ALBUM REVIEW: Living Wreckage – Living Wreckage


Not long after sitting down with the self-titled release (M-Theory Audio) from Living Wreckage, it becomes abundantly clear that metallic, dazzling and thumping guitars take center stage.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Strigoi – Viscera


 

In 2010 following the death of his father, Paradise Lost’s founding guitar player and principle songwriter Gregor Mackintosh formed Vallenfyre with Hamish Glencross (ex-My Dying Bride). The aim was to provide an outlet for his grief by recording the heavier black / death metal-influenced music he had been writing, with Gregor also on vocal duties, a role he had never performed in Paradise Lost. In 2018 after three albums Gregor announced the project had come to a close, but from the ashes rose Strigoi, formed with Vallenfyre bassist Chris Casket (Devilment, ex Extreme Noise Terror), which would continue in a similar vein with 2019’s debut album Abandon All Faith.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Matricide – Talking To The Walls


 

After a studio absence of close to a decade, Israeli act Matricide make a welcome re-appearance with Talking To The Walls (self-released), the rip-roaring follow-up to comeback single ‘Walk Into the Flames’ released in April this year.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Oceans of Slumber – Grey Skies Fallen – Solemn Vision Live at Saint Vitus Bar


Waves of melodic metal crashed upon Saint Vitus Bar on Saturday as three bands served an eclectic mix of musical flavors. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Razor – Cycle of Contempt


 

It’s been over 25 years since Canadian thrashers Razor’s last album. Since then the band has reformed and played a string of shows here and there. In recent years Relapse Records reissued some of the band’s earlier material, Violent Restitution, Shotgun Justice and Open Hospitality. A new generation seemed to discover or rediscover Razor and they were hungry for new material. This was just the push those old thrashers needed.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Kings of Mercia – Kings of Mercia


 

One of the things that was great about growing up in the seventies was the soothing, grounded music. There was an earthiness to some of the music that just made the listener feel good. The songs weren’t too complex, nor were they too simple; they just existed to make the listener get in tune with their surroundings. Fast forward fifty years and life is just more complex and frenetic. This is reflected in some genres of music. It can be a struggle to find earthy music that makes you feel good.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Frayle – Skin and Sorrow


 

Skin & Sorrow (Aqualamb) is the second full-length release from Cleveland, Ohio’s “heavy, low and witchy” duo Frayle. The band consists of multi-instrumentalist Sean Bilovecky and singer Gwyn Strang, who between them cite the influence both doom metal (Black Sabbath, Kyuss, Sleep) and avant-garde pop (Björk, Portishead). Frayle’s stated aim is to create “music for the night sky”.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Slipknot – The End, So Far


From the sublime to the ridiculous, Slipknot have been criticised for many things over the years, but playing it safe is one accusation that rarely arises. While it’s true the Iowan nine-piece possess a patented, signature sound, it’s also clear they’ve never been afraid to take chances, pushing the envelope at every turn. Even on their 1996 full-length demo Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. Slipknot were taking risks. Risks that led to the reward of a major label deal and a hugely successful career built on a foundation of unpredictability.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Lamb Of God – Killswitch Engage – Baroness Live at the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion


 

As excited fans filed into The Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey it was evident that we were all about to share an epic night of metal as Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage and Baroness converged to share the stage. It was already a hot summer night in an outdoor arena and it was about to get even hotter.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Kid Kapichi – Here’s What You Could Have Won


 

Fusing the punch of distorted guitar with funky drums and free-thinking lyrics, Hastings, UK-based quartet Kid Kapichi show off their distinctive ‘beat punk’ style with their new album Here’s What You Could Have Won (Spinefarm Records). The title represents opportunities certain groups miss out on due to poverty, discrimination, or mental health. Continue reading