Starless – Presence Withheld

Starless – Presence Withheld

Presence Withheld is definitely an emotional work, one that seems to be sad and optimistic and joyful at the same time, and because of this, its forty minutes pass without a single dull moment. – By Daniela Patrizi

Shambles in a Husk – Die, Device, Die

Shambles in a Husk – Die, Device, Die

The production on the e.p. is outstanding and the band certainly come across as confident and capable. This is good stuff people. – By Geoff Topley

Sterilizer – Sterilizer

Sterilizer – Sterilizer

Sterilizer’s dehumanised vision marries martial programmed rhythms to jagged shards of distortion. In the year 2014 AD… get yourself Sterilized! – By Ross Mckendrick

Interview: The Twilight Sad

Interview: The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad release their 4th album, Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave on Monday (27th Oct) and it might just be some of their best work yet. Ahead of its release, we sent Kevin Scott to have a chat with the band.

Whirr – Sway

Whirr – Sway

Whirr seem entirely comfortable with their role as uncompromising antagonists, and the style in which Sway has been recorded, ‘very loud indeed’, means I can only begin to imagine what a fearsome proposition these guys and these tracks would be live, and in the flesh. By Rich Buley

Witchmaster – Antichristus Ex Utero

Witchmaster – Antichristus Ex Utero

This album blends together the best components from the faster parts of thrash, the grime of punk, and borrowing furious blast beats from the faster sections from Marduk with an undeniable early period Impaled Nazarene influence. – By Mark Steele

Claw – Claw

Claw – Claw

I am extremely critical when it comes to new bands trying to break into thrash but I have to say Claw deserves to be here and bring a brand of thrash that will transport you back to the thrash explosion of the 80’s. – By Justin Petrick

Obituary – Inked In Blood

Obituary – Inked In Blood

Cynics, passers-by, fans – you may already think you know what this album sounds like without having even heard it, but that’s only further confirmation that the infamous Obituary sound can and never will be stopped. Although many disagree, reliability is as commendable a quality as constant reinvention, and Inked In Blood serves as a stern argument. – By Jack Padurariu

At The Gates – At War With Reality

At The Gates – At War With Reality

At War With Reality is a comeback album that is certainly no disgrace to the legacy (not that it ever was going to be), which successfully bridges between the past and present of death metal to be relevant and exciting rather than an exercise in simple nostalgia… more please! – By Andrew Rawlinson

Haken – Restoration

Haken – Restoration

One of the finest progressive metal bands in the world, technically and compositionally they have few peers and yet they have not found that stylistic fingerprint to make them really stand out and take them to the next level. – By Chris McGarel

Menace Ruine – Venus Armata

Menace Ruine – Venus Armata

Venus Armata’s shadow alchemy calls up magickal spectres and the real, secret, dark faerie tales while commanding the full force of industrial grime and filth. – By Owen Coggins

Apostle of Solitude – Of Woe And Wounds

Apostle of Solitude – Of Woe And Wounds

It’s heavy, it’s doomy and it has all the requisite anguished howls. – By Martyn Coppack

Vesania – Deus Ex Machina

Vesania – Deus Ex Machina

The absence of Vesania from the extreme metal world had no adverse affect on them, In fact, the opposite. Vesania are back with a renewed vigour – join them in their musical madness. – By Mark Steele

Jakob – Sines

Jakob – Sines

This is a release of love, affection, passion, hope, desire and sheer wilful bloody mindedness. It drips with effort, relief and everything else that makes music special. – By Nick Dodds

Anna Phoebe – Between The Shadow And The Soul

Anna Phoebe – Between The Shadow And The Soul

The material is hugely evocative and is as involving emotionally as it is instrumentally thrilling. Her finest hour, without question. – By Dave Cooper

Spider Kitten – Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree

Spider Kitten – Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree

This is one special album, one of the best doom releases this year and makes this band one of the most interesting prospects on the scene. – By Martyn Coppack

Echoes of the Future – October 2014


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