Reviews

Senses Fail - In Your Absence

EP Review: Senses Fail – In Your Absence

Senses Fail‘s latest offering In Your Absence is striking for several reasons. Firstly the lack of the band’s signature heavy sound, replaced by a much calmer, lighter acoustic tone. Secondly by the weight offered up by the lyrics. Vocalist Buddy Nielsen’s wife reportedly suffers from multiple sclerosis and there is a real sense on this EP that the gravity of ...

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The Charm The Fury - The Sick, Dumb & Happy Review

The Charm The Fury – The Sick, Dumb & Happy Review

The Charm The Fury‘s second full-length offers up a whole new sound to what fans of the band will be used to and laces the influences of Pantera and Metallica throughout the record. Whilst the band admit this is fully intentional, the change leaves a sense that the band have not yet found the core sound they really want. This ...

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mastodon

Review: Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

Three years on from the release of Once More ‘Round The Sun, American heavy metal act Mastodon have returned to the front lines of the industry with the arrival of their seventh studio album, Emperor Of Sand. Their latest record hit physical and online stores on 31st March, and it’s fair to say that Atlanta’s furious four piece have delivered ...

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Varg - Götterdämmerung

Review: Varg – Götterdämmerung (God’s Dawn)

Immediately you can feel that vibe as German metallers Varg take to the speakers and rip you a new one. That Pagan beat and melodic groove that allows you to flirt with it before it takes control of your very being is just ground-breaking. Vocally seething and raw it bites like a champion pit bull, however, it does contain its ...

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Provoker - The Long Defeat

Review: Provoker – The Long Defeat

If I could describe The Long Defeat in one word it would be atmospheric. This debut five track EP from Provoker is good, very good, and perhaps that is down, in part, to a niggling notion throughout that, as good as it is through speakers and headphones, it very much needs to be seen live to be truly appreciated. And ...

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Johnossi Blood Jungle

Review: Johnossi – Blood Jungle

Johnossi, a seemingly unusual choice for a publication that specialises in rock and metal, but all the same the Swedish duo are renowned for their adaptability and their fifth studio album Blood Jungle is no different. Maintaining their unique framework of blending pop, rock and elements of dance Johnossi have continued to expand on that and, with Blood Jungle, create something ...

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ash wilson - broken machine

Ash Wilson – Broken Machine

Featuring members of King King and Chaka Khan’s band, alongside his brother Phil producing, co-writing and playing drums, on this his debut album, Ash Wilson mixes rock, blues and pop in a manner that while mainstream friendly packs a solid punch. Fuzzed feedback notes stir over a chugging chain-gang rhythm  for the blues rock ‘Show Me How To Love You’ ...

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Jethro Tull – The String Quartets

Jethro Tull – The String Quartets

Featuring the songs of Jethro Tull as written by band leader Ian Anderson, largely orchestrated and re-arranged by keyboard player John O’Hara (also of Tull and Anderson’s solo band) and chiefly featuring The Carducci Quartet as musicans, Jethro Tull – The String Quartets proves an interesting reinterpretation of songs that known by millions around the world, a number of them ...

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Diet Cig — Swear I'm Good At This

Review: Diet Cig — Swear I’m Good At This

The New York pop-punk duo DIET CIG have announced their debut album Swear I’m Good At This will be released via Frenchkiss Records on April 7th. Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman have been playing together for three years and are already widely known for their snappy live shows. If 1975 Blondie had just comprised of just Debbie & Clem they might ...

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Evil Scarecrow

HRH Hammerfest 2017: Saturday Highlights

All good things must come to an end, and this mindset hangs heavy in the air of the final day of Hammerfest 2017. As bleak as it feels, it’s not going to dampen any spirits, as roaring hordes of horn-throwing metal fans are racing to kick-start the glorious finale. Opening the ‘Young Blood’ portion of the festival is the Birmingham ...

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