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Album: Marmozets – The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets

September 10th, 2014

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Marmozets
The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets
Roadrunner Records
29 September 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

There’s a fine art to writing great rock music. Let’s be honest, there are an awful lot of bands getting it wrong. Sometimes it can almost get too much and the urge to run off and go live in a cave, while taking up a radical new lifestyle, such as listening to Nicki Minaj on repeat, becomes ever more tempting. However every now and then something like this comes along to restore our faith.

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Photos: Killswitch Engage + Trivium @ Manchester O2 Academy – 01 February 2014

February 3rd, 2014

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Dual-headliner tours are always a weird one. No matter what fancy-pants arrangements the bands come to, no matter if they have a stricty-enforced on-off switch for who plays last every night, naturally one band rises above the other. And so it goes with Killswitch Engage and Trivium, who are currently enacting this age-old conflict at venues up and down the length of the UK. Our snapper in the North, Gary Wolstenholme, was on hand in Manchester to shoot both bands when they brought that unspoken conflict to the O2 Academy.

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 015: What’s in a label?

September 28th, 2012

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This week, Raz and Hugh tackle the somewhat-thorny subject of the role record labels have to play in the modern metal scene. From Warner Bros. Roadrunner Records cull, to Hydra Head’s decision to close, through to Century Media’s digital litigationathon and the power of modern micro-labels, we’ve gone at it from all angles. We also throw out some brief reaction to the news of Slipknot being booked as the third and final headliner for Download Festival 2013.

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POLL: Hang on a minute – is Down IV Part I – The Purple EP a load of old balls?

September 18th, 2012

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard the new EP from Down. Guess what? Hugh Platt was less than impressed.

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Back in January, I wrote a speculative bit of fluff about Down putting out an EP in 2012, rather than the fully fledged album that their fans have been clamouring for since 2007’s Down III – Over The Under. I glibly suggested that Down putting out an EP meant that we’d be getting just the cream of the New Orleans-based supergroup’s capabilities, rather than them just churning out a longer record that would no doubt contain a couple of songs that would only sound good if you’d smoked as much weed as Phil Anselmo.

Except it hasn’t turned out like that, has it?

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VIDEO: Machine Head get NSFW-level gruesome for ‘Darkness Within’

July 31st, 2012

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Remember when we poked fun at Machine Head for having cheap-looking videos? Yeah, we pretty much found something to laugh at from every era in their history. Well, their latest video for ‘Darkness Within’ pretty much put paid to that – we’d like to think it was the cosmic impact of our bitter, bitter blogging that spurred them to break the cycle of naffness, but let’s face it – it probably wasn’t.

In fact, this video is pretty damn swish – we’d go so far as to say it has the highest production values of any MH video to date. It’s also very much NOT SAFE FOR WORK, so unless you work in the kind of place where violence, self mutilation, worm-eating, mutation, blood-letting and the like are all par the course, don’t go watching this until you’re out of the office.

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Album: Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage

June 18th, 2012

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Gojira
L’Enfant Sauvage
Roadrunner Records
26 June 2012

by Raziq Rauf

Gojira have such a pedigree that they’ve had a superlative created especially for them. In some circles, exceptional events are described as “Gojiramazing” (Google it if you want). The phrase stems from the French quartet’s ability to always perform to a jaw-dropping standard, whether that be live or on record.

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Album: Slash – Apocalyptic Love

May 24th, 2012

Slash
Apocalyptic Love
Roadrunner Records
22 May 2012

by David Keevil

Slash carries a name, and an image, that has become synonymous with rock music; from the iconic opening blast of ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, through to his bolshy groove-ridden tenure for Velvet Revolver, this is a man who’s been an ambassador for hard rock ever since the late-80s heyday of Guns N’ Roses. It’s down to being such an enduring masthead of rock music – even if his cultural zenith peaked twenty years ago – that every new Slash record must drag the weight of his much more prosperous days behind him.

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Album: Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion

May 7th, 2012

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Storm Corrosion
Storm Corrosion
Roadrunner Records
07 May 2012

by Tom Dare

What happens when two of the most inspired, talented, and generally superb musicians in progressive metal get together? What have Opeth genius, Mikael Åkerfeldt, and Porcupine Tree maestro Steven Wilson birthed when mixing their mighty musical chromosomes? I’ll save you the piss-poor attempts at suspense: it’s one of the most brilliant records you’ll hear all year. That’s not the surprising bit. What you couldn’t predict is how strikingly different Storm Corrosion is.

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20 Years Of Black Metal Evolution – Part #4

March 1st, 2012

In the final part of his look at the Black Metal evolution over the past 20 years, today Tom Dare is examining the murkier and more indistinct realms of “post”-Black Metal band, as well as those bands who might’ve moved beyond the boundaries of Black Metal musically, still remain within the genre in spirit, at least….

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Album: Lamb of God – Resolution

February 8th, 2012

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Lamb of God
Resolution
Roadrunner Records
23 January 2012

by Tom Dare

Lamb of God appear to have truly made it in the A-League of the metal world. The way you can tell is by the number of people who have either fallen over themselves to froth all over latest album Resolution or taken to the Internet to moan about it. You have to be doing rather well to please/piss off this many people. So who’s right? Where is the line between bullshit and considered opinion (clue: you generally pass this when you open your web browser)? And most importantly, is Resolution any cop?

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