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Album: Feed The Rhino – The Sorrow and The Sound

June 10th, 2014

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Feed The Rhino
The Sorrow and The Sound
Siege of Amida Records
16 June 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

We all know that the days of “being in a band” going hand in hand with “being a rich and successful rock star” are long gone. Sure, some bands get bigger and reach arena-filling levels, but far more bands hit their glass ceiling at much smaller-sized venue levels. Despite earning themselves a stellar reputation as a ferocious live act and amassing a solid fan base off the back of it, when Feed The Rhino released their second album The Burning Red left many fans cold. It was up for debate whether the band had reached their peak, and it’s up to new album The Sorrow and The Sound to set the record straight.

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Album: Ageless Oblivion – Penthos

March 14th, 2014

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Ageless Oblivion
Penthos
Siege Of Amida Records
17 March 2014

by Pete Long

When Ageless Oblivion released Temples of Transcendent Evolution back in 2011, they caused a wee bit of a buzz with their Frankenstein’s monster approach to death metal. Even a little bit of “next big thing” talk. Fast-forward three years and the follow-up, Penthos, follows the same ethos. It’s as if Cult of Luna had just mugged every death metal band they could see and stolen all the riffs.

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Album: Malevolence – Reign Of Suffering

November 13th, 2013

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Malevolence
Reign of Suffering
Siege of Amida Records
11 November 2013

by Gavin Lloyd

You could argue that we’ve reached a point where music can’t offer us anything completely original, and with more music at our disposal than ever before it’s now increasingly rare to discover something that sounds like nothing you’ve heard before. Perhaps that’s why so many bands attempt to make a lasting impression these days by picking as broad a range of musical influences as possible and combine them in the hope of making something close to new and exciting. This certainly seems to be the approach Malevolence have taken on their new album Reign of Suffering, drawing as they do from a plethora of modern, retro metal and hardcore source material.

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Album: TRC – Nation

September 13th, 2013

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TRC
Nation
Siege of Amida
23 September 2013

by Tomas Doyle

In 2003 two very important albums came out. Future Download headliners Avenged Sevenfold brought out Waking The Fallen, the record that stuck their flag firmly in the ground in the UK, and Dylan Mills, better known as Dizzee Rascal, released Boy In Da Corner. While Waking…is now recognised as a turning point for metalcore, it was the teenage rapper from Bow who won that year’s Mercury Prize for an album which took UK Garage’s dancefloor ready template and gave it an unflinchingly aggressive MC driven slant. Violence, Sex, an impenetrable “fuck you” attitude – these were Dizzee’s lyrical calling cards. A decade on and TRC’s Nation is thick with the influence of only one of these albums. And that – beyond anything else – is why so many people in the rock fraternity refuse to pay the Rap/Hardcore sextet the credit they deserve.

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Album: Dyscarnate – And So It Came To Pass

January 30th, 2012

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Dyscarnate
And So It Came To Pass
Siege Of Amida Records
27 February 2012

by Von

Eshewing the recent trend in modern metal to be as technical as possible, Dyscarnate put their faith in big, brutal riffing and complex, but never wanky, drum work. That isn’t to say they pound out drop-D, one-note, bore-you-to-tears crap-fests – far from it. You don’t need a degree in guitar wank to enjoy this album. What you will need, however, is a neck, because I guarantee you’ll be nodding along, if not full-on windmill headbanging to at least one track.

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EP: Cult Cinema – Iscariot

November 21st, 2011

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Cult Cinema
Iscariot
Siege Of Amida Records
22 August 2011

by Danny Montana

Opening track, ‘Akeldama’ doesn’t really hang around to do anything but leave a hefty impression. But what an impression. While the eerie opening builds and builds for the first 45 seconds, Cult Cinema pack in a whole load of discordant, furious anger into the remaining 45. It’s clear from that spacious opening that they’ve been taking their cues from the likes of Cult Of Luna and it’s no surprise to see that CoL man, Magnus Lindberg mixed and mastered this EP.

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Album: Ingested – The Surreption

May 19th, 2011

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Ingested
The Surreption
Siege Of Amida
6 June 2011

by Tom Dare

If this was 2008, Ingested’s second album The Surreption would be a sign that British death metal was on the rise once again, and that these twisted bastards were one of the forerunners. So it’s a sign of just how far things have come in the UK in the last few years that you almost worry that an album with this amount of class will get overlooked.

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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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Album: Dyscarnate – Enduring The Massacre

May 28th, 2010

Dyscarnate
Enduring The Massacre
Siege Of Amida Records
03 May 2010

by Tom Dare

Dyscarnate are a death metal band. Saying that feels slightly strange – every other new band who incorporate “death metal” into their genre name seem to want it prefixed by “brutal symphonic progressive technical ambient blackened”, and definitely don’t want you to call them “deathcore” no matter how many hardcore breakdowns they have. It’s something of a relief to find something as straight-up death metal as this. It’s also part of the reason their debut record Enduring The Massacre is so good, and why this is a band to be genuinely excited about.

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