Reviews

Thy Art Is Murder ‘Hate’

Despite being one of it’s longest standing sub-genres, death metal has always lurked on the periphery of our culture like that weird kid at school who sat on his own pulling the wings off flies and then later turns out to be a serial killer. Nonetheless, the very presence of Thy Art is Murder shows that there are some youngsters ...

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HRH Prog Festival Review

Big is not the word. The Magna building in Rotherham is absolutely colossal. A former steelworks, this vast 3/4 of a mile long building, looms across the South Yorkshire landscape like a science fiction version of Table Mountain. The building is so huge that it can easily accommodate an airship without you even noticing. This amazing steel hulk was the ...

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Avantasia ‘The Mystery of Time’

“So take the time to follow me into a small old English town during the Victorian era and join a young agnostic scientist by the name of Aaron Blackwell as he is forced to explore the coherencies of time, God and science; torn between beliefs in his professional conviction, his spiritual intuition, love and a lodge of scientific occultists.” Thus ...

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Soilwork ‘The Living Infinite’

The pathway of musical history is littered with examples of bands who have tried to make double, or even triple, disc albums and have not succeeded. Invariably the first album has had some decent tunes on it, but nothing that stands out that much, and the second album is normally pretty poo. It is a shame, but it seems that ...

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Fall Out Boy ‘Save Rock and Roll’

In case you’ve spent the last couple of months under a rock, or on the moon – or possibly under a rock ON the moon – this February, pop-punk heroes Fall Out Boy returned from a four-year hiatus with the promise of a new album, ‘Save Rock and Roll’. Clearly, the band have been just as impatient to get their ...

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The Ocean Between Us ‘SAVOIR FAIRE’

The North of England has a reputation of spitting out some of the gnarliest bands this side of Bring Me The Horizon, and The Ocean Between Us are no exception.  Originally formed in 2009, these Leeds based lads are releasing their debut album, ‘SAVOIR FAIRE,’ via record label A Wolf At Your Door on the 25th March, so if you ...

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Neck Deep ‘A History Of Bad Decisions’

At the start of the year people normally start looking for and talking about bands they think are going to burst into the scene and make an impact its at this point that everyone is keeping their ears out looking to see who that may be. Please allow me the introduce you to Neck Deep who are a very young ...

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Wardruna – Yggdrasil

In 2003 three Norwegians began the musical collective that is Wardruna to produce music derived from the elder futhark (an ancient runic alphabet the meanings to which were only rediscovered in the 19th century). Wardruna features the voices of Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, Kristian Espedal and Lindy-Fay Hella, with Selvik also taking on the roles of writer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. On ...

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A Hero for the World

The three-piece melodic metal band ‘A Hero for the World’ comprising of Jacob Kaasgaard (vocals and keyboards), David Sivelind (guitar and bass) – both originally from Sweden – and Andy Gentile (drums) from the USA, have now released an expansive self-titled album. The recording includes guest vocals from Louiebeth Aratan. The opening track ‘We Are Forever’ has that relentless pace ...

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BMTH Sempiternal Review

The outline for this review is really quite simple; forget everything you thought you knew about Bring Me the Horizon. The Sheffield five-piece have constantly changed what we know as British metalcore and have been one of the bands at the forefront of the genre since debut ‘Count Your Blessings’ back in 2006. Fourth album, entitled ‘Sempiternal’, recorded over three months ...

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