Author Archives: Ash Crowson

Guitarist, photographer, geek, gamer, full on metalhead and allround barfly, if i'm not at work, a gig or studying for my degree, you'll find me at the bar! A fascination with second world war history and military aviation. All with a very dry humour to round me off!
Rex Brown

Review: Rex Brown – Smoke On This…

Rex Brown, a name of royalty in the metal World with the huge rise in the 90’s of legendary band, Pantera. Joining a collective of impressive musicians in other projects such as Down and Kill Devil Hill, the later of which being the closest of the three mentioned with what to expect from this solo effort. Smoke on This… takes ...

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decapitated anticult

Review: Decapitated – Anticult

Decapitated are a band that since the very beginning have been sat on the throne of technical death metal. Their musical ability on the debut ‘Winds of Creation’ instantly had them deservedly make a name for themselves, even now, hearing that album blows minds, their creativity was miles ahead of its time. Even more impressive though, is that they were all ...

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Fire Down Below – Viper, Vixen, Goddess, Snake

Review: Fire Down Below – Viper, Vixen, Goddess, Snake

Fire Down Below are another band on the awesome Ripple Music label, that instantly perks my ears up. What’s better, is that ability of Ripple Music has to take these bands that could almost pass unknown and brings them into the greater and much deserved spotlight, Fire Down Below are a band very much deserving too. ‘Viper, Vixen, Goddess, Snake’ ...

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Below - Upon a Pale Horse

Review: Below – Upon A Pale Horse

Doom metal according to Wikipedia: “Doom metal is an extreme style of heavy metal music that typically uses slower tempos, low-tuned guitars and a much “thicker” or “heavier” sound than other metal genres.” Most of us know not to take things off the internet as gospel, but that as a description is pretty damn close when taking into account a ...

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Vokonis cover

Vokonis – The Sunken Djinn

When you find a label new to you, and they seem to have been behind every release of the year you love so far, you seem to set a higher level of expectation. Ripple music have been behind the releases from White Light Cemetery, Steak, Mothership, Palerider and many more, but recently was the time of Vokonis. I’d already heard ...

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Steak – No God to Save

Review: Steak – No God to Save

Steak have been around a little while and done a great job of putting on some seriously good performances that can leave bands they’ve supported looking mediocre. Finally they’ve done some time in the studio and the release of their latest effort ‘No God to Save’ is due Friday. When it comes to awesome festivals like desertfest, they release a ...

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Family Ghost Artwork

Lauren Hoffman and The Secret Storm – Family Ghost

‘Family Ghost’ is the debut release of Lauren Hoffman and The Secret Storm, it plays as an atmospheric stream touching upon the styling of indie, rock, blues, folk and more as it flows seamlessly through its playlist, each song as endearing and harmonious as the next; all with a much beauty as it has darkness through its stories it tells, ...

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Agnostic Front

Agnostic Front announce 4 date UK tour

Celebrating a milestone of 35 years, American legends Agnostic Front have carried the Hardcore flag for many decades and influenced not just bands, but an entire scene. Never faltering, they have helped create one of the most positive and well supported scenes imaginable, and they are now set to return to UK shores to do what they do best, bringing ...

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Fire From The Gods - Narrative Retold - Album Cover

Fire from the Gods – Narrative Retold

Fire from the Gods is a name I didn’t know of until I found it getting mentioned on the side of some of other news about an extremely known person doing their first production of an album. It brought some intrigue but nothing that really sat in my mind as a must check out simply because the band that person ...

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Blood Red Throne

Live: Blood Red Throne, Met Lounge Peterborough

Peterborough is a funny old place, a breeding ground for plenty of local talent, home of bands like P.S.O.T.Y, The Infernal Sea and Vendetta to name a few. The last two having recently both played at our favourite UK metal festival Bloodstock Open Air (a festival that has much in common with plenty of tonight’s line-up). Despite this though, there ...

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