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Interview – Cattle Decapitation

Prior to a rousing show at The Bread Shed in Manchester and anticipating forthcoming album Death Atlas via Metal Blade Records, George Caley sat down to chew the cud with Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation. AN: Evening so I noticed… Continue Reading →

Angel Witch – Angel Of Light (Metal Blade)

Can it really be almost 40 years ago that we were all unceremoniously informed “You’re an Angel Witch…You’re an Angel Witch”? First by way of a 7” with ‘Gorgon’ on the flip-side, then on the ground-breaking genre-defining NWOBHM classic LP… Continue Reading →

Cult of Luna – A Dawn to Fear (Metal Blade)

There was a time when a new Cult of Luna release was as certain as the turning of the tide or the changing of the seasons; a steady biennial cycle of albums and tours grew to feel comfortable for fans,… Continue Reading →

RAM – The Throne Within (Metal Blade)

RAM are no strangers to these pages and after 20 years in the business, they return with a cracking release. This is much more a metal album, their last one “Rod” was a concept album and things are freer flowing… Continue Reading →

Sacred Reich – Awakening (Metal Blade)

When I met and interviewed Phil Rind 12 years ago, he emphatically told me they were just doing some 20th anniversary shows and then packing it all in again. I am so glad that they decided against that, and to… Continue Reading →

Batushka – Hospodi (Metal Blade)

It’s the black metal spat that has divided the metal fraternity. Well, not really. Most people already seem to have decided – fairly or unfairly – which side of the fence they are on in the ‘Trve’ versus ‘Fake’ Batushka… Continue Reading →

Vulture – Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves (Metal Blade)

In an era when metal has taken on so many forms it’s somehow comforting to think back to thrash metal as one of the genre’s purest. Who can argue with Fistful of Metal, Feel The Fire and Kill ‘Em All?… Continue Reading →

Tanith – In Another Time (Metal Blade)

Certainly an apt album title! Tanith are really going for that “In Another Time” vibe (man…), and there is plenty about their sound that is indeed from another era. They are certainly not your usual Metal Blade type band (a… Continue Reading →

Fractal Universe – Rhizomes Of Insanity (Metal Blade)

Progressive Death Metal is a tough genre, especially the more exotic side of it. I’ve said this several times in the past few years and I will stand by that statement. It’s inherently complex nature, straddling the boundaries of several… Continue Reading →

Abnormality – Sociopathic Constructs (Metal Blade)

Hailing from the north east corner of the USA, Abnormality initially turned my head with sophomore album “Mechanisms Of Omniscience” in 2016. They stood out from the usual mediocre deathcore /slam melting pot by combining well-honed technical chops with a… Continue Reading →

Arch/Matheos – Winter Ethereal (Metal Blade)

When founding Fates Warning members John Arch (vocals) and Jim Matheos (guitar) re-united for a full album in 2011 it was a genuinely nice moment in Progressive Metal history. As any fans of Fates Warning will know, John Arch left/was… Continue Reading →

Exumer – Hostile Defiance (Metal Blade)

Returning once again to bring the Teutonic Thrash fury, Exumer are here with ‘Hostile Defiance’, the follow up to the impressive 2016 release; “The Raging Tides”. Exposition isn’t really necessary here because face it, Teutonic Thrash metal is something easily… Continue Reading →

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