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Album: Eluveitie – Origins

July 25th, 2014

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Eluveitie
Origins
Nuclear Blast
04 August 2014

by David Keevill

Eluveitie have been quietly but confidently building a fanbase in their corner of folk metal for twelve years now. As an eight-strong group featuring archaic instruments and a penchant for mid-European Dark Age origin stories, their tale was practically primed for obscurity. However, their winning of a prize at the 2014 Swiss Music Awards for their live show proves that their brand of eclectic, heavy Celt-metal isn’t just another hilarious gimmicky oddity, devoid of meaning or content.

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Album: Samoans – Rescue

July 24th, 2014

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Samoans
Rescue
Apres Vous Records
14 July 2014

by Hugh Platt

Now more than 15 years old, Biffy Clyro’s recording career has now well and truly reached the point that the direct influence of the Kilmarnock trio has now seeped into the very firmament of the UK rock scene. No longer can it be said that it’s simply a case of bands sharing the same influences as Simon Neil – it’s Biffy themselves who are the keystone for a whole generation of young British musicians. That isn’t a backhanded way of dismissing Samoans‘ first long-player, but it is indicative of one of the issues that stops it from being truly great. [Read more →]

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If You Buy One Thing This Week: Elddop by Martyrdöd

July 22nd, 2014

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It’s summer. We’re hot. We’re increasingly irritated by the general public’s inability to use public transport without being unnecessarily obnoxious. All we want to do is listen to angry Scandinavians raging against the state of the world. That’s why we’ve gone for some Swedish d-beat as our choice for If You Buy One Thing This Week, in the form of Elddop by Martyrdöd.

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Future Hits 178: The Males

July 21st, 2014

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The Males
From: London (via Dorset), UK
Lazy equation: Queens of the Stone Age if they’d spent their formative years around urban foxes rather than desert fauna
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp // Soundcloud

We’re a sucker for anything that even remotely sounds a bit like Josh Homme. The Males might crib heavily from the work of the Queens of the Stone Age frontman, but as far as influences go, he’s a good one to bounce off of: the band’s new EP has cheeky nods to both early and latter-period QOTSA, with just enough of a Brit-twist for it to really grab our attention.

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EP: De Profundis – Frequencies

July 21st, 2014

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De Profundis
Frequencies
Self-Release
19 June 2014

by Pete Long

With a new full player due out later this year, London-based De Profundis want your attention. The four song EP Frequencies is their means of grabbing it and to ensure it works, they’re releasing it for free. Considering the quality of their 2012 outing The Emptiness Within, with its Death-meets-Opeth take on Death Metal, that’s a generous offer.

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Sunday Slaylist: Hevy Festival 2014

July 20th, 2014

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There’s just over a month to go until Hevy Festival 2014 marks the festival’s return to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park down in Kent. After – let’s be honest, a fairly disasterous turn of events in 2013 that saw the festival cancelling and taking a year off - the festival is back, with a new focus and energy behind it. It might not have the size or chequebook to match Download or Sonisphere, but the return of Hevy to the UK festival calendar is definitely something we can get behind – which is why this week’s Sunday Spotify Slaylist is all about their 2014 line-up. 

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Future Hits 177: EXES + first listen to Reptilian

July 18th, 2014

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EXES
From: London, UK
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp

Our verdict: This is a rock band! Formed from the ashes of Tropics – a band we were quite partial to – they have become slightly odder in their melodies and there seem to be more melodies on what evidence we’ve heard so far, which we are very much down with. The great news is that there’s still a lot of rocking to be done by Exes and so they’ve let us put their new song, ‘Reptilian’ up on this site. That’s bloody good. Here’s a wee interview with Jodie Cox too. Read, listen, enjoy.

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Album: Trudger – Dormiveglia

July 18th, 2014

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Trudger
Dormiveglia
Church Of Fuck / Sell Your Soul Records
01 August 2014

by Cheryl Carter

The British underground is doing some incredible things right now. With small labels like Church Of Fuck getting a hold of bands like Trudger, Old Skin and Esoteric Youth, dirty, doomed music has a home for a long, long time. The aforementioned Trudger aren’t an entirely new proposition – they released an EP two years ago – but they’ve taken their sweet time in order to create Dormiveglia and sure enough, that time was well spent. Dormiveglia (an Italian word for being half asleep, or half awake) takes elements of sludge, hardcore and post-metal and melds them into a coherent, expressive and intense debut full length.

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Album: Overkill – White Devil Armory

July 17th, 2014

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Overkill
White Devil Armory
Nuclear Blast
18 July 2014

by Rob McAuslan

SEVENTEEN albums. Overkill have to be the most constant and consistent thrash band by absolutely frigging miles. Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth and DD Verni have been the only vocalist and bassist they’ve ever had in all that time, too. There must be some sort of prize out there for this kind of longevity.

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