Metal Reviews

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Seprevation – Consumed (, , , )
1st May 2014 -

Bristol thrash metal band Seprevation have, for a while, been one to “keep an eye on.” Their debut album Consumed shifts them firmly from aforementioned category into essential listening to those keeping a close eye on the more visceral end of Britain’s expansive music scene. Showcasing Seprevation’s competent moulding of death metal disorientation and the ferocious speed of thrash; ‘Consumed,’… Read More »

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Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life Tribute Album (, , )
27th March 2014 -

Ronnie James Dio needs no introduction, his career no summary that hasn’t been done a thousand times already. With the fourth anniversary of his passing shortly to be upon us, his wife Wendy and the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund founded in his name (http://www.diocancerfund.org/) have assembled an almighty group of Ronnie’s friends and peers to pay homage to… Read More »

Behemoth - 'The Satanist'
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Behemoth – ‘The Satanist’ (, , )
2nd March 2014 -

Well, surely it goes without saying this was always going to be a raw, absolute behemoth. Turns out it’s in parts slower, broodier and yet with equal apocalyptic darkness as past offerings. Proceedings begin with a fire that descends almost literally into Hell itself. Absolutely captivating and intriguing, I wait for the rest of the album with a certainty that… Read More »

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Skindred – Kill The Power (, , )
25th February 2014 -

Skindred have a long standing reputation of being fantastic live and decidedly lacklustre on record. Having been a band now for sixteen years, they’ve been threatening to break through into the mainstream for some time. Is Kill The Power finally their crowning moment? Unfortunately, it seems not. Despite their best intentions and energetic frontman Benji Webbe and Co. mixing more… Read More »

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Within Temptation – Hydra (, )
22nd January 2014 -

Over the last decade, Within Temptation have undergone something of a transformation. When they first hit mainstream attention in the UK with the release of The Silent Force in 2004, they were very much a symphonic metal act, with a sound somewhat more geared to give them success in the European mainland than in the likes of the UK and… Read More »