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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.

Unhold – Towering (Czar of Crickets)

Unhold split up in 2012 after being together for 20 years. They released 3 full-length albums but it has been 7 years since the last release, so here they are back in 2015 with a new lineup and a most challenging affair of a new album. Most of the influences …

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Keeper / Sea Bastard – Split (Dry Cough)

This split brings together 2 of the most oppressive sounding bands to come from opposite sides of the Atlantic. First up is Keeper who hail from California and bring to the table a 14-minute dirge “777” which has a slow punishing beat with a guitar riff that lurches along at …

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Triptykon interview with Tom G. Warrior, December 2014

We met up with the legendary Thomas Gabriel Fischer (otherwise known as Tom G Warrior) before he took to the stage in Glasgow with his latest band Triptykon. A pioneering figure in the evolution of Extreme Metal first with the primitive Hellhammer and then Celtic Frost. Triptykon formed out of …

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Morbid Angel – Academy, Dublin – 07/12/14

Dublin has been a hotbed of gigs for the last couple of weeks and this one came at the end of a 3 night run, Saxon and Sabaton having played blistering shows over the previous 2 evenings. It is Sunday night in Dublin and the hordes came out from North, …

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Corr Mhóna – Dair

Corr Mhóna are an Irish band whom sings entirely in their native language. Formed in 2009 the bands released one ep in 2010 before going on hiatus but now have returned with this very impressive full length debut. In recent times there has been a trend to refer to music …

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Nuclear Perversion – Desolation Rituals

Hailing from Germany, this is the debut release and reeks of bestial butchery. There are many adjectives to describe how insanely inhumane this tape sounds; the guitars are full of buzz and are razor sharp in their delivery. Vocally the band have used a dose of reverb to achieve an …

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Alunah – Awakening the Forest

English band Alunah have been doing the rounds for a few years now and have appeared on prestige festival line-ups such as Desertfest and Hard Rock Hell. Awakening the Forest is their third full length release and one that sees a step up from the previous 2 records. Being roughly …

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Necroholocaust – Holocaustic Goat Metal (Iron Bonehead)

Canadian Black/Goat Metal band Necroholocaust have now delivered a full length after an 11 year existence and a myriad of 7” split releases. They continue the tradition of Christ bashing violence as laid down by forefathers such as Blasphemy and Conqueror. From the beginning this is utter chaos, riffs bashed …

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October 31 – Bury the Hatchet (Hells Headbangers)

Somewhat of an underground super-group featuring King Fowley (Deceased) and Jim Hunter (Twisted Tower Dire, While Heaven Wept). Both these guys have been associated with many classic underground recordings such as Deceased “Fearless Undead Machines”, While Heaven Wept “Of Empires Forlorn” and Twisted Tower Dire “The Isle of Hydra” which …

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Manimalism – Manimalism (Adversum)

What is post black metal really mean? It is a tag that provides a convenient and lazy description for music which deserves much more analysis and respect. This is what has been said about this band, it is far from the reality. As far as taking your time to put …

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Energumen – Void Spiritualism 7″ (Blood Harvest)

This is the debut 7” outing from this Swiss Death Metal outfit, the Swiss always seem to produce metal with that extra air of malevolence about it. Opening track “Self Abortion Ritual” instantly is reminiscent of Napalm Death’s “Mentally Murdered “period, the powerful bass driven guitar sound with that beautiful …

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Ascended Dead – Arcane Malevolence 7″ EP (Blood Harvest)

Ascended Dead hail from San Diego and present a four track 7” ep full of death metal violence. This is not your ultra modern produced and tweaked to within an inch of its life death metal, this is raw chaos. This is the second release by the band and first …

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Nautilus – Nautilus (Self-Released)

Nautilus are a 5 piece Stoner Doom act from Dublin Ireland. They began as a recording project in 2011 and released their first Ep ‘Trials’ in early 2013 and since have been gigging regularly around the Irish gig circuit. This is their second ep which boasts 6 tracks clocking in …

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Entombed AD – Back to the Front (Century Media)

One of the masters of the Swedish Death Metal scene has managed to split into 2 camps one being led by LG Petrov and another Entombed with Alex Hellid at the helm. This is the 10th release from the band and it will be interesting to see how the fanbase …

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Jesus Cröst – 1986

Jesus Crost are a 2 piece grind machine from the Netherlands who started life back in 1996 as a crustcore project. This is their 4th full length based upon the abhorrent subject of football. The album is based around the 1986 world cup final and whatever was special about it. …

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Nunslaughter – Angelic Dread (Hells Headbangers)

Nunslaughter are  a 7” single releasing machine, collectors of this band must be driven to drink trying to keep up with their release schedule. At last count they had 138 different releases since 1987. This is only their 4th full length release which is a double album made up of …

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Cemetery Lust – Orgies of Abomination (Hells Headbangers)

Another slab of pure depravity delivered from the Hells Headbangers label . Cemetery Lust crawling from Portland, Oregon have unleashed this their second full length. The band describe themselves as “Rape Thrash” so from the starting blocks you just know this is going to be nasty and not very politically …

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Eyehategod – Eyehategod (Century Media)

This is the first album from the Kings of New Orleans Sludge in fourteen years. In that time the band has been through the ringer and still managed to keep a profile alive throughout the underground. EHG is an incestuous outfit with members playing for other high profile bands such …

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KISS – 40-Decades of Decibels

Love or hate them they have been thrilling audiences worldwide now for 40 years. They were once the masters of disguise and rock‘n’roll legends and released an astounding 6 studio albums, 1 compilation, 2 live albums and 4 solo records all in the space of 5 years in the 70s. …

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