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Album: ’68 – In Humor And Sadness

August 15th, 2014

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’68
In Humor And Sadness
eOne Music/Good Fight Music
18 August 2014

by Hugh Platt

As sad as the disbanding on The Chariot in 2013 was, their frontman Josh Scogin’s decision to punctuate his career with this new band rather than muscling his (now former) band into the direction he has pursued here, was the right one to make. ’68 aren’t easily comparable to either them or Scogin’s other former outfit, journeymen metalcore outfit Norma Jean, and to try to foister the sheer visceral intent of these songs upon that band would not have been anywhere near as effective as letting them be their own thing is.

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Album: Entombed A.D. – Back To The Front

August 14th, 2014

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Entombed AD
Back To The Front
Century Media
04 August 2014

by Rob McAuslan

It’s always a shame when bands stop liking each other. As a result of the sheer amount of time you have to spend in each others’ company in the ‘hurry up and wait’ lifestyle of any reasonably-successful artist it’s probably unavoidable, but that doesn’t make it any easier on long-time fans. It seems like barely a week passes without some story emerging about how Band Guy A doesn’t like Band Guy B anymore, and its usually about money. Sadly but unsurprisingly, everyone’s favourite Swedish death metal pioneers have fallen foul of it too, it seems.

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Album: EscapeTheCult – All You Need To

August 13th, 2014

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EscapeTheCult
All You Need To
Self-Release
18 August 2014

by Ruth Booth

It’s the disappointment, mostly. We’ve all fallen into the same trap, fooled into thinking that, because of the names involved, they would make so much more than the sum of their parts. Are we just victims of our own expectations? Or is something else going on with the debut from EscapeTheCult, the supergroup from alumni of A Perfect Circle, Primus, Uneven Structure, Kamlath and King Diamond?

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Album: FrnkIero and The Cellabration – .stomachaches.

August 1st, 2014

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FrnkIero and The Cellabration
.stomachaches.
Hassle Records
25 August 2014

by Thea de Gallier

Frank Iero is pissed off. Not because of the demise of My Chemical Romance, but because he has a stomach-ache. An all-encompassing, inescapable stomach-ache so beastly that it inspired an entire album. To take his mind off the pain of an increasingly painful digestive disorder, Iero retreated to his basement studio and composed music that was as jagged and raw as his internal discomfort.

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Album: Corrupt Moral Altar – Mechanical Tides

July 28th, 2014

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Mechanical Tides
Season Of Mist
22 July 2014

by Pete Long

If you’re excited by the prospect of Corrupt Moral Altar‘s first full album, chances are it’s due to the feral rage that suffused their two previous EPs. The sludge-tinged grindcore of Whiskey Sierra and Luciferian Deathcult were the aural equivalent of a rusty steel bolt through the neck.

It’s probably going to make some of people unhappy then that Mechanical Tides is a marked evolution from that sound.

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Album: Eluveitie – Origins

July 25th, 2014

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Eluveitie
Origins
Nuclear Blast
04 August 2014

by David Keevill

Eluveitie have been quietly but confidently building a fanbase in their corner of folk metal for twelve years now. As an eight-strong group featuring archaic instruments and a penchant for mid-European Dark Age origin stories, their tale was practically primed for obscurity. However, their winning of a prize at the 2014 Swiss Music Awards for their live show proves that their brand of eclectic, heavy Celt-metal isn’t just another hilarious gimmicky oddity, devoid of meaning or content.

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Album: Samoans – Rescue

July 24th, 2014

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Samoans
Rescue
Apres Vous Records
14 July 2014

by Hugh Platt

Now more than 15 years old, Biffy Clyro’s recording career has now well and truly reached the point that the direct influence of the Kilmarnock trio has now seeped into the very firmament of the UK rock scene. No longer can it be said that it’s simply a case of bands sharing the same influences as Simon Neil – it’s Biffy themselves who are the keystone for a whole generation of young British musicians. That isn’t a backhanded way of dismissing Samoans‘ first long-player, but it is indicative of one of the issues that stops it from being truly great. [Read more →]

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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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