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Onirophagus – Endarkenment (Illumination Through Putrefaction)

    Onirophagus sure do pack a mighty punch with the blistering album ‘Endarkenment (Illumination Through  Putrefaction), their first offering since 2013’s ‘Prehuman’ Whilst this technically is the bands second album, to all intents and purposes it could easily be viewed as a debut due to the line up changes …

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Phonopaths – Sandwich, Ducks and Dishwashers: The Chronicles of Supertaste

Wow. Where do I start with this one? Ok. Let’s start how I always start, by introducing the band in question. Phonopaths are a two piece experiment from Paris,France. They mix techno / experimental metal / thrash together into one and come up with something that I have never heard before. …

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Born From Pain – True Love

Born From Pain are a Dutch hardcore/punk band releasing this, their eighth full length album. Formed way back in 1997 and known for their energetic shows, the band have toured far and wide in such countries as America, Mexico, Japan and Europe. In their time they have also supported such …

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M.A.D – Manente / Alonzo / DuBose

Power trio M.A.D released this their debut self-titled album on 17/01/19. Members hail from the United States and Brazil, and their songs are inspired by stories of insane individuals, scientists and priests. For me, this is a little different from my usual genre and I have to admit that these …

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Wretched Fate – Fleshletting

Swedish Death Metal outfit Wretched Fate release this, their debut album. This follows a two-track demo released last year. And I must admit a very good album it is too. It’s typically what you would expect from a Swedish Death Metal outfit. They have a Morbid Angel feel to them which suits …

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FM – The Italian Job

Now flying the flag for AOR for thirty five years now, FM fly it even higher on their latest album The Italian Job, a live recording from their appearance at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan on April 29th 2018 that features seventeen songs and a bonus DVD released on …

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Brick By Brick – Hive Mentality

‘Hive Mentality’ is Brick By Brick’s 6th studio album spanning fifteen years. Based out of New York, these guys are brutal!!! Ray Mazzola’s fierce vocal range leaves an imprint that this guy is not to be messed with. Brick By Brick are 100% pure New York hardcore. Mean, angry and straight to the point. …

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Delain – Hunters moon

Delain’s new release, “Hunter’s moon” was orignally envisaged as an EP, but grew to be a lot bigger. The EP part is the four new studio tracks, but what was then added to it is basically a full live album – ten live tracks. The live tracks were recorded at …

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The Webb – Truth Delay.

To say reviewing an electronica album is out of my comfort zone is a bit of an understatement but after seeing a gig by The Webb a few months ago at Percy’s in Whitchurch, I was kindly given a copy of their second album Truth Delay by them after passing …

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Abyssic – High The Memory

Norwegian Symphonic Doom / Death Metal outfit Abyssic release their 2nd album ‘High The Memory’. This follows on from 2016’s ‘A Winters Tale’. Abyssic consist of current and former members of such bands as Borknagar and Funeral to name but a few. These guys are taking Doom to a different level and …

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Dronte – Quelque Part Entre La Guerre Et La Lâcheté

As I’m fast becoming PlanetMosh’s resident reviewer for all things weird and wonderful, it gives me great pleasure to be reviewing this album by Dronte. The album title (according to Google), translates to ‘Somewhere Between War and Cowardice’, and ‘Dronte’ translates to ‘Dodo’ (I do hope that’s right). Hailing from Paris, …

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Shadows Of Violence – Revolt

Leeds based thrashers Shadows Of Violence hit hard and heavy with Revolt, due for release this summer. Formed in 2007 their chops have been honed as the title track, a brief news report skit tells about the band rioting across the UK. ‘Words Unchained’ is a surefire call to arms …

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Saint Apache – Black Days

Saint Apache release this, their third EP on 22nd February. The Eastbourne based alt / heavy punk rockers have evolved their style over the last two EP’s, now edging for a harder, more sterner front. Formed in 2015, the band describe their musical roots as blues and classic rock. ‘Amongst …

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Rozu – A Rose Will Bloom (Singles)

This review is slightly different to my normal reviews. Having been asked personally to check these guys out, it appears there are currently only three songs available, and it isn’t clear as to whether these are part of an EP or are separate singles. So, for the element of doubt, I have collated …

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Jonestown – Dyatlov

So after a two year gap between Aokigahara, the debut album by Brighton lunatics Jonestown, those trusting people at Long Branch Records have removed their straitjackets and let them loose in the studio for an even more disturbing follow up titled Dyatlov. It really is hard to define them in …

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Backstabber – Conspiracy Theorist

Canadian thrashers Backstabber cross our palms with gold here with their debut album. Lets get this straight from the start. Get yourselves an pot, throw in Testament, Napalm Death, Anthrax, Pantera, Morbid Angel and Slayer, give it a good shake and you have Backstabber. After ‘Inaugural Address’, which is a …

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Live – Local 717 (EP)

A quarter of a century ago, I happened to be pottering around the living room of my one-bedroomed flat with MTV on in the background. There was some band on MTV Unplugged that I’d never heard of before, so I wasn’t really paying much attention to the TV. But it was …

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Imperia – Flames Of Eternity

It has been a long wait but Imperia finally return with their new album ‘Flames Of Eternity’ This latest Gothic Metal release represents the bands fifth full length album, and the first since 2015’s ‘Tears Of Silence’. Straight away, this record hits you as being one of pure quality, as …

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Tygers Of Pan Tang – Hellbound, Spellbound (Live 1981).

Nostalgia can be a good or a bad thing with some bands but this is not the case for Tygers Of Pan Tang with Hellbound, Spellbound (Live 1981), a gem of an album recorded at Nottingham Rock City. It reaffirms my opinion that the NWOBHM movement was best represented in …

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Massive – Rebuild Destroy

Massive have just released their third album Rebuild Destroy via Off Yer Rocka Recordings. According to their story here Massive were  “Assembled from parts lying around Melbourne in 2012” this description made me think of some freakish Frankenstein’s Monster of a band, but good things can be made from a few …

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