Articles by Raymond Westland
Feels like an entirely new and exciting chapter in the band’s history at the same time. The music is brutally honest and utterly uncompromising, but above all it’s a very human record.
In short, ‘The Serenity Of Suffering’ is an essential element in the Korn back catalogue and it can easily rival classics like ‘Follow The Leader’, ‘Issues’ and ‘Untouchables’.
Serial collaborator and bass virtuoso Colin Edwin plays in Obake, Metallic Taste Of Blood, O.r.k and Porcupine Tree. Raymond Westland caught up with Edwin to discuss the new Obake record ‘Draugr’ plus more.
‘Draugr’ sees Obake refining their craft even further. It’s just as adventurous and captivating as the two previous outings, just more focussed and dare I say it, simply better. Highly recommended! – By Raymond Westland
For a supergroup Giraffe Tongue Orchestra has enough staying power and and its own distinctive identity. Definitely one the finest debut releases of this year. – By Raymond Westland
‘For All King’s sees Anthrax firing on all musical cylinders. Top-notch songwriting goes hand in hand with blistering energy and anathemic choruses. This is the band’s finest and most consistent offering since ‘Sound Of The White Noise’. Guess I will be caught in a mosh for the foreseeable future. – By Raymond Westland
‘Hidden City’ by The Cult sees the band playing to their strengths and it’s a mighty fine addition to their ongoing legacy. – By Raymond Westland
Raymond Westland caught up with Textures vocalist Daniël de Jongh to discuss the new album, losing a key member and what it takes to be a member in Textures.
In short, the new Textures album is as solid as they come, but it doesn’t see any profound changes in the band’s established musical format. – By Raymond Westland
This record is a gift that keeps on giving. ‘Blackstar’ underscores David Bowie’s musical genius and versatility. This is one of the most adventurous record you’ll probably hear this year. Utterly thought provoking and mesmerizing! – By Raymond Westland
‘Dystopia’ is a fine return to form and it’s quite an improvement compared to ‘Thirteen’ and ‘Super Collider’. It’s a solid and thorough effort and a worthy addition to Megadeth’s back catalogue. – By Raymond Westland
Most of all this album is clear proof that Queensrÿche is still a musical relevant force in today’s metal landscape. Welcome back, gentlemen! – By Raymond Westland
Raymond Westland caught up with Nile’s main man Karl Sanders to explore the dark chasms of their upcoming new album ‘What Should Not Be Unearthed’, having fun while recording an album, the band’s recurring bassist problem and the hardships of being a touring musician.
With the latest Between the Buried and Me record ‘Coma Ecliptic’ released last month, Raymond Westland had a chat with bassist Dan Briggs to find out more.
Sometimes more subdued whilst other letting it all out during other moments ‘The Demon Joke’ shows Mike Vennart at the pinnacle of his creativity. – By Raymond Westland
Raymond Westland caught up with Arcturus vocalist and lyricist Simen Hestnæs (ICS Vortex) to discuss all the ins and outs regarding the new Arcturus record ‘Arcturian’, the band’s fascination for Vaudevillian artifacts and tons more.
Raymond Westland caught up with Gavin Harrison from Porcupine Tree and King Crimson to discuss his most recent musical endeavours, his approach to drums clinics and music in general and dealing with some of the music business more distinguished characters.
‘Parallels’ by Spylacopa is undoubtedly not everyone’s cup of tea and it’s quite demanding in its bearing. However, when you give this record a chance it will grow on you like fungus in the wet season. Heartily recommended for listeners who are into Intronaut, Tool, Isis and like-minded bands. – By Raymond Westland
It’s simply mind boggling how elements from new wave, industrial, ambient, doom metal and post-metal are fused together in something that only can described as unique and hauntingly beautiful, albeit delivered with a very ragged avant-garde edge. Simply stunning! – By Raymond Westland
When it comes to fusing metal music with Middle Eastern flourishes few can do in such a commanding way as Ashmedi does with Melechesh. Raymond Westland caught up with Ashmedi and talked about their latest release ‘Enki’ and more.
Raymond Westland had a chat with Colin Edwin (Obake, Porcupine Tree, Metallic Taste of Blood) about his recent work with Obake, on how he became involved and his contributions to ‘Mutations’, the band’s latest album and much more.