Deliberations From The Shire

Skein's Deadweight

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Skein

Deadweight is the second album from Finnish atmospheric metals Skein and unlike their 2014 debut Of Wings Unfolding  (which was a concept album) Deadweight, tackles some pretty hefty subject matter like social responsibility, misuse of power and basic human characteristics. This album draws on a rawness that is balanced with both clean and screaming vocals to highlight the punch of the ...

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Furyborn's Dawn Of Leviathan

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Furyborn

Furyborn class themselves as a ‘Modern Melodic Death Metal’ band that should prick up the ears of anyone, but as you listen more carefully to Dawn of Leviathan I feel it’s more of a crossover as there are very strong resemblances to Trivium fronted by a Howard Jones-esque Killswitch Engage. The vocals from Jut Tabor are strong and monstrously powerful in ...

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Execration

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Execration

This is Execration‘s third album and they have certainly found their sound now although shorter than the previous two, this album builds on the sound and feel of their sophomore album in 2014. There is something for everyone on Return To The Void be that Black, Thrash, Death or in places Heavy Metal. For me, the back bone of this ...

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Goatwhore

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Goatwhore

Vengeful Ascension is the seventh full-length album from Metal Blade stalwarts Goatwhore and they have gone old school in the production of this by recording it on Reel to Reel at Earth Analog Studio in Illinois USA. The ten track album captures what the band are about and have been through their career. Which is best summed up as a ...

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Igorrr's Savage Sinusoid

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Igorrr

From the opening guttural screams and crushing riff this is not going to be the easiest of listens, but for fans of Gautier Serre (Igorrr) the four-year wait is over! This is a boiling pot of musical madness. For instant, the track ‘Houmous’ blends Balkan accordion with pounding glitch beats and erratic vocals akin to Mikee Goodman of Sikth. All ...

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Motionless In White

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Motionless In White

I’ve always had Motionless In White down as a gateway band targeted towards your college aged kids, but over the course of the last few albums they have grown up to be young adults and the band have gone with it too, although they still cater to the theatrical and light-hearted side of accessible rock the content and sounds have ...

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Poison The Parish

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Seether

Poison The Parish is the fresh new album from South African stalwarts Seether. It pulls huge influences from the heavier side of Grunge to the early sound of Nu-Metal, think Nirvana meets Deftones with a sprinkling of Tool and Alice In Chains in there too. This is the seventh album from their illustrious career and the pressure is on as the last ...

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Doyle II “As We Die”

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Doyle

When you get passed the new album from a member of the legendary Misfits you know it’s gonna have a style and production to it that will stir the excitement even if it’s not a new Misfits recording (we can all dream can’t we). This new offering from Doyle lives up to expectations and in places exceeds them in abundance. ...

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My Regime - Deranged Patterns

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – My Regime

If furiously fast Thrash is your thing then this is the album for you. Sweden’s My Regime are not letting go of the assault they created on the last album and this seems to give the feel it is a continuation of Dogmas just with more pumped up body crushing riffs. Deranged Patterns has more than a foot in the past ...

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RAMzine - Kobra & The Lotus

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Kobra & The Lotus

It’s been a little over three years since the High Priestess came out and now Kobra & The Lotus are back with full force in the form of Prevail I, their most powerful album yet seeing them cement themselves as a staple in modern female fronted hard rock category. From the off this album showcases Kobra Paige’s true vocal ability ...

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