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Iron Reagan – Crossover Ministry (Relapse)

Having a bad day? Maybe the boss is giving you the shits and the rest of humanity is conspiring to just not play nice? 30 minutes is all you need to cast away these unpleasantries and Iron Reagan may just… Continue Reading →

Obituary, Exodus, Prong – London Electric Ballroom 25/10/16

Unfortunately owing to a biker down on the M40 & idiots insisting on rubbernecking I missed King Parrot completely, but am reliably informed they put on a great show & impressed many this night. Next up on the bill were… Continue Reading →

Allegaeon – Proponent for Sentience (Metal Blade)

Allegaeon are back with their fourth album and only a single line-up change. Long-time vocalist Ezra Haynes has been replaced by Riley McShane and to be honest I wasn’t immediately convinced, especially when I noted he had taken over a… Continue Reading →

Assassin – Combat Cathedral (SPV)

Blimey – here’s a blast from the past! I remember buying their second LP ‘Interstellar Experience’ (with its dodgy zombie / scarecrow / Wolverine artwork) from Shades in about 1988. Assassin were a bit different to other German bands of… Continue Reading →

DarkRise – Fear, Hate and Corruption (Punishing Records)

A substantial, well rounded Death Metal album is always a delight to listen to and Swiss five piece DarkRise’s latest album Fear, Hate and Corruption is exactly that. In a realm which has an ever increasing amount of sub genres,… Continue Reading →

Anger As Art – Ad Mortem Festinamus (Old School Metal Records)

This is the fourth album, the second I have reviewed by Anger As Art and if their last effort ‘Hubris Inc.’ took you by the scruff of the neck and tore your head from your body, then this new one… Continue Reading →

Archemoron – Sulphur and Fire (Bowel Of Noise)

Greek war helmet-obsessed black metallers Archemoron fire up a melting pot that blends the finest of the grandiose Hellenic tradition with elements the far flung reaches of the extreme metal universe. Dropping in death, thrash and straight down the line… Continue Reading →

Metal Allegiance – S/T (Nuclear Blast)

I’m never really too sure whether assembling a bunch of musicians and getting them to play some songs together is going to actually produce something worth listening to. Sometimes it works, other times not so much. Thankfully this is an… Continue Reading →

Hell:On – Once Upon A Chaos… (Ferrrum)

Ever wondered what a modern day soundtrack to 90s classic zombie shoot ‘em up Doom might sound like? Well, either intentionally or not, Hell:On appeared to have stumbled headlong onto the perfect formula with combat trousers, jackboots and double barrelled… Continue Reading →

Sonick Plague – S/T (Pavement Music)

These songs appeared in 1988, this is a re-recorded album of the ‘What’s The Purpose’ album, formed firmly in the depths of classic thrash metal with a touch of crossover from the vocals on this more up to date version…. Continue Reading →

Deathblow – The Other Side Of Darkness (S/R)

There’s not much about regarding this promising sounding thrash outfit from Salt Lake City, but what is about there is the fact they play thrash metal and they do it really well. With one album already released, “The Other Side… Continue Reading →

Project Pain – Thrashed To Kill (Dead Inside)

Dutch thrash outfit Project Pain hail from Amersfoort and already have a demo and debut release under their belts. After signing a deal with Dead Inside Records at the end of June, their second album “Thrashed To Kill” is set… Continue Reading →

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