, 2015 | 3 Comments

Orion from Behemoth Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

Orion from Behemoth Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

Back in December, Behemoth brought “The Satanist” tour to the UK and Ireland. Shortly before hitting the stage in Birmingham, England, bass-meister Orion took time out to chat with Dewie, who began by asking about their return to the UK after a few years absence: We get a good reaction every time we come over […]

By Dewie
March 19, 2015 | 5 Comments

Corrosion Of Conformity @ Manchester Academy 2, March 7, 2015

Corrosion Of Conformity @ Manchester Academy 2, March 7, 2015

Pepper Keenan’s return to the Corrosion Of Conformity fold has generated a lot of interest and news over the past few months, so it was fitting that when they ventured out on their first tour with the classic ‘Deliverance’ line up in nearly fifteen years, that an eager and sold out Manchester crowd was waiting […]

By Steve Fallows
March 18, 2015 | 3 Comments

Enslaved – In Times

Enslaved – In Times

Often metal’s most interesting and unique bands aren’t those who claim to transcend it, but those who push boundaries from within. Artistic evolution and maturation that at the same time furthers and widens our very perception of what “metal” can really be, and not just almost, insultingly abandoning it as an immature art form. It’s […]

By Perran Helyes
March 18, 2015 | 6 Comments

The Midnight Ghost Train – Cold was the Ground

The Midnight Ghost Train – Cold was the Ground

There are a many reasons that generate musicians, and a band’s, drive and ambition like a love of music, a creative urge, or in some cases a rather big ego, which needs caressing. With guitarist and vocalist Steve Moss this urgent need to form The Midnight Ghost Train came from something much more deeper, and painful, […]

By Andy Little
March 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

Marduk, Belphegor, Bliss Of Flesh, Ethereal @ Manchester Academy 3

Marduk, Belphegor, Bliss Of Flesh, Ethereal @ Manchester Academy 3

An evening of ‘Christraping’ Black Metal is what we were promised, and one look at the line up backed up that most provocative of promises. Unfortunately due to a massive amount of traffic turning my one-hour journey into a three-hour marathon, I didn’t make it to the venue in time for opening act Ethereal. This […]

By Steve Fallows
March 16, 2015 | 1 Comment

Ashley Reaks – Before Koresh

Ashley Reaks – Before Koresh

Occasionally one hears an album and is immediately struck by the dexterity of the songwriting, music with a message, delivered, like a Trojan horse, amongst exquisitely constructed tunes.  “Before Koresh”, the seventh album from UK-based collage artist and musician Ashley Reaks, is one such album.  There is a sense from the opening bars of the […]

By John Toolan
March 16, 2015 | 8 Comments

Frankenstein Rooster – The Nerdvrotic Sounds’ Escape

Frankenstein Rooster – The Nerdvrotic Sounds’ Escape

The wonderfully titled “The Nerdvrotic Sounds’ Escape” is the second album by Italian duo Frankenstein Rooster. Brainchild of guitarist Rafaello Indri (Elvenking, Harduo) and drummer Camillo Colleluori (Hollow Haze) the band’s mission is to ‘contaminate the musical genres’, combining rock, metal, funk, jazz and a profoundly cinematic sensibility. The album is entirely instrumental, Frankenstein Rooster […]

By Ian Girle
March 15, 2015 | 1 Comment

Iris Divine – Karma Sown

Iris Divine – Karma Sown

It is amazing the resources we have to find new music these days. One resource that I use quite frequently is Bandcamp. I have discovered SO many great bands on Bandcamp, like White Walls, Intandem, Vanisher, and countless others. One such band is Iris Divine. Their first album, “Convergence,” was released on Bandcamp in 2011. […]

By Wade Reitz
March 14, 2015 | 6 Comments

Barren Earth- On Lonely Towers
Barren Earth- On Lonely Towers

Since my discovery in 2010 of the Finnish super-group Barren Earth, I’ve been amazed at what they’ve been able to accomplish in such a short time. The band has released two albums, “Curse of the Red River” and 2012’s “The Devil’s Resolve,” and both of them were so spectacular they made my “Top Ten Albums […]

Vivus Humare – Einkehr
Vivus Humare – Einkehr

So called black metal always seems to invoke a wide range emotions from the “purists” to the modern musicians and fans alike. Once a more Nordic style of music, over the years this style has transcended geographical boundaries with entries like Absu, Agalloch, Wolves in the Throne Room and Cobalt to name a few. As […]

The Answer – Raise A Little Hell
The Answer – Raise A Little Hell

It’s a sobering thought that The Answer are now in their 15th year. Their debut album “Rise” got them a considerable amount of praise, including newcomer of the year in one particular rock magazine. Listening to this, their 5th release, it’s quite clear they have tightened up their sound and songwriting for a more direct […]

JJ Grey and Mofro @ 02 Academy Islington, March 18th 2015
JJ Grey and Mofro @ 02 Academy Islington, March 18th 2015

JJ Grey and Mofro are a septet southern rock fusion band from the sunshine state Florida. Merging Lynyrd Skynyrd style rock with a heavy dosage of funk, country and soul –  with Otis Reading and Jerry Reed notable influences. Currently on a world tour in support of their ninth album “Ol’ Glory”, they stopped off at the 02 […]

Mammoth Mammoth – Vol. IV: Hammered Again
Mammoth Mammoth – Vol. IV: Hammered Again

I first encountered Mammoth Mammoth with the release of their previous album, 2013’s “Vol. III – Hell’s Likely”. And although admittedly it was the naked hippy chick on the front cover that first enticed me, the album ended up being in my top ten albums list for that year, not just because of the cover […]

Marmozets, Steak Number Eight & Thought Forms @ Manchester Academy 3 – February 23, 2015 [Live Photos]
Marmozets, Steak Number Eight & Thought Forms @ Manchester Academy 3 – February 23, 2015 [Live Photos]

Three bands. Three styles. A night of fun to be witnessed. Take a look at what TINAS has captured UK’s own Marmozets along with supports Steak Number Eight and Thought Forms on their sold out Manchester Academy 3 show! Marmozets On Facebook Steak Number Eight On Facebook Thought Forms On Facebook Photos by Sabrina Ramdoyal. […]

Yorblind – Blind…But Alive
Yorblind – Blind…But Alive

Metal is a language that spoken worldwide. That said you never know where the next cool band will come from. Enter Paris, France’s Yorblind. Obviously, there are many great metal bands from France, like Gojira (DUH!), Dagoba, Gorod, and Betraying the Martyrs, but this is my first exposure to Yorblind. Formed in Paris in late […]

JB From Grand Magus Talks To ThisIsNotAScene
JB From Grand Magus Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

Backstage after a short but very well received set, Grand Magus sit sweaty and relaxed in their dressing room. Enigmatic frontman JB Christoffersson relaxeswith a bottle of Badger ale and sporting a beard that has braved many Swedish winters. He is relaxed, amiable and above all a true metalhead So…apart from the debacle with Ireland last […]

Leviathan – Scar Sighted
Leviathan – Scar Sighted

US black metal has gone from Scandinavia’s unwelcome runt sibling to being widely recognised as responsible for birthing some of the most beautiful, bestial and bizarre sounds in the genre. With Agalloch, Nachtmystium, Cobalt, Wolves In the Throne Room, Absu, and more recently acts like Liturgy and Deafheaven, USBM has a habit of pushing the […]

Europe, Black Star Riders & The Amorettes @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – March 14, 2015
Europe, Black Star Riders & The Amorettes @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – March 14, 2015

There’s a certain crackle in the air tonight inside the Civic. Seems to be a lot of positivity coming from the assembled masses as the bald and bearded old timers (a group which includes this writer) mingle with the younger fashion victims to create a mixed crowd excited to catch two hard rock behemoths who […]

Frosthelm – The Endless Winter
Frosthelm – The Endless Winter

I suspect the most common phrase coming out of everyone’s mouths when they stepped through their front door this record- breaking winter was, “Damn, it’s cold outside.” So when I saw Frosthelm‘s debut full-length album was appropriately titled “Endless Winter,” I knew I had to review it. Frosthelm is a blackened-thrash band from Minot, North […]

Halestorm, Wilson – Nottingham Rock City – 3rd March 2015
Halestorm, Wilson – Nottingham Rock City – 3rd March 2015

Halestorm are quite possibly one of rock’s hottest properties right now, and with the new album “Into The Wild Life” hitting us on April 13th, Lzzy and her boys were eager to show Nottingham what they’ve got. It was up to us, TINAS Operatives, to get to Rock City early, grab a suitable vantage point, […]

Orion from Behemoth Talks To ThisIsNotAScene
Orion from Behemoth Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

Back in December, Behemoth brought “The Satanist” tour to the UK and Ireland. Shortly before hitting the stage in Birmingham, England, bass-meister Orion took time out to chat with Dewie, who began by asking about their return to the UK after a few years absence: We get a good reaction every time we come over […]

Corrosion Of Conformity @ Manchester Academy 2, March 7, 2015
Corrosion Of Conformity @ Manchester Academy 2, March 7, 2015

Pepper Keenan’s return to the Corrosion Of Conformity fold has generated a lot of interest and news over the past few months, so it was fitting that when they ventured out on their first tour with the classic ‘Deliverance’ line up in nearly fifteen years, that an eager and sold out Manchester crowd was waiting […]

Enslaved – In Times
Enslaved – In Times

Often metal’s most interesting and unique bands aren’t those who claim to transcend it, but those who push boundaries from within. Artistic evolution and maturation that at the same time furthers and widens our very perception of what “metal” can really be, and not just almost, insultingly abandoning it as an immature art form. It’s […]

The Midnight Ghost Train – Cold was the Ground
The Midnight Ghost Train – Cold was the Ground

There are a many reasons that generate musicians, and a band’s, drive and ambition like a love of music, a creative urge, or in some cases a rather big ego, which needs caressing. With guitarist and vocalist Steve Moss this urgent need to form The Midnight Ghost Train came from something much more deeper, and painful, […]

Marduk, Belphegor, Bliss Of Flesh, Ethereal @ Manchester Academy 3
Marduk, Belphegor, Bliss Of Flesh, Ethereal @ Manchester Academy 3

An evening of ‘Christraping’ Black Metal is what we were promised, and one look at the line up backed up that most provocative of promises. Unfortunately due to a massive amount of traffic turning my one-hour journey into a three-hour marathon, I didn’t make it to the venue in time for opening act Ethereal. This […]

Ashley Reaks – Before Koresh
Ashley Reaks – Before Koresh

Occasionally one hears an album and is immediately struck by the dexterity of the songwriting, music with a message, delivered, like a Trojan horse, amongst exquisitely constructed tunes.  “Before Koresh”, the seventh album from UK-based collage artist and musician Ashley Reaks, is one such album.  There is a sense from the opening bars of the […]

Frankenstein Rooster – The Nerdvrotic Sounds’ Escape
Frankenstein Rooster – The Nerdvrotic Sounds’ Escape

The wonderfully titled “The Nerdvrotic Sounds’ Escape” is the second album by Italian duo Frankenstein Rooster. Brainchild of guitarist Rafaello Indri (Elvenking, Harduo) and drummer Camillo Colleluori (Hollow Haze) the band’s mission is to ‘contaminate the musical genres’, combining rock, metal, funk, jazz and a profoundly cinematic sensibility. The album is entirely instrumental, Frankenstein Rooster […]

Iris Divine – Karma Sown
Iris Divine – Karma Sown

It is amazing the resources we have to find new music these days. One resource that I use quite frequently is Bandcamp. I have discovered SO many great bands on Bandcamp, like White Walls, Intandem, Vanisher, and countless others. One such band is Iris Divine. Their first album, “Convergence,” was released on Bandcamp in 2011. […]

Milk White Throat – Death of Beauty
Milk White Throat – Death of Beauty

Milk White Throat are a bunch of Brighton-based musicians who have been around the block in various other local bands and who have now come together to record this, their debut album. As far as I know none of the members have much of a previous recorded history so “Death of Beauty” is very much […]

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