Album Reviews

Review: Inire – Cauchemar

The first track is a bit of a dirge truth be known. It ambles, although be it in a slightly melodic vein with a gathering of sampled incoherent voices but appears to be just a filler. ‘Wide Awake’ however, really does open your eyes (and ears) as to what is hitting your head in some kind of psychotic outburst! The ...

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Review: Circle of Dust – Machines of our Disgrace

From the off the angst and industrial swipes are engaging and play out with a surge of vengeance and ambiance. The title track ‘Machines of Our Disgrace’ harbours a clinical approach that is cold and unemotional although the fascinating swipes of rhythms collide with a lively melody and clean vocal, however, urgent and niggling. The twists in the tracks bury ...

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Review: Freedom Call – Master of Light

As cheesy as it sounds, ‘Metal is for Everyone’ opts for catchy and epic but most important it mentions Vikings and metal in the same breath. It is definitely an ‘earworm’ moment and for those who don’t know what an ‘earworm’ is it’s when a song stays in your head and you can’t shift it, however, this is a really ...

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Review: Sick of it All – When the Smoke Clears

If you looked up integrity in the dictionary, you wouldn’t see a picture of Sick of it All because dictionaries don’t have pictures, but if they did there’s a pretty good chance they’d make it in. Thirty years into their career these New York City punks have never once sold out or even dipped a toe over the line. Their ...

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Review: Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason

WARNING. Listening to this album may cause serious damage to your bank balance and add points to your license. If you have ever been caught speeding then you’ll know the following reasons are not accepted as an excuse; “I was late”, “I did not see the signs”, “I did not know the road” and so on. I think Meshuggah’s latest ...

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Review: Riverside – Eye of the Soundscape

Known for their atmospheric prog-rock, Riverside, have previously released six studio albums. From the opening track from their debut album, Out Of Myself (2003), through to last year’s Love, Fear And The Time Machine (2015), Riverside have delivered consistently high-quality music. Last year’s release was more toned-down than previous albums in terms of its heavier elements; Eye Of The Soundscape ...

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Review: Black Orchid Empire – Archetype

Black Orchid Empire lure you into this false sense of security, starting off with a very soft take on things that make you think “lame” and then what kicks in is a very haunting rhythm that is purely addictive. The harmonies are tempered and really superb. Black Orchid Empire certainly seem to have a lot of tricks up their sleeve, ...

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Broker - Quixota

Review: Broker – Quixota

‘Talk’ is a real vehement track with its mathcore haunting every angle. The deliberating melody is quick to add in an unusual flavour along with the controlling vocal edge that is mean and untamed. ‘Eau De Vie’ has a natural bounce that is quick off the mark and literally screams vengeance for its sins! ‘Quixota’ has a sneaky melody running ...

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Review: Eternal Deformity – No Way Out

Now it’s Poland’s turn to have a crack at the whip with an eclectic mix of genres all blending starting off with doom-laden melodies and eerie noises that haunt consistently. The second track sounds like the band have opted for a bit of black metal this time, although not in the usual vein but certainly with the vocal. The music ...

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Review: Ion Dissonance – Cast the First Stone

Well if you like the complete and utter extreme in all things metal you have come to the right place. Ion Dissonance is profoundly metalcore. It will eat you alive from the inside out and is unmerciful as it spits out the bones! This nu-metal has always intrigued me when hearing it live. The roar of the vocals smothering the ...

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