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Album: Sabaton – Heroes

May 20th, 2014

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Sabaton
Heroes
Nuclear Blast
16 May 2014

by David Keevill

Metallers are po-faced. We don’t really like the idea of a joke, because the joke is often on us. We can laugh [ahem] at Steel Panther because the obvious pastiche of 80s glam rock drips off them as evidently as tequila, sweat and silicon shavings. But at the end of the day, we can just listen to Slayer and remind ourselves that the kernel of heavy metal is serious business, crafted by stocky-legged men hitting the bottom E string really hard and really fast.

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Album: Hail Of Bullets – III: The Rommel Chronicles

November 6th, 2013

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Hail Of Bullets
III: The Rommel Chronicles
Metal Blade
29 October 2013

by Rob McAuslan

Only one man has ever caused me to reconsider my attendance at a death metal show through the sheer sickening weight of his damped powerchords – Paul Baayens of Hail Of Bullets, Thanatos and Asphyx. To my mind, that’s how death metal should feel – it was always meant to be nasty, uncomfortable music, in keeping with its lyrical content and overall aesthetic.

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Vice have just started showing a serialisation of their excellent documentary, Heavy Metal In Baghdad. If you’ve not seen it before, now’s your chance.

February 13th, 2012

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No doubt more than a fair few of you are already familiar with Heavy Metal In Baghdad, the superb documentary by Vice Films, which tracks the existence of Acrassicauda, Baghdad’s only active metal band during, and in the immediate aftermath of, the invasion of Iraq and ousting of Saddam Hussein. If you’re one of the poor souls who hasn’t yet checked out this vital documentary, Vice are now showing the entire documentary in serialised format over on their website.

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EP: Acrassicauda – Only The Dead See The End Of The War

April 14th, 2010

Acrassicauda
Only The Dead See The End Of The War EP
VICE Records
15 March 2010

by Tom Dare

No band better embodies the spirit of metal than Iraq’s Acrassicauda. They had their rehearsal studio bombed, their lives were threatened because of their music and they had to flee their country and become refugees. After surviving life under Saddam Hussein, invasions, insurgencies and even an airstrike on their instruments, they finally got to safety in America, and have now released their first professionally-recorded EP.

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