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Clash review
07.04.17

A somewhat sedate return from one of metal's foremost voices...

The Quietus review
16.01.17

It is hard to imagine these days, with rock and all its variations becoming limp mainstays in popular culture, that there was a time when the genre was in vital opposition of...

The Quietus review
09.11.16

Our romantic fascination with the 1980s and their neon-lit aesthetics has finally breached into the mainstream. After simmering on the brims of the globalised cultural landscape...

Spotinews recomendation
27.10.16

Hi. it’s been a while since my last metal update, but here we go again. Enjoy Anciients! (Genre: progressive metal) (US version here) Anciients – Voice of the VoidFiled under...

The Quietus review
08.12.15

"Nothing can truly prepare you for a brush with death. The event is [a] unique one, singular to the observer." - John Baizley, BaronessIn August 2012, a month after the release of...

Clash review
22.12.15

A wonderful example of triumph over adversity...

Under The Radar review
18.12.15

Baroness' first outing on their own Abraxan Hymns imprint finds them plumbing the depths of the well of harmonic Southern-tinged prog metal they first tapped to enormous success...

Under The Radar review
23.11.15

Things aren't going well in the U.K. right now, politically speaking. The right-leaning Conservative government is dismantling public services and hammering the poor, while the...

Punk News review
10.06.15

Djent djent djent. While the list of metal subgenres is considerable, there’s only one that’s entirely defined by a singular sound: djent metal. The name is an onomatopoeia, meant...

Spotinews recomendation
08.11.14

Hello. From a recent Spotify update comes the new album by Finish metal band Ghost Brigade. Enjoy! (Version for FI and US here.) Ghost Brigade – IV: One with the StormFiled under...

The Quietus review
30.09.14

In the five years since Knifeworld's debut album, Buried Alone: Tales Of Crushing Defeat, ex Monsoon Bassoon, Cardiacs and current Guapo and Gong member Kavus Torabi, has...

The Quietus review
21.08.14

From the outset of Opeth's existence in 1990, the Swedish act defied easy categorisation. Sure, the deep, guttural vocals and dominant riffing style of Opeth's visionary Mikael...

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Hi. The new album by Opeth is one of many notable new albums this week. Genre: progressive rock. Enjoy! Opeth – Pale CommunionFiled under: 2014, Rock

Spotinews recomendation
26.08.14

Hi. The new album by Opeth is one of many notable new albums this week. Genre: progressive rock. Enjoy! Opeth – Pale CommunionFiled under: 2014, Rock

Insound review
25.08.14

Pale Communion , which was produced by the band’s very own Mikael Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and Porcupine Tree frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson, is heralded by...

Insound review
08.08.14

Mastodon exploded onto the scene in 2002 with their debut LP Remission a record that would immediately establish them as one of the most important bands in the history of heavy...

Alt Press review
16.06.14

The Quietus review
14.07.14

With eleven consistently excellent tunes, Mastodon's sixth full-length, Once More 'Round The Sun is nothing if not an exercise in subtly edging towards the mainstream without ever...

Punk News review
09.07.14

It's been approximately 10,000 years since a mastodon was seen on Earth. Known for their resemblance to modern-day elephants and now-extinct mammoths, the mastodon roamed what is...

NME review
07.07.14

Metal band show off their grooves on sixth record

Spotinews recomendation
30.06.14

Hey. From last week: the new album by Mastodon. Genre: sludge metal. Enjoy! Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the SunFiled under: 2014, Metal

Clash review
20.06.14

Smile along as album six infects the senses…

Insound review
10.06.14

Distant Satellites is the highly anticipated follow up to 2012's studio release Weather Systems and Universal , the stunning concert film directed by Lasse Hoile.

The Quietus review
19.06.14

Think of Liverpool's contribution to music and you could reel off the names of dozens of alumni who have ploughed the fields of pop culture so industriously that the subsequent...

Insound review
13.05.14

With their new album looming on the horizon, the group is poised to add another masterpiece to their impeccable repertoire. If Marrow of the Spirit was the apocalyptic unraveling...

Insound review
29.04.14

The sixth installment in Relapse’s exhaustive reissue campaign of DEATH’S immensely influential catalog is , the band’s titanic second album. Originally released in 1988, was a...

Insound review
25.03.14

Animals As Leaders third full length album and first album with Sumerian Records.

Alt Press review
02.04.14

Spotinews recomendation
24.01.14

Howdy. The new album by Hail Spirit Noir is a very recent addition to Spotify. Genre: progressive black metal. Enjoy! Hail Spirit Noir – Oi MagoiFiled under: 2014, Metal

Spotinews recomendation
10.01.14

Morning. Next week there will be many more notable new releases. Here is the new album by Iced Earth. Genre: heavy/power metal. Enjoy! Iced Earth – Plagues of BabylonFiled under...

Spotinews recomendation
22.11.13

Howdy. From a very recent Spotify update: the new album by power metal band Tad Morose. Enjoy! Tad Morose – RevenantFiled under: 2013, Metal

Spotinews recomendation
22.05.13

Hi. The highly interesting new album by progressive metal band Leprous is a recent addition to the Spotify library. Enjoy! Leprous – Coal Filed under: 2013, Metal

Insound review
16.04.13

Heart of Oak , the stunning Season of Mist debut full-length from Anciients, is one of 2013's most anticipated albums for a reason. The acutely modern, progressive quartet craft...

Alt Press review
22.03.13

Longtime fans of experimental Los Angeles prog-metallers Intronaut will immediately notice a downshift on Habitual Leviathans. Gone are any death metal trappings from their...

Spotinews recomendation
16.03.13

Hi. It’s been a while since my last metal post, so here we go again. From a recent Spotify update: the new album by In Vain. Genre: progressive metal. Enjoy! (Version for FR and...

NME review
04.02.13

A twinkling set of songs that benefits from Wild Beasts soundman Richard Formby’s production touch

Insound review
13.02.13

"This record is its own thing, in its own bubble and time" says James Young about his band's second album, and while it sounds logical, try and think of how many records actually...

Pitchfork review
08.02.13

Say what you like about Darkstar's shapeshift from forward-facing production crew to pillowy dreampop dudes, but it's probably not a move they made for cred points. After all...

Spotinews recomendation
07.02.13

Good evening friends. The impressive new album by Darkstar is a recent addition to Spotify. Genre: electronic/pop. Enjoy! (One review here.) Darkstar – News From Nowhere Filed...

XLR8R review
05.02.13

If English trio Darkstar didn't outright disappoint with its 2010 debut LP, North, the group certainly managed to confound expectation. Prior to the album's release, Aiden Whalley...

Insound review
29.01.13

Vertikal is thematically influenced by the film Metropolis and its hypnotic backdrop of machinery and repetition. "Before we started writing we were keen to find a theme that, in...

Pitchfork review
11.02.13

In the solemn and self-serious realm of post-metal, no band serves as a working template quite as much as Neurosis. For the last quarter century, the California group has blended...

Spotinews recomendation
01.02.13

Howdy. The critically acclaimed new album by Cult of Luna, added for some users earlier this week, now seems to be available worldwide. Genre: post-metal. Enjoy! (US version here...

Spotinews recomendation
23.01.13

Good evening friends. The stellar new album by Voivod was recently added to Spotify. Genre: progressive thrash metal. Enjoy! (One review here.) Voivod – Target Earth Filed under...

The Quietus review
30.01.13

Happy Anniversary, Voivod! The veteran heavy metallers, formed in Canada in 1983, unleashed their debut album War and Pain in 1984 to a divided audience. Nestled cosily between...

Spin review
28.01.13

Unstoppable, unmistakable Quebecois extreme-metal weirdos deserve the Swans Late-Period Critical Renaissance treatment.

Pitchfork review
15.11.12

During their 13-year career of erratic modulation from steely-eyed metal to starry-eyed post-metal, Isis released just five albums. That number feels, at least at first glance...

BBC review
13.11.12

Norway’s progressive metal monoliths hit the big dozen.

XLR8R review
12.11.12

In 2009, London trio Darkstar was the center of some attention, with single "Aidy's Girl Is a Computer" being included on several lists of the year's best tracks. Released on...