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Clash review
07.04.17

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

Spotinews recomendation
12.03.17

Morning. The great debut album by Swedish band Wormwood is a fairly recent addition to Spotify. Genre: melodic black metal (with a touch of folk). Enjoy! (Note: Thanks to a reader...

The Quietus review
20.01.17

The pig has several connotations. Most civilisations and cultures have seen them as arbiters of fertility, virility, strength and abundance. The Buddhist tradition swings the...

Clash review
28.11.16

Aussie psych-rocker returns with colourful yet largely anonymous display ...

Under The Radar review
09.11.16

By now, you know whether or not you like Melvins. The sludge-metal titans are kingpins of low-ended, experimental music at his point. A 2016 release, or even two, probably won't...

Under The Radar review
31.12.15

It'd be easy for Jay Watson's solo project, GUM, to be dwarfed by his involvement with Australia's psych-rock poster boys Pond and Tame Impala, easy, but not fair. The comparisons...

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...

Punk News review
03.08.15

Have you ever heard a band so punishing that you feel it down to your bone marrow, leaving you aching and tired, yet craving more? Thousands of punk and metal bands have tried to...

Punk News review
08.07.15

Now more than ever, the heavy metal scene is a diverse, open-minded community thriving with bands willing to pull influence from all over the proverbial map; Post-rock, shoegaze...

Punk News review
07.07.15

Two albums in, post-black metal outfit Vattnet Viskar seems to be hitting its stride with Settler. If that sounds like a backhanded compliment to the band’s output thus far, it’s...

Punk News review
19.06.15

If you're looking for noise, distortion and a bunch of pit-starters, then you're looking for Fight Amp. The only album I ever took in from them was 2008's Hungry For Nothing and I...

The Quietus review
18.06.15

If, instead of writing and recording Leviathan, Brann Dailor and Brent Hinds of Mastodon decided to form an instrumental black metal duo, it might've sounded similar to Tempel...

Punk News review
16.06.15

It takes about, oh, 60 seconds of listening to this album before you realize that the title is purely in jest. This is around the time vocalist Jesse Matthewson starts spouting...

The Quietus review
29.05.15

BB King is dead, a bad moon is rising, and we've all got the Black Age Blues. Cult supergroup Goatsnake return for the first time in over a decade: bigger, brighter, groovier and...

The Quietus review
13.05.15

Not since Evil Superstars helpfully informed us that 'Satan Is In My Ass' has such a maelstrom of malevolence erupted from Belgium. The phonetically and evocatively titled...

Punk News review
12.03.15

Griever, after a few years of semi-activity, offer up their first proper full length in Our Love is Different on Vitriol Records. With members Alex and Corey also having been part...

The Quietus review
03.03.15

The idea of giving money to a corporation to procure music disappeared for me in 2014. It became entirely the year of Bandcamp and direct purchase from tiny labels. Bandcamp is...

The Quietus review
17.02.15

Over what seems like a very short time span of ten years, Torche has seen their nearly exclusive sound garner an impressive number of fans as well as generally widespread critical...

Punk News review
24.02.15

There are few bands that demand your attention like Torche do. Every single second of every single intro digs deep into you and makes sure you're taking note as to why this band's...

Under The Radar review
24.02.15

Florida-based rock band Torche has always confounded expectations. They usually are lumped in with the metal crowd, despite having many pop- and mainstream rock-influenced...

Punk News review
06.02.15

Doomriders may just be a side project for Converge guitarist Nate Newton, but this secondary band has been around for a decade, and has released two incredibly fun, metal injected...

Punk News review
04.11.14

When the most melodic post-rock ambience and experimental shoegaze clash with thundering guitars and smashing drums, you get something that shakes you to the very core. You get...

NME review
02.10.14

The doom metal group return in a blast of chaos and angst

NME review
03.12.14

The doom metal group return in a blast of chaos and angst

Spotinews recomendation
04.10.14

Hey. Doom metal anyone? If yes, please check out the new album by Electric Wizard and enjoy! Electric Wizard – Time to DieFiled under: 2014, Metal

Spotinews recomendation
12.09.14

Hi again. Here is a top album from last week that I was going to write about, but it somehow got lost in my notes. Anyway, enjoy YOB! (Genre: doom metal) (US version here.) YOB...

Punk News review
03.09.14

Dropping the 'Kids' from their name doesn't stop how massive, heavy and full of rage Code Orange's I Am King shapes up to be, staying in line with what the band has always done...

Insound review
02.09.14

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Code Orange Kids remind us off our own embryonic days in the aggressive music scene. They do things their way, creatively cutting their own path through...

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...

Insound review
08.07.14

One you’re caught in the trancelike monoliths they call songs, time becomes irrelevant and they simply crush,” said Kerrang about UK monolithic doomers Coltsblood. Ending 2013 on...

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…

NME review
16.06.14

Tokyo musician Boris ventures into heavy metal with mixed results

The Quietus review
25.06.14

When the first snippet of Boris' 19th record surfaced earlier this year, it seemed to be a much more overtly melodic, even anthemic statement of desired accessibility than what...

Insound review
17.06.14

Boris has always demolished expectations of what a band can do musically and aesthetically. In keeping with that tradition, they again flip the script for the band’s first...

Punk News review
11.06.14

It is no longer hyperbolic to say Tombs have gotten better with every album. They have a legitimate streak going, with every release redefining the band's sound. Just as...