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Album: Decapitated – Blood Mantra

September 4th, 2014

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Decapitated
Blood Mantra
Nuclear Blast
26 September 2014

by Pete Long

When guitarist Vogg resurrected Decapitated following the tragic road accident in 2007 that shattered the band, he could have chosen to keep doing the same things that had made Decapitated as big as they are. The 2011 release of Carnival is Forever was definitely not the result of such a decision. Blood Mantra is another step down that path, away from the sounds of traditional death metal.

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Album: Eluveitie – Origins

July 25th, 2014

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Eluveitie
Origins
Nuclear Blast
04 August 2014

by David Keevill

Eluveitie have been quietly but confidently building a fanbase in their corner of folk metal for twelve years now. As an eight-strong group featuring archaic instruments and a penchant for mid-European Dark Age origin stories, their tale was practically primed for obscurity. However, their winning of a prize at the 2014 Swiss Music Awards for their live show proves that their brand of eclectic, heavy Celt-metal isn’t just another hilarious gimmicky oddity, devoid of meaning or content.

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Album: Overkill – White Devil Armory

July 17th, 2014

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Overkill
White Devil Armory
Nuclear Blast
18 July 2014

by Rob McAuslan

SEVENTEEN albums. Overkill have to be the most constant and consistent thrash band by absolutely frigging miles. Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth and DD Verni have been the only vocalist and bassist they’ve ever had in all that time, too. There must be some sort of prize out there for this kind of longevity.

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Thrash Hits TV: Thy Art Is Murder vs #LinkinNARC

July 12th, 2014

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When we went to Download Festival 2014, we had planned on asking all the bands what they would do if Linkin Park ratted them out to the cops (not sure what we’re talking about? Here’s a link to Sublime With Rome’s version of what happened when they played a festival with Chester Bennington and co at a festival in the USA). However, we got distracted by drinking booze and watching bands and only did a handful. The best of our videos – by far – was when we caught up with our old friends CJ McMahon and Lee Stanton from mighty Australian deathcore monsters Thy Art Is Murder what they would do if Linkin Park grassed them up to the fuzz.

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Album: Vader – Tibi Et Igni

May 27th, 2014

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Vader
Tibi Et Igni
Nuclear Blast Records
02 June 2014

by Rob McAuslan

Tibi Et Igni translates as “for you and for the fire” – this was a postscript attached to confidential Roman documents and meant, basically, “read this and destroy”. That’s pretty cool. What’s not so cool is the ghastly resurfacing of that most hackneyed of metal tropes – the atmospheric, keyboard-led intro. Come on guys, can we please stop doing this? Especially if you don’t have the good grace to keep it as a separate track, you annoying bastards.

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Album: Sabaton – Heroes

May 20th, 2014

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Sabaton
Heroes
Nuclear Blast
16 May 2014

by David Keevill

Metallers are po-faced. We don’t really like the idea of a joke, because the joke is often on us. We can laugh [ahem] at Steel Panther because the obvious pastiche of 80s glam rock drips off them as evidently as tequila, sweat and silicon shavings. But at the end of the day, we can just listen to Slayer and remind ourselves that the kernel of heavy metal is serious business, crafted by stocky-legged men hitting the bottom E string really hard and really fast.

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Album: Epica – The Quantum Enigma

May 14th, 2014

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Epica
The Quantum Enigma
Nuclear Blast
05 May 2014

by David Keevill

The horrendously lazy ‘female-fronted’ tag is a relic of a bygone era and its continued existence is an insult to anybody who believes in the progressive opportunities that metal often affords. Epica, a band central to the European symphonic metal scene over the last eleven years, have too been lumped with this description in their time, in addition to being grouped in with other bands who use classical aspects in their music. In both counts, and especially compounded in the release of their latest album, The Quantum Enigma, there is far more to this Dutch metal outfit than the reductive sum of just their vocals and symphonic elements.

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Live: Behemoth @ London Kentish Town Forum – 10 February 2014

February 14th, 2014

Behemoth at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 by Gary Wolstenholme (because we don't have a London gig shot, OBVS)

With their new album The Satanist only just released (and already getting plenty of plaudits), Behemoth came to London this week to headline a show on top of a stacked bill of bands to remind people why it’s already being touted as an early contender for one of the albums of the year. Okay, technically it was a co-headline with Cradle of Filth, but there was no argument over who was going on last. Cheryl Carter hit the Kentish Town Forum early doors to catch the whole show. Well, nearly the whole show.

6 things we learnt while watching Behemoth in London:

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Album: Grand Magus – Triumph and Power

February 3rd, 2014

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Triumph and Power
Nuclear Blast
31 January 2014

by Rob McAuslan

Grand Magus have proven they know what makes for a good heavy metal record more than a few times already, with the likes of Iron Will and Hammer Of The North displaying a band so well-versed in the art of The Mighty Riff. Triumph Of Power may not mess too much with what’s become a bit of a formula, but that doesn’t matter in the face of what they present us with each and every time.

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Album: Carnifex – Die Without Hope

January 22nd, 2014

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Carnifex
Die Without Hope
Nuclear Blast
03 March 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

Let’s get one thing straight: metal is silly. Come on, it is. Right now, bickering online over the best Pig Destroyer album or what brand of face paint makes the best corpse paint might seem very important, but in time all you greebos will look back at yourselves and laugh at how ridiculous it all is. Well, I hope so anyway.

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