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Future Hits 172: Stereo Virgins

April 17th, 2014

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Stereo Virgins
From: The Wirral/Liverpool, UK
Lazy equation: Fuzz tones + grunge spirit x PURE RIFFS
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On 12 March 2014, Lyam Kirkham, drummer with Stereo Virgins, died from a brain tumour. This was mere days after the release of the band’s superb double-A side, 333/Blood & Fire. Prior to Lyam’s passing, we’d interviewed both himself and his bandmate, bass player Beck Alveston, for our Future Hits column. Out of respect for Lyam, we shelved the interview and asked our readers to donate to the fund set up to commemorate his life. Now, with the band’s blessing, we are going to publish the interview, and once again urge you all to buy some Stereo Virgins merch or donate to The Brain Tumour Charity. Since Lyam’s passing, Stereo Virgins have been donating all merchant sales of their merch to this charity. Please visit this link if you would like to buy their merchandise, or simply just donate an amount you can afford to this page, anything you can give big or small will be greatly appreciated. It’s through JustGiving so it is simple, fast and totally secure.

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Album: Metsatöll – Karjajuht

April 17th, 2014

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Metsatöll
Karjajuht
Spinefarm Records
07 March 2014

by Pete Long

When people talk about folk metal, they are often talking about metal with a bit of a rustic tinge. The odd flute trill, maybe a violin, some jaunty riffs on the electric guitars – very much more metal than folk. Bands who are as much folk as metal, where the traditional instruments and melodies play as big a role as the crushing riffs – more Pogues than Dropkicks, to borrow a punk comparison – they’re a rarer beast. Metsatöll have been firmly towards the Pogues-end of that spectrum ever since multi-instrumentalist Lauri ‘Varulven’ Õunapuu joined the band in 2000.

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Album: LostALone – Shapes Of Screams

April 16th, 2014

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Shapes Of Screams
Graphite Records
07 April 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

It’s no secret that Derby three piece LostAlone have had lofty ambitions far greater than their relatively humble current status. Despite garnering plenty of praise over the past few years and notable fans such as My Chemical Romance’s Frank Iero singing their praises, this adulation hasn’t crossed over to a larger audience, but it hasn’t stopped the band setting their sights on breaking out of the UK toilet circuit.

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Live: Stephen O’Malley @ London St John on Bethnal Green – 11 April 2014

April 15th, 2014

Even in a genre as pointed iconoclastic as heavy music can be, Stephen O’Malley does not make “easy” music. As one of the founders of doom-drone experimentalists Sunn O))), he pushes the boundaries of what constitutes music. With his solo stuff, well, let’s just say he drives through those boundaries with the care and consideration of Dick Dastardly trying to win the Wacky Races, only with “insane noises made with a guitar while remaining stoic and in the shadows” instead of “wild scheme to crash everyone else’s car” as his Unique Selling Point. 

Six things we learned while watching Stephen O’Malley in London…

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If You Buy One Thing This Week: New Heavy Sounds Vol.3

April 15th, 2014

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Record Store Day is once again looming – this weekend, music collector nerds of all shapes and sizes will descend upon their local record shops to buy over-priced and often not-very-good limited edition releases to mark the occasion. However, some of the stuff being put out for Record Store Day is bloody brilliant, and the New Heavy Sounds Vol.3 compilation – featuring a load of killer new tracks from a whole load of their bands – is one of those, hence why it’s our pick for If You Buy One Thing This Week.

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Album: Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

April 15th, 2014

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Melana Chasmata
Century Media
14 April 2014

by Cheryl Carter

Triptykon’s unique sound was born from the dying days of Celtic Frost, when frontman Tom G. Warrior (aka Thomas Gabriel Fischer) staked his everlasting claim for the darkness with Frost’s final outing, 2006′s much maligned (at the time) Monotheist. When Fischer resurfaced in 2010 with Triptykon’s debut, Eparistera Daimones, he continued to lie in those same shadows with a singular doomed sound that clearly showed that Celtic Frost’s swansong was a little more in his realm than it was of his former bandmates. 

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Album: Emmure – Eternal Enemies

April 14th, 2014

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Eternal Enemies
Victory Records
14 April 2014

by Tomas Doyle

Let the record show it and let it show it clearly: the opening track on Emmure’s new album Eternal Enemies was due to be called ‘Bring A Gun To School‘. But, after some (understandable) backlash, on the final version of the Connecticut deathcore quintet ‘s sixth studio effort it is simply listed as ‘(Untitled)’. The question is left begging then – which one is it guys? Are you edgy controversialists who don’t give a mother fuck what people think, or the sort of band who coquettishly say Stuff That Will Get People’s Backs Up only to run away screaming when – surprise surprise – it gets people’s backs up. It’s a universal truth: the only thing worse than a shit-stirrer is a coward without the guts to stand by their shit-stirring ways.

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