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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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Split: Amenra/VVOVNDS – The Abyss Stares Back #1

July 1st, 2014

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Amenra/VVOVDS
The Abyss Stares Back #1
Hypertension Records
02 June 2014

by Cheryl Carter

Hypertension Records’ The Abyss Stares Back split series is one that will surely be closely watched due to the names and sounds involved. Their first instalment features the cathartic tones on the incredible Amenra alongside their fellow Belgian countrymen VVOVNDS (pictured above), and other planned releases will see Scott Kelly, Primitive Man, Alkerdeel and Hessian lined up against each other.

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Album: Animals As Leaders – The Joy of Motion

March 18th, 2014

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Animals As Leaders
The Joy of Motion
Sumerian Records
25 March 2014

by David Keevill

Tosin Abasi is an interesting bloke. The eight-string guitarmanship is impressive, sure, but that’s not what I’m talking about. With his outfit Animals as Leaders, he’s turned what should be skilful but nerdy YouTube fodder into one of the most exciting and extroverted metal outfits to come out of the most recent wave of heavy progressive music.

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Album: Ageless Oblivion – Penthos

March 14th, 2014

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Ageless Oblivion
Penthos
Siege Of Amida Records
17 March 2014

by Pete Long

When Ageless Oblivion released Temples of Transcendent Evolution back in 2011, they caused a wee bit of a buzz with their Frankenstein’s monster approach to death metal. Even a little bit of “next big thing” talk. Fast-forward three years and the follow-up, Penthos, follows the same ethos. It’s as if Cult of Luna had just mugged every death metal band they could see and stolen all the riffs.

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Album: Destrage – Are You Kidding Me? No.

February 25th, 2014

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Destrage
Are You Kidding Me? No.
Metal Blade Records
03 March 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

Eclecticism – it’s great, isn’t it? Well in theory it is, however more often than not those whacky boundary pushing buggers are not very good. The kind of people who claim to like iwrestledabearonce are often just try hard musos out to impress each other. If you really want to get people’s attention, why not just make outlandish claims about the size of your genitals? It’ll get you plenty of attention and also free up your time to listen to music that doesn’t suck.

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Album: A Storm Of Light – Nations To Flames

September 25th, 2013

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A Storm Of Light
Nations To Flames
Southern Lord
30 September 2013

by Rob McAuslan

You can’t really talk about A Storm Of Light without at least mentioning Neurosis, given ASOL’s Josh Graham’s ties with that collective. But let’s make the current situation as clear as possible – A Storm Of Light aren’t like Neurosis any longer, beyond the most superficial, cursory examination. It’s heavy both in sound and presentation, yes, but that’s where any realistic similarity ends.

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Album: Portal – Vexovoid

February 27th, 2013

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Portal
Vexovoid
Profound Lore
25 February 2012

by Daniel Cairns

Allow me to get personal for a minute. As well as writing about dumbbell heavy metal, I write about computer games occasionally. Naturally this means I am followed by computer game people as well as heavy metal people on twitter (as you can imagine there’s a lot of crossover between the two). Whenever I talk about Portal (the band), computer games people think I am talking about the computer game of the same name, so being the colossal prick I am, I like to write innocuous tweets saying “New song from Portal”. Games types will click on the link, expecting a load of bleepy bloopy, quirky electronic buggery bollocks, but instead get an onslaught of atonal, stupidly violent death metal, with a singer that used to wear a cuckoo clock on his head. The amount of “aaaargh what the hell is this?” replies have made this childish and incredibly pointless endeavour entirely worth it.

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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: Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion

May 7th, 2012

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Storm Corrosion
Storm Corrosion
Roadrunner Records
07 May 2012

by Tom Dare

What happens when two of the most inspired, talented, and generally superb musicians in progressive metal get together? What have Opeth genius, Mikael Åkerfeldt, and Porcupine Tree maestro Steven Wilson birthed when mixing their mighty musical chromosomes? I’ll save you the piss-poor attempts at suspense: it’s one of the most brilliant records you’ll hear all year. That’s not the surprising bit. What you couldn’t predict is how strikingly different Storm Corrosion is.

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