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SAOR- Forgotten Paths

Every so often an album comes along that is immediately enveloping. This is a record that deserves undivided attention. With each spin new sounds and interwoven melodies start to appear. Mainman Andy Marshall hails from Scotland and has moved forward his unique vision which is steeped in the Culture and …

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Illimitable Dolor – Leaden Light

      Illimitable Dolor return with ‘Leaden Light’, the follow up album to their stunning self titled debut offering from 2017   When I first came across this band in 2017, I was completely blown away. The debut album was produced with such depth of feeling and emotion ( …

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To An End – Redefine

Australian Metallers To An End make themselves known with this their self-released debut album ‘Redefine’. Hailing from Melbourne, Redefine was released on November 22nd, but has only just come to my attention. And my attention I will give it. My first impressions as ‘From Grace To Demise’ follows opener ‘Intro’ …

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Fractions – Soundness Of Mind (Single)

Jeez, how have I not heard of Fractions before? A band that slipped past my eagle eyed radar who will be releasing a rather excellent single called Soundness Of Mind on January 29th 2019, free to download on all digital outlets featuring stunning artwork from Andy Pilkington at Very Metal …

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Toxik Attack – Assassinos Em Serie

Portugese thrashers Toxik Attack release their debut full length LP on the last day of January. This follows EP ‘Thrash On Command’ which was released way back in 2016. Formed in 2012, they also released a demo in 2014. As far as thrash goes, this is ok. But is it me …

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Fusion Bomb – Concrete Jungle

Luxembourg’s very own Fusion Bomb release their debut album ‘Concrete Jungle’ on 25th January through Iron Shields Records. Formed in 2010 this four-piece Speed Metal unit draw inexplicable similarities to Slayer. Opening track ‘Zest Of Scorn’ is four minutes of pure audible onslaught. It fires through verse and chorus like a …

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Eremit – Carrier Of Weight

      German Sludge/Doom trio, Eremit announce themselves proper with ‘Carrier Of Weight’ An initial glance of the track listing shows a mere three songs, so more of an E.P. than an album you might be forgiven in thinking. How wrong could we be, these three mighty slabs of …

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Visions of Atlantis – The Deep and The Dark Live at Symphonic metal nights

Formed in 2000, Visions of Atlantis have been through quite a few lineup changes over the years with drummer Thomas Caser being the only original member left in the band. Current vocalist Clementine Delauney is the band’s fifth female vocalist over the past 19 years, and having joined in 2013 …

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Within Temptation – Resist

So, the new Within Temptation is finally almost here. Originally due to be released in December it was announced just a couple of weeks before the release date that it had been postponed till February 2019. It’s not a good start to their new record deal and to be blunt …

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Wasted Life – World War Zero

Wasted Life. Punk rockers. The real deal, not the watered down shit that passes for punk rock that creeps ever higher at Download Festival every year. With their latest studio album World War Zero they have managed to do what Slayer did with Reign In Blood and that is to …

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Jinjer – Micro

Ukrainian band Jinjer formed in 2009 and released their first EP the same year. I first heard them in 2013 and loved their albums but was disappointed in my hopes to see them when in 2014 their drummer Yevhen Mantulin fell out of a window and broke his back leading …

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Greenmailer – Greenmailer

South Wales grunge band Greenmailer return with this their second album release. Formed in Swansea in 2014, their debut album ‘Scattered On The Mile’ achieved critical success from the underground music press across the UK. This self-release will please many grunge fans, particularly fans of Smashing Pumpkins, as opener ‘Play It …

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Soilwork – Verkligheten

Soilwork are a Swedish metal band from Helsingborg, signed to Nuclear Blast records. On 11/01/19 they release their 11th full length studio album, Verkligheten, which also coincides with the guys starting an extensive European tour, hitting London’s Electric Ballroom on 4th February. They also have a date with Bloodstock the weekend …

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Eric Gales – The bookends

Over the last 28 years, blues-rock guitarist Eric Gales has released 18 studio albums – a fact made more impressive by the fact he’s only 44 years old now, making him just 16 when his first album was released. Needless to say, he’s a superb guitarist but on this album …

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The Heretic Order – Evil Rising

  As someone much wiser than me once said, “Never judge a book by its cover” and this certainly rings true with my first impression of The Heretic Order before I had heard any music from Evil Rising released via Massacre Records. Photos of the band and song titles suggested …

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Nailed To Obscurity – Black Frost

The German Doom Metallers, Nailed To Obscurity (NTO), return with their fourth full length album and their first on the Nuclear Blast label, and I have to say I’m not disappointed. There’s a nice eerie start to this album in the form of the title track. Drums, slowly followed by …

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Wille and the bandits – Paths

Wille & the bandits will release their new album, “Paths” on 1st February 2019 and are due to follow that with a 19 date UK tour in March with Rainbreakers as special guests. If you’ve seen them live you’ll know Wille & the bandits are a superb live act with …

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Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters – Show Me Your Teeth.

Sometimes you have to knock on a few doors to get on in the music business but with Show Me Your Teeth, the second studio album from Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters to be released on 25th January 2019, these twelve songs are taking a demolition ball to the whole …

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Plague Years – Unholy Infestation

Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Plague Years are an unsigned Thrash / Death Metal outfit who are unleashing their first full length album upon us. Released at the end of October in the US, we British have had to wait until 4th January to grab a copy of this album which follows 2017’s …

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The Steel Woods – Old News

Country/Southern rock band The Steel Woods released their debut album “Straw in the wind” in 2017. Now as 2019 starts they’re releasing their second album – “Old news”. There are nine original songs on the album plus several cover versions – “Changes” (Black Sabbath), “Whipping post” (Allman brothers), “The Catfish …

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