There has been considerable pressure put on Swedish melodic death metal legends Arch Enemy over the past few years particularly since the departure of founding guitarist Chris Amott and long time vocalist Angela Gossow, surprisingly their first album with the new lineup, War Eternal, was the strongest release from the band in quite some time and with once again a ...Read More »
The Norwegian black metal outfit Sarke has grown into a musical force to be reckoned with and spawned a sound and an identity that they can rightfully...
After 24 years together as a band, Papa Roach showed London no signs of letting up anytime soon. Jacoby Shaddix, Jerry Horton, Tobin Esperance, and To...
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London outfit Wren have finally released upon the Earth their debut full length release ‘Auburn Rule’. At just five tracks long, the post-metal/sludge...
Make no mistake, The Pardoner is nothing of an apology, and they have little to apologize for. The links between metal and classical music have often ...
In the late 1980s, Vixen were one of the few bands that looked like women who actually were women. They achieved some success during that hair-metal e...
The best part about Autumn, other than pumpkin spice lattes, is arguably Halloween. Especially for the rock community who relish in everything ghoulis...
Playing to a packed room at the Electric Ballroom, the foursome from Derby proved just why “Everybody Wants” a piece of them these days. The band, nam...
Author Paul Roland has written three previous books on Marc Bolan, each taking a different point of view, presumably offering new insights as added research and interviews lead to further information. The previous one, Cosmic Dancer, he felt in hindsight too critical so to remedy that he has produced Metal Guru. Not that it is merely an extensive fan letter, ...Read More »
Fresh off the back of a UK tour, which included playing two prestigious outdoor dates at Ramblin’ Man and Bloodstock, their first festival dates in this country, comes the latest album from Maryland’s Lionize. Their follow-up to 2014’s Jetpack Soundtrack, which was the band’s best received album up to date. Lionize are a four-piece ensemble who’ve been around for a decade ...Read More »
Texas sludge/noise metal group Crawl bring us their latest opus, This Sad Cadv’r. This Sad Cadav’r is made up of three tracks, each simply titled ‘I’, ‘II’ and ‘III’. Maybe because it doesn’t need to go any further – the songs easily speak for themselves. This EP is dark, dank and depraved. It is roughly 30 minutes of heavy, slow, ...Read More »
If there is one description that hits the nail on the head with Crimson Star, it must be the words ‘hard rock’ but also add in ‘melodic’ as ‘The Pragmatist’ begins. Its bludgeoning melodic encounter is not only pumping magic but it blows your mind into a pleasurable void as you listen to the hard hitting bass and seamless shredding ...Read More »
The reason I picked this album was for a few reasons actually first of all their name, Faces in the Bog, conjured up a lot of strange imagery. Secondly the description: “A gruelling, harrowing, disturbing yet fulfilling album” and the title of the band’s 7 track E.P Ego Death. So with all that in mind it was a no-brainer and some things ...Read More »
Typical grindcore that will eat you alive and only lasts a few minutes for you to get your lugholes round at times, but doesn’t everyone like grindcore? Maybe not, it is very eye opening and jaw dropping the first time you experience it but seen live there is no going back – the anger, the hatred is all mixed into ...Read More »
Helpless describe themselves as ‘Metal/Punk/Whatever’. The ‘whatever’ bit had me thinking, it sounds very experimental meaning ‘anything goes’ and the band have certainly captured a ‘ruptured spleen’ sort of sound but I can’t help feeling attracted towards it – maybe it is because I love something quirky and extreme and they hit the mark on both accounts. For me it ...Read More »
Fleshpress’ latest release Hulluuden Muuri is the band’s seventh full length release since they formed in 1998 and it is clear that the band are out to make their listeners feel as uncomfortable as possible with this album. The album artwork alone should give an idea of the things that lay ahead, with a distinct Gene Simmons looking head over ...Read More »
Hundred Sun, are a three piece made up of ex-Every Time I Die, Dead and Divine and current Norma Jean members. With that background it would be easy to go into debut album, The Prestallis, with a preconceived notion of what to expect. While elements of each band are inescapably there, there is also something new on display, less hard ...Read More »