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Ruach Raah – Hate Fanaticism

A certain faction of the black metal fandom prefers raw, unpolished music, because it sounds more true or authentic to them. Ruach Raah, from Portugal, has arrived to add its spin on metal music to the genre’s already immense ranks. Hate Fanaticism, the band’s ten song album, is a mid-paced, …

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Monastery – Ripping Terror 91

A relic from extreme metal’s distant past, Monastery‘s Ripping Terror 91 demo seems to be part historical documentation and part nostalgia release. This trio of acclaimed musicians (Sinister‘s Aad Kloosterwaard and Ron van de Polder, plus Entombed‘s Lars Rosenberg) were still fresh faces in the death metal scene in 1991, …

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Bandit – Playfastordie

Rough, raw, and reckless, Playfastordie by America’s Bandit is a crazy run through basement-ethic punk, powerviolence, grindcore, and hardcore. The entire presentation is ‘underground’, with a B level mix coupled to new-level punk musicianship. They’ve got the basic beats, chords, and screams down, but need a lot of work on …

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Vomit Of Doom – ‘Obey The Darkness’

South America seems to spew forth new black metal bands with more regularity than a good dose of Epsom Salts could induce.  The latest to come to PM’s attention are Argentinian crew Vomit Of Doom, about whom we know nothing more than the fact that this ten-track 27-minute opus was …

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Oncology – ‘The Metastasis’ EP

Oncology is the branch of medicine that deals with the treatment of tumours – and particularly cancerous ones – while a metastasis is a secondary growth of a malignant tumour, separate from the primary one.  However, PM is a music website not a medical one, and therefore the particular branch …

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Kaine – Justice Injustice

I first heard soon to be released single ‘Justice Injustice’ when I was reviewing the Wildfire Festival in Lanark, Scotland in June. The song was that good I made it my highlight of Kaine’s  set and the recorded version certainly hits the mark. Lead vocalist Rage Sadler angrily barks like …

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Love Zombies – Be Honest

Love Zombies are a young British band with an American singer who have burst onto the scene in the last few months and who have already supported bands including Ash, The Primitives and Rock Goddess as well as playing Camden Rocks and Download festival.  Impressive stuff for a new band, …

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Shardborne – Living Bridges

Ireland’s Shardborne has released a seven song instrumental opus, titled Living Bridges. Formed in 2010, Shardborne released Aeonian Sequence, its four song debut EP, in 2011. Living Bridges is an odd, instrumental hybrid of progressive rock fusion, djent, atmospheric extreme metal, and regular thrash metal. Like listening to a great …

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RavenEye – Breaking Out

British band RavenEye may be a new name to many, but fans who saw Blues Pills on their latest UK tour will have seen RavenEye supporting them.  I saw their set in London and was really impressed, so the fact they’re releasing an EP in May is good news. RavenEye …

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Secret Rule – Transposed emotions

Italian band Secret Rule are a fairly new band, only forming at the start of 2014, but little more than a year later, they’re already releasing their debut album – Transposed emotions.  In addition to writing and recording an album in little more than a year after forming, they’ve also …

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Romeo’s Daughter – Spin

Spin is the fourth album from Romeos Daugher.  It seems hard to believe but it’s 27 years since the release of their self-titled 1988 debut album.  Sadly the band split in the early Nineties, but happily reformed a few years ago and released the excellent album “Rapture”.  Now three years …

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The Crunch – Neon Madonna (Single)

It’s only around 18 months since The Crunch released their debut album, but they’re already gearing up to release their second album in April.  Ahead of the release of the album they’ve released the first single from the album – Neon Madonna. In case you missed hearing about The Crunch …

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Tequila Mockingbird – T-byrds are go EP

“T-byrds are go” is the debut EP from Australian band Tequila Mockingbyrd.  The name is a nice play on the famous novel by Harper Lee (To Kill a mockingbird).  Tequila Mockingbird are a three-piece all-female band from Melbourne, and play some great rock and roll.  While bands like Airbourne or …

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Lillyé – Lillyé

  Lillyé a five piece hard rock band from Sydney, Australia released their self titled EP in Summer 2014. Fronted by Virginia Lillyé who, after a long stint performing in stage productions and rock bands in Germany, returned to Australia in 2008 and appeared on The Voice. Virginia then formed the band …

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Lyria – Catharsis

Lyria are a Symphonic Alternative Metal from Brazil that was founded by singer and songwriter Aline Happ.  After a crowdfunding campaign in 2014 they released their debut album, Catharsis. So, what can you expect from the album?  Well for a start you have the beautiful mezzo soprano vocals from Aline.  …

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Defy All Reason – Bad Blood (radio edit).

To be released mid/end of January 2015 and to be included on their full length debut album The Road Ahead at the end of March, ‘Bad Blood’ is probably the heaviest song I’ve heard from Defy All Reason but has enough hooks to make it widely accessible. It rolls along …

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Spiders – Shake electric

Swedish band Spiders have a retro sound – it’s more 1970’s than 2014, and that’s certainly not a bad thing given how many great bands were around in the 70s.  This album is the second album from the band – their debut album, “Flash point” was released in 2012.  Musically …

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One – New Life [single]

“New Life”, by Warsaw native One (name: Adam Malicki), is a random find from a boredom-trawl on Twitter that asks for your attention. Freshly released, this single is a guitar-heavy instrumental track that opens with a waltzing, cracked funhouse flair. Rapidly shifting gears to synth-laden blues rock, and then to …

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Sky valley mistress – Rivals, hounds & rebel sisters

Sky valley mistress are a rock and roll band from Blackburn that has just released their latest EP – “Rivals, hounds & rebel sisters”. There’s a strong Blues influence in the music, and you might detect influences such as Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath but what hits you immediately is …

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