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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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Sunday Slaylist: Earache’s Metalizer Spotify App

January 27th, 2013

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The thing about all the ways that it’s possible to listen to music these days is the paralysis of too much choice. We turn on Spotify some mornings and we’re just overawed by the vast amount of music we can listen to. We bet a bloody great number of you have exactly the same problem – that’s why you come and check out our curated Slaylists, right? They’re the kind of thing that gives you just enough of a nudge to listen to new or unexpected things, right?

Well, it seems Earache Records think that too, as this week they launched a bloody marvellous Spotify App by the name of the Metalizer.

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Midweek Bootleg 001: Pulkas – Live Radio Session

October 4th, 2012

While sorting out his record collection, Hugh Platt stumbled across a wealth of awesome bootleg recordings of bands you probably don’t remember or even care about. Not that he’s going to let that get in the way of him using this as excuse to blather on about Pulkas.

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In 1998, a band that only a small minority of you will have probably heard of came in at no.4 in Metal Hammer magazine’s Critics’ Album of the Year list with their debut record, Greed. They also came in at some ridiculous high placing in the annual Readers’ Poll in the Best New Band category – they were top 5, but I’ll be damned if I can remember exactly which place they had. That band was a London four-piece by the name of Pulkas.

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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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Evile and playing a free charity gig next week. Go along and donate and thrash out and what have you.

June 28th, 2012

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Thoe UK leading thrash revivalists, Evile, are playing a charity show in London down at the Old Blue Last on Tuesday next week. It’s free entry, but since it’s a charity show, they’ll be taking donations on the door for the British Lung Foundation. That seems entirely reasonable to us – after all, what kind of prick goes to a free charity show and moans about making a donation on the door? That’s right, no-one, that’s who.

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Top 6: Diamond Plate on Edible Tour Necessities

March 27th, 2012

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Do you know how ideas become clichés? It’s because at some point, people far and wide found them to carry enough recognisable truth that they became hackneyed concepts. Do you know why American bands always used to rag on how bad food in the UK is? That’s because it was – and indeed, in some places, still is – uniformly awful. Which is why when we asked the guys in Diamond Plate to give us a Top 6 during their recent run of shows here in the UK, all they could think about was the sneaky tricks they’ve learnt when it comes to making cheap tour grub that can sustain them when they’re on the road.

(As an aside, thanks to this interview, we found out that orange squash apparently doesn’t exist in the USA? How can that be true? Ridiculous).

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