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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 […]

ABBADON INCARNATE – Pessimist

ABBADON INCARNATE – Pessimist

Abbadon 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 […]

BLACK MOTH – Condemned To Hope

BLACK MOTH – Condemned To Hope

In 2011 Leeds-based doom metal merchants Black Moth unveiled their debut album ‘The Killing Jar’, an excellent riff-based affair that impressed on first listen and thrilled on each subsequent play.  The result was one of the year’s best metal releases.   With their US equivalent Ruby The Hatchet releasing a strong and similarly themed debut the […]

W.A.S.P. – The Headless Children

W.A.S.P. – The Headless Children

After the release of three studio albums and a live record, by 1988 US shock-rockers W.A.S.P. had gained a loyal fan-base.  However, thanks to their potentially objectionable songs and frontman Blackie Lawless’s larger-than-life attitude, the band had even more detractors. Since their stage show featured raw meat, torture racks and naked women and their albums […]

TRANSMANIACON – The Darkening Plain

TRANSMANIACON – The Darkening Plain

Delivering four songs in approximately 47 minutes, the 2014 release from London-based doom/dark psych rockers Transmaniacon is not for the faint of heart.  Housed in a sleeve depicting a desolate post-apocalyptic horizon dominated by robots (expertly conceived by artist Ian Miller), part epic hard rock, part concept album, ‘The Darkening Plain’ is a both a […]

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 […]

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