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Live: Roadburn Festival @ Tilburg 013 – 09-13 April 2014

April 29th, 2014

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Roadburn Festival describe themselves as “Europe’s leading underground festival for psychedelic, avant-garde, doom or any other variation of leftfield sonic pleasures that push the boundaries of music.” It’s that offering that brought Rob McAuslan over the sea and back to the festival for his third consecutive visit – this year featuring line-up choices and a day of curation from one Mikael Åkerfeldt.

Six Things We Learned At Roadburn 2014:

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Album: Nachtvorst – Silence

May 14th, 2012

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Silence
code666
14 May 2012

by Tom Dare

If the world has seemed like a beautiful, wonderful place recently – if you’ve had joy in your heart and a spring in your step, if you’ve been listening to the new Anathema album way too much and you just saved a bundle on your car insurance renewal – then the new Nachtvorst album, Silence, will fix that for you in short order. This is an album to prove why the world is an awful, hopeless realm of torment and misery.

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Album: Asphyx – Deathhammer

February 27th, 2012

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Asphyx
Deathhammer
Century Media
27 February 2012

by Tom Dare

Asphyx have made more than a few comments on the state of death metal today since their latest (is this their fourth?) reformation. In a nutshell, they think it’s a bit sorry – too many bands forgetting that heavy metal’s most destructive subgenre is supposed to be enjoyable and have memorable riffs. They’ve even stated that Deathhammer, their eighth studio album, is so titled as to almost be a “How To” manual for death metal. If you’re going to make statements like that, you have to back it up. Deathhammer had better be something special.

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Album: Textures – Dualism

September 14th, 2011

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Textures
Dualism
Nuclear Blast
26 September 2011

by Ruth Booth

It’s the name. That’s it. Granted, there’s few better for a Textures album, with their penchant for taking threads of djent’s polyrhythmic metal and ambient sounds, and winding them ever tighter since 2003 debut Polars. You could talk about its applications to Cartesian philosophy, political theory, Yin and Yang, Thanatos and Eros, and the psychic war innate to every human being since time began. If that’s your bag.

But ‘Dualism’? It’s like Tom Waits releasing an album called Gravelly-voice Man, or Muse naming theirs Matt read this great theory about aliens in Machu Picchu. Or a Metallica record called Pissed-off Men, or Kings of Anger, or… oh. Right.

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Sonisphere Festival 2009 at Knebworth officially announced

February 9th, 2009

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So it appears that our initial thoughts were correct and Sonisphere will hit seven countries – Holland, Germany, Spain, Catalunya, (that’s in Spain, isn’t it?) Sweden, Finland and, of course, England. It looks pretty ace!

FYI, the 60,000 capacity festival hits Knebworth, Hertfordshire on 01 & 02 August 2009 and is headlined by Metallica (Sunday) and Linkin Park (Saturday) with Mastodon, Lamb Of God in tow, as if we hadn’t told you that already.

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Album: The Devil’s Blood – Come, Reap

January 13th, 2009

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The Devil’s Blood
Come, Reap
Van Records
10 November 2008

by Jerry Ewing

Heavy metal, horror and the occult have walked hand in hand since the first notes of Black Sabbath’s debut cranked out of whatever archaic stereograms were the order of the day back in 1970. And not much has changed some 40 years down the line.

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2008 into 2009: Born From Pain

December 21st, 2008

Usually the term “Dutch hardcore” causes dirty, dirty images of lithe blondes, baby oil and close shaves, but this time we’re talking about Born From Pain. It’s a band. We spoke to vocalist, Rob Franssen about 2008.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
Iron Maiden’s Somewhere Back In Time tour and Wacken Open Air.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
Almost losing eyesight in my left eye and saving it by a last-minute operation.

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