Album Reviews

Review: Blink-182 – California

Twenty-one years since the release of their debut album, ‘Cheshire Cat’, a lot has happened in the Blink-182 camp within recent years. With 2011’s Neighbourhoods showcasing a more ‘mature’ sound for the trio known for their dick jokes and music video nudity, many listeners were pretty torn on the release. The problem is, when you hit an age where you’re ...

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Review: A Devil’s Din – Skylight

A Devil’s Din confess to being influenced by late sixties psychedelic music and early seventies prog. A band ripe for those currently imbibing on such retro sounds to check out then? Well, while early King Crimson is evoked in the latter part of title track ‘Skylight’ and Barrett-era Pink Floyd felt on the scary acid trip of ‘Never The Same ...

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Review: Ray Wilson – Song For A Friend

Ray Wilson? Many of us know the pedigree less so the music: ‘Inside’ was a great post-grunge hit single come cool Levi’s jeans advert and ‘Congo’ a solid return to credibility for a band whose parent album Calling All Stations we never gave a fair crack of the whip. Genesis and Stiltskin are just two words among many that you’ll ...

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Review: Mindscar – What’s beyond the light?

‘I Am The Bad Man’ starts with thunderous lures. Mindscar kick up some dirt throttling the ears with their metalcore madness and vocally ripping out some throaty savage lyrics, it’s music to my ears! ‘Headless’ doesn’t creep – it wouldn’t know how to, but it frantically rips out a demonic weave of brutal and extreme together, increasingly manhandling the audial until it ...

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Review: Death Angel – The Evil Divide

  Not every band can live up to a legacy but every once in a while a group exceeds expectations by pushing boundaries in a genre they’ve helped create. Among the youngest bands ever to storm the metal genre, Death Angel has come to be known as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the thriving Bay Area ...

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Review: Grand Magus – Sword Songs

  Sword Songs is Grand Magus’s eight album to date and it seems to already be creating a stir on the metal scene, the mere fact that their music is anthemic and out for vengeance is definitely keeping the genre alive and kicking! First on the album is ‘Freyja’s Choice’ and houses some death elements with the vocal rousing, manifesting ...

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Review: Nothing Lies Beyond – Fragile Reality

Hailing from Tel-Aviv, Israel, melodic death metal outfit Nothing Lies Beyond formed in 2011. Soon after their inception the band recorded a demo ‘Fading Beyond False Eyes’ and hit the local circuit, playing small club shows which eventually led the band to appearances on bills with the likes of Salem, Dark Tranquillity and Children Of Bodom. Having recently completed work ...

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Review: Red Dawn – Algorithm of Destruction

Red Dawn is a death-metal band originally from Rennes in Brittany. Created in 2013, the training consisted of Thomas on drums, Val bass, and Nours on Vocals. While the guitars are executed by Flo and Chris. With influences as The Faceless, Necrophagist, Decapitated, Aborted or Gorod, the group officiates in a decidedly brutal and technical style. The guitars with fast ...

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Review: Red Spektor – Red Spektor

Red Spektor Red Spektor is to be released 29th May 2016 via Kosmik Artifactz It seems as if Black Sabbath created more than just metal when they lured everyone in with their heavy deep grooves that were doom laden and deceptive. As stoner was created from it, although mixed with psychedelia and blues it becomes something else entirely. These three ...

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Review: ARCHITECTS – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

These are uncertain times. A theme prevalent across Architects latest album, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us. The seventh studio release makes a new stamp on a genre Architects were so instrumental in building. Bringing new levels of depth, heaviness and unsettling darkness to what many consider a stale genre. Everything about this album deserves your attention. A beautifully worked ...

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