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Monster Magnet & Bombus @ The Electric Ballroom, London – February 15, 2015

Monster Magnet & Bombus @ The Electric Ballroom, London – February 15, 2015

A cold Sunday night in February may not be the best setting for a night of rocktastic excess but any party thrown by Dave Wyndorf is worth attending, and so I arrive at the Electric Ballroom full of hope and expectation – just in time to catch the entrance of four crazy Swede’s… Bombus? I don’t […]

By Chris Ball
February 26, 2015 | Comments

Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.

In sport they say ‘form is temporary, class is permanent.’ It doesn’t just apply to sport, Steven Wilson is not at the peak moment in his life where everything he writes is good, it is merely who he is; a genius song-crafter and weaver of dreams. “Hand. Cannot. Erase.” is his latest offering to the […]

By Aidan Clucas
February 25, 2015 | 3 Comments

Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct

Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct

Despite forever being known as “That band who is Thin Lizzy but not,” Black Star Riders have not let that stop them from perusing their own path, recording their own material and saying no to becoming just another old band going through the greatest hits night after night, with anything post 1979 being met with […]

By Danny O'Brien
February 24, 2015 | 3 Comments

H.E.A.T – Live In London

H.E.A.T – Live In London

With the loss of their singer after their first two albums, H.E.A.T might have worried their rapid rise would falter, especially as Kenny Leckremo had an incredible range and a soaring voice that sprawled all over those bombastic choruses. Recruiting the young (24 when he joined the band) and relatively inexperienced Erik Grönwall (winner of Swedish […]

By Dewie
February 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

American – Coping With Loss

American – Coping With Loss

There are many things that can bring two reclusive humans together who are usually a fair distance apart; be it family ties, sex, a wrong turn off the highway into an area with no cell phone reception to call a tow truck when your engine dies or in the case of American, a partner to […]

By Christine Hager
February 23, 2015 | Comments

Marduk – Frontschwein

Marduk – Frontschwein

Marduk are a band that came out of the, now infamous, Second Wave of Black Metal, of the early – 90’s. Swedish, not Norwegian, but were, nonetheless, Euronymous approved, back in the days when he was the inner-circle, taste-maker and indeed, still on this mortal coil. To be into their 25th year and still putting […]

By Ben Timpson
February 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

Ensiferum – One Man Army

Ensiferum – One Man Army

Folk metal might be viewed as a troll-slaying, ale-chugging gimmick of a genre by the uninitiated, but with a dedicated following and more diversity than the range of facial hair at a festival, it repeatedly churns out some of the most exhilarating stuff found in heavy music. Finland’s Ensiferum, nearly a decade and a half […]

By Perran Helyes
February 22, 2015 | 8 Comments

Periphery – Juggernaut: Alpha & Juggernaut: Omega

Periphery – Juggernaut: Alpha & Juggernaut: Omega

Music can be a story. A song can be a story in itself. Sometimes it takes more than one song to tell the story; enter the concept album. Many artists have created them (Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Green Day, The Who, Rush, Genesis, King Diamond, Voivod, Queensryche, Dream Theater), some have even made a career […]

By Wade Reitz
February 21, 2015 | 5 Comments

Primordial, Winterfylleth, Portrait, and Malthusian @ O2 Academy Islington, London – February 7, 2015

Primordial, Winterfylleth, Portrait, and Malthusian @ O2 Academy Islington, London – February 7, 2015

Those who made it down to Islington’s O2 Academy for tonight’s bizarrely early 5pm start are rewarded greatly. Malthusian only have one demo until their belt, but still manage to open up proceedings beautifully. Sharing a homeland with the headliner, they’re undoubtedly the most extreme band on the bill and they prove it with a […]

By Perran Helyes
February 20, 2015 | 10 Comments

Arroganz – Tod & Teuful

Arroganz – Tod & Teuful

Get ready people, Germany’s black/death metal band, Arroganz, is here to destroy everything in their path with their third full- length album, “Tod & Teuful”, which translated to English means Death and the Devil. Arroganz is a mysterious death metal trio consisting of K (vocals/bass), T (drums) and P (guitar) who have been around since […]

By Patrick Thompson
February 20, 2015 | 1 Comment

Negru from Negură Bunget Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

Negru from Negură Bunget Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

With their newest release “Tau” on the horizon and some truly important metal releases in their history, I decided to try to catch up with Negură Bunget and talk about line up changes and the future. Negru was gracious enough to chat with me about how things are in the Negură Bunget camp. There has been […]

By Mark Steele
February 19, 2015 | 3 Comments

Saxon – Heavy Metal Thunder

Saxon – Heavy Metal Thunder

This year brings a reissue of NWOBHM heroes Saxon’s “Heavy Metal Thunder”, initially released back in 2002 with the then current line-up re-recording a handful of their most iconic and best tunes from the early portion of their discography. Other than the initial shaking of the head at yet another Saxon release going by the […]

By Perran Helyes
February 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Deathtrip – Deep Drone Master

The Deathtrip – Deep Drone Master

So, picture the scenario – You’re heavily into your Black Metal, you know all the most important, and highest quality, releases. You hear that a band, featuring ex-members of Thorns, have released their debut album. Not only that, but it has been mixed by none other than Snorre Ruch, himself, the mastermind behind that solitary […]

By Ben Timpson
February 18, 2015 | 2 Comments

Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel

Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel

It’s incredible to think that nearly three years have elapsed since the release of the début album by Ne Obliviscaris. It honestly feels like last week that I reviewed “Portal Of I”, and it is still an album that I play every so often on my travels, or at home on my hi-fi. Which, for […]

By Mark Steele
February 18, 2015 | 7 Comments

Lord Dying – Poisoned Altars

Lord Dying – Poisoned Altars

Happy New Year 2015!! 2014 was a year that gave my ears so many memorable albums, so I have high hopes that this new year can keep the ball rolling. The first new album I’ve listened to in January is “Poisoned Altars,” the second album release from Portland, Oregon’s Lord Dying. The band consists of […]

By Patrick Thompson
February 17, 2015 | 5 Comments

Bloodtruth – Obedience

Bloodtruth – Obedience

Originally formed as a side project for Fleshgod Apocalypse members Francesco Paoli and Paolo Rossi, along with Stefano Rossi Ciucci, Bloodtruth have recently followed up their early promo and single with “Obedience”, their debut full-length album. A 10-track fusion of early ’90s death metal with a technical side that gives their sound a more modern […]

By Steve Fallows
February 17, 2015 | 4 Comments

36 Crazyfists – Time and Trauma

36 Crazyfists – Time and Trauma

Okay people, I have to make a confession here. Despite being dismissed for (apparently) primarily liking death/black metal genres and trad goth styles only – I have a secret passion for early metalcore which exploded into the scene in the early 2000s. With good reason, as it spelled the end of nu metal – a […]

By Mark Steele
February 16, 2015 | 14 Comments

Extreme – II: Pornograffiti (Deluxe Edition)

Extreme – II: Pornograffiti (Deluxe Edition)

1990 may well have been the start of a new decade for the all-conquering rock scene of the time, but it also marked the beginning of the end for that particular period. This was a simpler time, when Kerrang! was readable from cover to cover, before Metallica brought out “The Black Album”, before Nirvana took […]

By Steve Fallows
February 16, 2015 | 3 Comments

Interview: Tom G. Warrior Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

Interview: Tom G. Warrior Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

On a cold December night Triptykon, At The Gates and Morbus Chron rolled into Birmingham, England to treat the locals to a lesson in no frills metal. Before the show, enigmatic frontman Tom G spent half an hour chatting with our very own Dewie about music, art and more… _____________ Stepping onto the enormous tour […]

By Dewie
February 15, 2015 | 26 Comments

Negură Bunget – Tau

Negură Bunget – Tau

Incredible as it may seem, it has been 5 years since Negură Bunget last made an album. To me, it honestly feels as if it was 5 minutes ago, and a lot of beer has gone under the bridge since the release of “Vîrstele pămîntului”, their previous album. For those not in the know, they’re […]

By Mark Steele
February 15, 2015 | 7 Comments

Monster Magnet & Bombus @ The Electric Ballroom, London – February 15, 2015
Monster Magnet & Bombus @ The Electric Ballroom, London – February 15, 2015

A cold Sunday night in February may not be the best setting for a night of rocktastic excess but any party thrown by Dave Wyndorf is worth attending, and so I arrive at the Electric Ballroom full of hope and expectation – just in time to catch the entrance of four crazy Swede’s… Bombus? I don’t […]

Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.

In sport they say ‘form is temporary, class is permanent.’ It doesn’t just apply to sport, Steven Wilson is not at the peak moment in his life where everything he writes is good, it is merely who he is; a genius song-crafter and weaver of dreams. “Hand. Cannot. Erase.” is his latest offering to the […]

Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct
Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct

Despite forever being known as “That band who is Thin Lizzy but not,” Black Star Riders have not let that stop them from perusing their own path, recording their own material and saying no to becoming just another old band going through the greatest hits night after night, with anything post 1979 being met with […]

H.E.A.T – Live In London
H.E.A.T – Live In London

With the loss of their singer after their first two albums, H.E.A.T might have worried their rapid rise would falter, especially as Kenny Leckremo had an incredible range and a soaring voice that sprawled all over those bombastic choruses. Recruiting the young (24 when he joined the band) and relatively inexperienced Erik Grönwall (winner of Swedish […]

American – Coping With Loss
American – Coping With Loss

There are many things that can bring two reclusive humans together who are usually a fair distance apart; be it family ties, sex, a wrong turn off the highway into an area with no cell phone reception to call a tow truck when your engine dies or in the case of American, a partner to […]

Marduk – Frontschwein
Marduk – Frontschwein

Marduk are a band that came out of the, now infamous, Second Wave of Black Metal, of the early – 90’s. Swedish, not Norwegian, but were, nonetheless, Euronymous approved, back in the days when he was the inner-circle, taste-maker and indeed, still on this mortal coil. To be into their 25th year and still putting […]

Ensiferum – One Man Army
Ensiferum – One Man Army

Folk metal might be viewed as a troll-slaying, ale-chugging gimmick of a genre by the uninitiated, but with a dedicated following and more diversity than the range of facial hair at a festival, it repeatedly churns out some of the most exhilarating stuff found in heavy music. Finland’s Ensiferum, nearly a decade and a half […]

Periphery – Juggernaut: Alpha & Juggernaut: Omega
Periphery – Juggernaut: Alpha & Juggernaut: Omega

Music can be a story. A song can be a story in itself. Sometimes it takes more than one song to tell the story; enter the concept album. Many artists have created them (Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Green Day, The Who, Rush, Genesis, King Diamond, Voivod, Queensryche, Dream Theater), some have even made a career […]

Primordial, Winterfylleth, Portrait, and Malthusian @ O2 Academy Islington, London – February 7, 2015
Primordial, Winterfylleth, Portrait, and Malthusian @ O2 Academy Islington, London – February 7, 2015

Those who made it down to Islington’s O2 Academy for tonight’s bizarrely early 5pm start are rewarded greatly. Malthusian only have one demo until their belt, but still manage to open up proceedings beautifully. Sharing a homeland with the headliner, they’re undoubtedly the most extreme band on the bill and they prove it with a […]

Arroganz – Tod & Teuful
Arroganz – Tod & Teuful

Get ready people, Germany’s black/death metal band, Arroganz, is here to destroy everything in their path with their third full- length album, “Tod & Teuful”, which translated to English means Death and the Devil. Arroganz is a mysterious death metal trio consisting of K (vocals/bass), T (drums) and P (guitar) who have been around since […]

Negru from Negură Bunget Talks With ThisIsNotAScene
Negru from Negură Bunget Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

With their newest release “Tau” on the horizon and some truly important metal releases in their history, I decided to try to catch up with Negură Bunget and talk about line up changes and the future. Negru was gracious enough to chat with me about how things are in the Negură Bunget camp. There has been […]

Saxon – Heavy Metal Thunder
Saxon – Heavy Metal Thunder

This year brings a reissue of NWOBHM heroes Saxon’s “Heavy Metal Thunder”, initially released back in 2002 with the then current line-up re-recording a handful of their most iconic and best tunes from the early portion of their discography. Other than the initial shaking of the head at yet another Saxon release going by the […]

The Deathtrip – Deep Drone Master
The Deathtrip – Deep Drone Master

So, picture the scenario – You’re heavily into your Black Metal, you know all the most important, and highest quality, releases. You hear that a band, featuring ex-members of Thorns, have released their debut album. Not only that, but it has been mixed by none other than Snorre Ruch, himself, the mastermind behind that solitary […]

Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel
Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel

It’s incredible to think that nearly three years have elapsed since the release of the début album by Ne Obliviscaris. It honestly feels like last week that I reviewed “Portal Of I”, and it is still an album that I play every so often on my travels, or at home on my hi-fi. Which, for […]

Lord Dying – Poisoned Altars
Lord Dying – Poisoned Altars

Happy New Year 2015!! 2014 was a year that gave my ears so many memorable albums, so I have high hopes that this new year can keep the ball rolling. The first new album I’ve listened to in January is “Poisoned Altars,” the second album release from Portland, Oregon’s Lord Dying. The band consists of […]

Bloodtruth – Obedience
Bloodtruth – Obedience

Originally formed as a side project for Fleshgod Apocalypse members Francesco Paoli and Paolo Rossi, along with Stefano Rossi Ciucci, Bloodtruth have recently followed up their early promo and single with “Obedience”, their debut full-length album. A 10-track fusion of early ’90s death metal with a technical side that gives their sound a more modern […]

36 Crazyfists – Time and Trauma
36 Crazyfists – Time and Trauma

Okay people, I have to make a confession here. Despite being dismissed for (apparently) primarily liking death/black metal genres and trad goth styles only – I have a secret passion for early metalcore which exploded into the scene in the early 2000s. With good reason, as it spelled the end of nu metal – a […]

Extreme – II: Pornograffiti (Deluxe Edition)
Extreme – II: Pornograffiti (Deluxe Edition)

1990 may well have been the start of a new decade for the all-conquering rock scene of the time, but it also marked the beginning of the end for that particular period. This was a simpler time, when Kerrang! was readable from cover to cover, before Metallica brought out “The Black Album”, before Nirvana took […]

Interview: Tom G. Warrior Talks To ThisIsNotAScene
Interview: Tom G. Warrior Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

On a cold December night Triptykon, At The Gates and Morbus Chron rolled into Birmingham, England to treat the locals to a lesson in no frills metal. Before the show, enigmatic frontman Tom G spent half an hour chatting with our very own Dewie about music, art and more… _____________ Stepping onto the enormous tour […]

Negură Bunget – Tau
Negură Bunget – Tau

Incredible as it may seem, it has been 5 years since Negură Bunget last made an album. To me, it honestly feels as if it was 5 minutes ago, and a lot of beer has gone under the bridge since the release of “Vîrstele pămîntului”, their previous album. For those not in the know, they’re […]

Profane and the Sacred – Chapter 1: A Long Time Coming
Profane and the Sacred – Chapter 1: A Long Time Coming

There is always room for a new Stoner Rock band in my view, world, and indeed, collection. So, having the fortunate opportunity to hear Profane and the Sacred, a new London based outfit, whose self-confessed influences are Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity, Down, Crowbar, Karma to Burn, Black Sabbath, Free and Led Zeppelin, fills me with […]

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