Havok – Unnatural Selection

65951_havok_unnatural_selectionHavok have been thrashing and smashing their way to recognition ever since forming in 2004. 2009’s debut album Burn and 2011’s follow-up Time Is Up were both open love letters to late-80’s thrash metal in the vein of Nuclear Assault, Exodus and Anthrax, and Unnatural Selection, you’ll be pleased to hear, doesn’t deviate from the formula musically, although lyrically it seems they may be trying to be a little more serious. Continue reading

Amon Amarth – Deceiver Of The Gods

Amon-Amarth-Deciever-of-the-GodsDeceiver of the Gods is the ninth album from Swedish melodic death metallers Amon Amarth, and after the relatively experimental flavour of previous album Surtur Rising sees the band returning to a more simplistic approach with an album that bursts out of the speakers with a furious energy more akin to their earlier output. Continue reading

Age Of Taurus – Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times

AgeOfTaurus-DesperateSoulsOfTorturedTimesHailing from London, Age of Taurus threw out an independent demo entitled In the Days Of The Taurean Empire back in 2010 and have now signed to that haven of all things doomy, namely Lee Dorrian’s Rise Above label. So they’re signed to a premier doom label, their name is a bit astrological sounding and the artwork for this debut album looks like something that Candlemass would have used twenty-odd years ago – can you guess what they sound like? Continue reading