Author: Mark Steele

The Danse Society – Reincarnated

Incredible as it may seem, the whole ‘Goth’ music scene is still a thing – that didn’t end at some point in 1991 along with Sisters of Mercy’s ‘Vision Thing’ album. Okay, it may have splintered off into the much divisive industrial based ‘Cybergoth’ (EBM) genres that are primarily synthesiser based which bare a passing resemblance to dance music; but that would be splitting crimped hairs. Either way, the Goth music world may have noisy guitars, drums and vocals – just like Metal – but that’s strictly where it ends. Use Google and let your fingers do the walking....

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Alright The Captain – Contact Fix

I decided on taking a bit of a challenge reviewing this album by Alright The Captain. As a reviewer, if can often become far too easy to cherry pick what styles of music you wish to review; in my case I tend to look out for extreme metal and I make no apologies for that as it’s one of my favourite genres. I do love other forms of rocks, but the extreme end of the spectrum is really my specialist subject matter. Alright The Captain initially tripped a whole tonne of alarm flags for me. Notably, when I tried...

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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 some considerable changes in your line up since the release of the previous album “Vîrstele Pamîntului“. Who is now in the band, how did you meet them and what do they do? Our current line-up is: Tibor Kati – vocals / guitars, Adrian Neagoe...

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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 a new band is good going in my book when it remains within the upper tiers of my play lists. I see many things come and go, and I often become quite cynical and jaded. Therefore, it’s good to see a band that reignites...

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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 genre that for the most part I disliked. A time when Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Chimaira, Lamb of God ruled the roost, finally putting a nail in the coffin of nu metal. A time when metal (as far as I was concerned) got its...

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