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Album: Soen – Tellurian

November 7th, 2014

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Soen
Tellurian
Spinefarm Records
03 November 2014

by David Keevill

The old adage about difficult second albums usually applies to bands whose debuts were heaped with a barrage of saccharine praise. Soen, a supergroup made up of members of Willowtree and Opeth, are now are in a similarly difficult juncture but for opposite reasons. Their debut, Cognitive, was universally criticised for its borrowings from Tool, from its sleek, subversive delivery and socio-enviro-eco-political parables, right on through to its Lateralus-like artwork.

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Album: Marmozets – The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets

September 10th, 2014

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Marmozets
The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets
Roadrunner Records
29 September 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

There’s a fine art to writing great rock music. Let’s be honest, there are an awful lot of bands getting it wrong. Sometimes it can almost get too much and the urge to run off and go live in a cave, while taking up a radical new lifestyle, such as listening to Nicki Minaj on repeat, becomes ever more tempting. However every now and then something like this comes along to restore our faith.

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Album: Everyone Dies In The End – All Things Lead To This

September 2nd, 2014

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Everyone Dies In The End
All Things Lead To This
Futurerecordings
22 September 2014

by David Keevill

As a purely instrumental band, you have to remember that every word you do write will be analysed within an inch of its existence. Hitching a ride on the fatalistic “post-” bandwagon, Everyone Dies In the End have their mouths full with their debut album All Things Lead To This, and their heads stuffed with notions of their own grandeur.

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Album: Gnarwolves – Gnarwolves

August 20th, 2014

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Gnarwolves
Gnarwolves
Big Scary Monsters/Tangled Talk
15 September 2014

by Alex Andrews

Take a good look at the artwork for Gnarwolves’ first full-length record (click the Read More tag below, yeah?). If you’ve seen a worse album cover this year then please let me know. A mountain of skateboards, a garish shade of green and a font that could’ve been lifted from a Goosebumps novel; it’s pretty much exactly what your parents picture when they think of punk. But as bad as it may be, it’s a fitting representation of the Gnarwolves circus, which has probably rolled into your town at some point over the past of couple of years.

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Album: Malevolence – Reign Of Suffering

November 13th, 2013

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Malevolence
Reign of Suffering
Siege of Amida Records
11 November 2013

by Gavin Lloyd

You could argue that we’ve reached a point where music can’t offer us anything completely original, and with more music at our disposal than ever before it’s now increasingly rare to discover something that sounds like nothing you’ve heard before. Perhaps that’s why so many bands attempt to make a lasting impression these days by picking as broad a range of musical influences as possible and combine them in the hope of making something close to new and exciting. This certainly seems to be the approach Malevolence have taken on their new album Reign of Suffering, drawing as they do from a plethora of modern, retro metal and hardcore source material.

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Album: Wet Nuns – Wet Nuns

October 11th, 2013

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Wet Nuns
Wet Nuns
Throng Of Nobs
07 October 2013

by David Keevill

So, Wet Nuns have announced that they’re splitting up. As they gleefully posted on their Facebook page, “our four year long joke isn’t very funny anymore. We’re sick of the sight of each other and the band is imminently to cease to exist.” Fair enough. For a band who’ve spent nearly half of a decade arsing around, this hardly seems like an incongruous end. Rest in peace, Wet Nuns. Remain in obscuria.

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Album: Ashes of Ares – Ashes of Ares

August 22nd, 2013

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Ashes of Ares
Ashes of Ares
Nuclear Blast
09 September 2013

by Catherine Morris

With genre revivalism rife, being labelled as just “traditional heavy metal” could well be a kiss of death for a brand new band. Luckily for Ashes of Ares, however, they’ve got years of experience, not to mention credibility on their side. Having left Iced Earth for the second time, singer Matt Barlow has assembled a heavy metal supergroup comprising of guitarist Freddie Vidales and ex-Nevermore drummer Van Williams for Ashes of Ares.

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We’re streaming the ENTIRE 7 Horns 7 Eyes’ debut album, Throes of Absolution, for you to listen to for FREE

April 20th, 2012

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We first started banging on about 7 Horns 7 Eyes over a year ago, when their brand of prog-inclined-but-still-moodily-crushing metal caught our attention with sufficient force for us to violently thrust our Future Hits column in their direction. So when the chaps over at Basick Records dropped us a line and asked if we’d like to host a European-exclusive (insofar as anything on the internet is “exclusive”, these days) stream of their debut album, Throes of Absolution, the weekend before it even goes on sale, we…well, you can guess the rest, can’t you? Why are you still reading this? Click that [Read More] link now and go and listen to it!

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Vintage Video: Iron Maiden – Running Free

April 14th, 2012

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On 14 April 1980, Iron Maiden released their self-titled debut album. It was an album that marked the start of a career that would go on to change – and in some ways define – the very firmament of what we call heavy metal. Since it’s now 14 April 2012, we’re going to use this handy-if-irrelevant anniversary as an excuse to go back and watch the band playing a single from the album on the now-departed BBC institution that was Top Of The Pops.

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Album: Crocus – Our Memories Dress Me In A Dead Lust

February 3rd, 2012

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Crocus
Our Memories Dress Me In A Dead Lust
Holy Roar
13 February 2012

by Tomas Doyle

British bands are often accused of apeing their American counterparts – a trend which is most patently seen in the rock mainstream, and where the UK and US markets are intrinsically wed by the  lifelines of big package tours and cross continental label backing. But punk kids have long since realised that a lot of the best tunes are being made by our friends in mainland Europe. From the d-Beat and crust of Scandinavia, to the classic ‘Euro’ screamo sound of bands like La Quiete and Gantz, there is a rawness which characterises European punk that’s hard to beat. It’s from this latter lineage of gut-wrentching European screamo where Crocus firmly triangulate their sound.

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