ALBUM REVIEW: Sick Joy – WE’RE ALL GONNA F***ING DIE


After making a name for themselves in the local Brighton scene playing the small venues and intermittently releasing fuzzy rock singles, Sick Joy are here to introduce themselves to the rest of the world with their debut album. Having been described as being one of “British rock’s most promising young bands”, there’s a lot to be proved in this release.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Wardruna – Kvitravn – First Flight of the White Raven


Kvitravn — First Flight of the White Raven (ByNorse / Sony / Columbia Germany) is a special release for Norwegian dark folk outfit Wardruna; it follows in the footsteps of 2021’s studio release Kvitravn (“white raven”) and documents a live-streamed lockdown concert that took place in the same year. The live album’s setlist contains only four tracks from Kvitravn itself, with the remainder of the 74-minute record comprising pieces from Wardruna’s earlier output.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Halestorm – Back From The Dead



While it’s damn near time to call a moratorium on the “bands affected by the pandemic” introduction to review pieces, it does seem particularly prevalent to do so in reference to Halestorm, for whom life on the road seems such an integral and core part of who and what they are. That isn’t to say that a fifth album wouldn’t have been coming around now, just that the circumstances and unplanned quiet time wouldn’t have dictated the methods of its creation.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Rammstein – Zeit


Something isn’t quite right here.

A Rammstein record a mere three years after the last one and preceded by no rumbling stories of friction between bandmates or nebulous warnings of permanent disbandment? The last time the Neue Deutsche Härte/industrial act had such a swift turnaround was when Reise Reise was followed by fun leftovers album Rosenrot a year later, so could this quick release (by their standards anyway) mean Rammstein are actually happy or could it be hinting at something more ominous?

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ALBUM REVIEW: Audrey Horne – Devil’s Bell


In the new “post-covid” era I have been hearing some awesome cuts coming from all kinds of artists. It makes me wonder how many took advantage of the downtime to hone skills and really dig into some songwriting.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Incandescence – Le Coeur De L’Homme


I guess it’s a sign of being in the business for too long, when you look at a band’s name and presentation and immediately have some ideas of what’s ahead. With Incandescence’s Le Coeur De L’Homme (Profound Lore) I had an inkling towards it being the work of a multi-instrumentalist working within the confines of blackened death metal. Well, I almost nailed it. Le Coeur De L’Homme leans more into black metal and features Louis-Paul Gauvreau handling vocals while Philippe Boucher is the mastermind behind everything else. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: MWWB – The Harvest


Originally planned for release last year, the fourth album from Welsh progressive doomsters MWWB (formerly known as Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard) had to be delayed after guitarist Paul Michael ‘Dave’ Davies suffered an almost life-ending Covid-related stroke from which he is still recovering. Recorded before his illness, The Harvest (New Heavy Sounds) finally sees the light of day but due to lockdown restrictions in place at the time, the Wrexham five-piece was reduced in size for the recording, the band losing guitarist Wes Leon, and bringing in Black Moth drummer Dom McReady to fill in for regular sticksman James ‘Carrat’ Carrington.Continue reading


EP REVIEW: Napalm Death – Resentment is Always Seismic – A Final Throw of Throes


From the recordings done back in 2020 for Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism (Century Media) storms in Napalm Death’s very own “mini-album”, Resentment is Always Seismic – a final throw of Throes. These English grindcore legends certainly need no introduction as they continue to push the boundaries of grindcore and punk to create this extension of their previous full-length release. Complete with two covers, a remix, and a few other gems, these next thirty minutes are sure to fly by and deal out some serious punishment.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Exodus – Persona Non Grata


There’s a line in 1982 science fiction movie Blade Runner which goes: “The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long”. While this might be true, every rule has its exception and Bay Area thrashers Exodus are exactly that. Since dishing out their first full-length lesson in violence way back in 1985, the San Franciscan legends have seen off opposition from virtually everywhere. Even with an extended hiatus during the nineties the band’s absence never felt terminal, more like they were simply lying in wait to strike again.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Gaahls Wyrd – The Humming Mountain


Having been involved in making underground music for nigh on thirty years, vocalist Gaahl has amassed a body of work ranging from high voltage Black Metal with Gorgoroth and the less polished Trelldom, to the traditional folk stylings of Wardruna, ramping up his progressive blackened leanings with God Seed, before releasing GastiR – Ghosts Invited (Indie Recordings), the debut offering of current vehicle Gaahls Wyrd, in 2019.

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