We Had a Sunday Session With Heidevolk
29th May 2017, 18:28
Posted by Chris

There are only two things that come to mind when one mentions Heidevolk – beer and grunting. We did both of those things, choosing the Dutchman’s live performance over a traditional Sunday roast.

Solstafir Tap Into The Atmosphere With Berdreyminn
26th May 2017, 10:30
Posted by Tristan

Somewhat late to the party on this one, Solstafir have been a band I, foolishly, haven’t been acquainted with. Missing their previous record, the critically acclaimed Otta, I was somewhat behind with the times. Not knowing truly what I was in for I was greeted with the throaty sounds, nuanced melodies put together meticulously to form an atmosphere. Similar to the first taking in of breath in the stillness of the morning, the record is a beautiful exercise in fragility.

What Have Alestorm And Pirates of The Caribbean Got In Common?
24th May 2017, 16:45
Posted by Tristan

Set to hit cinemas this week, the brand new chapter in the series,  Pirates of The Caribbean : Dead Men Tell No Tales will be unleashed, conveniently at exactly the same time as the brand new Alestorm album No Grave But The Sea. I delved into the depths to see what the two might have had in common…

Napalm Death’s Barney Greenway Talks Apex Predator Theresa May And Fighting On The Side Of The Easy Meat
23rd May 2017, 11:30
Posted by Tristan

Aside from the truly horrific tragedy that has befallen Manchester last night, people all over the country are, quite rightly, talking about the importance of the upcoming snap election. Known for their socio-political commentary it’s no secret that Napalm Death are somewhat opposed to any type of ruling. 

Soundargens, Audioslaves and Rock : Five Ways That Chris Cornell Was A Rock God
18th May 2017, 11:42
Posted by Tristan

No doubt many of you will have heard the sad news that singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, Chris Cornell passed away sadly yesterday. At the age of 52 it’s a huge surprise and shock to the Metal community so we thought the least we could do was remind everyone of just how influential a man he was. 

Man Is The Warmest Place To Hide According To Broken Hope
17th May 2017, 10:31
Posted by Tristan

Returning from their slumber after their record Omen of Disease, Broken Hope have announced their brand new album Mutilated and Assimilated and their first track to premiere will appeal to Kurt Russel no doubt, that’s right my friends Broken Hope went full Carpenter and unleashed “Mutilated And Assimilated” to echo The Thing. 

Reaching Into Infinity…and Beyond! How Dragonforce Have Evolved On Their New Album
15th May 2017, 09:00
Posted by Chris

You’ve probably heard of Dragonforce. They are that really fast band with that song that was near impossible to conquer on Guitar Hero. While that was arguably the point that shot the band on to the mainstream, the band in the current day are seemingly wanting to do more to leave their mark in metal as the band that wrote those great songs, not just the video game band. We spoke to guitarist Herman Li and vocalist Marc Hudson about how Dragonforce have evolved on their upcoming album, ‘Reaching Into Infinity‘.

Damnation Festival Is Shaping Up To Be Something Special
12th May 2017, 14:02
Posted by Tristan

Could this years Damnation be their most eclectic yet?

Could The Black Cauldron Be The Most Metal Disney Movie Ever?
9th May 2017, 11:39
Posted by Tristan

As a Metalhead, no doubt all of you will face the day to day struggle of finding the most Metal thing. Whatever it be, any form of subgenre, we as Metalhead’s seem to have an innate want to turn it into something that will be as Metal as possible. With this in mind, I set about to find the most Metal Disney film of all time and I think I found it. 

At The Drive In’s in-ter-a-li-a Commanding Relationship Among Other Things
5th May 2017, 13:00
Posted by Tristan

Seventeen years since their groundbreaking Relationship of Command was released, visionaries At The Drive In return at last with their brand new album in-ter-a-li-a. Reforming for a performance at California festival, come Topshop catwalk that is Coachelle back in 2012, the influential Post-Hardcore team banded together for the first time since their 2000 break up.

Ten Years Later – 3 Inches of Blood’s Fire Up The Blades
28th May 2017, 13:00
Posted by Tristan

After the first instalment in a new series celebrating a records ten year anniversary this year, we saw the diabolical conjuring of Dimmu Borgir’s In Sorte Diaboli. Now we turn our steely gaze to the Canadian genius that was 3 Inches of Blood‘s Fire Up The Blades.

Album Review: Alestorm – No Grave But The Sea
26th May 2017, 07:17
Posted by Chris

Alestorm are always full of piratey goodness, but it’s been the same old song for quite a while now. Are the band running it’s course? Are pirates getting boring? We review the new album ‘No Grave But the Sea‘.

Decrepit Birth Have At Last Announced Their New Record
24th May 2017, 09:30
Posted by Tristan

Underdogs in the Death Metal arena, Decrepit Birth have finally announced their brand new album Axis Mundi will be released on July 24th and here’s why you should all care.

My Cat Chooses His Favourite Vinyl
20th May 2017, 13:01
Posted by Tristan

For those who might not know, I (Tristan) have a little deaf cat called Rupert, who is actually into Metal it seems…

Wrap Your Head Around Dying Fetus’ Brand New Video
17th May 2017, 18:18
Posted by Tristan

Having already premiered their debut single “Fixated on Devastation“, Dying Fetus have shown that their new hand, Wrong One To Fuck With, is still able to reside amongst the top of their releases. Now the band bring their second track into the Metal world with a delightfully deranged twist.

John Frum’s A Stirring In The Noos – Theoretical Death Metal
16th May 2017, 14:04
Posted by Tristan

For those thinking that Death Metal is consistent with the stereotype of the hulking Metalhead who says “Brutal” after every syllable, wears baggy camo pants and drinks until he passes out, this is for you. Welcome John Frum, with a combined resume the band consist of members from The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Faceless and John Zorn to name a few. Like Gorguts, progenitors of the theoretical movement making Death Metal some of the most complex music to mould your cranium around, John Frum don’t only exhibit their technical capability but bring a unique, psychedelic element of the spiritual into the equation, a stirring in the noos if you will.

AFI Make Their London Live Resurgence
15th May 2017, 07:00
Posted by Chris

It was never going to be an easy gig for A Fire Inside (“AFI”) as they performed tonight in London to a mostly sold-out Deftones show at Alexandra Palace in North London. The Californian alternative rockers were playing their first show in London since 2010’s Crash Love Tour in support of their January 2017 self-titled release (also known as the ‘Blood’ album).

The Haunted Are No Longer Ghosts As We Sit Down With Marco Aro
11th May 2017, 11:03
Posted by Tristan

As infamous saying goes, “Expect the unexpected”. Sharing this sentiment throughout their time as a band, The Haunted, a Swedish export of the highest calibre, have always had a a hint of turning things on their head. Now in the cold light of day that is 2017 their situation is very much different to their mid 00’s status. The reality of being in a band in 2017 is often perhaps not quite as glamorous as one might think. However, it does teach you a helpful life lesson to understand the sheer amount of work the hallowed “Roadie” goes through night after night. On the final night of their tour with Swedish demigods Meshuggah, The Haunted’s Marco Aro was able to spare a little bit of time to answer some questions about the band and their brand new album.

Steven Wilson Announces To The Bone
9th May 2017, 10:54
Posted by Tristan

 The enigmatic genius that is Steven Wilson has finally broken the silence surrounding his brand new fifth album. Titled To The Bone the record is set for an August 18th release and the first via Caroline International. Well at least he gave everyone else a chance at Album of the year.

Full of Hell : Trumpeting Ecstacy And Championing Suffering
5th May 2017, 10:25
Posted by Tristan

To the untrained ear, Full of Hell would be all the ingredients necessary to put together the most unlistenable of songs. At first glance the band might sound like a run of the mill Grindcore band, yet as the filth thickens, there is actually an indelible amount of variety in this noisey foursome. Having pumped out split EP’s until the cows come home at last, we’re treated to a feature length of their unbridled cacophony.

The Faceless Are Screwed
26th May 2017, 13:45
Posted by Tristan

Notorious for being unreliable, this time, The Faceless may well have taken the biscuit. Previously cancelling an entire Australian tour support slot with The Black Dahlia Murder, without letting fans know The Faceless screwed up. Now they’ve done it again and I think this is it.

Biters Nod To The Past In The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be
25th May 2017, 10:37
Posted by Tristan

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Very much a mentality that could be applied to more than a few bands but rather than put it down to complacency, some are just brilliant at what they do. Following on from their debut record, Electric Blood, Biters have seen their popularity simply soar. Having had spots on prestigious tours the world over, the Atlantan bunch return for their second helping of Rock ‘n’ Roll that is The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be.

Could Will To Power Be Arch Enemy’s Most Important Release To Date?
23rd May 2017, 13:00
Posted by Tristan

Announcing yesterday that the band have finished their work on brand new album Will To Power, we see why this could be one of the bands most exciting releases yet. 

Why Costin Chioreanu Is Carach Angren’s Secret Weapon
19th May 2017, 10:16
Posted by Tristan

Before the release of their 2015 effort This Is No Fairytale, I couldn’t have cared less for the fast growing Dutch Symphonic Black Metal band. Having heard their name thrown around in differing circles, people were indeed talking. Convenient for my discovering of them as they released a brand new lyric video for “There’s No Place Like Home“. However it wasn’t just any old lyric video, created by renown artist Costin Chioreanu, the video was more than just a lyric video. Bringing this morbid tale to life entirely and it had me absolutely hooked.

Understanding In The Passing Light of Day With Daniel Gildenlow
17th May 2017, 11:43
Posted by Tristan

Mainstays in the Progressive category, Pain of Salvation have been somewhat absent from the Prog arena for a while, however 2017 has broken their temporary silence with the release of their brand new album In The Passing Light of Day. As with almost Pain of Salvation records, there lies a concept. Particularly close to home, the new album aims to convey the emotions that are allied with the idea of acceptance of your own mortality.

Electric Ballroom Could Just About Stand The Wrath of Napalm Death
16th May 2017, 09:56
Posted by Tristan

Known for being one of the most sonically destructive forces in Metal, Napalm Death are among the fiercest of the elite. Originators of Grind, their melting pot of Punk sensibility, relentless Power Violence and political outrage have been components that even the finest acts will never truly echo to the magnitude of Napalm Death. Despite it being two years since their eighteenth studio release Apex Predator – Easy Meat, its only now that we are seeing the Birmingham bunch dominate on their own headline tour. With the work ethic of the most tenacious of work horses, pushing fifty, the band are admirable for their commitment to their fans, none more so than Shane Embury, a man who is not only doing one, not two but three performances every night on the bill! Hard to know when to go for a break with a bill as stacked is this the Electric Ballroom was in for more than just a treat.

The Night Flight Orchestra – The Most Eighties Band Yet?
12th May 2017, 16:05
Posted by Tristan

Few eras will ever truly match the creative magnitude that was seen in the eighties. The golden days of creative enlightenment, coming off the back of the seventies and building a sound altogether entirely new and different itself. Not lending itself only to music however, all throughout the creative world there were milestones being made in the art of self expression. Though a fledgeling genre, through the nurture of the eighties, Sci-Fi for example was just one of the many other sectors that was in bloom. In a time before the idea of image often transcended the actual composition of a song itself, before the advent of MTV music used to be simple. Wanting to echo these traits the Swedish Super power, made up of members of Soilwork, Arch Enemy among others join us as we take a look into the eighties with an exclusive video.

Enjoy Tuesday The Sky On A Wednesday
10th May 2017, 10:42
Posted by Tristan

Not all days of the mid week have to be bad as Tuesday The Sky serenade us with their brand new single, “Today The Sky“.

A Metal Haven : Heavy Ritual Records
8th May 2017, 10:40
Posted by Tristan

It’s no secret that the resurgence of vinyl is taking names, this is all well and good but what about the more niche online market? For the fans who aren’t content with just bog standard black LP’s, the fans hunting for that elusive colour, for the band you might not have seen anywhere else. Well let me introduce to Heavy Ritual Records! 

Motionless In White Take The Graveyard Shift On New Album
4th May 2017, 12:25
Posted by Tristan

It’s widely known that 12:00am is the witching hour, however what might well be less understood is 3:33am, The Devils Hour. Creatures of the night it’s understandable that Motionless In White would be more apt working in early hours of the day than us humans. Announcing that their brand new album would be titled Graveyard Shift, the band released their first example of new music in the form of “570” as well as the new announcement of their signing to major label Roadrunner Records. 

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