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Decapitated, Dyscarnate and Baest Manchester Academy 3 12/2/19

An evening of brutal, violent and fierce death metal is on the cards tonight and as I walk into the Academy 3 I am hit by a wall of sound, being generated by the first of tonight’s trio of bands…. Continue Reading →

Traveler – Traveler (Gates of Hell)

This is another Canadian band I have enjoyed from their demo days since finding them on a well-known music platform. In this review cycle, this is a two pronged attack from vocalist Jean-Pierre Abboud (also of Gatekeeper – see review… Continue Reading →

Abyssic – High The Memory (Osmose Productions)

What’s going to make this review weird for me, is that there are only 5 songs, but the album is nearly an hour and a half long, with a couple songs over 20 minutes and the shortest approaching 9, meaning… Continue Reading →

Aenimus – Dreamcatcher (Nuclear Blast)

Bay Area metal bands conjure up a certain image. Bands like Death Angel and more recently Fallujah come to mind. What I heard of Aenimus’s second album release “Dreamcatcher” is more akin to Fallujah in its technicality and progressive edge…. Continue Reading →

Behemoth, At The Gates, Wolves In The Throne Room Manchester Ritz 9/2/19

A perfect storm was created when they announced this show had sold out, but then to also open the doors at 17.30 seems a little crazy, there must be a good reason behind it though, and especially considering the gig… Continue Reading →

Gatekeeper – Grey Maiden (Cruz Del Sur Music)

From their demo day’s Gatekeeper from Canada have been a touch special. They are one of those groups who may be labelled as a particular sub-genre of metal, but travel well between high standards of a fair few descriptions. In… Continue Reading →

Pernicion – Seek What They Sought (Osmose)

A five track EP for you this time, courtesy of a two-man terror team of British reprobates. Anil Carrier, known probably best for his time as the live drum kit destroyer in Anaal Nathrakh, and Dan Benton on Vocals. It… Continue Reading →

Obscura, Fallujah, Allegaeon & First Fragment – Manchester, Rebellion Bar 7/2/19

After the brutalising five band tornado that hit the Rebellion Bar the previous night it was the turn of a different touring package to obliterate Manchester, as this four band bill was far more technical oriented than the bludgeoning I… Continue Reading →

The Young Gods – Data Mirage Tangram (Two Gentlemen / Rough Trade)

The Young Gods are back! The Swiss industrial pioneers have returned with their new studio L.P. ‘Data Mirage Tangram’, their first full album since 2010’s ‘Everybody Knows’. Recorded after a time of public experimentation, Young Gods’ main man Franz Treichler… Continue Reading →

Dead Witches – The Final Exorcism (Heavy Psych Sounds)

I hadn’t caught the debut album of Dead Witches, which is a bit of an oversight for me, given that I’ve been a fan of Mark Greening’s other projects, such as the obligatory Electric Wizard, Ramesses and With The Dead…. Continue Reading →

Praying Angel – The Judgement (Boersma Records)

I often feel for upcoming metal bands dealing with the constant wrangling of genre tagging and the inevitable pigeon holing that that stigma attaches to a band whether in a positive or negative light. For some that negativity can stain… Continue Reading →

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