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Album: Corrosion of Conformity – IX

July 2nd, 2014

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Corrosion Of Conformity
IX
Candlelight Records
30 June 2014

by Rob McAuslan

Lest we forget, Pepper Keenan’s almost defacto appointment post-‘Vote With A Bullet’ to the position of lead vocalist of Corrosion Of Conformity was greeted with a huge collective cheer. And as nice as it’s been to see this CoC line-up play shows, and as nostalgically-pleasing as it was to get an album from them, I don’t think I’m alone in wanting the four-piece CoC to make a return now, am I? Keenan-keening aside, IX doesn’t even nearly scratch that itch, but the highs do handily outweigh the lows of yet another Pepper-free excursion.

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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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Album: Earth Crisis – Salvation of Innocents

March 4th, 2014

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Earth Crisis
Salvation of Innocents
Candlelight Records
03 March 2014

by Tomas Doyle

If you turn on the news, you will see an earth crisis: storms, war, remorseless lack of respect for our planet. That is nothing new of course; as a species we’ve been ripping ourselves apart from the inside and buttfucking the environment for as long as we’ve had conscious thought. Similarly, if you head down to your local record store you will see a new album by Earth Crisis.

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Album: Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen

October 18th, 2013

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Ihsahn
Das Seelenbrechen
Candlelight Records
21 October 2013

by Rob McAuslan

Whilst the metal press at large was seemingly entranced by Ihsahn’s fourth solo album Eremita, gushing flowery adjectives all over the show and proclaiming it “Album Of The Year” and such, it left some of us a bit cold. Sure, it had some nice songs with some good riffs and all that sort of stuff, but it lacked a certain something, something that’s taken until this latest release to properly place.

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Album: Havok – Unnatural Selection

June 25th, 2013

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Havok
Unnatural Selection
Candlelight Records
25 June 2013

by Rob McAuslan

Yet more thrash on Thrash Hits? It’s just that there’s quite a lot of it about lately, honestly – we’ll get back to haircare regimes, sandwiches and what a wally Jared Leto is soon enough, don’t worry. Havok are a weird one though, in that so far they’ve actually been really very good indeed at channelling the best of the late 80s thrash scene. Unnatural Selection sees them back off the pace considerably from the frenzied Time Is Up, and that’s a move that should set any old thrasher’s alarms ringing.

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Album: Armed for Apocalypse – The Road Will End

June 13th, 2013

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Armed for Apocalypse
This Road Will End
Candlelight Records
22 July 2013

by Daniel Cairns

Black Sabbath have released a new album, did you notice? Four old dudes who should have buggered off years ago are clinging on to past glories, because metal heads feel they’re owed some kind of fealty for starting the whole horrid mess in the first place. Plus if there was no Ozzy Osbourne there’d be no Zakk Wylde, so double screw Black Sabbath for that.

It’s a shame, because the fact they won’t piss off now detracts from younger, better and more deserving bands, like Armed for Apocalypse. Armed for Apocalypse are really bringing nasty, grinding sludgy metal forward, not waxing over all nostalgic about the guy that did a reality show with his awful family.

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Album: Altar of Plagues – Teethed Glory And Injury

April 24th, 2013

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Altar Of Plagues
Teethed Glory And Injury
Candlelight Records
29 April 2013

by Rob McAuslan

“Impact” is a pleasingly kinetic word to actually say, one of the few that truly feels like the thing it’s trying to describe. The first syllable winds up to the plosive second, giving a real sense of the build and release involved in the whole process. It’s a word that Altar Of Plagues already undersand on multiple levels, with their two previous records landing them directly in the path of huge plaudits and reducing the attendees at their live appearances to stunned, rambling husks. Teethed Glory And Injury already promised to be a significant release for the first half of this year – and then people started to hear bits of it and that first syllable stretched itself to an impossible tension.

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Album: C.R.O.W.N – Psychurgy

March 22nd, 2013

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C.R.O.W.N
Psychurgy
Candlelight Records
22 April 2013

by Tom Gibbons

Last year’s The One EP earned C.R.O.W.N a debut album release with Candlelight Records, and the French duo continue their formula of doomy stoner-droner with Psychurgy. The album acts as an extension of the EP in every aspect – albeit with a more sophisticated final mix that adds extra atmosphere and even more weight to the low-end crushing passages.

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Album: Voices – From The Human Forest Create A Fugue Of Imaginary Rain

February 22nd, 2013

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Voices
From The Human Forest Create A Fugue Of Imaginary Rain
Candlelight Records
11 March 2013

by Rob McAuslan

If you’re at all interested in the deathlier end of metal, the name Akercocke should be all-too familiar to you. As one of the UK’s premier bands for the best part of a decade, the sharp-suited Londoners redefined themselves and the boundaries of the genre with each release, merging progressive tendencies and atypical electronica with dizzying velocity and feral savagery to create an enviable body of work. It’s been over five years since their last album, Antichrist, though, and rumours of their demise have hardly been denied by the band. With that background in mind, Voices‘ debut feels bittersweet. As good as it is to know that some of the UK’s finest extreme metal musicians are still working on new ways to disgust and horrify, this latest emission from three of the Akercocke weirdos seems to finally spell the end of their long-silent project.

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