Simon Bower

Rock/Metal junkie living in beautiful Anglesey.Love live music and have a musical taste which can go from Cannibal Corpse to Kate Bush in the blink of an eye.

The Infernal Sea interviewed at Bloodstock 2017

  Never a band to hold anything back, The Infernal Sea laid waste to Bloodstock on the Thursday night We caught up with the guys on the Friday to see how things went, and to discuss the new material and the bands future plans https://www.facebook.com/theinfernalsea/    

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Ramage Inc interviewed at Bloodstock 2017

    We managed to grab Bryan on the Friday at Bloodstock, having opened the festival the night before with Ramage Inc   We talk about the set, their recent trip to Poland, Bryan’s love of the Cello, new material and much more https://www.facebook.com/RamageInc/  

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Mastiff – Bork

    Mastiff, Hull’s filthiest and heaviest export return with ’Bork’, a 25 minute assault on everything you hold dear   Following on from 2016’s self released eight track album ’Wrank’, Mastiff have now teamed up with APF Records and recorded a 6 track E.P. that really raises the bar. …

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Zaraza – Spasms Of Rebirth

      The reformed and reanimated Zaraza present a dark and sinister soundscape with ‘Spasms Of Rebirth’   Originally formed in the early 90’s Zaraza were inactive for just a shade under ten years before reigniting in 2015. Leaning towards the sludge/doom end of the spectrum the band consisting …

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Galderia – Return Of The Cosmic Men

          French Power Metal exponents Galderia return with ‘Return Of The Cosmic Men’, quite possibly one of the most catchy and melodic albums you will hear all year   Formed in Marseille in 2006 they already have a debut album called ‘The Universality’ from 2012 under …

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The White Swan – The White

      Following on from their debut E.P. ‘Anubis’, The White Swan have released ‘The White’, another E.P. format release and well worth checking out Brimming with dark doom and stoner riffs, this three track really packs a powerful punch and wades in at an impressive 18 or there …

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Jotnar interview

It’s certainly been a hectic year so far for the melodic death metal band Jotnar. Already with a cracking album release in ‘Connected/Condemned’ , a tour slot with Sonic Syndicate under their belts, and some major festival slots on the horizon, things are certainly looking good. Despite the hectic schedule, …

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Ethos – Shade And Soil

      Ethos return to the limelight with their second full length album ‘Shade And Soil’ tucked firmly under their wing. Following on from 2012’s well received debut ‘Vessels’, writing actually began back in 2014, showing how much of a labour of love this album has become. The attention …

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Anathema – The Optimist

        Anathema return with ‘The Optimist’ but how does it stand up to its most recent and perhaps most comparable predecessors , 2012’s highly influential ‘Weather Systems’ and 2014’s incredible ‘Distant Satellites’ I believe it was a certain Winston Churchill that once said “To improve is to …

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Connected/Condemned – Jotnar

Jotnar , Spain’s purveyors of Melodic Death Metal have just unleashed their debut full length album titled ‘Connected/Condemned’ via Massacre Records, and what a breath of fresh air it turns out to be The bands line up and vision has changed and evolved a lot since the release of the …

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Mammoth Mammoth – Mount The Mountain

Mammoth Mammoth (so good they named them twice) return to the fore with an unstoppable and uncompromising album ‘Mount The Mountain’, a release that sees them up the ante and push themselves up into the higher echelons of the music scene The band have been around for some ten years …

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Liv Sin – Follow Me

Liv Sin embarks on a new chapter with her hard hitting debut solo album ‘Follow Me’ After thirteen years playing in Sister Sin, when the band finally called it a day in 2015 it must have been a very strange feeling for vocalist Liv Jagrell . However, obviously not a …

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My Silent Wake – Invitation To Imperfection

          My Silent Wake return with ‘Invitation To Imperfection’, and what a return it is, following on as it does from 2016’s excellent ‘An Unbroken Threnody’     One word that can never be used to describe My Silent Wake is ‘lazy’, as they always seem …

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Bereft – Lands

        Four piece Bereft release an amazing four track album in the form of ‘Lands’   I just love the myriad of sub genres that Metal throws up, and Blackened Doom is one of my favourites. To be fair it’s possibly nothing new , the two genres …

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Illimitable Dolor – Illimitable Dolor

      Illimitable Dolor release an amazing self titled album which is a wonderful tribute to former musician and fellow The Slow Death band member Greg Williamson, who sadly passed away a while ago   Penned by Stuart Prickett (Guitar/Keys and Vocals) these four monumental tracks are as fine …

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Eternal Fear – Killing Time

      Sweden’s Eternal Fear return with their fifth studio album release “Killing Time”, an opus that sees them continue on an upward spiral.     Fashions come and go, fads hit the spotlight, only to fade away as time marches on but that classic Metal riff never fails …

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Megacone interview, Holyhead (Dublin Packet) 28/02/17

It was a pleasure to get to chat with the five lads from Megacone on the eve of their first ever tour away from Dublin A really talented group of musicians who are out on a mission to bring something fresh and different to the table. Be sure to catch …

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ScenarioII – A New Dawn

      With their fresh and unique twist on the Melodic Death genre, Scenario II return with a momentous new offering in the form of ‘A New Dawn’   From the dark and malevolent opening strains of intro track ‘The Darkest Hour’, I was hooked. Conjuring a vision of …

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Akoma – Revangels

  January 2017 marks the release of the debut album from Akoma, titled Revangels. And although so early in the calendar, this surely has to be a contender for Symphonic Metal’s album of the year. Remember this bands name, for they are destined for the very top Symphonic, Gothic, Female …

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Obzidian – Obliteration Process

        Obzidian return with their third full length album ‘Obliteration Process’, marking a triumphant follow up to 2014’s acclaimed ‘Concrete Psychosis’, and what a hefty slab of Metal it proves to be       ‘Obliteration Process’ is one of those albums that just does not mess …

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