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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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Album: Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again

July 15th, 2014

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Joyce Manor
Never Hungover Again
Epitaph Records
21 July 2014

by Alex Andrews

Joyce Manor’s last EP Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired was a curious record. Although nine songs long, it lasted just 13 minutes and felt more like a collection of B-sides than a follow-up to their shit-hot debut. But what was most intriguing was that it allowed the band to explore new territories, like 90s skate punk and wistful indie pop, while developing their identity.

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Album: The Hell – Groovehammer

July 14th, 2014

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The Hell
Groovehammer
Prosthetic Records
07 July 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

For those unaware The Hell first emerged at the tail end of last year. An album of snotty, down tuned, aggro punk loaded with swearing released for free. Tongues soon started wagging as to who these mystery men actually were, the addition of a few familiar faces on the album cover only bolstered interest, and they soon became the hype band of the month, with various industry folk tweeting hyperbole over them.

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Album: Monuments – The Amanuensis

July 10th, 2014

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Monuments
The Amanuensis
Century Media
23 June 2014

by Ruth Booth

Aside from the whole “music” thing, djent bands are known for two more err things: conceptual exploration – usually of the spiritual or philosophical bent – and, unfortunately, an inability to keep a vocalist for longer than two minutes. Both of these can handle like double-edged swords for a band – certainly that’s the case with The Amanuensis, the second album from progressive supergroup Monuments.

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Album: Corrosion of Conformity – IX

July 2nd, 2014

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Corrosion Of Conformity
IX
Candlelight Records
30 June 2014

by Rob McAuslan

Lest we forget, Pepper Keenan’s almost defacto appointment post-‘Vote With A Bullet’ to the position of lead vocalist of Corrosion Of Conformity was greeted with a huge collective cheer. And as nice as it’s been to see this CoC line-up play shows, and as nostalgically-pleasing as it was to get an album from them, I don’t think I’m alone in wanting the four-piece CoC to make a return now, am I? Keenan-keening aside, IX doesn’t even nearly scratch that itch, but the highs do handily outweigh the lows of yet another Pepper-free excursion.

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Split: Amenra/VVOVNDS – The Abyss Stares Back #1

July 1st, 2014

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Amenra/VVOVDS
The Abyss Stares Back #1
Hypertension Records
02 June 2014

by Cheryl Carter

Hypertension Records’ The Abyss Stares Back split series is one that will surely be closely watched due to the names and sounds involved. Their first instalment features the cathartic tones on the incredible Amenra alongside their fellow Belgian countrymen VVOVNDS (pictured above), and other planned releases will see Scott Kelly, Primitive Man, Alkerdeel and Hessian lined up against each other.

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Album: Allegaeon – Elements of The Infinite

June 30th, 2014

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Allegaeon
Elements of The Infinite
Metal Blade
23 June 2014

by Pete Long

In 2012 Allegaeon released Formshifter, their second album, and it was a thing of no little beauty. Coming out of Colorado, Allegaeon displayed an impressive talent both in terms of technical virtuosity and riff writing and, as a result, produced one of the freshest sounding melodic death metal albums heard in some time. It was as if Dark Tranquillity and Children of Bodom had both gone back to their peak, then had a slightly less-talented love child.

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Album: Brontide – Artery

June 27th, 2014

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Brontide
Artery
Pink Mist
30 June 2014

by Thea de Gallier

Opening track ‘Tonitro’ lays the foundations of Brontide’s latest album nicely – a heavy, chugging guitar drops in and out over a sparse bassline and some rather disconcerting baby noises provide the album’s only vocals. It’s already apparent, less than five minutes into the album, that this isn’t going to be a bore-fest of nondescript background music – the tried-and-tested structure of verses and choruses is cast aside in favour of unexpected changes in rhythm.

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Album: Feed The Rhino – The Sorrow and The Sound

June 10th, 2014

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Feed The Rhino
The Sorrow and The Sound
Siege of Amida Records
16 June 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

We all know that the days of “being in a band” going hand in hand with “being a rich and successful rock star” are long gone. Sure, some bands get bigger and reach arena-filling levels, but far more bands hit their glass ceiling at much smaller-sized venue levels. Despite earning themselves a stellar reputation as a ferocious live act and amassing a solid fan base off the back of it, when Feed The Rhino released their second album The Burning Red left many fans cold. It was up for debate whether the band had reached their peak, and it’s up to new album The Sorrow and The Sound to set the record straight.

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