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Album: Nachtvorst – Silence

May 14th, 2012

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Nachtvorst
Silence
code666
14 May 2012

by Tom Dare

If the world has seemed like a beautiful, wonderful place recently – if you’ve had joy in your heart and a spring in your step, if you’ve been listening to the new Anathema album way too much and you just saved a bundle on your car insurance renewal – then the new Nachtvorst album, Silence, will fix that for you in short order. This is an album to prove why the world is an awful, hopeless realm of torment and misery.

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Sunday Slaylist: DesertFest 2012

April 8th, 2012

DesertFest 2012 Sunday Spotify Slaylist Thrash Hits

With all the brouhaha regarding summer outdoor festivals, we somewhat neglected a springtime indoor one that’s taking place on our very doorstep – DesertFest. Today is the third and final day of the first London incarnation of the festival, where more than 50 stoner, doom, spacerock and sludge bands have been giving the foundations of Camden Town a solid shake-up. If – like us – you had to miss this year’s festival, you can at least console yourself with the Spotify Slaylist we’ve made in the festival’s honour.

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Future Hits 113: Conan

February 17th, 2012

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Conan

From: Liverpool, UK
Lazy equation: (Sleep + Batillus) x as many MATAMP amps as you can get your hands on.
URL: Website //  Facebook

Thrash Hits Verdict: We first became aware of Conan last year, when one of our photographers, Matt Thomas, started singing their praises at us. Well, when say “singing”, we really mean “sent us an email”. Given that like Conan, he’s based up in Liverpool, he’s far too far away from us for us to hear him if he did start singing. Conan on the other hand….let’s just say when they play live, you can probably hear them on the other side of the planet. However it was a result of their talents – rather than their volume – that will see the trio support the legendary Sleep over in Norway later this year. We got on the blower to the band’s guitarist/vocalist, Jon Davis, to find out what it’s like when your idols want you to open shows for them.

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Album: Orange Goblin – A Eulogy For The Damned

January 6th, 2012

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Orange Goblin
A Eulogy For The Damned
Candlelight Records
13 February 2012

by David Keevill

The big, fat slab of grunt fodder that is Orange Goblin’s latest release belies their psychedelic past, but not entirely to its detriment. The ethereal leanings of their earlier works have been shed and with their latest release they’ve grown a more coherent and altogether heavier sound, that benefits from A Eulogy For the Damned’s assured, singular feel.

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Album: Weedeater – Jason…The Dragon

March 17th, 2011

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Weedeater
Jason…The Dragon
Southern Lord
21 March 2011

by Amit Sharma

You always know what you’re going to get with a band like Weedeater. The’re no dodgy MTV Unplugged records, or band members quitting to go find themselves or the big man upstairs. No, with Weedeater you get headlines like ‘Frontman Accidentally Blows Off Own Toe Whilst Cleaning Out Favourite Shotgun’. And that there’s the pure essence of what makes this sludge metal power trio tick.

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Album: Palehorse – Soft As Butter; Hard As Ice

March 13th, 2011

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Palehorse
Soft As Butter, Hard As Ice
Eyesofsound
02 March 2011

by Andy Parker

Why cock about with guitars when you can have two bassists? That’s the mantra of Palehorse, the London quartet that have been grinding on and off for over a decade. 2008’s Habitual Linestepper saw their return after an eight year hiatus – during which saw some of the members gaining acclaim in post-punk mob Million Dead, alongside masterful lyricist but ultimately pretentious-tool-turned-folk-bore, Frank Turner. [Read more →]

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Album: Crowbar – Sever The Wicked Hand

January 26th, 2011

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Crowbar
Sever The Wicked Hand
Century Media
14 February 2011

by Tom Dare

It’s a new Crowbar record. You know pretty much from the outset that the chances of this getting a slating are essentially nil – unless Kirk Windstein has decided to put out an experimental record that rejects the NOLA sludge riff-fests and adopts an uber-necro black metal meets commercial house style, it’s going to be good. The only question is the degree to which it rules – is it “just another Crowbar record” or has the bearded riff-lord written music that sticks its hand down your trousers and fondles you in a more-than-welcome manner? [Read more →]

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Interview: Eyehategod – “I ended up cutting my hand open and dripping blood all over the studio”

June 1st, 2010

Mike Williams, wasn’t just sitting on his arse while Jimmy Bower was off touring with Down – well, except for the time he was in prison. Amit Sharma caught up with the EyeHateGod frontman earlier this year when the band hit London.

Photo used with permission © Julien Dodinet

It’s fair to say that Mike Williams of Eyehategod has not had it easy these last five years. In that time, he lost his house, and pretty much all his worldy possessions to Hurrican Katrina. While staying in a motel in the aftermath of the hurricane, he was arrested for drugs offences and spent several months in prison. While there, Williams went through the joys of heroin withdrawal.

Yeah, he’s not had it good.

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Album: Bison b.c. – Dark Ages

May 18th, 2010

Bison B.C.
Dark Ages
Metal Blade
13 April 2010

by Mike Strata

Good band names are, clearly, very hard to come by, and whilst “Bison b.c.” may not be top of the band-name class, they certainly deserve some extra points for choosing a name which perfectly evokes their sound. Whether their inspiration comes from the bovine beast of the same name, or perhaps the rock-hard end boss from Streetfighter II, there’s no doubt that the noise the band creates on Dark Ages is as heavy, muscular and powerful as either of their possible namesakes. Emerging from the same primordial stew as their sonic cousins Mastodon and Baroness, Bison b.c. serve up a heady mixture of metal and sludge with a few curveballs thrown in for good measure. A mixture which, in theory at least, sounds more than promising….but in reality there’s an unshakeable feeling that something is missing.

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