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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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LostAlone
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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Album: Triptykon – Melana Chasmata

April 15th, 2014

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Triptykon
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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Emmure
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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Album: Bear Trade – Blood And Sand

April 7th, 2014

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Bear Trade
Blood And Sand
Everything Sucks
05 May 2014

by Alex Andrews

Here’s a controversial opinion: punk rock did not reach its pinnacle in New York, London or Washington DC, but in the north of England at some point in the 90s. I’m talking about bands like Broccoli, Chopper, Hooton 3 Car and most notably, Leatherface, the latter who blended the harshly-accented dialect of their native Sunderland, with rich melodies and the kind of burly, bar stool poetry that Hot Water Music’s Chuck Ragan has based his whole career upon.

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Album: Bigelf – Into the Maelstrom

April 4th, 2014

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Bigelf
Into the Maelstrom
InsideOut Music
03 March 2014

by Karma Bertelsen

Get ready for an astronomic intergalactic rock saga set in outer space fused with elements of 80s blues and prog-rock: after a long wait of almost six years, Into the Maelstrom is the belated fourth studio album by the ever-changing Bigelf project of eccentric frontman Damon Fox.

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Album: I Am The Avalanche – Wolverines

March 28th, 2014

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I Am The Avalanche
Wolverines
Rude Records
17 March 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

Vinnie Caruana has the sort of musical CV to put many of his peers to shame. Between emo cult icons The Movielife, hardcore side project Peace’d Out, his solo acoustic EP, and punk stalwarts I Am The Avalanche, he is one guy with a pretty impressive back catalogue of tunes. The release of a new I Am The Avalanche album in the form of Wolverines sees Caruana looking to strengthen his status as one of the best song writers in contemporary punk.

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Album: Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

March 24th, 2014

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Steel Panther
All You Can Eat
Open E Records
01 April 2014

by Tomas Doyle

The first thing to remember when reviewing a Steel Panther album is that, really, Steel Panther aren’t a band. Def Leppard are the band, Bon Jovi are the band, Van Halen are the band, Mötley Crüe are the band – Steel Panther are a parasitic sideshow on the hulking belly of stadium rock. A satire, a send up, a comedy façade performed by four apparently libidinous geriatrics in wigs and based on all of cock rocks most ludicrous traits. So the real question when reviewing the new Steel Panther record is this: Is their shtick still funny after three (THREE!) albums?

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Album: Autopsy – Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves

March 21st, 2014

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Autopsy
Tourniquets, Hacksaws & Graves
Peaceville Records
21 April 2014

by Rob McAuslan

For all the talk that gets bandied around, you’d be forgiven for thinking that every band needs to be on some ceaseless quest for progress. It simply isn’t true; not everyone wants to ‘push the boundaries of what’s possible in music’, or whatever other guff gets spouted around this conceit. Autopsy did their innovating as one of the very earliest bands at the birth of the death metal scene, and their particular brand of gore-flecked nastiness has proven hugely influential for the best part of thirty years. Why fix what’s already broken in the best possible way?

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