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Soilwork – Verkligheten (Nuclear Blast)

You wouldn’t think that Soilwork could add much to their twenty year portfolio. The sound, aggression and melodic level have transformed subtly over the years but I think most people who know Soilwork have a certain expectation. Well let me… Continue Reading →

Halcyon Way – Bloody But Unbowed (Agonia)

American Metal band Halcyon Way have been defying categorization and side-stepping musical labels for over 10 years now and this 4th full-length offering continues to challenge critic’s carefully laid out boundaries. If Metal genres were neat wooden fences, Halcyon Way… Continue Reading →

The Nightflight Orchestra – Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough (Nuclear Blast)

Side projects are an interesting thing, especially when they are a chance for the musicians involved to explore different musical territories to the ones they are known for. Bjorn Strid is mainly known as the vocalist in Soliwork and Sharlee… Continue Reading →

Road To Jerusalem – ST (ViciSolum)

When you have a group which consists of musicians who have been a part of notable bands in the death metal realms like The Haunted, Scar Symmetry, Soilwork, Hypocrisy, Invocator and Konkhra, you would be forgiven for making the logical… Continue Reading →

Armored Dawn – Barbarians In Black (AFM)

So I took a look at that cover artwork and expected something like Tyr or Ensiferum. I read that Armored Dawn are from Brazil, so armed with that extra info changed my guess to folk-tinged metal like fellow South Americans… Continue Reading →

Loch Vostok – Strife (Vicisolum Records)

Reading the band and personal histories of Sweden’s Loch Vostok is like a real life soap opera, with tales of “loss, stress, sorrow and chaos”. That’s interesting because in both recorded and live form, this is a band which puts… Continue Reading →

The Night Flight Orchestra – Amber Galactic (Nuclear Blast)

Although this is the band’s third album, I understand it’s their first for Nuclear Blast, so there may be plenty of people unaware of exactly who is in this project – so who the hell are they? OK, so you’ve… Continue Reading →

Akroma – Apocalypse [Requiem] (Fantai’zic Productions)

This is the fourth album from symphonic black metal band Akroma, who I confess I didn’t know about before hearing this. A name on the list, which did strike me, was that of Dirk Verbeuren, drummer with Soilwork and the… Continue Reading →

Kreator, Sepultura, Soilwork, Aborted – London Forum 2/3/17

I can’t recall an earlier start for a gig than 5:30PM start, but having the day off had made this significantly simpler to get in with plenty of time. I arrived to see the queue in its infancy, so decided… Continue Reading →

Akani – Through My Darkest Infernal (Demons Run Amok Entertainment)

Intercontinental collaborations are nothing new these days. With the advances in recording software and hosting sites, bands can individually compose their works and then send them to each other, continually working back and forth before mastering in studios and the… Continue Reading →

Brutai – Born (Transcend Music)

Thanks to considerable publicity, I have read a lot about modern metal band Brutai and was surprised to learn that this is their debut album. I was particularly interested in this release as they are due to play at ProgPower… Continue Reading →

Until the Uprising – Out of Time (Klonosphere)

These Frenchmen have been around since 2008, since then they have released an ep and two albums, including this one. Promoting their music as having different universes and styles, this to them seems to be a good thing. For me… Continue Reading →

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