Album Reviews

Review: Wilson – Right to Rise

Tittle track ‘Right to Rise’ is an even tempered track with plenty of grit and determination! Its textures are gruelling and bold, holding a catchy chorus that has sing-a-long value. ‘Guilty’ is a plucky little track that sneaks up and then explodes into a mesmerizing weave of crunching riffs that ignite the interest. Again it boasts a catchy chorus and ...

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Review: Thy Art is Murder – Holy War

Some people just want to watch the world burn and some bands just like to plug in and cause carnage. Australian deathcore masters Thy Art is Murder slot nicely into the second category. Following the success of their intense second album, Hate, they are now back with Holy War. An album which has seen the band leave behind their former lyrical ...

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Review: Sorority Noise – Joy, Departed

Formed in 2013, Sorority Noise have outshot the ‘golden years’ of the original emo movement by quite a while – and whilst their second studio release Joy, Departed is very much a throwback to as far the early 1990s, there are plenty of other elements worked into the mix too – from pleasantly twee indie pop to punk and hardcore. Opening ...

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Review: High on Fire – Luminiferous

When you are a member of a legendary band like Sleep, expectations will always be high no matter what you are associated with. Matt Pike (guitarist for Sleep) formed High on Fire in 1998 and has turned it into one of stoner metal’s premier bands. When Blessed Black Wings came out in 2005 the band was now starting to be ...

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Review: Hollow Haze – Memories of an Ancient Time

Hollow Haze formed in 2003 by Nick Savio with the idea to put together a new original Hard & Heavy sound that takes from the best of old school metal and pushes it into your face at brain melting velocity. In 2006 the band released a self titled album with My Graveyard Productions and by 2008 they had signed with ...

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Review: Cut Up – Forensic Nightmares

Genre: Death Metal Formed in the beginning of 2014 by Tobias Gustafsson and Erik Rundqvist with the mission to continue spreading brutal grinding death metal, after disbanding Vomitory in 2013. Guitarist Anders Bertilsson (ex-Coldworker) and guitarist/vocalist Andreas Björnson (Fetus Stench) soon joined the ranks and CUT UP was finally complete! Relatively new death metal band Cut Up from Sweden have ...

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Review: Dead Existence – Endless Misery

Genre: Sludge / Doom / Stoner / Hard Core / Crust / Metal It seems the doom and gloom has been spreading over London since 2004, in the form of Dead Existence whose 22 letter word to describe themselves is none other than “EEEUUUURRRRGGGGHHHHHHH!” and although in one sense it does sum the band up pretty well, but not in ...

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Review: Dying Humanity – Deadened

Genre: Melodic Death Thrash Metal From 2006 to present day Dying Humanity have literally been breeding contempt and punishing the metal community with their own brand of melodic death thrash. With four full length albums behind them it is onward and upward for this quintet of krauts! The title track of the album houses some very eastern sounding riffs that ...

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Review: Bad Cop/Bad Cop – Not Sorry

Fat Wreck Chords have had some of the best punk bands on the planet on their books at various points in their history.  Rancid, Against Me and of course label owner Fat Mike’s own NOFX have spent time with them and joining them as part of the next wave is Bad Cop/Bad Cop. And when you put this four piece ...

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Review: Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova

Joe Satriani is often referred to as ‘The Peoples Favourite’ guitarist. And that’s because his guitar-work feels so natural. It is sincerely played and has organic charm. Take for example the title track ‘Shockwave Supernova’ on his new album, which is surprising as a shooting star that bursts out of the clouds on a black-velvet night. It has a classical ...

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