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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, […]

SINOCENCE – No Gods, No Masters Vol. 1

SINOCENCE – No Gods, No Masters Vol. 1

Having been slowly building a name for themselves via a couple of independent releases and live shows, it is with ‘No Gods, No Masters Vol 1.’ Northern Irish metal band Sinocence really come into their own.  You will have heard their many classic metal and alternative metal influences previously, but this band pull those influences […]

SLAVE ZERO – Disambiguated Visionary

SLAVE ZERO – Disambiguated Visionary

Let’s not pretend here: along with ‘Abandon All Life’ by Nails, this is undoubtedly one of 2013’s heaviest releases. But then, we had been warned: prior to Slave Zero dropping this fifth offering, vocalist Graham V. Flynn claimed ‘Disambiguated Victory’ to be “heavy, unrelenting and unpredictable”.  It is certainly all of those things.   It’s also […]

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE – Shoot EP

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE – Shoot EP

US hardcore/industrial metal outfit American Head Charge made a few waves with their 2001 album ‘The War of Art’, released on the American Records label [original home to The Beastie Boys and Black Crowes, sometime home to the legendary Johnny Cash and metal titans Slayer].  It’s opening barrage of tunes hit like a concrete hammer, […]

HER DYING REGRET – Legacy EP

HER DYING REGRET – Legacy EP

Following an intro that’s very horror-esque with its use of haunting keyboards, marching drums and synth strings, Reading based metallers Her Dying Regret launch into ‘Ashes’ – the first full track from their second release – …and the gloves are off.  With thrashing twin lead guitars and a guttural roar, the band tears into an […]

BLACK SABBATH – 13

BLACK SABBATH – 13

As any metal fan knows, the first four Black Sabbath albums defined an entire musical genre.  Four slabs of vinyl with monolithic riffs that inspired future generations; riffs which many emulated, but few matched – especially in terms of superb tone.  From 1973 onward, Sabbath continued to make good music, but it didn’t always match […]

II.II.II – A Conundrum On My Coffee Table EP

II.II.II – A Conundrum On My Coffee Table EP

In 2011, UK alternative metal band Mishkin released their debut EP ‘Row Away From The Rocks’.  Featuring some hefty guitar riffs and an impassioned vocal, the EP pointed the way towards great things in the future…and then the band broke up.  Mishkin’s vocalist Ben Davy subsequently joined art rock band II.II.II (aka 222), a band […]

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