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Archive for the Category ‘metal’

ALTER EDEN – Fearless EP

ALTER EDEN – Fearless EP

After his band Blue Origin called it a day after the best part of a decade, vocalist Nick Pilgrim set about forming a new outfit. Teaming up with guitarist Alex Coleman, Alter Eden began to create their own brand of alternative rock sounds, heavy on the guitars, but even heavier on the angular intensity.  Their […]

KEVEL – Hz Of The Unheard

KEVEL – Hz Of The Unheard

Kevel are a Greek quartet specialising in a style of metal that crosses several subgenres to create a huge slab of sound.  On this debut release, there are moments of progressive metal complexity fighting to be heard against huge blocks of instrumental post-metal and sludge.  While there isn’t a vocal acting as a central element […]

IMPELLITTERI – Venom

IMPELLITTERI – Venom

For fans of shred-metal, Chris Impellitteri is a man who needs no introduction.  With his eponymously named outfit, the Californian fretboard melter has been issuing discs filled with bombastic Euro-inflected metal for years, often with either ex-Joshua mouthpiece Rob Rock or ex-Rainbow man Graham Bonnet on vocals. Heavy and fast are Impellitteri’s two favourite styles – […]

VOICE OF THE SOUL – Catacombs

VOICE OF THE SOUL – Catacombs

Forming in the late noughties when the band were just teenagers – young enough to rival Def Leppard in the precociousness stakes – Voice of the Soul always had very grand musical ideas.  Following three self-released EPs between 2009 and 2011, the Middle Eastern extreme metallers found themselves in a great position to expand on […]

ANATHEMA – Fine Days 1999-2004

ANATHEMA – Fine Days 1999-2004

In the twenty-first century, Anathema have often been mentioned in the same breath as Opeth and Porcupine Tree due to their increased movement towards thoughtful progressive rock structures.  It hasn’t always been that way, of course.  Like Opeth, the band began life as a totally different musical beast, playing in a melodic death metal style.  […]

LA MUERTE – La Muerte EP

LA MUERTE – La Muerte EP

Three songs, seven minutes, seven inches of black plastic.  That’s all that’s needed for you to work out that Colchester noisemakers La Muerte mean business.  On this debut EP, the tough musical trio blend garage rock, punk with a touch of metal for extra punch and come out sounding like a cross between Misfits, Killing […]

CROWSAW – Karma EP

CROWSAW – Karma EP

In 2014 UK rockers Crowsaw released ‘Smoke & Mirrors’, a blues-edged collection of songs which was well received in some quarters.  For those expecting them to pick up where they left off and build upon their cult following, 2015’s ‘Karma’ may come as a bit of a surprise.  Rethinking their game plan, the band have […]

LEVEL 10 – Chapter One

LEVEL 10 – Chapter One

Making their debut in 2015, the (mostly) European metal band Level 10 features a few familiar faces.  While not quite stepping up to the true supergroup mantle, with its coming together of members from Symphony X, Masterplan, Primal Fear and Sinner, the band includes personnel that should be more than familiar to hard rock fans. […]

PINEAL – Smiling Cult EP

PINEAL – Smiling Cult EP

Putting it bluntly, Pineal aren’t exactly shy with regard to their core influences on this release.  Although their recording budget occasionally shows a few limitations, this London-based trio really love Alice In Chains. Their stock riffs are never a straight up reconstruction of the AIC sound, though, since most of the heavier elements are more […]

THE CREEP VOID – The Elevation Of Idiocy EP

THE CREEP VOID – The Elevation Of Idiocy EP

Hailing from England’s North East, The Creep Void are an independent rock band trading in some great post grunge and alternative sounds.  While the core of their work owes a debt to the nineties, the quartet’s 2014 EP ‘The Elevation of Idiocy’ isn’t just a throwback to times of khaki colours and plaid shirts. There […]

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