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Vintage Video: Alice In Chains – Nutshell (MTV Unplugged)

April 5th, 2012

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Ten years ago today, it is generally believed that Layne Staley, frontman with Alice In Chains, died as a result of injecting himself with a mixture of heroin and cocaine. He was juts 34 years old when he died. While Alice In Chains would later reform almost a decade later, it is their early albums with Staley on vocals that placed the band into the hearts of fans around the world. And it’s with one of Staley’s last ever recordings with the band that we’re choosing to remember him by on this, the anniversary of his death.

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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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Album: Ana Kefr – The Burial Tree (II)

May 26th, 2011

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Ana Kefr
The Burial Tree (II)
Muse Sick Records
03 May 2011

by Tom Dare

With so many different furrows of metal’s sordid fields already ploughed well beyond barrenness, it’s becoming increasingly hard to come across genuinely distinct, high-class bands. Ana Kefr’s second album The Burial Tree (II) marks them out as one such act – they’re also barking fucking mad.

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Future Hits 079: MaYaN

May 13th, 2011

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From: Reuver, The Netherlands
Lazy equation: Epica + Therion x Opeth
URLs: facebook.com/mayanband // MySpace.com/mayanofficial

Thrash Hits verdict:
A more-than-slightly mental project masterminded by Epica guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen playing crazy symphonic extremity and featuring many guests? Marvelous! Mark and guitarist Frank Schiphorst (also of Symmetry) kindly agreed to introduce us to their new project.

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Album: Obscura – Omnivium

March 21st, 2011

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Obscura
Omnivium
Relapse Records
29 March 2011

by Tom Dare

Where the hell do you start with a record like Omnivium? Trying to describe a record as diverse, dynamic and fluctuant as this, Obscura‘s third album, is almost certain not to do it justice, but as a start there is just one thing that needs to be cleared up straight off the bat:

It’s absolutely fucking deranged.

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Album: Abysmal Dawn – Levelling The Plane Of Existence

January 31st, 2011

Abysmal Dawn
Levelling The Plane Of Existence
Relapse Records
7 February 2011

by Tom Dare

It is perhaps fitting that Abysmal Dawn’s third record should be released so close to the anniversary of that seminal first Possessed album. That the doomsayers that have been claiming death metal was just a walking corpse simply waiting for the final gory takedown are proving to be so spectacularly wrong is entirely down to bands like this releasing records of this quality.

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Album: Rotting Christ – Aealo

April 5th, 2010

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Aealo
Season Of Mist
15 February 2010

by Tom Dare

Greek titans Rotting Christ – who’s name still remains the envy of every blasphemous band that wishes they’d thought of it first – had something to live up to with this, their tenth album. Their previous outing, Theogonia in 2007, was one of those albums – an astonishing record that is utterly brilliant from start to finish. The expectations were extraordinarily high. Perhaps inevitably, they’ve not quite managed to match them.

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