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.

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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Massacre – Back From Beyond (Century Media)

Massacre came into existence as far back as 1984 and disbanded and reformed a multitude of times before Rick Rozz, Bill Andrews and Terry Butler all joined Death for the ‘Leprosy’ album. Soon after that line-up dissolved, the three went back to Massacre, with Kam Lee at the helm and …

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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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