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Album: Conan – Blood Eagle

February 24th, 2014

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Conan
Blood Eagle
Napalm Records
03 March 2014

by David Keevill

Nostalgia is a soft-edged, sepia tinted arcadia that has increasingly been used by musicians to swerve listeners away from the rapid self-consumption of the metal world. For the less inspired, vapidly imitating the past rarely produces anything other than a cheap Instagram effect that lies on top of average music like an oil slick on water.

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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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Future Hits 123: Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister

September 7th, 2012

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Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister
From: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
Lazy equation: Narrows (at their noisiest) + Mike Patton (at his most stand-offish) x a disappointed howl at everything, ever.
URL: Facebook // Soundcloud // Bandcamp

Thrash Hits verdict: We first heard Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister back at the end of November, when they emailed us about their debut EP, Ribs. And like the idiots we are, we didn’t really listen to it until we were hungover as Hell on New Year’s Day. That was probably the wrong time for us to listen to their simultaneously eerie, oppressive, and altogether uncomfortable mindslap of sounf for the first time. Even so, we’re still glad we didn’t go and watch this video they made for ‘I Will Never Feel This Love’ as our introduction to the band. Bloody hell, that would’ve ended us. Anyway, we finally got round to sending them an email the other week, and they sent us back some short, sharp responses.

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Album: Conan – Monnos

March 14th, 2012

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Monnos
Burning World
02 April 2012

by Tom Dare

Just as thrash comes in degrees of ridiculously fast, the doom/stoner metal bands come in various shades of galactically heavy. Conan are from the end of that spectrum where you literally (in the correct, non-Redknappian use of the word) fear for your speaker cones. You’ll probably have to turn their new album Monnos down a touch after your stereo begins to emit some worrying noises. As a basic premise for an album, this is a bloody good start.

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Future Hits 113: Conan

February 17th, 2012

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Conan

From: Liverpool, UK
Lazy equation: (Sleep + Batillus) x as many MATAMP amps as you can get your hands on.
URL: Website //  Facebook

Thrash Hits Verdict: We first became aware of Conan last year, when one of our photographers, Matt Thomas, started singing their praises at us. Well, when say “singing”, we really mean “sent us an email”. Given that like Conan, he’s based up in Liverpool, he’s far too far away from us for us to hear him if he did start singing. Conan on the other hand….let’s just say when they play live, you can probably hear them on the other side of the planet. However it was a result of their talents – rather than their volume – that will see the trio support the legendary Sleep over in Norway later this year. We got on the blower to the band’s guitarist/vocalist, Jon Davis, to find out what it’s like when your idols want you to open shows for them.

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