Reviews

Architects – Lost Forever, Lost Together

‘Lost Forever, Lost Together’ is the sixth studio album by Architects, released on March 11, 2014 via Epitaph Records. There are many things I could write here instead of a review for Architects new release ‘Lost Forever, Lost Together’ – as frankly you don’t need me to tell you about this album. I’m sure you’ve heard at least some of ...

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HRH Prog Festival Review 2014

“New Prog for Old Ears and Old Prog for New Ears. ” That is the mantra for this year’s HRH PROG held at Hafn Y Mor, North Wales 20-22 March 2014. On Saturday I met a short grey man called Mark. He was wearing a blue woollen top, a pair of smart M&S jeans and fresh yachting shoes, he looked ...

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Heaven’s Basement at The Cockpit, Leeds

After seeing Heaven’s Basement play at The Duchess in York back in July 2013, I jumped at the chance to see the guys play again. Seeing the band play for the first time they blew me away and I have been hooked ever since. From a stifling Saturday night in July to a cold Sunday evening in March, the change ...

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Sonata Artica – Pariah’s Child

Fifteen years into a career, with eight full albums now released, Finland’s Sonata Artica deliver Pariah’s Child, a melodic power metal operatic odyssey in all but name. If, like me, you’ve only heard the band’s music fleetingly before, there’s much that reminds one of Styx and early Queen, not least because of the band’s use of harmony vocals; and even ...

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Hammerfest 2014 Review

Hammerfest now a long established festival. Which this year took place in Pwhelli, Wales. We have heard rumours of the location changing, but nothing has yet been confirmed. The festival takes place at a Haven holiday site – so festival goers get to enjoy comfortable beds to sleep in, warm showers, and a kitchen. This is a whole new world ...

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The Vintage Caravan – Voyage

Hailing from the Greater Reykjavik region in Iceland, a land more in tune with its forbears’ Scandinavian folklore than even those residing on mainland Europe, so much so that they actually reroute main roads to avoid disrupting elves’ homes, come The Vintage Caravan. Musical travellers exploring forgotten byways and roads less travelled during the 60s blues boom and 70s exploration ...

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Behemoth – The Satanist

Since their formation in Poland in 1991 Behemoth have been on a steady rise until the break through release ‘Demigod’. Suddenly they were pushing & smashing their way to the top of the extreme metal tower. Momentum was in full swing & with the release of ‘Evengelion’ they became a dominate force. Their furious & relentless death metal infused with ...

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My Favourite Runner Up – Crossroads

My Favourite Runner Up hailing from North Wales have just released their debut album ‘Crossroads’ and there is a lot to be said about it! The band draw their influences from the likes of New Found Glory, Jimmy Eat World and Mayday Parade – this shines through as each of the tracks have that quality you’d find on any of ...

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Carnifex – Die Without Hope

Carnifex is an American death core band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2005, they are currently signed to Nuclear Blast after having been signed to Victory Records and have released four full-length albums and one EP. The name of the band is derived from the Old English Latin word äúexecutioner; literally meaning, “executioner”  You see the name Nuclear Blast ...

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Thy Art Is Murder @ The Joiners, Southampton

Love them or hate them, there’s no way you can scoff at Thy Art Is Murder. The Australian crew have made impressions all over the world with only their second album, the recently released Hate and it’s hard to say there hasn’t been a month where these guys aren’t doing something spectacular. And despite numerous UK visits in recent times, ...

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