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Album: Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance

February 11th, 2013

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Darkthrone
The Underground Resistance
Peaceville
25 February 2013

by Tom Dare

In a funny way, you have to feel sorry for Darkthrone. Every time they’ve done something different, avoid what’s cool and flip humanity the finger, whatever they’ve done has, sooner or later, become trendy in metal circles. Unluckily for Darkthrone, ’80s speed metal and crust have both made a comeback. Everyone who spat their dummy out over The Cult Is Alive and F.O.A.D. incorporating both is now falling over themself to praise The Underground Resistance. So is this just hipster froth (well… some of it is, but is all of it?) or is album fifteen genuinely one of the Norwegians’ better moments? [Read more →]

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Album: Accept – Stalingrad

April 3rd, 2012

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Accept
Stalingrad
Nuclear Blast
06 April 2012

by Tom Dare

When German more-metal-than-all veterans, Accept, came back with their first album in 14 years in 2010, there was plenty of celebrating a spectacular comeback. There was also plenty of commentary about how immensely metal Accept are, to the point it’s become a cliché. What’s been perhaps slightly overlooked by some – and should be no longer – is how brilliant this band actually are.

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Album: Exodus – Exhibit B: The Human Condition

June 2nd, 2010

Exodus
Exhibit B: The Human Condition
Nuclear Blast
07 May 2010

by Tom Dare

You have to feel for Gary Holt a little. Despite being there right at the beginning, and being the central figure of a band all of the major players in thrash – Kerry King and Scott Ian being just two – cite as one of the most important in the movement, Exodus have never quite achieved the wide popularity of the Big Four, and never quite fulfilling the destiny their debut suggested they were set for.

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