Album Reviews

Review: Mastodon – Once More ’Round The Sun

Since Mastodon released the amazing ‘The Hunter’ in 2012, their stock has been rising higher and higher. ‘The Hunter’ entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in at the Top 10 and found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics’ lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and many more. So, the release of new album ...

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Review: enkElination – Tears of Lust

enkElination (enkeli – meaning Angel in Finnish) was formed in November 2011 by classically trained former opera singer Elina Siirala. She moved to London in 2008 and fell in love with the power and performance of rock and metal. In 2012 she started working with a guitar player Shadow Venger, whose previous band Empyreal Destroyer was voted as the best ...

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Review: Tankard – RIB

Founded in 1982 in Frankfurt, Germany their first sign of life was recorded in 1986 and indicated that not only the Ruhr district is the home of the growing German thrash metal scene. Since then they recorded almost as precisely as a clockwork one piece of finest thrash metal after another never taking themselves too seriously, enjoying their music and ...

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Review: Equilibrium – Erdentempel

Track-by-track With a thunderous mighty roar or pure power ‘Erdentempel‘ – (Earth Temple) explodes into life with ‘Ankunft‘, which literally means arrival. Now we know ‘Erdentempel’ is alive and kicking the next track ‘Was Lange Wahrt’ – (What is long is maintained) is no surprise – its epic frame and lively sounds are forced proudly through the speakers and into ...

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Review: Madball – Hardcore Lives

Hardcore, one genre that has changed profoundly over the years, changing from an energetic statement fuelled machine to a sludgy, grimy down tempo beat down. However MADBALL, have stayed true to the path which the song ‘True School’ perfectly summarises, “Respect the old ways, but its a new day”. The band’s 8th studio album ‘Hardcore Lives’, fits the original style ...

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Review: Dead Harts – Cult For the Haggard Youth

There must be something in the water in Sheffield, as recent years have seen the Steel City producing some fantastic music. Joining their contemporaries in bands like While She Sleeps, are hardcore mob Dead Harts. Their follow up to 2010’s ‘Born into Rags to Die into Riches‘ is ‘Cult for the Haggard Youth’ – an eleven-track slab of experimental hardcore, ...

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Review: Deathstars – The Perfect Cult

Deathstars are a Swedish gothic metal band from Strömstad. Formed in 2000, the group are noted for their dark horror-themed lyrics, pessimistic and misanthropic social commentary, distinctive trademark face paint, dark stage uniforms and physical appearances that correspond to gothic fashion. ‘The Perfect Cult’ has been captured in several studios: drums, guitars and bass were recorded in Bohus Sound Recording, ...

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Review: Goatwhore – Constricting Rage of the Merciless

It’s been sixteen years since Goatwhore reared its menacing head from the swamplands of New Orleans, Louisiana — a city rife with urban tales of voodoo curses, witchcraft and hauntings by souls of the damned. Spawned by former Acid Bath/Crowbar guitarist Sammy Duet in 1997, their winding legacy follows a dramatic, at times traumatic, sequence of personnel changes, fatal injuries, ...

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Review: Confession – No More Fucking Fear

‘No More Fucking Fear’ – a motto we could all learn from. When you’ve been through it all, and come out of the other side unscathed and with a higher understanding, it’s safe to say that you no longer need fear your problems and the unquestionable uncertainty of life. Aussie band Confession‘s front man Michael Crafter certainly feels this way. The band’s ...

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Review: Feed The Rhino – The Sorrow And The Sound

The difficult third album. It is often seen by bands as a point where some changes need to be made and they are not always good. There are an immeasurable number of bands that have gone too far down the rabbit hole of creativity and emerge at the other end with something that either taints or destroys what would otherwise have been a pivotal ...

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