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HED(p.e.) – Evolution

HED(p.e.) – Evolution

The mid 90s was a time when rap-metal reigned.  No matter how genre-crossing acts sprang up (usually from the US), the alternative record buying public clamoured for more.  For the huge amount of (sometimes deserved) column inches afforded to Rage Against The Machine or Limp Bizkit, so many other bands worked just as hard on […]

OF ALLIES – Tempers EP

OF ALLIES – Tempers EP

Together for only a year at the time of its release, ‘Tempers’ by UK alt-rockers Of Allies shows a strong sense of focus and of self-belief.  The material doesn’t always show a great range of styles, but essentially this is a good thing – a sign of a band that know exactly what works for […]

FIRE RED EMPRESS – Paint Me The Devil EP

FIRE RED EMPRESS – Paint Me The Devil EP

This EP from hard rockers Fire Red Empress serves as a not just a taster of what’s over the horizon for the UK band, but also a timely reminder that if self-released material can sound this good, the days of the major labels calling the shots are seriously numbered.  Decamping to Denmark and hiring Jacob […]

OGRE – Bastards Of Death

OGRE – Bastards Of Death

One of Ireland’s original death metal bands, Ogre released three albums in the early nineties before disappearing.  After a twenty year holiday, the trio return with the joyously titled ‘Bastards of Death’. On the surface, Ogre sound like any number of extreme metal bands that you care to mention since most of their material throttles […]

EMPIRES OF LIGHT – Apricity EP

EMPIRES OF LIGHT – Apricity EP

Born at the very beginning of 2014, Empires of Light is a post rock/extreme metal band sprung from the ashes of History of the Hawk, sharing members with doom metal band Opium Lord.  On their first release ‘Apricity’, dark tendencies are abound as the quartet of musicians seek to explore as much musical ground as […]

MÖNGÖL HÖRDE – Möngöl Hörde

MÖNGÖL HÖRDE – Möngöl Hörde

During the relentless touring for his huge selling album ‘England Keep My Bones’ – gigs that saw support slots with Billy Bragg and successful festival appearances alongside sold-out headline shows – singer-songwriter Frank Turner made an unexpected move. He teamed up with his old mate Ben Dawson and formed Möngöl Hörde, a hardcore band channelling […]

LIMB – Limb

LIMB – Limb

Taking their cue from the analogue sounding Sabbathed out sounds of Kyuss and Melvins (specifically ‘Stoner Witch’) dropped in the early 90s, Limb take similarly heavy vibes and slow, expertly structured and lumbering riffs to a high plateau. From the brief distortion and grinding guitar line that kicks off ‘Twelve Ghosts’, they make no attempt […]

BAST – Spectres

BAST – Spectres

This debut release by UK black/doom metal band Bast doesn’t mess about. A co-production between Burning World Records (CD) and Black Bow Records (vinyl; the label’s first release), the black and gold artwork sums up what you can expect to hear within almost perfectly; the package crossing that fine line from seventies doom into more […]

SEVEN DEADLY – Obliviation

SEVEN DEADLY – Obliviation

Seven Deadly’s debut release, the ‘Allegiance EP’, gained the band positive coverage from lots of different corners of the rock press, with independent websites, established magazines and one-man bloggers practically falling over themselves to praise the British quintet.  From the ashes of Panic Cell, this then new band proved that they had so much to […]

BENEDICTUM – Obey

BENEDICTUM – Obey

Benedictum’s third album ‘Dominion’ (released in 2010) presented a huge step forward for the US power metal outfit.  Their first release for Frontiers Records afforded the band a bigger budget than their previous and Benedictum seemed to relish this new beginning.  While the lyrics left much to be desired, musically it wasn’t a complete loss, […]

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