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The 100 word review.

Haerken – …Of Warriors and Kings

Haerken are a new European band, and their ten-song debut album, …Of Warriors and Kings, released in 2014, is a fresh face on the monolith that is extreme music. (At least for Latin, the ‘ae’ is pronounced “i”.) Modern, technical, crunchy, and fairly dry, the band’s sound could be described …

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The King Lot – Until My Dying Day – Single

The King Lot are a three piece Hard Rock and Roll band from West Lothian, Scotland who I have never heard much about until now! The band members have been friends for many years, and have written and recorded in various bands and projects together as well as achieving commercial …

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Osian – Rhizome

Osian is an alternative metal band from southern Italy, formed during the birth of the genre in the mid 90s. The band’s latest offering, Rhizome, is a six song disc that pays obvious homage to popular alternative music of that era: bands like Depeche Mode, Type O Negative, Ministry, The …

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Scream Maker – Livin’ In The Past

Appropriately titled, Livin’ In The Past by Poland’s Scream Maker is the band’s war cry and answer to the genre of power metal. With the help of star producer Alessandro Del Vecchio, they’ve nailed it: versatile, nicely ranged, fairly operatic, and genre-appropriate vocals matched to staccato archetypal guitar riffs, supported …

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Avelion – Liquid Breathing

Industrial music influenced Italian metallers Avelion released a three-song EP, titled Liquid Breathing, in November 2013. Highly focused on electronic or digital sounding instrumentation, the band incorporates a lot of different keyboard sounds, mixed with digital “djenty” guitar. Avelion, who revamped their lineup in 2013, describes themselves as melodic progressive …

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Aventus – Valley Of The Kings

Another contender in the overcrowded, glutted digital music revolution, Scotland’s Aventus put their spin on rock and roll with their latest disc, called Valley of the Kings. The recording has a warm, analog feel to it, and is nicely balanced and enjoyable. The band mix doomy, sludgy riffs with more …

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Colma Wolves – Orphaned

Edinburgh’s Colma Wolves have released a three-song EP, Orphaned. Songs begin slowly with distorted bass guitar, almost drone-like. The quality of Orphaned is best described as “basement practice room on an old four-track”, demo or hardcore-collector quality “only”. The recording is fairly muddy, and lacks the depth that would benefit …

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Babylon A.D. – The Lost Sessions, Fresno CA 93

Formed in 1988, Babylon A.D. hail from San Francisco, California. Former Arista recording artists, they dredged up at EP’s worth of previously-unreleased material. Titled The Lost Sessions, Fresno CA 93, and released on Perris Records, this EP serves as the band’s ‘appearance at the final UK Firefest’ teaser. The material …

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Moloch – Verwüstung

With Moloch, a true and grim underground black metal band has emerged, with most of their releases available as strictly limited editions! Hailing from dark, frozen Ukraine, Nocebo Records released an eight-song picture disc of Moloch’s material, titled Verwüstung. All lyrics are in Ukranian, but the song titles are in …

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Four Nights Gone – Resilience

Staten Island, New York’s Four Nights Gone recently released Resilience, a 5-song EP. This is the band’s second studio effort, professionally recorded at Vudu Studios with producer Mike Watts. Nicely mixed, clear and crisp, Resilience seems to be fairly straightforward, vanilla modern melodic rock: like fellow bands you’d hear on …

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Skinlepsy – Condemning the Empty Souls

Downtuned, digital, distorted, and defiant. That’s the first impression of Brazil’s Skinlepsy, who released their debut, Condemning the Empty Souls, on Shinigami Records. Nicely balanced, the recording is listenable even at low volume, but packs more punch “cranked up” a bit. This nine-song (with one intro) full-length album is nothing …

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No Sinner – Love is a madness

I don’t often review singles as there are so many great albums to review that singles rarely get a look in.  However sometimes a song is just so good that you can’t ignore it, and that’s the case with this release from No Sinner – “Love is a madness” The …

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Re-armed – Rottendam

Finnish death metal band Re-Armed formed in 2001 and over the years made and released a number of demos before finally releasing their debut album, “Worldwide hypnotize” in 2012.  Since then they’ve toured extensively and played festivals including Bloodstock in 2012.  Now they’re back with their second album, Rottendam. As …

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Western Sand – Western Sand [EP]

Hampshire, UK rockers Western Sand released a four-song, eponymous EP in 2013. Well-written and well-mixed, the EP is surprisingly polished for a debut. Songs have a nice, smooth idea flow. Tunes are mid-tempo, with chunky rock licks and a big backbeat; just the right amount of dirt for the grab …

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Wille and the Bandits – Grow

British “roots” rockers Wille and the Bandits released their full-length album, Grow, in 2013. This is an 11 track opus, consisting of varied tunes, with a sound fairly far from singer-songwriter folk and Americana that’s conjured up with usual thoughts of ‘roots’. The band has two secrets to their punchy …

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Your Last Wish – Desolation

Montreal, Canada’s Your Last Wish is a melodic extreme metal outfit featuring founding member Dave Gagne alongside a fresh crop of talented metalhead musicians. The band released 2013’s Desolation through Maple Metal Records. Desolation features 11 tracks of fairly intricately produced “melodeath”, showcasing the vocals of Roxana Bouchard. Tunes feature …

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The Cringe – Hiding in plain sight

New York rock band The Cringe are currently on tour in the UK supporting Steel Panther so will be hoping to impress fans with their live show before they release their new album in April.  The band formed in 2004 and consists of John Cusimano (vocals/guitar/keyboards), ex Air/Mr Bungle guitarist …

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Sweethead – Reverse Exorcism! [single]

The musical brainchild between Troy van Leeuwen (Failure, A Perfect Circle, Queens of the Stone Age) and Serrina Sims, California’s alt-rock Sweethead takes it’s name from a vintage “vulgar” David Bowie song, and it’s sound from the various eras of rock music. Premiered quietly in November 2013, the band’s catchy …

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Animus – Fall Of The Elite

Animus are a new Scottish “progressive metal band who draw influences from Djent, Tech, and Death metal bands.” On the cusp of their maiden tour, Animus, widely characterized as “Djent”, have released their nicely produced, four-song EP debut, Fall Of The Elite. They stick nicely to an extreme theme throughout …

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Raimund Burke – Get It 2.0

German guitarist Raimund Burke‘s latest full-length effort, Get It 2.0, mixes a keyboard-rich AOR type feel with progressive instrumental rock. The lead guitar parts do seem lyrical in spots, but the album doesn’t seem to jump magically from ‘instrumental rock’ to ‘rock and roll that just happens to be without …

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