Metal Reviews

Mono - Nowhere Now Hear Album Cover
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MONO – Nowhere Now Here (, , )
22nd January 2019 -

Post-Rock is the ultimate Marmite genre. For some it is a limitless exploration of musicality through carefully expanding soundscapes and subtle rhythms, but for others it is tedious, pretentious and a waste of time. When a band eschews vocals and is completely instrumental, then you have one of the least accessible propositions on your hands. In this Venn diagram we… Read More »

Soilwork - Verkligheten Album Cover
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Soilwork – Verkligheten (, )
21st January 2019 -

Old school melodic death metallers Soilwork recently came out with their 11th studio album, a long three and a half years after their last release ‘Death Resonance’, leaving the biggest gap between two albums in their history. Though having gone through various line-up changes through their years, Soilwork have really built up a distinct and unique sound. “Verkligheten” (“Reality” in… Read More »

Ithaca - The Language Of Injury Album Cover Artwork
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Ithaca – The Language of Injury (, , )
17th January 2019 -

Nowadays it’s hard to have any national pride. With the rise of populism and the far right leading to such wondrous results as the incumbent United States President and Brexit, taking gratification in one’s birth country is nigh on impossible. How refreshing then that, certainly for British readers, we can take solace and delight in the fact that we have… Read More »

Malevolent Creation The 13th Beast Album Cover
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Malevolent Creation – The 13th Beast (, )
16th January 2019 -

This far into such a long and distinguished career, it’s rather difficult for bands like Malevolent Creation to continue evolving their sound and managing to stand out in amongst the often crowded, often brilliant metal scene of 2019. If keeping up with the times wasn’t hard enough, the US quartet have also had to deal with the added tragedy of… Read More »

Legion Of The Damned - Slaves Of The Shadow Realm Album Artwork
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Legion of the Damned – Slaves of the Shadow Realm (, )
10th January 2019 -

The 1980s were the glory days for a multitude of musical disciplines. The genre that had the biggest and longest lasting impact – at least in the realms of heavy music – was undeniably thrash. Whether it’s Master of Puppets or Raining Blood that instantly jumps to mind, it was a decade that saw a golden age for metal, with… Read More »