Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

MONUMENTS – “Gnosis”

If you think back to bands such as SixTh then this genre of ultra tech/ djent has been around for some time, however, with bands such as TesseracT, Periphery and Meshuggah perhaps bringing it more to the public eye and out of the groove Metal shadows, it can be no …

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Vision Of Disorder – The Cursed Remain Cursed

Reunions are such a tricky business. A band will never be followed under such scrutiny and (often biased) critique than if they’ve disbanded and eventually reunited. You can double up the cynicism if we’re talking about a band who were universally lauded and respected within their genre during their original …

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Demoraliser – A Living Nightmare

If you are even slightly familiar with the UK hardcore scene there’s no way you haven’t come across north east 5-piece, Demoraliser.  Since their beginnings in 2010, they’ve released 2 EP’s and collaborated with other great bands to produce fantastic split EP’s. With the fame gained from these critically acclaimed …

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Zatokrev – The Bat, the Wheel and a Long Road to Nowhere

Zatokrev are a Swiss 4-piece sludge metal band who are quickly on the rise. Their 2008 debut album Bury the Ashes was released to critical acclaim in Europe, the UK and the USA and after extensive worldwide touring and some heavy line-up changes they’re back with their new full-length; The …

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All Hail The Yeti – All Hail The Yeti

The yeti may be a mythological creature from the higher reaches of the world’s highest mountain range, but the quartet who pay homage to ‘him’ in their band name are a whiskey- and blood-soaked loud-as-fuck riff machine from the deepest, darkest underbelly of Los Angeles. They may also well be …

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Fen – ‘Of Losing Interest’

This fifth album from these Vancouver progressionalists – and their second for the impressive Californian label, Ripple Music – is certainly an interesting offering, and definitely one which bears more than one listen, given its complexity and depth. At first, it comes across as a purely retrospective slab of prog, …

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Korn – Live At The Hollywood Palladium.

Right, first off the bat I am a massive Korn fan, I have been for nearly 15 years.  They were one of the first metal bands I ever really got into.  BUT I really can’t stand live albums; I just don’t see the point.  Live is about the visual as …

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Lone Wolf – The Swan of Meander

It’s a sensual, euphoric and mystical sounding song. It’s very well written, and it somehow manages to get going and get into the swing of the song without the listener ever actually noticing that it’s happened. It’s a really soft yet uplifting song, and with a title like The Swan …

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Thousand Autumns – Chasing Boats

Hertfordshire is getting a bit of a habit of producing excellent bands. First Enter Shikari appear out of St. Albans, then The Subways out of Welwyn Garden City. Now, it looks like the musical county is at it again, with Welwyn Garden City based metallers Thousand Autumns cooking up a …

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Grave Endless Possession of Souls- Album Review

  The mighty, Swedish Grave have released a new album and I have to say I am rather fucking excited.  Possession of Souls is Grave’s 13th studio album, not a bad number! Returning to Century Media this album has been long awaited by Grave fan’s since Burial Ground in 2010. …

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The City Divided – The Endless Moment

Unsigned pop-rock quartet The City Divided, hailing from the county of Hertfordshire, last month released their début EP The Endless Moment under their own steam. Hertfordshire is a county that is rapidly becoming famous for producing rock bands, the most prominent being Enter Shikari, and then also The Subways and …

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Anvil – Still Going Strong and Back To Basics and This Is Thirteen (re-releases) [3-in-1]

  Their current 2012 tour ended  in 2 triumphant European performances. Headlining the main stage at the Swedish Rock Festival on August 10th and a main stage slot in the UK at Bloodstock Open Air on August 12th, Anvil keep their resurgence going by having their 11th,12th and 13th studio …

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Zodiac – A Bit Of Devil cd

Zodiac are a four guys from Germany, who sound like they have just crawled out of the Louisiana swamps, and still think it’s the 70’s, mad ? maybe, utterly compelling ?, Yes. The record kicks of with the title track ‘A Bit Of Devil’ and your immediately immersed in 70’s …

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Threshold – March of Progress

Indulge me if you will on this one.  I’m no Threshold fan, nor do I know any of their work prior to what this, their ninth studio album, brings to the table. So if you’re reading this as a fan knowing what to expect, feel free to shake your head …

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Black Acid Souls – Deadly Sins

Formed in Northampton in 2008, this five piece tour-de-force are unveiling their self-funded debut album Deadly Sins on 25th August 2012. It follows on the heels of their debut single No Mans Land released back in 2010, reaching an impressive number 44 in the Rock Metal Chart. The band have …

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Morre ‘Morphine’ cd review

Consisting of Adrian Tonceanu (Vocals/Guitars), Igor Lazebnik (Vocals/Guitars), Tyler Koch (Drums/Backup Vocals) and Tim Young (Bass/Backup Vocals), Morre have been kicking around since 2008, they hail from Toronto, and this will be their third release. With their feet very much in the Classic rock camp, they bring an updated feel …

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DREADLINK – “Zero One”

Dreadlink serve up an almighty platter of modern Thrash/Death Metal which may well prove hard for others to match. A perfect blend of growl and clean vocals from Raphael Adamek and stunning, ultra heavy guitar work by Sascha Bruggert and Jannes Carstens-Behrens make this record truly memorable. Tracks such as …

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Lynyrd Skynyrd – ‘Last Of A Dyin’ Breed’

Ah, those were the days… the school Sixth Form common room, with it’s battered old turntable in the corner – and an equally battered copy of the 12” extended version of ‘Freebird’ sitting right beside it… and blasted out at maximum volume every each and every break time for a …

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Afterlife – Alpha

Starting out in life as an outlet for three frustrated musicians, Afterlife have now become the full time pursuit for all five members of the band and as a result, this has allowed them to release their debut E.P Alpha. Formed in early 2011 by twin brothers Steve and Al …

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Fatal Force: Unholy Rites

Fatal Force: Unholy Rites The debut Fatal Force release was back in 2006, so this is very much a side project for Guitarist Torben Enevoldsen, having recently played on last year’s Fate album ‘Ghosts From The Past’. He has actually been an integral part of Section A, Acacia Avenue and …

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