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Josh Todd And The Conflict – Year Of The Tiger

Year Of The Tiger is the new album from Buckcherry front man Josh Todd under the guise of Josh Todd & The Conflict.  Joining Josh are the Los Angeles trio of Steve Dacanay, Sean Winchester and Gregg Cash.  This album is rock and roll, hardcore, a bit punk but overall …

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Wintersun – The Forest Seasons

The Forest Seasons is the new studio concept album from Helsinki based Wintersun.  Scandinavian epic metal on a grand scale. Wintersun are Jari Mäenpää (Vocals, Guitar), Teemu Mäntysaari (Guitar), Jukka Koskinen (Bass), Kai Hahto (Drums). No one could ever accuse Wintersun of being prolific in their output having produced only three studio albums since 2004.  Various reasons contributing …

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Unleash The Archers – Apex

Apex is the new concept album from Canadian power metal outfit Unleash The Archers which was released on 2nd June through Napalm records.  The album tells the story of the Immortal having been woken up from his mountain home and feeling excited to see the world again after a thousand years.  But who …

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Apallic – Of Fate And Sanity

  Of Fate And Sanity is the debut album from progressive death metal band Apallic.  A follow up to their Somnium EP released in December 2015.  Hailing from the north west German town of Emden, the five piece, who formed in 2014, according to their website have produced an album the concept of which deals …

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SikTh – The Future In Whose Eyes?

If there is one thing you are guaranteed with any SikTh release it is that it will not be an easy listen.  No relaxing, sitting back and quietly enjoying it.  No sticking the tunes on in the car to while away those kilometres.  No headphones on to relax you off to sleep …

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Primal Age – A Silent Wound EP

  A Silent Wound is the new EP from French hardcore outfit Primal Age.  Hailing from the city of Rouen, north west of Paris, the five piece have produced an EP of original material and a medley of Slayer songs as a tribute to late guitarist Jeff Hanneman and Mika Adjennian …

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Heavy Scotland Festival, Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 1st and 2nd April 2017

Being an Edinburgh resident and finding out last year there was to be a heavy metal festival weekend in my home city I couldn’t help but think it was some kind of a wind up.  It was to start on 1st April and this is Edinburgh after all; the city of the world-renowned arts festival …

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Alunah – Solennial

Solennial is the fourth album from Birmingham based foursome Alunah.  If you like your doom metal a bit old style and with a folk slant then this is the album for you.  Band Members: Sophie Day – Vocals & Guitar, David Day – Guitar, Daniel Burchmore – Bass, Jake Mason – Drums. The album kicks …

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The Devil In Faust – Come Apart EP

The Devil in Faust, Come Apart EP is eventually here and it has been a long wait.  After being impressed with their video single for Dark Places back in December 2014 it has seemed like forever for this EP to appear.  The two further singles released in 2015 (Forsaken and So Clever) only added to …

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Our Hollow Our Home – Hartsick

Hartsick is the debut album from Southampton based band Our Hollow Our Home.   With the album due out on 3rd March, Connor Hallisey – Vocals, Tobias Young – Guitar/Vocals, Josh White – Guitar, Bobby Brooks – Bass and Nick Taliadoros – Drums have produced a great slab of British metalcore that brings the genre back to its basic elements. The album has …

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Camel Of Doom – Terrestrial

The Camel of Doom re-released album Terrestrial is to put it bluntly a tough listen for those not familiar with the psych/doom genre.  On the other hand, for those that know all about it, what joy this album brings.  Kris Clayton, the driving force behind Camel Of Doom, has been making music since he was a 13 …

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Splintered Halo – The Splintered Minds Asylum

The Splintered Minds Asylum is the debut album from Glasgow based Splintered Halo.  If this album guarantees you one thing it is that you will likely not have heard anything like this before.  I caught up with front woman Evilyn Van Der Hyden, who is the driving force for the band, to discuss her influences …

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Dark Tranquillity – Atoma

Here we have Atoma, the latest album release from Dark Tranquillity.  Dark Tranquillity have been producing music for over 25 years and this is likely the most accomplished and musically complete collection of songs so far. Dark Tranquillity have that great ability to produce the traditional Scandinavian melodic death metal sound we are …

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SikTh – Death Of A Dead Day

Happy 10th anniversary to SikTh‘s Death Of A Dead Day which was originally released back in the distanct past of June 2006.  To mark this significant milestone,  Peaceville Records chose to re-release the album in September 2016.  So how do you review a 10 year old selection of songs that have already had an …

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Amaranthe – Maximalism

OK, cards on the table, I really like Amaranthe.  There I’ve said it.  Ever since coming across Within Temptation a decade or so ago I have had a soft spot for the the female fronted melodic death metal genre and with Maximalism. Amaranthe have managed to keep me hooked in it. With this …

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Elder Druid – Magicka EP

You would think with a name like Elder Druid this band had been sacrificing goats to some other worldly God these past few years.  Not so, once you find out that it is a group of former school friends and sometime students from Ballymena in Northern Ireland who have embraced …

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Soilwork – Death Resonance

Death Resonance from Soilwork is a collection of tracks that probably should not work but does in a kind of strange way.  Two new offerings, Helsinki and Death Resonance, along with 13 rare, previously unreleased and remixed tracks gives us an opportunity to hear how the Soilwork sound has progressed over the years. Normally you may wonder as …

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Vader – Iron Times EP

While we all wait for Vader to release their next album “The Empire,” which has been put back to 4th November 2016 we are provided with a little teaser which is the Iron Times EP.  Four songs to keep us ticking over until the November onslaught.  This release can be bought in varying vinyl versions …

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Countless Skies – New Dawn

The son of Be’lakor has been born and Countless Skies is his name. The Hertfordshire foursome of Ross King – Vocals and Guitars, James Pratt – Guitars, Phil Romeo – Vocals and Bass and Nathan Robshaw – Drums have produced a stunning debut album that has everything you would want …

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