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Bloodstock Open Air 2012: Interviews, Photos, Setlists – it’s all here

August 18th, 2012

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Is there anything better than a Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page? Yeah, loads of things but you won’t find the best online festival coverage on any of them. You’ll find that right here. All our work from Bloodstock Open 2012 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Interviews, photos, setlists, rumours, and who knows? – maybe even some tiny reviews – it’s all here. [Read more →]

Album: Nile – At the Gate of Sethu

July 11th, 2012

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At the Gate of Sethu
Nuclear Blast
02 July 2012

by David Keevill

Nile’s ability to meld extreme technicality with expressive and forward-thinking metal is why the music they’ve delivered over the best part of twenty years has been consistently interesting. Yet whilst they’ve maintained such a distinctive and identifiable sound, they’ve departed very little from a musical core that has, admittedly, served them very well throughout their career. But with the death metal scene as it is today, it’s no longer enough to remain behind walls you built two decades ago, in the assumption that your legacy is safe.

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Sunday Slaylist: Metal from the Middle East

April 15th, 2012

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The Middle East is a perpetual presence in world affairs – at the time of writing, the ceasefire between Syria’s government and rebel forces rests on a knife edge, Egypt’s first truly free presidential elections in decades is already mired in controversy, and the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran continue to prove inconclusive. It’s against this background of uprising and upheaval that Jon Kerr offers up this week’s Spotify Slaylist as a “horns-up” to all our Middle Eastern metal brethren.

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Bloodstock Open Air 2012 adds Nile and Mayhem as UK festival exclusives

January 24th, 2012

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Bloodstock Open Air has added Ancient Egypt-obsessed death metallers, Nile, and historically-extremely-important-although-not-really-as-good-as-they-used-to-be black metallers, Mayhem, to its 2012 line-up. And…errr…that’s about it. Both bands are making their Bloodstock debuts, and both bands are going to be UK festival exclusives for Bloodstock this year, but then again we doubt there were many other festivals fighting to be first ones to knock either band’s booking agent’s doors.

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Live & Photos: Nile + Melechesh @ London Islington Academy – 13 February 2011

February 15th, 2011

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If Morbid Angel, Death, Obituary and Deicide are the ‘Big Four’ of death metal, it’d be nice to think that Nile are like the Machine Heads of that sub-genre. Sounds weird but think about – strong influences from the ’80s movement but also very popular for bringing something different to the table, eg. more blast beats, Ancient Egyptian mysticism. With all the political upheaval in Egypt over the past few weeks, we thought it’d be a great time to go and catch some Middle Eastern-flavoured death metal.

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Album: Ageless Oblivion – Temples Of Transcendent Evolution

January 28th, 2011

Ageless Oblivion
Temples
Of Transcendent Evolution
Siege Of Amida
7 February 2011

by Tom Dare

Ageless Oblivion are it. This is what makes metal great. This is the sound of a band emerging from the shadows and kicking the unholy shit out of everything in its path. This is a band willing to do new things, to take risks. That the result is as buttock-clenchingly brilliant as Temples Of Transcendent Evolution is just reward for one of the best new bands these shores have seen in fuck-knows how long.

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Interview: Melechesh – “We took a fucking big risk- we could have ended our careers”

October 21st, 2010

If only to stop him from drooling all over the place over Melechesh’s new album, we packed Tom Dare off to chat with their frontman, Ashmedi, about Istanbul, Mesopotamian mythology and what that damn title means.

By now you should have read our review of Melechesh’s stunning new album, The Epigenesis. You’ll know that we think it’s one of the best records to emerge in the latter half of 2010 – it pushes boundaries because the band’s creative drive of expression requires it, not merely out of some misplaced urge to sound outré. and it does it while simultaneously sounding heavy as fuck. Why haven’t you bloody well bought it yet? It’s why we were so keen to have words with the first-Jerusalem-now-Amsterdam-based band’s frontman, Ashmedi. What the devil is it like fronting one of the most forward-thinking black metal outfits in the world today? [Read more →]

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Metal Mark gets ticketed for drinking too much; hangs out with Baroness and Behemoth

February 17th, 2010

What’s going on my metal friends! After two months I have returned to let you in on what I’ve been up to. Some of you may have been worried that I died of alcohol poisoning, maybe I should have three or four times, but I’m here! Luckily I could spend more on alcohol recently, since there were only a few shows coming through the Atlanta area. It worked out perfectly!

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Album: Aeternam – Disciples Of The Unseen

February 5th, 2010

Aeternam
Disciples Of The Unseen
Metal Blade
16 February 2010

by Tom Dare

It is so very rare that a debut album completely shocks you with its utter brilliance. It is even rarer that a band essentially invent a new sub-genre in the process. Yet Canada’s Aeternam have delivered a first release that does both.
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