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Municipal Waste – The Last Rager (Nuclear Blast)

Who is the biggest and best modern Metal band? You could ask this question and get so many different answers. For one the camps of Metal are now so divided that those whom hate for example Metalcore are never going… Continue Reading →

Exhorder – Mourn The Southern Skies (Nuclear Blast)

As the comparison is always going to find its way into this review, I figured I’d get it out of the way immediately. The only reason I listen to Pantera is because I mistakenly thought a new song I heard… Continue Reading →

The 69 Eyes – West End (Nuclear Blast)

Happy birthday to The 69 Eyes. Thirty years apparently. I mean that’s pretty great going for anyone. It’s funny though that even though I’ve been aware of them for maybe two decades this is our first waltz. Well opening song… Continue Reading →

Sonata Arctica – Talviyö (Nuclear Blast)

Let’s get this out of the way now. Sonata Arctica’s brand of melodic metal is not for everyone. If Cannibal Corpse are Last House on the Left and Eaten Alive then these jovial Finns are the Princess Bride and Labyrinth… Continue Reading →

Equilibrium – Renegades (Nuclear Blast)

Equilibrium are on their own musical journey – an epic one obviously, but it’s one that is increasingly keen to defy musical tags and labels. It seemed to start with 2016’s “Armageddon”, which saw them nudging slightly away from their… Continue Reading →

Destruction – Born To Perish (Nuclear Blast)

Some bands are a bastard to write about; it is easy to wax lyrical about song structures and compositional ability, virtuoso performances or atmospheric impact. It can be difficult to write about bands that have a tried and tested formula… Continue Reading →

Twilight Force – Dawn Of The Dragonstar (Nuclear Blast)

It’s possible, within in the grand Metal scheme of things, it strikes me that there is no such thing as a one hundred percent serious Symphonic Power Metal Band. They are 100% committed, don’t get me wrong, I’m talking about… Continue Reading →

Carnifex – World War X (Nuclear Blast)

I have a strange relationship with Deathcore, a lot of bands from this genre merely came across to me as cheap Death Metal, and in fact most still do. Nevertheless Whitechapel appeared to me as something else, and for a… Continue Reading →

Thy Art Is Murder – Human Target (Nuclear Blast)

Human Target is the fifth album from Sydney’s Thy Art Is Murder and if you’re familiar with their back catalogue of work, you’re going to have some inkling as to what to expect from their latest offering.  They stick with… Continue Reading →

Sabaton – The Great War (Nuclear Blast)

War! What is it good for? A huge amount of subject matter for lyrical content apparently. Not just in Metal either. Something as world consuming as warfare can’t be ignored by anyone and a whole swath of musicians over the… Continue Reading →

Northtale – Welcome To Paradise (Nuclear Blast)

OK, so as this is the band’s debut, maybe I should just mention how Northtale (NorthTale or North Tale whichever you prefer) came to be. U.D.O. guitarist Bill Hudson decided upon his departure from that band that what he really… Continue Reading →

Memoriam – Requiem For Mankind (Nuclear Blast)

Some bands are so legendary that they transcend above and beyond the call of duty. I mean this in as much as they form into an uncontrollable force that cannot be tainted. Just look at Led Zeppelin or Queen, bands… Continue Reading →

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