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Album: 3 Inches Of Blood – Long Live Heavy Metal

March 15th, 2012

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3 Inches Of Blood
Long Live Heavy Metal
Century Media
26 March 2012

by Tom Dare

If you’re the kind of metalhead that reacts to that particular end of the metal spectrum – you know, the one draped in leather and fur, that’s unduly fond of Vikings and loves the first four Manowar albums as much as it doe its own kids – the same as you would if your local served you a pint of horse’s piss instead of beer, 3 Inches Of Blood probably aren’t for you. However, if you look at Rob Halford decked out in leather screaming ‘Painkiller‘ and think it’s the most amazing thing in human history, step this way.

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Album: Woods Of Ypres – Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light

January 18th, 2012

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Woods Of Ypres
Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light
Earache Records
13 February 2012

by Tom Dare

By now, you’re probably aware Woods Of Ypres mainman David Gold died on 21 December 2011. What was meant to be the first album he’d have had significant label backing for after plugging away in the Canadian underground for a decade, has instead turned out to be his last. This is obviously a delicate record to analyse, but whatever the background, an album has to stand up on its own merit – the music is either good or it’s not. Only in this particular case, there’s a sizeable caveat. [Read more →]

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