Dead In The Manger – Cessation

Dead In The Manger – Cessation

Dead In The Manger is certainly doom and gloom, that much can’t be overstated, but where the band is truly impressive is how much they’ve improved on ‘Transience’. It’s fuzzy, it’s depressing, it’s angry, and it’s worth your time. – By Christopher Luedtke

White Hills – Walks For Motorists

White Hills – Walks For Motorists

It will be interesting to see which way they head next as here is a band who have never stood still for a minute, so much so that they seem determined to discard the past in search of something new. That’s for another day though and for the time being we have this quite remarkable album to devour, and devour it you will. After all, why wouldn’t the idea of White Hills gone dark appeal to you? by Martyn Coppack

Cvinger – The Enthronement ov Diabolical Souls

Cvinger – The Enthronement ov Diabolical Souls

No gimmicks, no weird flutes, no experimenting away from the genre. Just blast beats, growling vocals, and songs about evil ancient gods and war. – By Daniel Chavez

New Candys – New Candys as Medicine

New Candys – New Candys as Medicine

New Candys are fundamentally a rock and roll band, and on ‘New Candys As Medicine’, they do both in abundance, surrounded in a fair degree of fuzz and an oh so inviting darkness. By Rich Buley.

Interview: Torpor

Interview: Torpor

Anoop Bhat asked Lauren Mason and Nats Spada from Torpor some questions about the new album ‘From Nothing Comes Everything’ and more.

Pour Le Plaisir – Tin Machine EP

Pour Le Plaisir – Tin Machine EP

An unsettling joyride through a world populated entirely of your own imagination. Put simply: damn, this EP is strangely fantastic. By Aaron Kent

Strigaskór nr. 42 – Armadillo

Strigaskór nr. 42 – Armadillo

‘Armadillo’ delves into all the weird and wonderful directions, mixing metal, punk rock, surf rock and more. – By Andrew Rawlinson

Siberian Hell Sounds – ⍲⍕⍎⍱

Siberian Hell Sounds – ⍲⍕⍎⍱

Siberian Hell Sounds live up to the intention by serving up four vicious slices of brutal intensity. Wowzer. – By Andrew Rawlinson

Clark – Flame Rave EP

Clark – Flame Rave EP

The Flame Rave Ep is an essential release for Clark fans and an ideal starting point for any newcomers. By Phil Johnston

Enablers – The Rightful Pivot

Enablers – The Rightful Pivot

It’s fair to say they get better as storytellers with each passing record. By Jamie Jones.

Pyramids – A Northern Meadow

Pyramids – A Northern Meadow

It’s a beautiful nightmare, a fusion of the ethereal and the brutal that, even without the more out­ there moments of their debut, doesn’t quite sound like anything else. – By Jamie Jones

Interview: Mir Shamal Hama-faraj from Cyaxares

Interview: Mir Shamal Hama-faraj from Cyaxares

Guido Segers had a very interesting chat with Mir Shamal Hama-faraj from Iraqi death metal band Cyaxares, where they talked about what it’s like to be a metal musician in Iraq and more.

Yawning Sons – Ceremony to the Sunset

Yawning Sons – Ceremony to the Sunset

This classic album mixes ambient elements with desert rock, psych and space rock, which makes for a very hypnotic, chilled and mesmerising listen. – By Sander van den Driesche

Brainticket – Past, Present and Future

Brainticket – Past, Present and Future

Setting aside the lengthy aspirations, there are moments here which are quite unlike anything you will hear again and it seems that age has not dulled that need to experiment. The excellent production means the music sweeps around your head as it delivers it’s requisite squeaks and squonks. By Martyn Coppack

Twingiant – Devil Down

Twingiant – Devil Down

Bands like Twingiant only come along once in a while and we should embrace them for what they are. Proud of their independent roots, they like to play heavy and loud but in doing so they have somehow found a crossover appeal. Let’s hope that this appeal crosses over to the masses as more people really do need to hear this band and ‘Devil Down’ should be the album that starts the ball rolling. – By Martyn Coppack

Interview: Anneke van Giersbergen

Interview: Anneke van Giersbergen

Former The Gathering vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen is one the most versatile and dynamic singers in rock and metal today. Besides having her own solo career she’s involved in many different projects and collaborations. Raymond Westland caught up with her about her latest project with Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One), entitled The Gentle Storm.

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“Metal is a very rare thing in Kurdistan and Iraq. The amount of bands from this region is in total six and that’s it. “

Guido Segers talks to Mir Shamal Hama-faraj from Iraqi metal band Cyaxares.

 

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