Album Reviews

Suicidal Tendencies 13

Still Cyco After All These Years? It has been 13 years since Suicidal Tendencies’ last studio album ‘Free Your Soul…And Save My Mind’ which is quite a considerable gap for a band to have in their discography. If you’re hoping for a return to 80’s era Suicidal Tendencies then I’ll go right ahead and say flat out that this album ...

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Ursa Major ‘Old Bones’ Album Review

Ursa Major, the Shepperton five-piece, has recently dropped their latest release ‘Old Bones’. The bands blend of metal and hardcore makes this one of the more interesting releases to come out this year. While most bands that fly under the same genre flag may be content to push out a generic release, made up of an almost paint-by-numbers style of ...

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Ravenous ‘We Are Become Death’ Album Review

Southampton groove-metallers Ravenous have finally released their debut album, titled in partial-homage to the famous quote from the Bhagavad Gita, We Are Become Death. Much like many songs on the album, Ravenous construct an intense, catchy intro in the first song Abhor before leading off into an addictive riff, instantly displaying one of the records main strengths. These aren’t just ...

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Heimdall ‘Aeneid’ Album Review

Virgil’s epic poem ‘The Aeneid’ was the conspiracy theory of its day. Aeneas (a trojan) went from, a walk in Homer’s The Iliad, to then being pushed into the limelight, as Virgil joined the dots of popular folklore which present his fanciful tale. Trojans were cast adrift at sea, then landed in Italy, they fought the savages they found and ...

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Okular ‘Sexforce’ Album Review

In the band’s own words: “With members based around the outskirts of Oslo, Norway, progressive death metal act Okular is led by composer/lyricist Andreas Aubert. He writes all the music in the program Guitar Pro, without the help of a guitar. In 2009 he gathered a line-up to record debut album Probiotic, with some of the songs dating as far ...

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The Von Hertzen Brothers ‘Nine Lives’ Album Review

A garage band guitar riff crashes out over a classic rock cow bell beat then within a single breath starts bobbing and weaving like a madcap alliance between the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Gong playing Led Zeppelin. You don’t need the vocals to tell you the name of this song is Insomniac because there are those who will find ...

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Such Gold ‘Misadventures’ Album Review

Listening to Such Gold is like listening to one of those bands you’ve heard on skate games when you were a kid but can never find again. The vamped up pop-punk is energetic and exciting, with the hardcore vocals blasting out. Track after track, it’s full of speedy drums, catchy riffs and great music. ‘Misadventures’ is the first full-length album ...

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Cult of Luna ‘Vertikal’ Album Review

Cult of Luna is a Swedish post-metal band from Umeå. They formed from the remnants of the hardcore punk band called Eclipse in 1998. Cult of Luna’s sound has progressed from material that was strongly influenced by doom metal, to a much less aggressive and more interesting orchestrated variant. Fans and critics have termed this sound ‘post-metal.’ The band is ...

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Brotherhood Of The Lake ‘Desperation Is The English Way Vol.2’ Album Review

Describing themselves as ‘five hopeless, misanthropic souls’, Brotherhood Of The Lake unveil yet another deep and utterly gut-wrenching album. Having previously covered dark topics such as depression, desperation and lost hope in their last album, the band had set out to create a soundtrack to the social decline surrounding us in the most gritty, angry and metal way possible. So, ...

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Attica Rage ’88mph’ Album Review

ATTICA RAGE was formed by Ayrshire brothers, singer/guitarist Jonny Parr and drummer Richie Rage in Glasgow, Scotland in 2003. Coatbridge guitarist Stephen Bell joined in 2007 and the line-up is completed by bassist Colin Wilson from Bellshill, who joined in January 2012. Where ‘Road Dog’ – the last album – was all sump-oil and cartilage, new album ‘88 MPH’ is ...

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