Author: Jack McKeever

Kataklysm – Of Ghosts and Gods

Though melodic death metal seems to have had much of its cake and eaten it in 2015, the simultaneous returns of Carcass and At the Gates (the latter particularly varyingly received) recovered a sense that there was enough strength left in the scene’s best song-writers to deliver slabs of worthiness. Canadian quartet Kataklysm never quite garnered the same sort of status, but simmering beneath the initial wave of hype that saw both the aforementioned bands totally implode suited them just fine; they avoided back breaking pressure and trundled out some of the most solidly consistent Metal, and there’s much...

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Krisiun – Forged From Fury

To suggest that there’s a shortage in hard and true, purist Death Metal due to the ascension of the break-down, pig squeal favouring and (if we’re honest with ourselves) fairly watery sub-genre “deathcore” is exactly the kind of assertion made almost exclusive by members of the Bloodstock online chat forum. Dying Fetus opening the main stage at Download in 2014, Cannibal Corpse’s consistently cited press coverage (whether to positive or negative effect) and the return of Entombed and Carcass to the fully active mould are just a handful of many signs in the past two years that the vast...

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And So I Watch You From Afar – Heirs

It’s not always the case that the best music is music made with genuine enjoyment at its core, but that seems to be something that Belfast quartet And So I Watch You From Afar have made their trademark. Their 2009 self-titled debut came rumbling forth with post-rock as its cornerstone but added their joyful, hugely melodic flourish that established them as a rather singular entity. “Heirs,” their fourth LP, sees them continue with that vision in mind, expressing an often epic and sometimes diverse abandon along the way. Whether they’re attempting heavy, sucker-punching power or a sugary catchiness, “Heirs” is...

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