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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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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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Album: Tombs – Savage Gold

June 4th, 2014

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Tombs
Savage Gold
Relapse Records
10 June 2014

by Pete Long

We live in an era of post-[suffix] genres. Tombs, the Brooklyn four-piece that made a name for themselves with 2011′s Path of Totality, might be loosely described as post-everything. In a fit of what might be described as either extreme ambition or common sense, they’ve taken a huge array of influences and welded them together. If their new album, Savage Gold, can’t convert people to Tombs’ way of thinking, then absolutely nothing will.

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Album: Anathema – distant satellites

June 2nd, 2014

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Anathema
distant satellites
Kscope
09 June 2014

by Cheryl Carter

Anathema’s rise as one of England’s premier rock bands has been a long time in its inception with the Liverpudlian group shifting their initial doomed, death metal sound into one that is completely at odds with their first forays into music. The Anathema of today is a band that creates uplifting, soulful landscapes of sound – sounds that bare pure emotion in their presentation and effect. 2012′s Weather Systems was a journey of bittersweet sentiment and this year distant satellites moves even further into the realms of discovery.

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Album: Eyehategod – Eyehategod

May 30th, 2014

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Eyehategod
Century Media
26 May 2014

by Daniel Cairns

In the years between Eyehategod’s last release in 2000 and their new self-titled album, we’ve seen the rise and fall of nu metal, two new US Presidents, three new Prime Ministers, Gangnam Style, Harlem Shake and a Partridge film in a pear tree…

And Eyehategod still sound like Eyehategod, and it’s brilliant.

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Album: Crowbar – Symmetry In Black

May 29th, 2014

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Crowbar
Symmetry In Black
Century Media 
26 May 2014

by Rob McAuslan

For all of Kirk Windstein’s dalliances with Down and Kingdom Of Sorrow, all anyone really wants to know about his output boils down to these couple of questions: when is the new Crowbar album out, and does it still sound like Crowbar? The answers to these are usually “sooner than you think” and “oh, most definitely”. Ten albums into a twenty-five year career, is just “being Crowbar” enough?

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Album: Trash Talk – No Peace

May 28th, 2014

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No Peace
Odd Future Records
26 May 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to your local venue without a hundred scene kids set on beating the living hell out of you, or a frontman lobbing a bin at you, Trash Talk are back. There are very few that would argue against Trash Talk being a live band first and foremost, so does this mean No Peace provides anything for us to get excited about, other than as an excuse for Trash Talk to go out on the road and play those shows?

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Album: Vader – Tibi Et Igni

May 27th, 2014

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Vader
Tibi Et Igni
Nuclear Blast Records
02 June 2014

by Rob McAuslan

Tibi Et Igni translates as “for you and for the fire” - this was a postscript attached to confidential Roman documents and meant, basically, “read this and destroy”. That’s pretty cool. What’s not so cool is the ghastly resurfacing of that most hackneyed of metal tropes – the atmospheric, keyboard-led intro. Come on guys, can we please stop doing this? Especially if you don’t have the good grace to keep it as a separate track, you annoying bastards.

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