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Sunday Slaylist: Johnny Morrow and Iron Monkey – gone but not forgotten

June 23rd, 2013

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Yesterday marked the 11th anniversary of the death of Johnny Morrow, vocalist and frontman of Iron Monkey. His death from heart failure  aged just 28 years old shocked the entire UK metal scene. Iron Monkey were arguably one of the most influential underground bands to come out of the UK, and it’s for that reason that this week’s Slaylist is dedicated to Johnny and the works of Iron Monkey.

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Album: Evile – Skull

May 30th, 2013

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Evile
Skull
Earache Records
27 May 2013

by Rob McAuslan

So, “nu-thrash” is dead then? It seems so and not before time really – as a notorious grump and long-time thrasher myself, the majority of the latter-day neon-and-bandanas “party thrash” contingent got right on my norks. More of a pastiche that missed pretty much the entire point of the genre rather than a valid movement, it won’t be terribly missed around here. This won’t affect Huddersfield’s Evile much with them being cut from an altogether more authentic cloth, with Skull marking their fourth album in six years.

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Album: Cauldron – Tomorrow’s Lost

September 19th, 2012

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Cauldron
Tomorrow’s Lost
Earache
08 October 2012

by David Keevill

Earache’s recent tendencies to parley with bands of a retrospective focus has now become a major part of their raison d’etre. From the magnificent muddy river blues rock of Rival Sons through to the deft traditional metal leanings of Savage Messiah, this is a label who’ve spearheaded a number of brilliant releases which have firmly had one foot lodged in the past. Amongst all this, Cauldron have carved out a niche for their (self-professed) retro-metal, and have paved their two album route to this point with more than a few nods to Judas Priest, Anvil and Celtic Frost.

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Album: Rival Sons – Head Down

August 7th, 2012

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Rival Sons
Head Down
Earache Records
17 September 2012

by David Keevill

Bands who rely on retrospection as the main thrust to their music often sound tired, contrived and all out-of-ideas. There is a certain charm to recycling and incorporating a sound into your own musical framework, but overuse it and you betray any chance at your own invention. Yet whilst bands might throw a flirty wink to Led Zeppelin, or snaffle a couple of riffs off Black Sabbath, there are only a few like Rival Sons who can transport you back forty years and still manage not to be a museum piece.

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Interview: Cerebral Bore on finding inspiration from everything from funny farts to good burgers

February 24th, 2012

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Last week you’ll have no doubt read us urging you to go check out ‘Horrendous Acts of Iniquity’, the brand new track from three-quarters-Scottish-one-quarter-Dutch gore-minded upstarts, Cerebral Bore. And if you read any of the words that were alongside the bowel-threateningly aggressive death metal, you’ll know that this isn’t a cut off a forthcoming album or even an EP, but as a single. A single? Yes, and a non-album single at that. People still do those, apparently.

We figured this was more than enough of an excuse to catch up with the band’s guitarist/manager, Paul Mcguire, to find out not only why they’ve done this, but to grill him on everything else that’s been going on and is about to kick off over in the world of Cerebral Bore.

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Video: Finish off your Friday with the new Cerebral Bore track, ‘Horrendous Acts of Iniquity’.

February 17th, 2012

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Last week, Scottish-based gore-minded death metallers, Cerebral Bore, went into the studio to record a new single. Not a new album, mind you – just a new single – in order to try out a few new ideas in preparation for their next album, whichthey’re planning on recording later in 2012. What really caught our attention, however, is how Cerebral Bore have chose to premier this new track – ‘Horrendous Acts of Iniquity’ – on their unsuspecting fanbase.

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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: Savage Messiah – Plague of Conscience

January 12th, 2012

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Savage Messiah
Plague of Conscience
Earache Records
06 February 2012

by David Keevill

Alterno-crossover bands swarm over metal like herpes over Tommy Lee’s genitals. In fact, the genre has become so riddled with tributary offshoots and bastardised spawn that it’s often easy to forget the birthing wails of metal; the riffs given by Black Sabbath, the vocal acrobatics of Led Zeppelin and how the generation of bands thereafter – Priest, Maiden, Metallica – moulded an undeniably fierce, dark beast (born of its predecessors) that remained the archetype for so long. However ‘purist’ metal bands of late have looked tired and uncertain of this brave new world. Savage Messiah and their latest release, Plague of Conscience, look ready to smash this trend.

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