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Riwen – Riwen EP

Riwen – Riwen EP

Having ascended to the peak of the post-metal league with the peerless Cult Of Luna as well as creating several stunning albums with the more tempered and melodic Khoma, one wonders what’s next for the unbridled talent that is Johannes Persson. Whilst I and countless others were no doubt hoping for more of the same […]

By Dewie
October 31, 2014 | 3 Comments

Rancid – Honor Is All We Know

Rancid – Honor Is All We Know

Over two decades into their illustrious career, punk rock icons Rancid have produced their fair share of frantic punk albums packed with anthems. From “And Out Come The Wolves” to “Let’s Go” and “Life Won’t Wait” as well as the unfairly maligned “Indestructible”, the bands back catalogue speaks for itself. Most band’s discographies will show […]

By Danny O'Brien
October 30, 2014 | 4 Comments

Evil Scarecrow – Galactic Hunt

Evil Scarecrow – Galactic Hunt

Some people would argue there are more than enough “comedy” metal bands and that we don’t need any more. The power of the riff has, over the years, been combined with deliberately silly lyrics and blatantly daft wigs by the likes of Bad News, Spinal Tap, Steel Panther and Bring Me The Horizon. Sadly there is only […]

By Dewie
October 30, 2014 | 14 Comments

In Flames, While She Sleeps & Wovenwar @ The Ritz, Manchester – October 16, 2014

In Flames, While She Sleeps & Wovenwar @ The Ritz, Manchester – October 16, 2014

It feels like forever since In Flames have been over to these shores. The last time the band was here was in 2011 behind “Sounds of a Playground Fading”. After the band pulled out of their Download Festival slot earlier this year, it seemed like we’d have to wait until 2015 to get a glimpse […]

By Sabrina Ramdoyal
October 29, 2014 | 9 Comments

Sister Sin – Black Lotus

Sister Sin – Black Lotus

The other day, a social network buddy of mine tagged me in a picture of the first twenty songs off his iPod on shuffle. I reciprocated the list with one of my own. I felt pretty good about my list. I usually have a fairly good variance of new and old stuff on my Zune. […]

By Wade Reitz
October 29, 2014 | 6 Comments

Today is the Day – Animal Mother

Today is the Day – Animal Mother

After a 19 year career in which they attempted to make themselves as musically unpalatable as possible, the release of “Pain is a Warning” in 2011 seemed to suggest that Nashville, Tennessee noisecore miscreants Today is the Day were ready to embrace the mainstream. Abandoning the avant-garde noise freakouts of their early material in favour […]

By James Conway
October 28, 2014 | 4 Comments

MONO – The Last Dawn/Rays of Darkness

MONO – The Last Dawn/Rays of Darkness

Tokyo four-piece MONO, have been playing and releasing instrumental rock music for fifteen years now, although these two albums, released simultaneously on Pelagic Records are my first exposure to them. They are companion pieces and continue the bands mission to create music exploring the feelings of sorrow and joy, with ”The Last Dawn” the lighter set and […]

By Chris Ball
October 28, 2014 | 4 Comments

Primus – Primus & The Chocolate Factory with Fungi Ensemble

Primus – Primus & The Chocolate Factory with Fungi Ensemble

Even before you push play on “Primus & The Chocolate Factory”, the mere idea of its existence should convey the sheer bat shit craziness of what is about to be unleashed. Reviewing this as a Primus album is pretty much out of the window from the start as a menagerie of xylophones, marimba’s and other wacky (wackier […]

By Danny O'Brien
October 27, 2014 | 4 Comments

Damnation Festival 2014: Terrorizer Stage Preview

Damnation Festival 2014: Terrorizer Stage Preview

The Terrorizer Stage showcases the values of Damnation Festival to a tee, a selection of the best of the UK scene with mixed with legends and other bands from around the world. This year opens with brutal gore metallers Amputated (1:00 – 1:30pm). They headlined a show in Liverpool at the beginning of the year and […]

By Steve Fallows
October 27, 2014 | 3 Comments

Soen – Tellurian

Soen – Tellurian

Since I am a drummer, albeit not necessarily a good one, when I listen to music, the drums and the drummer are one of the first things I pick up on. Like other musicians with their chosen instrument, I enjoy listening to some particular players. Martin Lopez is one of those drummers.  Born in Sweden […]

By Wade Reitz
October 26, 2014 | 12 Comments

Damnation Festival 2014: Eyesore Merch Stage Preview

Damnation Festival 2014: Eyesore Merch Stage Preview

This years Eyesore Merch stage offers something very different to each of the other stages, with an emphasis on progressive and more experimental bands rather than all out brutality. Opening with Bast (1:30 – 2:00pm), who seem to be appearing on a hell of a lot of tours and festival bills recently and this shows […]

By Steve Fallows
October 26, 2014 | Comments

Exodus – Blood In Blood Out

Exodus – Blood In Blood Out

The second reformation of Exodus continues apace with the release of ”Blood In Blood Out” on Nuclear Blast and the return of Steve ‘Zetro’ Sousa on vocals. Rob Dukes is probably hard done by, but I got into Exodus circa ”Pleasures of the Flesh” and “Fabulous Disaster” so for me his maniacal growl is the […]

By Chris Ball
October 25, 2014 | 3 Comments

Foo Fighters Stream ‘The Feast And The Famine’

Foo Fighters Stream ‘The Feast And The Famine’

Foo Fighters stream the second song to come from their upcoming album “Sonic Highways”. The track ‘The Feast And The Famine’ comes from the bands eighth studio album which is scheduled for release via Roswell Records/Columbia Records on 10th November was recorded in Virginia as part of the bands “Foo Fighters Sonic Highways” TV series. […]

By Danny O'Brien
October 25, 2014 | 3 Comments

Damnation Festival 2014: PHD Stage Preview

Damnation Festival 2014: PHD Stage Preview

Damnation Festival 2014 is finally upon us and once again there is a plethora of amazing acts from across the pallet of all things brutal, crushing and occasionally despicably heavy. Like last year the PHD will be showcasing the best in the slow, heavy and downright horrid world of Damnation and will hopefully be held […]

By Danny O'Brien
October 25, 2014 | 5 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 […]

By Chris Ball
October 24, 2014 | 3 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 | 6 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 | 4 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 | 7 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 | 8 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

Riwen – Riwen EP
Riwen – Riwen EP

Having ascended to the peak of the post-metal league with the peerless Cult Of Luna as well as creating several stunning albums with the more tempered and melodic Khoma, one wonders what’s next for the unbridled talent that is Johannes Persson. Whilst I and countless others were no doubt hoping for more of the same […]

Rancid – Honor Is All We Know
Rancid – Honor Is All We Know

Over two decades into their illustrious career, punk rock icons Rancid have produced their fair share of frantic punk albums packed with anthems. From “And Out Come The Wolves” to “Let’s Go” and “Life Won’t Wait” as well as the unfairly maligned “Indestructible”, the bands back catalogue speaks for itself. Most band’s discographies will show […]

Evil Scarecrow – Galactic Hunt
Evil Scarecrow – Galactic Hunt

Some people would argue there are more than enough “comedy” metal bands and that we don’t need any more. The power of the riff has, over the years, been combined with deliberately silly lyrics and blatantly daft wigs by the likes of Bad News, Spinal Tap, Steel Panther and Bring Me The Horizon. Sadly there is only […]

In Flames, While She Sleeps & Wovenwar @ The Ritz, Manchester – October 16, 2014
In Flames, While She Sleeps & Wovenwar @ The Ritz, Manchester – October 16, 2014

It feels like forever since In Flames have been over to these shores. The last time the band was here was in 2011 behind “Sounds of a Playground Fading”. After the band pulled out of their Download Festival slot earlier this year, it seemed like we’d have to wait until 2015 to get a glimpse […]

Sister Sin – Black Lotus
Sister Sin – Black Lotus

The other day, a social network buddy of mine tagged me in a picture of the first twenty songs off his iPod on shuffle. I reciprocated the list with one of my own. I felt pretty good about my list. I usually have a fairly good variance of new and old stuff on my Zune. […]

Today is the Day – Animal Mother
Today is the Day – Animal Mother

After a 19 year career in which they attempted to make themselves as musically unpalatable as possible, the release of “Pain is a Warning” in 2011 seemed to suggest that Nashville, Tennessee noisecore miscreants Today is the Day were ready to embrace the mainstream. Abandoning the avant-garde noise freakouts of their early material in favour […]

MONO – The Last Dawn/Rays of Darkness
MONO – The Last Dawn/Rays of Darkness

Tokyo four-piece MONO, have been playing and releasing instrumental rock music for fifteen years now, although these two albums, released simultaneously on Pelagic Records are my first exposure to them. They are companion pieces and continue the bands mission to create music exploring the feelings of sorrow and joy, with ”The Last Dawn” the lighter set and […]

Primus – Primus & The Chocolate Factory with Fungi Ensemble
Primus – Primus & The Chocolate Factory with Fungi Ensemble

Even before you push play on “Primus & The Chocolate Factory”, the mere idea of its existence should convey the sheer bat shit craziness of what is about to be unleashed. Reviewing this as a Primus album is pretty much out of the window from the start as a menagerie of xylophones, marimba’s and other wacky (wackier […]

Damnation Festival 2014: Terrorizer Stage Preview
Damnation Festival 2014: Terrorizer Stage Preview

The Terrorizer Stage showcases the values of Damnation Festival to a tee, a selection of the best of the UK scene with mixed with legends and other bands from around the world. This year opens with brutal gore metallers Amputated (1:00 – 1:30pm). They headlined a show in Liverpool at the beginning of the year and […]

Soen – Tellurian
Soen – Tellurian

Since I am a drummer, albeit not necessarily a good one, when I listen to music, the drums and the drummer are one of the first things I pick up on. Like other musicians with their chosen instrument, I enjoy listening to some particular players. Martin Lopez is one of those drummers.  Born in Sweden […]

Damnation Festival 2014: Eyesore Merch Stage Preview
Damnation Festival 2014: Eyesore Merch Stage Preview

This years Eyesore Merch stage offers something very different to each of the other stages, with an emphasis on progressive and more experimental bands rather than all out brutality. Opening with Bast (1:30 – 2:00pm), who seem to be appearing on a hell of a lot of tours and festival bills recently and this shows […]

Exodus – Blood In Blood Out
Exodus – Blood In Blood Out

The second reformation of Exodus continues apace with the release of ”Blood In Blood Out” on Nuclear Blast and the return of Steve ‘Zetro’ Sousa on vocals. Rob Dukes is probably hard done by, but I got into Exodus circa ”Pleasures of the Flesh” and “Fabulous Disaster” so for me his maniacal growl is the […]

Foo Fighters Stream ‘The Feast And The Famine’
Foo Fighters Stream ‘The Feast And The Famine’

Foo Fighters stream the second song to come from their upcoming album “Sonic Highways”. The track ‘The Feast And The Famine’ comes from the bands eighth studio album which is scheduled for release via Roswell Records/Columbia Records on 10th November was recorded in Virginia as part of the bands “Foo Fighters Sonic Highways” TV series. […]

Damnation Festival 2014: PHD Stage Preview
Damnation Festival 2014: PHD Stage Preview

Damnation Festival 2014 is finally upon us and once again there is a plethora of amazing acts from across the pallet of all things brutal, crushing and occasionally despicably heavy. Like last year the PHD will be showcasing the best in the slow, heavy and downright horrid world of Damnation and will hopefully be held […]

…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 […]

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