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Goatwhore Ascend Higher Than Ever Before On New Album
23rd June 2017, 14:00
Posted by Tristan

Recording live is hardly somewhat of a novelty but in recent years it seems to have made a real resurgence among the most unlikely of bands. Last year, for example the technical behemoth’s that are Meshuggah released their new album recorded entirely live! Proof that regardless of how technical the material might be, it is possible to record live. Following up their 2012 effort Constricting Rage of The Merciless, Goatwhore resolved to change their recording habits of working with esteemed Metal producer Erik Rutan and instead bring a whole new idea to the table.

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Chon Are California Dreamin’ With New LP Homey
17th June 2017, 10:10
Posted by Tristan

Known for its laid back attitude, California is the stoner of the western world. Known for being both the sides those who are so relaxed you think they might fall over and the out and out disgustingly rich, its a state that has a lot going on. Wanting to soak up the former type of vibe, musical virtuosos Chon holed themselves up at a beach house and recorded one of the most chilled out records you’ll hear and a perfect anthem for those who might not be digging the summer top forty on radio.

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Carach Angren Have The Last Laugh on Spectacular New Album Dance And Laugh Amongst The Rotten
16th June 2017, 13:00
Posted by Tristan

The art of story telling is hardly something new. A huge part of culture, entire civilisations have been built on the art of telling a story, be it factual or fictional. Giving birth to the idea of literature and film but how can it be incorporated in music? The concept album is an art form that has been around since its seventies hey day. Forming a bridge between the Horror medium and the concept album Carach Angren have had their finger on the (deceased) pulse of the story. Previously releasing 2015’s This Is No Fairytale, now the band return for their most ambitious haunting yet, Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten.

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Anathema Bring Their Optimistic Look To June
12th June 2017, 11:17
Posted by Tristan

Closure. An idea that we as humans have created, we crave the idea that something will be resolute. The idea that something can finish being open ended can often terrify most people. Acting as a foreword for their story, the band took 2001’s A Fine Day To Exit to pick up exactly where they had left off. Using the artwork from the record and the coordinates of the photograph taken in Silver Strand Beach where their faceless “man” was last seen and sixteen years later we come to The Optimist.

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Suffocation Embrace The Darkness on …Of The Dark Light
9th June 2017, 17:00
Posted by Tristan

Instrumental in the perfection of what was the nineties death Metal scene, Suffocation have long been heralded as the godfathers of this, most bloodthirsty of genres. Having continued since their nineties hey day, the band have continually upped the ante with each release. Following the release of 2012’s Pinnacle of Bedlam, the band embarked on a hectic touring schedule the world over. Returning to the studio at the tail end of 2016, the band resolved to revitalise their sound, the end result was Of The Dark Light.

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Wednesday 13 Send Their Condolences On Brilliant New Album
2nd June 2017, 14:00
Posted by Tristan

The union of both Horror and the genre of Metal is a phenomenon that many don’t quite understand. Taking from each other both genres creatively bounce off one another and even in some cases sees work bred together. A fine example being Rob Zombie, known for his horrific films just as much as his music. However there is another master of the macabre in the form of Wednesday 13.

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Vallenfyre Instil Not Only Fear But Quality Death Metal
1st June 2017, 10:31
Posted by Tristan

Created as homage to the nineties Death ’n’ Roll movement, Vallenfyre bring a potent mixture of grit munching, obsidian style riffs to the table that put simply flatten the listener. Helmed by one Greg Macintosh, you may now the man from his fame in Paradise Lost, Vallenfyre is a vehicle to the darker side of the melodic mourner. With much of the Old School sound of Swedish descent there are some bands that have slipped through the cracks in the UK. Returning with their sophomore effort following the chipped Splinter, Vallenfyre have at long last returned to seize the Swedish Death Metal throne once again.

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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.

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Gaze Into Ghost Bath’s Starmourner – Potentially The Strangest Record You’ll Hear This Year
25th April 2017, 09:58
Posted by Tristan

An emerging trend in the circle of Black Metal, strangely enough has been the inclusion of major keys mixed with the traditional style of Black Metal. Giving rise to the likes of Deafheaven, Black Anvil and now Ghost Bath. Showing their cards after a long time coming following their debut Moonbather, the band have come together to present you with what could well be the strangest record I have heard this year.

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Body Count Prove Having A Voice Matters
30th March 2017, 11:47
Posted by Tristan

“It’s unfortunate that we have to say “Black Lives Matter” if you go through history, nobody ever gave a fuck. I mean, you can kill black people in the street, nobody goes to jail, nobody goes to prison but when I say “Black Lives Matter” and you say “All lives matter”. That’s like if I was to say “Gay lives matter” and you was to say “All lives matter”. If I said “Women’s lives matter” and you say “All lives matter” you’re diluting what I’m sayin’. 

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Mastodon’s Empirical March Of The Sands
28th March 2017, 11:55
Posted by Tristan

The concept album. An unattainable zenith for some in the music world. Well versed in the art, Mastodon were practically born to write with concept in mind. Layering melody, rhythm and story to create something altogether transcendental from the mere confines of music. Centering on a theme for each release, we’ve treated to a plethora of ideas. From the space dimension exploratory Crack The Skye, the inner quest in Blood Mountain and of course the beautiful take on Moby Dick that was Leviathan. The band are the very essence of unique. Having put their previous release ‘Once More Round The Sun to bed, the band venture into the cosmos once more for the bewitching Emperor of Sand

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Album Review: Pallbearer – Heartless
24th March 2017, 11:36
Posted by Tristan

One of the many beauties that lie within music is the idea of escapism. Wanting to temporarily sojourn to a world of limitless possibility, Prog is the father of this wanton, exploratory voyage. Despite I ts heyday being in the seventies, the impact felt on the scene has been ever lasting and will do so for many years to come. Somehow obtaining the monicker of Doom band, Pallbearer invite the listener of a journey of true escapism in the tale that is Heartless.