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Dave McCallum

Old enough to know better. I have been a metalhead for a long time, I am a lifelong collector of vinyl and cds, the more the better.

Slough Feg’s Mike Scalzi Interview

Slough Feg have been around since the early 90’s and have released 8 critically acclaimed studio records as well as numerous splits and played worldwide to a loyal fanbase. Whilst they may not be familiar to most, once heard they will never be forgotten. Mike Scalzi of Slough Feg took some time …

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Kuolemanlaakso – Tullijousten

Finland has long been the purveyors of fine Doom including Reverend Bizarre, Unholy, Skepticism and Swallow the Sun, which leads into Kuolemanlaakso whom feature a member of Swallow the Sun. This is the second full length release and sits somewhere in the land of doom with a gothic tinge. The …

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Slough Feg – Digital Resistance (Metal Blade)

Slough Feg have been in business since the early 90s and are now presenting their ninth studio album on a major independent label. This band have released album after album of quality heavy metal channeling Maiden, Lizzy and the NWOBHM. While the influences are obvious the overall sound is unique …

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Chapel –Satan’s Rock N Roll (Invictus)

Spewing forth from Vancouver, Canada with an addictive blend  of Motorhead playing Venom.  Every tune on this is a winner with barely any song going over the 3 minute mark. The band emblazon their influences clearly on their studded leather jackets which even look like they stink of sweat and …

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Solstice – Death’s Crown is Victory (White Horse)

Solstice hail from the depths of Yorkshire and have been challenging and berating the mainstream since 1991. At the helm of this mighty ship is the formidable Rich Walker who has steered the band through multiple line up changes and labels but has never bowed down to ideals of the …

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Altar of Betelgeuze – Darkness Sustains the Silence

Finland has a history of  producing a lot of top notch death and doom bands such as Hooded Menace, Reverend Bizarre, Unholy and Skepticism to name but a few. This is Altar of Betelgeuze’s  debut album with only one prior EP release in 2012. The band has mixed the styles …

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Red Dragon Cartel – Red Dragon Cartel (Frontiers Records)

It has been nearly 20 years since Jake E Lee (Ex Ozzy, Badlands) has released anything as high profile as Red Dragon Cartel. He quietly disappeared from the limelight as Badlands more or less imploded when Ray Gillen left in 1991. Since then all has been quiet. The press and …

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Malevolence – Antithetical (Carbon Medien)

Hailing from Portugal and have been around since 1994, this release is their 3rd full length. The band includes in its line-up Aires Pereira from Moonspell. There is not a lot of information regarding this band which whisks up an air of mystique even before the music starts. From the …

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October 31 – Gone to the Devil EP (Hells Headbangers Records)

October  31 Formed back in 1995 and is a collaboration of members from other well respected underground bands among them King Fowley (Deceased) and Jim Hunter(While Heaven Wept, Twisted Tower Dire). The title track is a quick of the mark with a riff dragged straight from the 80s, rib cracking …

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Beastmilk – Climax (Svart)

Beastmilk were formed in Helsinki Finland in 2010. Formed by the aptly named Goatspeed and Kvohst to create what they describe as “apocalyptic post-punk.” They were quickly picked up by the Svart label after the release of their debut demo “White Stains On Black Tape” which sold out fast and …

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Deicide – In the Minds of Evil (Century Media)

This legendary death metal band have become somewhat of a parody in the last few years due to the antics of frontman Glen Benton. Once upon a time Benton was extremely cool and bucked against the accepted norm of worldwide Christian society and I for one as an impressionable 16 …

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Brutal Truth/Bastard Noise – The Axiom of Post Humanity (Relapse)

Legendary grind merchants Brutal Truth teaming up with Bastard Noise on paper is a proposition that should produce a noise of catastrophic proportions. Alas it is not to be, this collaboration has produced an experience that fades into the background along with a hundred other Power Electronics style projects. Dan …

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Volture- On the Edge (High Roller)

Volture is the brainchild of bassist Ryan Waste (known for his work with Municipal Waste) and guitarist Nick Poulus (an ex-member of Cannabis Corpse). The band was formed in Richmond VA in November 2008. The band sound like a mixture of classic US metal with more of a leaning towards …

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Slutvomit- Swarming Darkness (Invictus)

What a great name and instantly summons up images of filth, depravity and altogether general unpleasantness. Hailing from Seattle this band have the corpse paint the classic 3 piece line-up, studs, spikes and a general air of not caring what you do or think. From the opening bars of ”Swarming …

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Ministry From Beer To Eternity (AFM)

Once upon a time Ministry were the leaders in their field with imitators a long way behind. With a career that spanned 25 years + until they decided to call it a day a few years back. They now appear to be hellbent on tarnishing that solid gold reputation with what …

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Primitive Man – Scorn (Relapse)

Vomited into existence from Denver Colorado in early 2012, this is the re-release of their debut record on Relapse records. Relapse has generally as a rule been on the ball when it comes to picking up bands that are primal and downright ignorant to the ears and this band are …

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Panzerchrist – 7th Offensive

As the title suggests this is this Danish Death Metal band’s 7th album. Panzerchrist have been doing the rounds since 1993 and whilst not as prolific as some; their less is more approach when releasing albums works.  The band is a revolving door of musicians but has at one point …

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Goatess – Goatess (Svart)

Goatess arrived on the scene in 2009 from Stockholm and since then there has been a steady buzz building around them. There really is no way to window dress this album, it has taken the Sabbath plagiarism to such a degree that is just sounds ridiculous. The first track “Know …

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Impiety – The Impious Crusade EP (Hells Headbangers Records)

Impiety hail from Singapore and have been at the game of Death/Black metal since 1990 with an impressive discography. It has been many years since I have heard new Impiety material and I am pleased to discover that they have not taken their foot of the pedal at all. The …

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