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Album: Animals As Leaders – The Joy of Motion

March 18th, 2014

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Animals As Leaders
The Joy of Motion
Sumerian Records
25 March 2014

by David Keevill

Tosin Abasi is an interesting bloke. The eight-string guitarmanship is impressive, sure, but that’s not what I’m talking about. With his outfit Animals as Leaders, he’s turned what should be skilful but nerdy YouTube fodder into one of the most exciting and extroverted metal outfits to come out of the most recent wave of heavy progressive music.

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Album: Ageless Oblivion – Penthos

March 14th, 2014

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Ageless Oblivion
Penthos
Siege Of Amida Records
17 March 2014

by Pete Long

When Ageless Oblivion released Temples of Transcendent Evolution back in 2011, they caused a wee bit of a buzz with their Frankenstein’s monster approach to death metal. Even a little bit of “next big thing” talk. Fast-forward three years and the follow-up, Penthos, follows the same ethos. It’s as if Cult of Luna had just mugged every death metal band they could see and stolen all the riffs.

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Album: Barren Womb – The Sun’s Not Yellow, It’s Chicken

March 5th, 2014

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Barren Womb
The Sun’s Not Yellow, It’s Chicken
Spartan Records
11 March 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

There’s a problem slowly sweeping its way across the nation. As serious as it is, very few are taking the stand to address. Bassists up and down the country are quaking in fear. The slow but steady rise in two-blokes-making-a-racket-core in recent times is threatening their position. The likes of God Damn and Slaves have quickly become media darlings, and despite sounding very different, they’re all been forbearers for the demise of four-string slappers and poppers.

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Album: Earth Crisis – Salvation of Innocents

March 4th, 2014

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Earth Crisis
Salvation of Innocents
Candlelight Records
03 March 2014

by Tomas Doyle

If you turn on the news, you will see an earth crisis: storms, war, remorseless lack of respect for our planet. That is nothing new of course; as a species we’ve been ripping ourselves apart from the inside and buttfucking the environment for as long as we’ve had conscious thought. Similarly, if you head down to your local record store you will see a new album by Earth Crisis.

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Album: Weathered Hands – A Warm Life In The Cold

February 28th, 2014

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Weathered Hands
A Warm Life In The Cold
In At The Deep End
10 March 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

Despite being a relatively young band Hereford’s Weathered Hands have already progressed a great deal. Starting life as a metalcore band, a line up change saw the band ditch their metal leanings to join the UKHC ranks. However after getting a bitter taste in their mouth from seeing primordial m0sh bros kicking twelve shades out of each other to their music the band has scaled up the melody, along with the emotion and intensity, leading to a natural climax on this release.

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Album: Destrage – Are You Kidding Me? No.

February 25th, 2014

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Destrage
Are You Kidding Me? No.
Metal Blade Records
03 March 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

Eclecticism – it’s great, isn’t it? Well in theory it is, however more often than not those whacky boundary pushing buggers are not very good. The kind of people who claim to like iwrestledabearonce are often just try hard musos out to impress each other. If you really want to get people’s attention, why not just make outlandish claims about the size of your genitals? It’ll get you plenty of attention and also free up your time to listen to music that doesn’t suck.

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Album: Conan – Blood Eagle

February 24th, 2014

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Blood Eagle
Napalm Records
03 March 2014

by David Keevill

Nostalgia is a soft-edged, sepia tinted arcadia that has increasingly been used by musicians to swerve listeners away from the rapid self-consumption of the metal world. For the less inspired, vapidly imitating the past rarely produces anything other than a cheap Instagram effect that lies on top of average music like an oil slick on water.

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Album: Slough Feg – Digital Resistance

February 19th, 2014

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Slough Feg
Digital Resistance
Metal Blade Records
17 February 2014

by Rob McAuslan

As long-time leader of Slough Feg and a founding member of Hammers Of Misfortune, Mike Scalzi’s credentials are well and truly established – nine records with this outfit since 1990 speaks volumes to his tenacity, if nothing else. After two decades of relative obscurity, Metal Blade picked them up last year, which should hopefully ensure that one of metal’s best-kept secrets at least get a fair shot with their latest release.

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Album: Issues – Issues

February 13th, 2014

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Issues
Rise Records
10 February 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

The once strong battle lines between pop and metal aren’t what they used to be. People are far less militant with their tastes in music. Rock club nights are as likely to play Skrillex as Limp Bizkit. It’s the reason why so many sub-par metalcore bands have turned their hand to bad dubstep. It’s no surprise that in certain quarters metal-meets-pop/R’n’B upstarts, Issues, are considered one of the buzziest new bands in the world right now.

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Album: Serpent Eater – Hyena

February 5th, 2014

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Serpent Eater
Hyena
Hammerheart Records
17 March 2014

by Pete Long

Serpent Eater may be new the the scene even if most of their members are not (with bands such as Throats, Hammerhead and Daskrill on their collective resume). Hyena isn’t perhaps the hardcore album you might expect though. It’s a melting pot of a record – you might think about calling them crust, or maybe sludge, but it’s more probably more to the point to describe them as semi-coherent fury.

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