Reviews

Dragonhammer - Obscurity

Review: Dragonhammer – Obscurity

Dragonhammer is a five-piece Italian band who’ve been around for fifteen years and have become one of Italy’s unsung power metal heroes. They’ve released several albums in their time together and, according to their label Magic Kingdom, “Obscurity is the album that will be the band’s definitive consecration into the international scene”.  Even allowing for the very odd usage of ...

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Ne Obliviscaris - Urn

Review: Ne Obliviscaris – Urn

Australia’s Ne Obliviscaris have always stood in a field of one, even within the progressive metal scene which has many diverse acts. Their brand of techy, classical influenced metal is unlike any other band, so it has been interesting to see how their sound has developed over their last two albums. Their first, Portal Of I, was a vibrant and ...

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Jamie Lenman - Devolver

Review: Jamie Lenman – Devolver

Post-hardcore polymath Jamie Lenman’s career has taken some very interesting turns since his departure from Reuben. After a five year break from music, his first solo album Muscle Memory was a double album filled half with delicate country/folk and half with abrasive, harsh hardcore. Now, he returns with another full length, Devolver, an album whose singles started to be released ...

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Veil Of Maya - False Idol

Review: Veil Of Maya – False Idol

False Idol is Veil Of Maya’s first album since 2015’s Matriarch, an album which elevated their already considerable status in the world of tech metal. With the addition of versatile vocalist Lukas Magyar, they created a vibrant, neon world in which twisting riffs and huge choruses sat side by side and complemented each other perfectly. What this did serve to ...

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wednesday 13

London celebrates an early Halloween with Wednesday 13.

The Islington Academy queue on Saturday night was dressed in spooky outfits, horror make-up, crazy wigs and fake blood as Wednesday 13 landed in the UK for a trio of shows this October in support of ‘Condolences’, following a North American tour. After Manchester and Glasgow, fans couldn’t wait for them to come and play in the capital which is ...

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Slipknot’s Day Of The Gusano

Review: Slipknot’s Day Of The Gusano – Live In Mexico

Circus of the insane; congregation of the maggots; this could only be Slipknot. On 5th December 2015, after 16 long years since their debut self-title dropped, the nine finally reached Mexico City as they historically play Knotfest the only way they know how: by tearing the country’s capitol a new fucking ‘Knot hole.

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Lochness Monster – Fables

Review: Lochness Monster – Fables

Miami based alternative rock four-piece Lochness Monster released their debut album Fables at the beginning of this year, which really puts it into perspective 10 months down the line. Looking over the other releases 2017 has to offer, there’s some potential to be had here but ultimately misses the mark.

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Blackmores Night Winter Carols

Blackmore’s Night – Winter Carols

The folk rock outfit Blackmore’s Night, which is spearheaded by the talented Candice Night and the living legend that is Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow), has been quite prolific and productive ever since its inception back in 1997. Countless albums and releases have seen the light of day since then, but the actual quality of the music has wavered a ...

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Antipope - Denial Survival

Review: Antipope – Denial / Survival

Antipope are a band from Finland who, in their early days, were full-on death metal, and they once described their music as being an energetic amalgam of heavy metal and black metal, but with prog overtones. Since that time, however, they’ve begun to absorb other elements into their music, and they now incorporate other assorted styles from right across the ...

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Cannibal Corpse Red Before Black

Review: Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black

Referred to as the most controversial band of all time and the most important Death Metal band of all time, Buffalo Death Metal legends Cannibal Corpse return seemingly out of nowhere with their 14th studio album Red Before Black. The key word to describe Cannibal Corpse is consistent, they are a band that have released quality content over the three ...

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