Album Reviews

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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Vault 51 - Kid

Review: Vault 51 – Kid

Vault 51 are a self-described “post-hardcore” rock quintet who hail from Atlanta, Georgia. After several years of hard work their debut EP Kid is set for release on July 20th and boy, has it been worth the wait. Kid is a true reflection of what blood, sweat and tears can create when mixed with a shed load of determination and ...

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Bad Solution - The War Within

Review: Bad Solution – The War Within

Bad Solution were formed in 2011 by guitarists, Trix and Mariusz. Originally made up of all Polish members, in November 2011 British vocalist Alex Willox took over as the frontman adding a new energy and sound to the band’s music! I think we are all fighting a “War Within”, a war within ourselves, a war that only we know about ...

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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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Stone Sour -Hydrograd

Review: Stone Sour -Hydrograd

Stone Sour’s highly anticipated sixth album Hydrograd is set for release this week (30th June). Being the band’s first album since the departure of guitarist, Jim Root, it was difficult to know what to expect. Opening track ‘YSIF’ instantly becomes comical with opening line “Hello you bastards”, before going into a heavy, instrumental opening to the album. The track is quite ...

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Contra - Deny Everything

Review: Contra – Deny Everything

Ohio-spawned Contra are a sludge-drenched doom four-piece who pack a groove-fuelled punch and, with the release of their new album, have proven they are hefty contenders within their field not to be messed with. Contra originally started life as a three-piece instrumental outfit comprising of guitarist Chris Chiera (Sofa King Killer), drummer Aaron Brittain (Rue), and Adam Horwatt (So Long Albatross) on a 4-string baritone guitar ...

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Sikth - The Future in Whose Eyes

Review: Sikth – The Future in Whose Eyes?

Sikth, the Hertfordshire sextet have returned from their 2008 hiatus with their first full-length since 2006’s Death of a Dead Day. To state new release The Future in Whose Eyes? is perhaps the most anticipated release of the year would be doing it a large degree of injustice. Since their hiatus the progressive metal/djent movement they are considered the godfathers of ...

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Wednesday 13 - Condolences

Review: Wednesday 13 – Condolences

Joseph Poole, aka Wednesday 13 has created a new album that is as far removed from his previous punk-rock work and comedic spin-off song covers as you can get. If you’re looking for ‘Morgue Than Words’, then you’ve come to the wrong place, but there are certainly ‘Bad Things’ here. This is a far darker and more sinister body of ...

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seafoam

Review: Kamikaze Girls – Seafoam

Kamikaze Girls’ debut record Seafoam is a real treat for those with patience. With a real genre mashing, combining shoe-gaze, grunge and punk-rock. You can guarantee that you won’t get your head around this album in one listen. But go back to it and after a while it starts to make sense. That seems to be what the band wants ...

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