Whore of Bethlehem – Upon Judas’ Throne

Whore of Bethlehem – Upon Judas’ Throne

Whore of Bethlehem is the epitome of the death metal genre, but also have a little fun at their own expense. If you like death metal; if you like to bang your head, or if you like to blast the most brutal metal in your car and scare your neighbors, this band and album is for you. – By Daniel Chavez

Live Preview: Max Richter at Royal Albert Hall, London. 4th October, 2014

Live Preview: Max Richter at Royal Albert Hall, London. 4th October, 2014

“This Saturday 4th October marks the tenth anniversary of Max Richter’s most critically acclaimed album “The Blue Notebooks” – possibly the finest example of electronic and classical music combined. In celebration – and what a celebration indeed – he will be making his Royal Albert Hall debut, performing both “The Blue Notebooks” and “The Four Seasons Recomposed”, his impressive take on Vivaldi’s masterpiece, alongside the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and famed violinist Daniel Hope.” – Ginnia Cheng

Dawnbringer – Night Of The Hammer

Dawnbringer – Night Of The Hammer

Night of the Hammer is like listening to many of your favorite metal albums from the late ’70s and early ’80s all rolled into one. Dawnbringer is (singer/song-writer) Chris Black’s vision of heavy metal, and what a glorious vision it is. – By Michael Klassen

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling

We Were Promised Jetpacks seem to be pushing themselves forward at an incredible pace, demonstrating some incredible creative ideas, showcasing themselves as one of the strongest indie-rock bands in the current scene. By Gareth Watkin

Hang The Bastard – Sex In The Seventh Circle

Hang The Bastard – Sex In The Seventh Circle

Hang The Bastard wisely allow the RIFFS to do the shouting as well as blistering guitar solos and all of this is backed up by an impressively colossal sounding production. – By Andrew Rawlinson

Interview: Mike Scheidt of YOB

Interview: Mike Scheidt of YOB

Sander van den Driesche sat down with Mike Scheidt of YOB for a long chat about the new album Clearing The Path To Ascend, Neurot Recordings, Vöhl and the current state of the music industry among other things.

Deathronation – Hallow the Dead

Deathronation – Hallow the Dead

Old school death metal in style, Deathronation has found a way to blend powerfully catchy riffs with tinges of black metal and even elements of thrash and crust. They know when to slow it down and unearth the core of their sound, and they know just when to speed things up to keep images of horror alive. – By Val LittleJohn

Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather

Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather

Steve Gunn has done it yet again and the music world is a tiny bit richer for having him around by Martyn Coppack

Charnia – Dageraad

Charnia – Dageraad

Dageraad is a slow, heavy, deep, emotional, screamy, vibrant album. I would most certainly check it out. It could be a contender for my favorite album of 2014, especially for this genre. – By Kara Hinman

American Hi-Fi – Blood & Lemonade

American Hi-Fi – Blood & Lemonade

Their sound has matured into driving alternative rock/grunge in the vein of Foo Fighters & Bush with occasional splashes of pop punk and post hardcore for colour. By Andrew Rawlinson

Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain

Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain

A thoroughly enjoyable blast that despite being veterans of the scene still feels as much of an adrenaline rush as their first sonic massacre all those years ago. A gore splattered grin, from start to finish. – By Mark Steele

Live Review: Spock’s Beard at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London. 18th September, 2014

Live Review: Spock’s Beard at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London. 18th September, 2014

That’s the kind of night this is – for all the technical wizardry and brain-melting time signatures there is a party atmosphere. The band ham it up and are clearly having as much fun with their shtick as we are witnessing it. – Chris McGarel

Bunker 66 – Screaming Rock Believers

Bunker 66 – Screaming Rock Believers

This fucking rips, mid tempo at times, but it varies with pace right through the record and has such a dirty bass tone; it screams filthy fucking speed metal in the vein of Tank and Nasty Savage, with the blackened touch to round it all off. So something that could be considered a modern Hellhammer. – By Berns von Bernington

Ancst – In Turmoil

Ancst – In Turmoil

In Turmoil is a great album and well produced. The tracks flow well and are heavy as hell! Again, while most über-kvltists will shun this album, if you like your crust black and dismal, this is the album for you. – By Daniel Chavez

ArcTangent 2014 – Review

ArcTangent 2014 – Review

2014 was the year Arctangent grew up to be a proper festival. Last year was great but it’s easy to be a great festival in the blazing sunshine. The real test of a festival is whether it can stay great when the rain comes down and come down it did, especially the Friday night providing a suitably apocalyptic backdrop for the dark riffage of Russian Circles, yet Arctangent coped with it without missing a 13/4 beat. By Dan Salter

Autumn’s Dawn – Gone

Autumn’s Dawn – Gone

Gone is an album that has a confused identity predominantly due to the clean vocal style that borders on “emo” yet the quality of song writing shines through and fans of melancholic doom and especially post-rock will find plenty to enjoy. – By Andrew Rawlinson


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