Mothertongue – Unsongs

Mothertongue – Unsongs

‘Unsongs’ is a whirlwind journey through various styles, tempos and feeling. I get this won’t really hit the mainstream, but it’s a shame because it really is bloody good. – By Jody Dunstan

Gojira – Magma

Gojira – Magma

Make no mistake, Gojira have created a very good new album in ‘Magma’… Gojira’s time is come. I hope they enjoy the ride and don’t fuck it up. – By Chris Ball

Deerhoof – The Magic

Deerhoof – The Magic

‘The Magic’ is classic Deerhoof – experimental, bold, audacious, weird. It is the super-friendly hit record of the summer. – By Stuart Benjamin

Nails – You Will Never Be One Of Us

Nails – You Will Never Be One Of Us

At the end of the day, this record is bone crushing and brutal and so satisfying because of it; let it lay waste to your senses and become your favourite metal record of 2016. – By Sam Robinson

In Letter Form – Fracture. Repair. Repeat.

In Letter Form – Fracture. Repair. Repeat.

This is undoubtedly a genuinely really good, exciting record where its greatest and most plentiful pleasures are found in its origins, but if In Letter Form aren’t careful, it could prove to be a bit of a millstone. – By Si Forster

Anderson/Stolt – Invention of Knowledge

Anderson/Stolt – Invention of Knowledge

In a year where prog seems to be at an all time high, ‘Invention of Knowledge’ shows that the older brigade are not down and out just yet. Amongst the sadness of old friends passing, Anderson finds another musical partner in Stolt and for us, an album of ambitious scope, which is simply wonderful. – By Martyn Coppack

If These Trees Could Talk – The Bones of a Dying World

If These Trees Could Talk – The Bones of a Dying World

They haven’t changed a thing between albums, and it saddens me immeasurably. It’s the most beautiful letdown of my life. – By Aaron Edwards

Interview: Alex Erian from Despised Icon

Interview: Alex Erian from Despised Icon

At the recent Impericon Festival, Steve Fallows managed to grab a few words with Despised Icon vocalist Alex Erian and talked about the future for the recently reformed Canadian deathcore crew.

Samaris – Black Lights

Samaris – Black Lights

Beautiful and graceful on the outside, but predatory and sensually efficient in purpose. This is NOT an earbud album! Turn it up, and play it as loud as your system and/or neighbors will allow. By Lance Turner

Slow Season – Westing

Slow Season – Westing

The enjoyment of this record and, indeed band, will probably rest on your view and ultimately taste of how far you want your Led Zeppelin fix provided by someone else other than Jimmy Paige and the boys. – By Andy Little

Triple Sun – The City Lies in Ruins

Triple Sun – The City Lies in Ruins

Hypnotic and entrancing, ‘The City Lies in Ruins’ may not be psychedelia, but it’s certainly Trip-le Sun. – By Charlie Gardner

Exclusive Track Première: Pseudo/Sentai – Belle of the Cabal. Plus [BLUE]’s ultimate Graphic Novel/Manga/Anime top 10.

Exclusive Track Première: Pseudo/Sentai – Belle of the Cabal. Plus [BLUE]’s ultimate Graphic Novel/Manga/Anime top 10.

Manga themed progressive metal band Pseudo/Sentai première a new track of their upcoming album ‘Enter the Sentai’. Includes [BLUE]’s ultimate Graphic Novel/Manga/Anime top 10!

Cauldron – In Ruin

Cauldron – In Ruin

Needless to say, I think this is an awesome band, ‘In Ruin’ is an phenomenal album and an instant classic in my opinion. Heavy metal worship done the right way! – By Berns von Bernington

Augustines – This is Your Life

Augustines – This is Your Life

And in the closing track, “Days Roll By”, analogue and digital meld together perfectly to provide a clear sign of where Augustines are heading. And with the continued solid songwriting, it don’t seem a bad place at all. So would I cook chili to it? Absolutely. I may skip a few songs, but in the main, it is still genuine enough to cook to. By Matt Butler

Live Review: Testament, Savage Messiah & Broken Teeth – O2 Academy, Oxford

Live Review: Testament, Savage Messiah & Broken Teeth – O2 Academy, Oxford

Peter Meinertzhagen saw the mighty thrash metal legends Testament in Oxford. “Testament were absolutely outstanding, captivating from start to finish, and their experience really shone through in their performance.”

Psychic Ills – Inner Journey Out

Psychic Ills – Inner Journey Out

Determined to tip cap to the luminaries, it falls short on both intrigue and assertion. By Dave Brooks


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