Metal Reviews

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Megadeth – Warheads on Foreheads (, )
21st March 2019 -

Megadeth were in the room when I got my first writing gig. True story. That was a long time ago now and whilst my love of this here writing stuff has never dimmed my love for Megadeth has waxed and waned over the years. Partly that’s down to tastes changing, partly the bands output slipping after the classic thrash heydays… Read More »

Fallujah - Undying Light Album Cover Artwork
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Fallujah – Undying Light (, , )
14th March 2019 -

Plenty of bands can be labelled as influential. Iron Maiden helped birth the NWOBHM sound, the Big 4 made thrash a global phenomenon, Meshuggah accidentally created Djent. The list is long and varied, each prospective pioneer deserving of a different accolade. But it’s not just in genre or subgenre creation that a band becomes influential: Through salient work and commitment… Read More »

9.5
Venom Prison – Samsara (, )
13th March 2019 -

If you are bold enough to give your album a name that means “a suffering-laden cycle of life, death, and rebirth, without beginning or end” then you had better be prepared to deliver on the lofty expectations you have put upon yourself. Venom Prison are such a band and their sophomore album Samsara is an album of such sheer brutality and unrelenting… Read More »

Children Of Bodom Hexed Album Cover Art
8.5
Children Of Bodom – Hexed (, )
7th March 2019 -

Much has been said about the modern Children of Bodom sound. You either love the direction they’ve gone or are still crying with your Flying-V and waiting for another hybrid of Hatebreeder or Follow the Reaper to come along. It’s somewhat hard to believe that it’s closing in on almost three decades since the then-young Finnish quintet first burst onto… Read More »

Modern Error - Lost In The Noise Album Cover Art
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Modern Error – Lost In The Noise (, )
6th March 2019 -

Metalcore is a very different beast to its original guise. Compared the heady days of the pioneering work of Vision of Disorder and Integrity, the subgenre bears little resemblance to its former form. There’s a very valid point to be argued that this is a regression. The distinction often has to be made for the sake of pedantry that there… Read More »