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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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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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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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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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Album: Vallenfyre – Splinters

May 21st, 2014

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Splinters
Century Media
12 May 2014

by Pete Long

A psychologist could probably draw all sorts of conclusions from the fact that when Gregor Mackintosh, one of Britain’s most prominent doom mongers, looked for a way to channel his grief at his father’s passing, he chose raw and brutal death metal. Three years on from the somewhat sad inception of Vallenfyre, Mackintosh and his group of hyper-talented friends are back once again to explore both loss and grief, via Mackintosh’s own musical heritage from the 80s.

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Album: Sabaton – Heroes

May 20th, 2014

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Heroes
Nuclear Blast
16 May 2014

by David Keevill

Metallers are po-faced. We don’t really like the idea of a joke, because the joke is often on us. We can laugh [ahem] at Steel Panther because the obvious pastiche of 80s glam rock drips off them as evidently as tequila, sweat and silicon shavings. But at the end of the day, we can just listen to Slayer and remind ourselves that the kernel of heavy metal is serious business, crafted by stocky-legged men hitting the bottom E string really hard and really fast.

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Album: Epica – The Quantum Enigma

May 14th, 2014

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Epica
The Quantum Enigma
Nuclear Blast
05 May 2014

by David Keevill

The horrendously lazy ‘female-fronted’ tag is a relic of a bygone era and its continued existence is an insult to anybody who believes in the progressive opportunities that metal often affords. Epica, a band central to the European symphonic metal scene over the last eleven years, have too been lumped with this description in their time, in addition to being grouped in with other bands who use classical aspects in their music. In both counts, and especially compounded in the release of their latest album, The Quantum Enigma, there is far more to this Dutch metal outfit than the reductive sum of just their vocals and symphonic elements.

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