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Live: Meshuggah vs The Devin Townsend Project @ London Brixton Academy – 03 May 2013

May 7th, 2013

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Having headlined the Roundhouse in October, Devin Townsend returns to London in this special one-off show with Meshuggah. It’s the Swedish djent masters’ first UK show since Hevy Festival last summer and tonight’s all set up to be a progressive metal showdown between two of the finest around at the moment. Let’s do this.

Pre-gig meal: Nando’s. Half chicken (medium) with corn, rice and halloumi.

6 things we learnt during Brixton’s prog metal masterclass…

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Album: Ihsahn – Eremita

May 29th, 2012

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Ihsahn
Eremita
Candlelight Records
18 June 2012

by Tom Dare

Given the seemingly everyday occurrence of yet another band reuniting, it’s perhaps a little surprising that you don’t hear too much clamour for an Emperor reunion. Despite their legendary status, near-perfect back catalogue and (by black metal standards, anyway) popularity, it’s not speculated about or demanded with regularity or vigour. Perhaps it’s because Ihsahn’s solo albums are so bum-clenchingly good, there’s no need for nostalgia – the present’s too good to get misty-eyed about bands past.

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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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Album: Symphony X – Iconoclast

June 30th, 2011

Symphony X
Iconoclast
Nuclear Blast
17 June 2011

by Tom Dare

If you’re going to spend a long time on every album, it’s generally a good idea if it’s worth the wait when you finally release it. Four long, barren, desperate years out from the stellar Paradise Lost, Symphony X return with eighth album Iconoclast. Has all the anticipation been for nothing?

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Album: Wolverine – Communication Lost

April 13th, 2011

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Wolverine
Communication Lost
Candlelight Records
23 May 2011

by Tom Dare

There’s a unique joy to those albums that require the listener to invest themselves, that challenge the ear and will pass you by if you do not give them adequate attention, and offers a juicy reward when it finally sinks in. Wolverine‘s latest album Communication Lost does offer those delights in recompense, but fucking hell do you have work for them.

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ISIS split up? More like ISN’TISN’T then…

May 19th, 2010

You probably know this already, but ISIS have split up. While some are mourning the loss of one of their favourite bands, others could suggest that splitting up is the most interesting thing that ISIS have done since helping to reform the alt.metal world at the start of the decade.

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Live: Porcupine Tree @ Hammersmith Apollo – 09 October 2009

October 13th, 2009

We liked prog at Thrash Hits back when it was uncool to like prog. Is it still uncool to like prog? We don’t care – we still like prog. Which is why Amit Sharma busted down to West London last week to catch Porcupine Tree progging it up

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Steven Wilson must be pretty darn chuffed with himself at the moment: Porcupine Tree have just released new album, The Incident, to rave reviews and plenty of the tour dates listed on their website proudly state the words ‘Sold Out’. Tonight’s London show is just one of them…

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