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Articles by Pete Long

Doom Metal Monthly with Pete Long – March 2015

March 17th, 2015

Crypt Sermon - Doom Metal Monthly with Pete Long

Given that Doom Metal (or should that be DOOM METAL ? It feels like it has earned the right to be in ALL-CAPS) has pretty much more right than any other subgenre to claim it is the “original” form of heavy metal, it seemed kind of remiss that we didn’t have a column dedicated specifically to it. Until now – step forward, Pete Long….

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Live: Arch Enemy + Kreator @ London Kentish Town Forum – 18 December 2014

December 23rd, 2014

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Look, we know it’s nearly Christmas, but that doesn’t mean that the relentless touring machine at the heart of heavy metal has stopped yet. Kreator and Arch Enemy have only just finished a punishing double-headliner tour. We sent Pete Long along to headbang himself senseless at the London leg of the tour.

6 things we learnt while watching Arch Enemy and Kreator in London:

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Album: Mors Principium Est – Dawn of the 5th Era

December 17th, 2014

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Mors Principium Est
Dawn of the 5th Era
AFM Records
05 December 2014

by Pete Long

The key to a good melodic death metal album is a multitude of great riffs, teetering right between wild-eyed aggression and impressible catchiness. But the majority of bands in the genre seem to have forgotten this in their quest to push its boundaries. Mors Principium Est’s new album, Dawn of the 5th Era, is an antidote to that. It’s filled to the brim with great riffs.

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Album: Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

November 24th, 2014

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Primordial
Where Greater Men Have Fallen
Metal Blade
24 November 2014

by Pete Long

It is impossible to discuss Primordial without talking about the music’s emotion as much as the music itself. Pride, grief, rage; these things meld into each other and every note, giving the band a resonance and sincerity that politicians and Christmas adverts alike would kill for. Where Greater Men Have Fallen is very much in the same vein as its predecessors, and for a band of Primordial’s consistency, that can only be a good thing.

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Interview: Tomas Lindberg from At The Gates on crafting the most anticipated album of 2014

November 13th, 2014

There’s no way around it – At The Gates releasing their first new material in over 18 years was a big deal. We sent Pete Long along to find out from Tomas Lindberg, the band’s frontman, just why it took so long.

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When Tomas Lindberg talks about the “One thousand, two thousand people” waiting for At War With Reality, it seems he might be selling himself a little short. It’s not that he’s unaware of the affection that Slaughter of the Soul is held in, it’s just that nobody in At The Gates is the type of guy to spend too much time thinking about the album’s legacy. Considering the effects that the level of expectation could have had on them, it’s probably just as well.

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Album: Vesania – Deus Ex Machina

November 5th, 2014

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Vesania
Deus Ex Machina
Metal Blade
27 October 2014

by Pete Long

It’s probably enshrined in ancient charter that all Polish metal bands must have at least one member who at some point has contributed to one of Behemoth, Vader or Decapitated. Sure enough, of Vesania’s three founder members, frontman Orion plays bass with Behemoth, bassist Heinrich has played with Decapitated, and drummer Daray has played with Vader (and just about everyone else). It sort of makes them a supergroup in reverse. It also probably accounts for why it’s been seven years between albums.

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Album: At The Gates – At War With Reality

September 29th, 2014

At The Gates 2014 by Ester Segarra

At The Gates
At War With Reality
Century Media
27 October 2014

by Pete Long

It is very hard to escape the influence of Slaughter of the Soul. At The Gates’ classic still stands as the consensus pinnacle of the melodeath genre, and remains a touchstone of much of modern metal. So it’s probably best to establish from the off that At War with Reality –  arguably the most anticipated comeback album since Carcass’ Surgical Steel – is not a clone of its predecessor.

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Album: Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels

September 8th, 2014

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Witch Mountain
Mobile of Angels
Svart Records
02 October 2014

by Pete Long

Witch Mountain’s new album will be released at exactly the right time of year to appreciate it. Shortening nights, greying skies – autumn is a time for doom metal. Fans’ appreciation of Mobile of Angels will be tempered, however, by the news that this will be vocalist Uta Plotkin’s last album with the band. It’s enough to move you to sadness before even listening to it.

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Album: Decapitated – Blood Mantra

September 4th, 2014

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Decapitated
Blood Mantra
Nuclear Blast
26 September 2014

by Pete Long

When guitarist Vogg resurrected Decapitated following the tragic road accident in 2007 that shattered the band, he could have chosen to keep doing the same things that had made Decapitated as big as they are. The 2011 release of Carnival is Forever was definitely not the result of such a decision. Blood Mantra is another step down that path, away from the sounds of traditional death metal.

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