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Album: Soen – Tellurian

November 7th, 2014

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Soen
Tellurian
Spinefarm Records
03 November 2014

by David Keevill

The old adage about difficult second albums usually applies to bands whose debuts were heaped with a barrage of saccharine praise. Soen, a supergroup made up of members of Willowtree and Opeth, are now are in a similarly difficult juncture but for opposite reasons. Their debut, Cognitive, was universally criticised for its borrowings from Tool, from its sleek, subversive delivery and socio-enviro-eco-political parables, right on through to its Lateralus-like artwork.

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Album: Electric Wizard – Time To Die

September 26th, 2014

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Electric Wizard
Time To Die
Spinefarm Records
29 September 2014

by Daniel Cairns

I’ll say this for Electric Wizard, at least they haven’t tried to ‘go political’ or anything. Bless them, they’re still obsessed with killing, weed, Satan, witches, Lovecraft, weed and more killing, which is great. They’re in their, what… 40s now? And they haven’t grown up at all. There’s no better band in the world when it comes to all this stuff, and Time To Die is full of it.

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Album: Newsted – Heavy Metal Music

August 8th, 2013

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Newsted
Heavy Metal Music
Spinefarm Records
05 August 2013

by Tomas Doyle

“Former Metallica bass player Jason Newsted”. “Ex ‘tallica bass man Jason Newsted”. “Newsted, the band formed by one time Metallica five-stringer…” Apparently, Jason Newsted used to be in another band. More specifically for those just getting into metal or the less observant amongst you, he used to be in The Biggest Heavy Band Of All Time.

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Album: Volbeat – Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies

April 11th, 2013

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Volbeat
Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
Spinefarm Records
08 April 2013

by David Keevill

The ascent towards the upper echelons of Europe’s metal strata that Danish chimaera Volbeat (part-rockabilly, part-groove metal, part-rock) have enjoyed over the last 13 years is proof not of a charmed life of Michael Poulsen and co., but of hard graft at making their distinctly obscure clash of sounds work. Their fifth studio album will continue to propel them on this upward trajectory, but it’s not the self-assured follow-up to Beyond Hell/Above Heaven that it should have been.

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Album: Shining – Redefining Darkness

October 22nd, 2012

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Shining
Redefining Darkness
Spinefarm Records
29 October 2012

by David Keevill

Redefining Darkness is an incredibly misleading album title. It screams of try-hard impotence and angsty but flaccid cock-surety. Even from a band who are on the dawn of releasing their eighth studio album, as Shining are, there is something unconvincing in a name that boasts its obscurity, especially against the increasingly toothless backdrop of a genre like black metal can sometimes seem like in these over-saturated times.

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Album: Swallow The Sun – Emerald Forest and the Blackbird

January 25th, 2012

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Swallow the Sun
Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
Spinefarm Records
13 February 2012

by Tomas Doyle

Finland’s Swallow The Sun ply a well worn Nordic furrow of gloomy, doomy atmospheric metal that brings to mind snow drifted forests and months without celestial light to brighten moods or music. Their’s is a potent brand of ear candy which pitches the more melodious side of death and pseudo-doom metal alongside truly mellifluous set pieces carried with aplomb by main man Mikko Kotamäki’s hauntingly rich vocal timbre.

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Protest The Hero Announce New Album. Wearing Socks, Star Trek Uniforms And A Massive Owl Head.

February 3rd, 2011

Protest The Hero‘s new album is out on March 21st, and is entitled Scurrilous. Now while this is great news for fans of totally fucking insane music, this doesn’t come within touching distance of the brilliance of the promo shot that came with the announcement. It’s after the jump for when you’ve braced yourself for this. [Read more →]

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