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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 […]

STRUGGLE MANIFESTO – EP

STRUGGLE MANIFESTO – EP

When Napalm Death appeared on the metal scene, they sounded like very little that had come before.  Sure, death metal had already begun to establish itself by the mid eighties, but the scene’s earliest acts – such as the most literally named Death – combined their brutal speed with fretboard assaulting lead breaks and other […]

MARMOZETS – The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets

MARMOZETS – The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets

Signed to Roadrunner Records at the tail end of 2013 on the strength of two demo EPs and a couple of independently released singles, Yorkshire’s Marmozets are a powerhouse of alt-metal and mathrock.  Their full length debut ‘The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets’ is full of great choruses, which combined with some tight musicianship results in […]

ENGRAVED DISILLUSION – The Eternal Rest

ENGRAVED DISILLUSION – The Eternal Rest

Following the release of Engraved Disillusion’s 2011 release ‘Embers of Existence’, there were a few upheavals within the UK metalcore band’s ranks. Parting ways with vocalist Chris Pugsley and bassist Matt Thomas left the band at a potential loss – parting ways with band members is often hard, but to lose a vocalist can be […]

WITCH CHARMER – The Great Depression

WITCH CHARMER – The Great Depression

The debut EP from Sunderland’s Witch Charmer – 2013’s ‘Europhoric Curse’ – presented four slabs of top-class metal.  As a near-perfect example of the more accessible end of the doom metal/occult rock genre, they needed to work hard to surpass its greatness on any follow-up recording. Those who enjoyed the EP will certainly find much […]

EVIL SCARECROW – Galactic Hunt

EVIL SCARECROW – Galactic Hunt

Novelty bands are a tricky proposition.  If too heavily reliant on quick, easy laughs (as per early 90s oddballs Lawnmower Deth) any novelty is in danger of wearing off extremely fast; if played to deliberately offend (as was often the case with the early Bloodhound Gang recordings), the amusement is equally limited, perhaps even more […]

SUBSERVIENCE – Upheaval EP

SUBSERVIENCE – Upheaval EP

Following a busy couple of years yielding two self released EPs (one each in 2012 and 2013 respectively) and a truckload of live dates – including one in a town on a small island off the Kent coast – UK based death metallers Subservience showed no signs of resting in 2014.   If you thought that […]

ABADDON INCARNATE – Pessimist

ABADDON INCARNATE – Pessimist

Abaddon Incarnate’s fifth album ‘Pessimist’ is a monster.  Their first release for Candlelight Records (home to Corrosion of Conformity and cult thrashers Pestilence) leaves no doubt as to the band’s intentions of being the fastest and most brutal band in Ireland.  A split second after hitting the play button their musical assault begins and the […]

WITCH MOUNTAIN – Mobile Of Angels

WITCH MOUNTAIN – Mobile Of Angels

Prior to its release in the last quarter of 2014, Portland’s Witch Mountain proclaimed ‘Mobile of Angels’ to be their “most complete album yet”.  At that time, the band had already survived seventeen years of changing musical fashions alongside shifting personnel; the core of their sound now resembling an uncompromising, crushing slowness inflected with a […]

NORTHERN OAK – Of Roots And Flesh

NORTHERN OAK – Of Roots And Flesh

As far as metal-based subgenres are concerned, folk metal is often overlooked.  While Skyclad are often viewed as that particular niche’s favourite sons (they have arguably been the most commercially successful), dozens of other bands have worked hard to make a place for themselves within the scene.  Sheffield’s Northern Oak built a cult following after releasing their […]

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