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EP: De Profundis – Frequencies

July 21st, 2014

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De Profundis
Frequencies
Self-Release
19 June 2014

by Pete Long

With a new full player due out later this year, London-based De Profundis want your attention. The four song EP Frequencies is their means of grabbing it and to ensure it works, they’re releasing it for free. Considering the quality of their 2012 outing The Emptiness Within, with its Death-meets-Opeth take on Death Metal, that’s a generous offer.

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EP: Falls of Rauros / Panopticon – Split EP

May 9th, 2014

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Falls of Rauros / Panopticon
Split EP
Bindrune Recordings
29 April 2014

by Cheryl Carter

Panopticon’s career output been fairly prolific, with the one man band giving us four full lengths (with another due this summer) and seven split releases (including the one we talk about here). It’s in stark contrast to Falls of Rauros who, in a similar time scale, have released two full lengths a handful of early demos and this split. Both though, tread their own path of nature inspired black metal with the former often turning to slightly different sounds depending on the records theme while the latter are firmly planted in that Cascadian sound that’s been rife these last few years.

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EP: Sigiriya – Darkness Died Today

April 30th, 2014

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Sigiriya
Darkness Died Today
Candlelight Records
21 April 2014

by Pete Long

If something looks, swims and quacks like a duck, then it sure as hell has a lot of duck-like qualities, regardless of whether it actually is said bird or not. In similar vein, when you get most of Acrimony in a band – Stu O’Hara, Paul Bidmead and Darren Ivey – it’s probably going to sound pretty good. You feel safe expecting something a bit heavy, a bit groovy. There’s a lot to live up to with Acrimony’s legacy, even with a new name, even with an album already released under that name.

Sigiriya’s Darkness Died Today lives up to these expectations.

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EP: Winnebago Deal – Bail Out

April 2nd, 2014

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Winnebago Deal
Bail Out
Dry Heave Records
19 April 2014

by Tomas Doyle

If you remember Winnebago Deal from the first time around (they formed in 1999, toured with everyone from Blood Brothers to Mondo Generator and had the spirit of punk rock etched into their veins while still picking up major plaudits) then chances are you won’t need telling how brilliant they were, and now continue to be. If, after a four year absence, this review merely serves to give you a heads up that the barnstorming duo are back then you are welcome. Enjoy – shit’s as good as it ever was.

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EP: Sisters Of… – Follow Me As A Ghost

March 3rd, 2014

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Sisters Of…
Follow Me As A Ghost
Crowquill Records
24 March 2013

by Ruth Booth

Ever dependent on the teller and the told, histories can be misleading. Sisters Of… is built around multi-instrumentalist Aaron Coker, best known from associations with The Appleseed Cast, Blackpool Lights and Reggie and the Full Effect. It’s an interesting pedigree, and one that says near fuck all about the earthy slab of alt-metal that is their debut EP, Follow Me As A Ghost.

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EP: Wild Throne – Blood Maker

February 26th, 2014

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Wild Throne
Blood Maker
Brutal Panda Records
04 March 2014

by Pete Long

If your band is called Dog Shredder, you have one of two options. 1) Keeping it, which will make people think you’re a Grindcore band that loves Beavis and Butthead. 2) Change it. That’s what Wild Throne chose to do, and Blood Maker is the first EP released since the name change.

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EP: Atlases – Upbringing

February 4th, 2014

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Atlases
Upbringing
Self-Released
20 January 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

We may all cringe now at teenagers who write “MUSIC IS MY LIFE!!!!!!!!1!!1!” in their twitter bios, but we all felt like that at one point. At some time in your life some piece of music has meant something to you. The fact that we’re bombarded with more music than ever, and that most of it is merely OK, means that bands should really be striving to really connect with their audience. If you’re a new metalcore band then it should be of paramount importance.

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EP: Drudkh/Winterfylleth – Thousands of Moons Ago/The Gates

January 18th, 2014

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Drudkh/Winterfylleth
Thousands of Moons Ago/The Gates
Season of Mist
21 January 2014

by Tom Gibbons

The Ukraine’s black metal underground is so underground that one of its leading bands, Drudkh, has a “no photos, no interviews, no website, no gigs” policy, and then streams their latest EP on Bandcamp. Awesome right? But it goes deeper – this EP isn’t just Drudkh covering lesser-known bands from the Ukranian scene (Hefeystos, Unclean, Sacrilegium) but also inviting the very English folk/black metallers Winterfylleth to contribute a cover of Hateforest’s ‘The Gates’ to conclude this four song split EP.

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