Author Archives: Sam Savigny

Bear 3

Review: Bear – ///

Hailing from Antwerp, Belgium, Bear are a wonderfully diverse four piece playing aggressive prog inspired metal with just enough djent to add low end excitement without becoming yet another Meshuggah clone. So, instant brownie points there. The album’s opener ‘Blackpool’, is far more enjoyable than visiting the British seaside town, and the production on it is about as grimy as ...

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Coltsblood - Ascending into Shimmering Darkness

Review: Coltsblood – Ascending into Shimmering Darkness

A thunderous rumble slowly fades in as Coltsblood’s latest offering announces its presence. The title track of the album is a lumbering work of disgustingly heavy doom metal that builds over a whopping thirteen minutes, slowly layering abrasive guitar effects and distorted bass chords so aggressive they border on being the human discovery of the theoretical brown note. The entire ...

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Evil Scarecrow

HRH Hammerfest 2017: Saturday Highlights

All good things must come to an end, and this mindset hangs heavy in the air of the final day of Hammerfest 2017. As bleak as it feels, it’s not going to dampen any spirits, as roaring hordes of horn-throwing metal fans are racing to kick-start the glorious finale. Opening the ‘Young Blood’ portion of the festival is the Birmingham ...

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Krysthla - Peace in Our Time

Review: Krysthla – Peace in Our Time

High speed djent inspired riffs. Byzantine inspired guitar solos. Expertly executed growls and screams that can get you screaming along like your life depends on it atop angular and unforeseeable turns of pace. And that’s just the opening track, ‘The Minor Mystery of Death’. Krysthla have outdone themselves with their second album; it’s rare to find a band this fully ...

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Napalm Death

HRH United Hammerfest 2017 Friday Highlights

There’s a lot of tired and hungover people lumbering around this morning as Hammerfest’s attendees wander to the arenas to open up the first full day of the festival’s ninth instalment. Despite the alcohol induced hindrance, there’s a sizeable swathe of metalheads making their way to the second stage to see something very exciting indeed. Desert Storm open up proceedings inexpert ...

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Armored Saint

HRH United Hammerfest 2017 Thursday Highlights

Well, here we are; back for another instalment of the legendary Hard Rock Hell United Hammerfest, and if the first day is anything to go by, the quality is damn high. The sun is beating down on the black shirted, leather jacket-clad festival attendees, and the mood is understandably, ridiculously jubilant. Opening the entire festival with a song described as ...

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me and that man

Review: Me and That Man – Songs of Love and Death

Side/solo projects can be a risk for established artists. It’s always interesting to see a musician take a different approach to their self-expression, or the therapeutic outlet they seek through creativity, but mostly, the results can be somewhat disappointing. Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski of Behemoth fame found new levels of astonishing emotional depth with 2014’s extreme metal masterpiece, The Satanist – ...

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daRKRam - Stone and Death

Review: daRKRam – Stone and Death

One person, multi-instrumentalist projects can be tricky. When done right, you can get something as sublime and lifechanging as Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral, but more often than not, they can go wrong and become self-indulgent, incoherent messes. There is no pleasure in saying that the debut album by Ramon Maro under the moniker daRKRam, falls into the latter ...

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Of the Sun

Review: Of the Sun – Before a Human Path

It seems slightly oxymoronic to say that technically proficient music can get boring at times. When you get a room full of musicians who are undisputed virtuosos, the push and pull between members can end up leaving an album as a fight for space between who can show off their skills the most, and it can end up bloated and ...

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Michael Monroe

Hard Rock Hell AOR 2017 Highlights: Saturday

Well, it feels like we’ve barely started, but we’re on the dawn of the final day of this year’s Hard Rock Hell AOR. The whole event has been excellent so far, and the organisers have certainly saved the best til last. Let’s dive right in. Power is the optimal word for Häxan. There are few things more impressive than a ...

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