Album Reviews

Review: Butcher Babies – Take It Like A Man

After blowing me away at Download Festival back in June, Butcher Babies made it on to my ‘must hear more’ list. I bought their first studio album Goliath (2013) and second EP Uncovered (2014), both of which are very listenable records. This female fronted metal band blends vocals that range from savage, piercing screams to, what is at times, almost pop-like melody; these vocals are ...

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Review: King King – Reaching For The Light

Should someone play you a number like ‘Crazy’ or ‘Stranger To Love’ from King King’s Reaching For The Light you might understandably mistake them for lost tracks recorded by Bad Company somewhere between the making of Burning Sky and Desolation Angels. They have that assured fire power and restrained testosterone quality that Rogers and co applied to win the blue ...

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Review: Krysthla – A War of Soul & Desires

Formed from the ashes of Gutworm, Krysthla are releasing their debut album A War of Souls and Desires in late September 2015. If there is one thing I must remember it’s don’t assume that Krysthla are going to start their album off with subdued tones and maybe keep the volume to a minimum before playing it, or suffer the effects ...

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Review: Pink Cigar – Generation Next

London based Pink Cigar are a band to pay attention to; their energetic, upbeat tunes invigorate the listener and certainly left me on a bit of a high. The production is excellent; each element has been superbly captured and balanced, creating a perfect balance between achieving the crisp and polished production of a studio recording, but whilst retaining the authenticity, intimacy ...

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Review: The Bastard Sons – Smoke

The Bastard Sons are a band you may not heard of but very soon they will be all you hear for the foreseeable future. Their debut album Smoke is available on the 7th of August and features their most recent Itunes Metal Chart No 1 single ‘Release the Hounds’. The five piece band from York takes from many different styles ...

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Review: Shatter Messiah – Hail The New Cross

Founded by two former members of Annihilator, drummer Robert Falzano and guitarist Curran Murphy (who also played in Nevermore), this is the third outing for the Akron, Ohio heavy metal band Shatter Messiah who on Hail The New Cross introduce new members Mike Duncan (POWND), additional guitarist Pat Gibson and bass player Jim Lewis. Produced by Curran, who’s apparently something ...

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Review: Vattnet Viskar – Settler

Having made ripples in the underground with their debut album Sky Swallower, Vattnet Viskar have criminally not had the attention they warrant. Along with other bands of the American Black Metal Wave, they have been showing the strong hold of Europe that they don’t have it all too themselves. However with the release of Settler the competition have well and ...

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Review: Failure – The Heart Is A Monster

The nineties reunions are almost reaching their end. We have had the bands everybody wanted, the ones no-one wanted and now we’re on to those that weren’t that big first time around, but might actually be exactly what we need now; that’s a category that Failure fall very neatly into. Of course to suggest that no-one wanted a Failure reunion ...

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Review: Assignment – Inside Of The Machine

Formed by guitarist Goran Panic, Assignment have released two albums previously; Inside Of The Machine (available on Mausoleum Records) offers around 70 minutes of what they refer to as “art metal” but, to a low-life like me, it’s progressive metal that tips its hat to the likes of Queensryche and Ayreon. The band line-up is comprised of keyboard player Gert Sprick, bass ...

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Review: Antropofago – Aera Dementiae

Don’t be fooled by the sweet talking kid at the beginning of this album, as the voice that emanates from the speakers is like nothing I have ever heard before! Antropofago go on to pulverise anything that gets in their way; amid scuttling beats that hit like acid rain, the gruelling and growling voice is remarkable and leaves an imprint on ...

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