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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 | 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 | 1 Comment

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

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 […]

By Danny O'Brien
November 13, 2014 | 4 Comments

Saxon Announce Warriors Of The Road 35 Year Anniversary Tour

Saxon Announce Warriors Of The Road 35 Year Anniversary Tour

NWOBHM legends Saxon embark on their ‘Warriors of The Road’ UK Tour on 30th November. The dates are celebrating their 35th Anniversary. The set list will feature tracks from what is known to the fans as ‘The Holy Trinity’ – Saxon’s seminal albums “Wheels of Steel”, “Strong Arm of the Law” and “Denim and Leather”. […]

By Danny O'Brien
November 13, 2014 | 3 Comments

Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution

Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution

Bass players take a lot of crap. Almost or more crap than drummers. For some reason, bass players and drummers seem to be the expendable pieces of a band. However, for many bands, the bass player is the anchor. There are the obvious choices; Geddy Lee, Dug Pinnick, Geezer Butler, Steve Harris. In death metal […]

By Wade Reitz
November 12, 2014 | 4 Comments

Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds

Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds

Taking a look back at “Unto The Locust” now it’s easy to see some of the missteps the band took on that album. Excluding the kids choir which is self explanatory, the album felt it was always second guessing itself, wondering if this was the right thing to do or whether to stretch this track […]

By Danny O'Brien
November 10, 2014 | 9 Comments

Horn Of The Rhino – Summoning Deliverance

Horn Of The Rhino – Summoning Deliverance

When it comes to sludge some of it can be bogged down by the vocals. Of course there are bands like Crowbar and Acid Bath whose vocals are there to do more than to pummel the audience into oblivion, but for every Dax Riggs there are thousands of front man just aping the style of […]

By Danny O'Brien
November 8, 2014 | 4 Comments

Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum

Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum

Just as one can be sure that the sun will rise in the east and set in the west, fans of extreme metal can depend upon the two-piece killing machine that is Anaal Nathrakh to awaken from their slumber every two years to unleash sonic hell. Whether it’s despair at the world we live in […]

By James Conway
November 8, 2014 | 7 Comments

Mariachi El Bronx – III

Mariachi El Bronx – III

As the title ”III” suggests this is the third album from hardcore band The Bronx‘s El Mariachi alter-ego. A project that for me has held greater interest as I have always enjoyed traditional mariachi music, whereas hardcore has seldom been my scene. However, as much as I enjoyed previous album “II” it left me wondering […]

By Chris Ball
November 7, 2014 | 2 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 […]

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 […]

Saxon Announce Warriors Of The Road 35 Year Anniversary Tour
Saxon Announce Warriors Of The Road 35 Year Anniversary Tour

NWOBHM legends Saxon embark on their ‘Warriors of The Road’ UK Tour on 30th November. The dates are celebrating their 35th Anniversary. The set list will feature tracks from what is known to the fans as ‘The Holy Trinity’ – Saxon’s seminal albums “Wheels of Steel”, “Strong Arm of the Law” and “Denim and Leather”. […]

Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution
Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution

Bass players take a lot of crap. Almost or more crap than drummers. For some reason, bass players and drummers seem to be the expendable pieces of a band. However, for many bands, the bass player is the anchor. There are the obvious choices; Geddy Lee, Dug Pinnick, Geezer Butler, Steve Harris. In death metal […]

Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds
Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds

Taking a look back at “Unto The Locust” now it’s easy to see some of the missteps the band took on that album. Excluding the kids choir which is self explanatory, the album felt it was always second guessing itself, wondering if this was the right thing to do or whether to stretch this track […]

Horn Of The Rhino – Summoning Deliverance
Horn Of The Rhino – Summoning Deliverance

When it comes to sludge some of it can be bogged down by the vocals. Of course there are bands like Crowbar and Acid Bath whose vocals are there to do more than to pummel the audience into oblivion, but for every Dax Riggs there are thousands of front man just aping the style of […]

Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum
Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum

Just as one can be sure that the sun will rise in the east and set in the west, fans of extreme metal can depend upon the two-piece killing machine that is Anaal Nathrakh to awaken from their slumber every two years to unleash sonic hell. Whether it’s despair at the world we live in […]

Mariachi El Bronx – III
Mariachi El Bronx – III

As the title ”III” suggests this is the third album from hardcore band The Bronx‘s El Mariachi alter-ego. A project that for me has held greater interest as I have always enjoyed traditional mariachi music, whereas hardcore has seldom been my scene. However, as much as I enjoyed previous album “II” it left me wondering […]

Pestilential Shadows – Ephemeral
Pestilential Shadows – Ephemeral

Australian black metal band Pestilential Shadows has been around since 2003. This year marks the release of their fifth full length album, “Ephemeral,” and it couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time of the year. The fun warm days of summer are no more, now replaced by Autumn. Although I’m new to the band, […]

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