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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: EscapeTheCult – All You Need To

August 13th, 2014

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EscapeTheCult
All You Need To
Self-Release
18 August 2014

by Ruth Booth

It’s the disappointment, mostly. We’ve all fallen into the same trap, fooled into thinking that, because of the names involved, they would make so much more than the sum of their parts. Are we just victims of our own expectations? Or is something else going on with the debut from EscapeTheCult, the supergroup from alumni of A Perfect Circle, Primus, Uneven Structure, Kamlath and King Diamond?

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Album: The Hell – Groovehammer

July 14th, 2014

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Groovehammer
Prosthetic Records
07 July 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

For those unaware The Hell first emerged at the tail end of last year. An album of snotty, down tuned, aggro punk loaded with swearing released for free. Tongues soon started wagging as to who these mystery men actually were, the addition of a few familiar faces on the album cover only bolstered interest, and they soon became the hype band of the month, with various industry folk tweeting hyperbole over them.

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Album: Vallenfyre – Splinters

May 21st, 2014

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Splinters
Century Media
12 May 2014

by Pete Long

A psychologist could probably draw all sorts of conclusions from the fact that when Gregor Mackintosh, one of Britain’s most prominent doom mongers, looked for a way to channel his grief at his father’s passing, he chose raw and brutal death metal. Three years on from the somewhat sad inception of Vallenfyre, Mackintosh and his group of hyper-talented friends are back once again to explore both loss and grief, via Mackintosh’s own musical heritage from the 80s.

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Album: Ashes of Ares – Ashes of Ares

August 22nd, 2013

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Ashes of Ares
Nuclear Blast
09 September 2013

by Catherine Morris

With genre revivalism rife, being labelled as just “traditional heavy metal” could well be a kiss of death for a brand new band. Luckily for Ashes of Ares, however, they’ve got years of experience, not to mention credibility on their side. Having left Iced Earth for the second time, singer Matt Barlow has assembled a heavy metal supergroup comprising of guitarist Freddie Vidales and ex-Nevermore drummer Van Williams for Ashes of Ares.

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Album: Adrenaline Mob – Omertà

April 6th, 2012

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Adrenaline Mob
Omertà
Century Media
19 March 2012

by David Keevill

The arrival of a heavyweight supergroup usually causes one of two reactions. On the one hand, this is this perfect opportunity to see all of your favourite musicians come together in a “dream team”-style scenario, and if by chance this magic formula works, then they’re probably one of few lucky amalgamations not to be utter smegma. In the other, much more swollen bracket, are the musical unions that give way a group of musicians whose heads struggle to fit into one room and whose cock measuring activities take priority over pretty much everything else.

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Narrows release ‘Absolute Betrayer’, the first taste of new music from their forthcoming second full-length, Painted

December 22nd, 2011

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Those transatlantic metal innovators, Narrows, have gone and slipped out a preview for their forthcoming second full-length album, while we were busy throwing up Christmas decorations and generally being merry. ‘Absolute Betrayer’ showcases practically  everything we love about this band, whipped into three-minute package of technicolour goodness – and you can check it out after the jump.

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Album: Jamey Jasta – Jasta

August 5th, 2011

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Jasta
Century Media
25 July 2011

by Andy Parker

Before we get the ball rolling it has to be said I quite like a bit of Hatebreed. I can’t say that there is a perfect album end to end, but they sure do know how to make some floor-punching, dick-shrivelling stompers that are always accompanied by chest beating choruses. ‘Straight To Your Face’, ‘Doomsayer’, ‘This Is Now’ or ‘I Will Be Heard’ all result in my car going bat shit crazy with my crew slamming one another on the back seat.  But will this debut solo record from Jamey Jasta prove that there more to the man than a head scarf and a huge gob?

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Album: Mr. Big – What If…

February 2nd, 2011

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Mr. Big
What If…
Frontiers Records
21 January 2011

by Amit Sharma

A decade on from their last studio release, ’80s supergroup Mr. Big return with their comeback album What If… featuring the original line up. Reactions to the 2009 reunion tour were overwhelmingly positive, with the band even releasing a Best Of and a Live DVD. Now, having been included on the latest announcement for Download Festival 2011, could this be the year Mr. Big revisit the success they had two decades ago?

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