Author: Chris Tippell

Aborted Fetus – Private Judgement Day

In death metal circles, bands that dub themselves as the ‘Slam’ variety are not exactly noted for their innovation or their diversity. Usually such bands have quite the rigid formula which, bar some exceptions of course, shows no veering off of or going against the grain. Not necessarily a problem if you can make sure that you’re writing strong, even grin-inducing, songs (step forward the likes of Devourment and Pathology); a factor that apparently Aborted Fetus did not bother with. “Private Judgement Day” sees the Russians following the same path that their two previous albums trod before with so...

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Morgue Orgy – The Last Man On Earth

If there is one thing that can be said of Birmingham’s Morgue Orgy it’s that they don’t take themselves all too seriously. The somewhat comedic moniker is evidence enough (and the now infamous dildos), cemented further by jesting song titles of the likes of ‘The Last Of The Summer’s Wine’ and ‘It Lurks Beneath!!!’, which also showcase a love for horror films. Where other bands may hide behind such a zany humour as a shield from their poor ability, Morgue Orgy fortunately back their quirkiness up with ferocious yet still melodic and near accessible breed of death metal. A...

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Theater Of The Absurd – The Myth Of Sisyphus

With their debut album, Theater Of The Absurd were looking to do something a little differently, wanting to create music that tapped into the melodic and inventive side of prog rock along with a sense of extremity and intensity. “The Myth Of Sisyphus” unquestionably shows both these polar opposites at play with a sense of the theatrical, yet more so hints at their true potential. As can be expected by a band with such a daring vision, “The Myth Of Sisyphus” is brimming with ideas and proves rather unpredictable in pace, which at times shows boldness, at others comes across...

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Bear Talks With ThisIsNotAScene

Chris Tippell gets the chance to catch up with Bear and talk band and their new release “Noumenom”. Lets see what the Bear has to say… For the uninitiated, how would you describe your sound? Who were your main influences? We have been called a Converge and Meshuggah love child. Without overly sounding like one of those bands you can hear their influence on our music. Of course Dillinger is up there as well. As we all like more ‘techy’ stuff too, we feel most tech bands miss a raw/aggressive side which we like to bring to the table....

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Powerwolf – Preachers Of The Night

Metal music is often thought of for its inherent sense of melancholy, bleakness and darkness by outsiders to the genre (in some cases with good reason, My Dying Bride anyone?); a viewpoint that completely overlooks bands on the flipside of the coin; those who seem to shit out anthems that make you want to pump your fist and roar with a massive grin. German power metallers Powerwolf prove themselves worthy flag bearers of this categorisation with their latest effort. With its tongue in cheek moniker and assuredly OTT lyrical content, “Preachers Of The Night” sees them continuing with the...

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