Ember Falls

Review: Ember Falls – Welcome to Ember Falls

As their splendid title suggests it is a fuel injected stomp of blood-curdling metal that is charged with deep contagion with a great vocal range from Thomas Grove and brutal screams from Calu. The harmonies are absolutely breath taking on the first track, ‘The Cost of Doing Business’ and ‘Falling Rain’ runs away with its powerful overload of melodies. This is a ...

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1919 - Bloodline

Review: 1919 – Bloodline

A superb start to what I hope will be a superb album as this bristles with coaxing melody and tight sounds. Like Johnny Rotten in the early days, so take that leap of faith and pogo hoping you don’t go through the floorboards. If you are not too exhausted from trying to keep your arms still while balancing precariously with your ...

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Seasons Hollow – To Suffocate Silence

Review: Seasons Hollow – To Suffocate Silence (EP)

Seasons Hollow are currently a small band looking to create a big impact. The five-piece that call Hereford their home have been working away and recently released the efforts of that work the form of the four-track EP, To Suffocate Silence. The list themselves in the hard rock/metal genre, and with the opening track ‘Last Confession’ they definitely fit the ...

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The Darkhorse – The Carcass of the Sun will Sleep

Review: The Darkhorse – The Carcass of the Sun will Sleep

Back in 2014, I was having a blast at Bloodstock as I always do, a 3-day hangover usually started by a night of serious liver abuse in Brewdog Birmingham the day before hand, and reliably topped up during the festival. The weekend would never work out well though if it wasn’t thanks to the regular cups of tea over at ...

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Grave Plague - The Infected Crypts

Review: Grave Plague – The Infected Crypts

There’s nothing like old school death metal, the untamed, unyielding and savage assault that forms a mosh pit in the blink of an eye and takes revenge on the ears in such a brutal way. ‘Arise The Infected’ is that and more. It’s vice like grip squeezes the senses until they can’t take anymore. It’s like going through the wringer head ...

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Memoriam - The Hellfire Demos II

Review: Memoriam – The Hellfire Demos II

Focusing on the themes of death, loss and war Memoriam was formed after the tragic death of Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns (Bolt Throwers Drummer) in September 2015 and was originally a band who decided to play cover tracks of songs that had influenced each member in turn. However, after creating some of their own tracks it was obvious that the band ...

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Resonance Cascade/Järnbörd - Hyperakusi

Review: Resonance Cascade / Järnbörd – Hyperakusi

Hyperakusi or Hypersensitivity as us brits would call it is a very apt title for a grind crust album – as if you have ever been to a live grind gig you cannot fail to get caught up in the fever pitch in which you find yourself. It is like an injection of speed – you can feel your body shaking ...

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Power Trip Nightmare Logic

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Power Trip

Hailing from Dallas Texas Power Trip’s new album Nightmare Logic lands on February 24th via Southern Lord. The 8 track album is packed with heavy riffs and grooves that you’d come to expect from bands that come out of that area of the states. For me, the intro to ‘Waiting Around To Die’ is crushingly progressive but it’s their fusion ...

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Soen - Lykaia

Review: Soen – Lykaia

We’ve hit a point in the world of rock and metal where brilliant guitarists fill every corner. The rise and fall of djent has left us with an abundance of uniquely gifted players, and technical metal is going through a bit of a heydey. If you are a guitar nerd, there is more than enough people making incredible noises out ...

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Energy - Apparition Sound

Review: Energy – Apparition Sound

Despite having formed over ten years ago, Energy remain an unknown quantity to UK audiences. 2017 could be the year that changes. Having bagged a spot on Creeper’s upcoming album tour – due to said band’s respect for them – they now present us with Apparition Sounds and will be hoping that UK audiences take their goth-punk sound to heart. Well, ...

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