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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: Monster Magnet – Last Patrol

October 24th, 2013

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Monster Magnet
Last Patrol
Napalm Records
18 October 2013

by Rob McAuslan

Monster Magnet have had a bit of a hard time these last few years. Whilst their last album, Mastermind, was more than decent, it still  felt like a brief flash of hope through a murk cast by a string of below-average releases and some terrible live shows. It raised a pertinent question – was Mastermind the light at the end of the tunnel, or Monster Magnet surfacing for the third time?

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Album: Hellsaw – Trist

February 17th, 2012

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Hellsaw
Trist
Napalm Records
24 February 2012

by Von

From the off, I fully expected this to be a solid, yet not particularly exciting, fairly standard black metal album. I based this on the fact that Hellsaw have produced a few standard black metal albums, and judging by the corpsepaint, album art and song titles, this is no massive departure. I expected a beans-on-toast album. I like beans on toast, it’s good. But I’d never order it at a restaurant.

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Album: Alestorm – Back Through Time

June 7th, 2011

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Alestorm
Back Through Time
Napalm Records
03 June 2011

by Tom Dare

Pirate metallers Alestorm stand accused not of piracy on the high seas, but of being insufferably shite. However, innocent until proven guilty and all that. So, by the power invested in me by my keyboard, I present to you the latest evidence: Back Through Time. And may God have mercy on my ears.

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Album: Leaves’ Eyes – Meredead

May 13th, 2011

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Leaves’ Eyes
Meredead
Napalm Records
20 April 2011

by Tom Dare

The problem with advocating the world of gleefully camp and over-the-top metal that many in the UK struggle to take seriously is that, in truth, much of it is borderline-unlistenable crap. It’s exceptionally difficult to do well, and the number of genuine stand-out records is rather low as a result. And while Leaves’ Eyes haven’t quite managed to deliver one of the latter, fourth album Meredead is still refreshingly enjoyable.

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Album: Atrocity – After The Storm

September 23rd, 2010

Atrocity feat. Yasmin
After The Storm
Napalm Records
06 September 2010

by Tom Dare

Making a play for the least appropriate name in metal, Atrocity return with album number eleven. Anyone thinking that the band members’ time off in Leaves’ Eyes might see them move back to their death metal roots can think again. Anyone thinking they may have used up many of their best ideas in their side-project is closer to the mark. In fact, you almost wonder why they bother with the project. [Read more →]

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Album: Van Canto – Tribe Of Force

February 23rd, 2010

Van Canto
Tribe Of Force
Napalm Records
1 March 2010

by Tom Dare

To say that Van Canto are set to divide opinions yet again would be somewhat akin to describing a Cannibal Corpse album sleeve as “a tad bloody” – in other words, an understatement of galactic proportions, even before mentioning their latest Metallica cover.

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