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Newman/Under Southern Skies cd

Newman where formed in 1997 by Singer/Guitarist Steve Newman. He enlisted the help of Mark Mulholland (Drums) and William Marshall (Bass) for the first self titled album which was subsequently released in Germany that following year. In 1999 Newman signed to a British label for a four album deal which …

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Evergaze Eternity – Uninvolved (CD)

“Uninvolved” is the debut album for Gothic Metal project Evergaze Eternity, which consists of two stable members, Giovanni (keyboards) and Valeria (vocals). The album has been produced by Marco Ribecai (Eldritch/Node) at Syncropain Studios and mixed at Mastering Room AB by Goran Finnberg. It includes ten songs in a very …

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Basanos – Cracking The Sledge (CD)

Basanos were established at the end of 2007 in Vienna, Austria. After playing many successful shows across Austria, Basanos decided in summer 2009 to produce their demo “Kill The Master”. Full of new ideas and motivated by the positive feedback from national and international magazines, the band started to search …

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Arch/Matheos – Sympathetic Resonance

In 2010, Jim Matheos (Fates Warning & OSI) and John Arch (ex Fates Warning) teamed up to form the new progressive metal band, ARCH/ MATHEOS. The band -accompanied by the talented lineup of Joey Vera on bass, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar- began tracking the drums for their debut …

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What The Night Brings – Bound by Apathy (E.P)

[media-credit name=”What The Night Brings” align=”aligncenter” width=”425″][/media-credit]  Forming in Buckinghamshire in 2008 this brutal, hard-hitting metal fused hardcore act have gone from strength to strength, making the most of having their single “Sewn Shut” appear on a Metal Hammer sampler cd in October 2010, gaining support slots with bands such …

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Devin Townsend Project – Ghost CD review

Ghost is the fourth and final part to the epic album collection by the extremely talented guitarist and vocalist Devin Townsend and while Ghost takes a mellower and elegantly surreal path to the music, you can’t help but think it is far better than the crunchy, alternative mish mash of …

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Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction CD review

In June of 2011, metal madman Devin Townsend released two albums; that along with the likes of Ki and Addicted would end a musical chapter in the very large story of the Devin Townsend Project. Deconstruction is the third out of these four albums, and it is the darkest, heaviest …

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The Dirty Youth – Fight (CD Single)

    [media-credit name=”The Dirty Youth” align=”aligncenter” width=”341″][/media-credit]  Coming from South Wales, this female fronted band have only been around since 2007 but since then they have managed to have appeared on a television documentary, have their video featured on Scuzz, and rack up appearances at both the Bloodstock and …

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Diementia – Tears Of Blood

    [media-credit id=4727 align=”alignnone” width=”300″][/media-credit]To get straight to the point,Tears Of Blood is one of the heaviest/thrashiest cds i have heard this year.An unsigned band from Glasgow,Diementia have recorded 11 tracks that blew me away on 1st listen .From the opening rush of Corruption to the semi acoustic/thrash  of …

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Prehate – We Don`t March Alone (CD)

Prehate, hail from South Tyrol, Italy and formed in 2007. After the success of their debut album “2012” the guys haven´t stalled with their efforts to grow and started off a new chapter in their history. In February 2011 the band entered Noiseheadstudios in Austria to produce ‘We don`t March …

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Anterior – Echoes of the Fallen

‘Echoes of the Fallen’ is a masterful follow on album from their very successful debut album ‘This Age Of Silence’ It highlights how the guys have grown both lyrically and musically over the last 4 years and how strong the current line up is. From the first opening chords you …

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Dominanz – As I Shine (CD)

Hailing from Norway gives any band kudos to start with, but having ex members of Cult of Deception, Immortal and Thy Grief in the line-up can only mean you’re going to get noticed. Although the band’s roots are deeply embedded in the Norwegian Black Metal core, this cleverly constructed 10 …

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WHITE WIDDOW-SERENADE cd.

The first thing that hits you when you first hear the new white widow cd, is how much bigger the songs sound, compared the the debut, released a little over a year ago,. The songs are better written, but it’s the production that sets this one apart, Grand Design main-man …

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Seven Thorns – Return to the past

[media-credit id=4717 align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit]Seven Thorns are a Danish power metal band that were formed in 1998.  This is their second album – their first being the 2007 release “Glow of  dawn”, although legal issues that affected it’s release mean that the band describe this new album “Return to the past” …

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Sacred Legacy – Undying Heart (CD)

Sacred Legacy have crammed as many genres of metal as possible into this offering. Although described as Death/Thrash Metal, you can easily throw in equal quantities of Metalcore, Powermetal and Melodic, as well as some good old piano-ivory-tinkling on the instrumental ‘Black Velvet Part.1’. To the stuck-in-the-mud purist, all this …

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UNEARTH – Darkness In The Light (CD)

“Charging out of the late 90s Massachusetts underground in a storm of thunderous riffs and focused aggression, in 2011 Unearth proudly stand at the forefront of modern metal. With Darkness In the Light, their fifth full-length, the quintet have delivered their most honest, powerful, and compelling statement to date, driving …

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Voodoo Highway – Broken Uncle’s Inn

[media-credit name=”voodoo highway” align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit]Voodoo Highway are a new band from Italy.  Only formed in Spring 2010, they’ve already released an EP and now this their debut album, the oddly named “Broken Uncle’s Inn”.  Voodoo Highway play very 70’s feel hard rock in fact listening to the album you can …

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Lechery/in fire cd

I had assumed Lechery were a German band, their sound emanates from that old school of German rock which brought us the mighty Accept, Victory and The scorpions, its not until you dig a bit deeper that you discover a few surprises, Number one is the fact that they hail …

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Tormenta – Tormented Souls (CD)

This EP captures the root sound of Tormenta. “Tormented Souls” defines the first take of Tormenta’s work to bring about new age thrash metal into the world. Ranging from old school heavy thrash to new age brutality, the music has a way to reminisce the feeling of how the songs …

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Shadows Lie Within – Ranks of the Damned E.p (CD)

  [media-credit id=3032 align=”aligncenter” width=”701″][/media-credit]  Shadows Lie Within are a five peace band hailing from the picturesque town of York. With sounds reminiscent of the mighty Malefice their music is brutal yet somehow almost melodic in places. Superbly crafted musicianship mixed with high intensity metalcore vocals pretty much sums up …

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