Author Archives: Tom Hynes

Carcass – Surgical Steel

After Carcass initially reunited everyone was constantly asking if and when there would be new material. After a six year wait and mounting pressure from all around them they have delivered with ‘Surgical Steel‘. Of course asking this from a band of this size and significance comes with massive expectations and begs the question of what you’ll actually hear considering ...

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Soulfly ‘Savages’

After the release of Soulfly’s 2nd album ‘Primitive’ they encountered a big lull in terms of the quality of the music they were putting out. Though ‘Primitive’ was hardly a masterpiece and suffered from having a plethora of lacklustre nu metal riffs that sounded like they’ve been chucked into songs purely for the sake of it there was some great ...

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Newsted ‘Heavy Metal Music’

Anyone who’s been into Metallica for 10 years or more, or knows a fair bit about their history will know of Jason Newsted. He was their bassist for over 10 years of their career and it was a shock and shame that he left when he did, as his contributions on bass and backing vocals were a big part of ...

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The Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack

In recent years The Black Dahlia Murder have worked hard and done well at making themselves one of the underground metal scene’s biggest names. They’ve consistently put out good albums and have always been a driving force within that scene. So, with that in mind how does ‘Everblack’ stand up to their impressive back catalogue? Have they come unstuck? Is ...

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Shining – One One One

Within a minute or so of hearing ‘I Won’t Forget’ the album’s opening track I was hit with the same level of energy of ‘Madness And The Damage Done’ the opening track from Shining’s previous effort ‘Blackjazz’. Yet it’s a different kind of energy, not that dissimilar from ‘Blackjazz’ but definitely a step away. It’s still experimental and still completely ...

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Primus – Sailing The Seas Of Cheese

It’s fairly safe to say that Les Claypool is a bit of an odd chap when it comes as far as music. I don’t think I ever heard song titles like the ones he comes up with both for Primus and his various other projects. He’s quite unique in that respect and also in the respect of his bass playing. ...

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Pantera Discography

Discography Dissection: Pantera Without doubt the biggest and most influential metal band of the 90’s that met a sad end after their initial break up by the death of ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott, a truly great loss. One that also halted any plans that Pantera could be reunited one day and from personal frustration means I will never get to see ...

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Metallica Discography

Discography Dissection: Metallica So, this is a new feature on different bands’ discographies to give a helping hand to those just getting into rock and metal to give insight on where to start when trying to get into new bands. I had the same problems many moons ago when first getting into this vast scene of music myself and didn’t ...

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Suicidal Tendencies 13

Still Cyco After All These Years? It has been 13 years since Suicidal Tendencies’ last studio album ‘Free Your Soul…And Save My Mind’ which is quite a considerable gap for a band to have in their discography. If you’re hoping for a return to 80’s era Suicidal Tendencies then I’ll go right ahead and say flat out that this album ...

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