Author: Pete RingMaster

I Killed The Prom Queen – Beloved

 The first release in six years from Australian metalcore band I Killed The Prom Queen, new album “Beloved“ roars and seduces with craft and imagination whilst providing a colourful canvas to get the thoughts and emotions engaged with. In many ways it continues in similar vein to previous release “Music For The Recently Deceased” and like their last album “Beloved” ebbs and flows in success, at times inspiring with incendiary moments and in others being an underwhelming proposition. It is though, an enjoyable confrontation, occasionally a captivating one, but never one to set any major fires burning in the...

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October File – The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair – An Introspective of the Human Condition

“The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair – An Introspective of the Human Condition” maybe a mouthful in name but it matches its epic wording with a sound just as imposing. The fourth album from UK metallers October File is a tempestuous adventure casting voracious riffs, rabid rhythms, and virulently addictive grooves into a riveting confrontation of highly flavoursome and predacious enterprise. Since their opening provocation “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People” EP in 2004, the London based quartet has been a predominantly thrilling provocation for ears and thoughts but as the band enters their second...

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Hecate Enthroned – Virulent Rapture

Nine years since their last album “Redimus”, British blackened death metallers Hecate Enthroned return with a new album in the insidiously creative shape of “Virulent Rapture”. Coated in the darkest imposing intensity brought by the Liverpool sextet to date and stretching their persistently vindictive imagination and craft into a compelling sonic ravishing, the band’s fifth full-length is a captivating and fearsome provocation. The Crank Music Group released album has not evolved in sound and adventure as maybe expected in reference to previous releases and also lacks the potency and spark to consistently fire up the passions, but when it does...

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We As Human – We As Human

It has to be said that I have a little bit of a soft spot for the likes of Three Days Grace, Thousand Foot Krutch, Sick Puppies, Nonpoint, and Skillet, so it is probably not a surprise that the debut album from US Christian hard rock band We As Human left a very satisfying and flavoursome taste in the ear. The Nashville quintet sit right amongst that group of artists, their sound and album offering nothing which is unheard from those comparisons and at times is an echo of their triumphs, but there is something ridiculously addictive and vibrant...

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Mammoth Grinder – Underworlds

The quartet of years between previous album “Extinction of Humanity” and new release “Underworlds” has certainly not diminished the fury and vitriolic intent of Texans Mammoth Grinder. Their new album “Underworlds” is a barbarous ferocity which assassinates any thoughts of peace and tranquility from its very first savage second through to the last ravenous moment, provoking thoughts and emotions along the way to either join or try to evade its malicious intent, though escape is not an option. The third album from the Austin based band, it brings another adjustment in the sound of Mammoth Grinder though also in...

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