Classic Metal Reviews

Pantera Far Beyond Driven Album Cover
Pantera – Far Beyond Driven 20th Anniversary Edition (, )
7th May 2014 -

Pantera. No one with the slightest bit of metal knowledge needs telling once again how important they are in the history of metal, or that hundreds upon hundreds of metal bands of all kinds who’ve come to being in the quarter century since Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell made people sit up and take notice cite them as influences or draw… Read More »

Tempers Fray - 7:15
Tempers Fray – ‘7:15’ (EP) (, , )
5th May 2014 -

Riffs; both chuggy and meaty. Sprinkles of low-end rhythm with tight, spicy venom. No, alas, not a recipe from ‘The Metal Cookbook’ but a clear summary of what’s in-store on the debut EP from London hardcore groove-merchants Tempers Fray. Having toured with Rucktion label mates Crippler, Hard Target and an album release show with Cold Hard Truth, the band are… Read More »

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 »

Ronnie James Dio This Is Your Life Album Artwork
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 ( have assembled an almighty group of Ronnie’s friends and peers to pay homage to… Read More »

Behemoth - 'The Satanist'
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 »