8/10

Sirenia – ‘Dim Days of Dolor’ Album Review

  2016 was a tumultuous year: some ebb of good but mainly there was a flow of uncertainty. Norwegian symphonic metal band, Sirenia, contributed no small amount of uncertainty of their own when they announced a change in their lineup  (along with minor alterations to their usual musical style) by replacing their long-standing vocalist, Ailyn. Sirenia was formed […] Read More

6.5/10

Lethal Shöck – ‘Evil Aggressor’ Album Review

Disclaimer: This review was written with a minimal of ‘sounds similar to..’ but the ultimate aim was to convey a new band on its own terms. In recent years several bands have attempted to imitate the original sound and feel from the golden age of metal during the 80’s. Enter one such band that shows […] Read More

5.5/10

The Projectionist – ‘The Gallow Forest Eulogy’ EP Review

  The Projectionist are a black metal outfit hailing from the Great White North, also known as Canada. The band found their start in 2015; by February 2016 their first album ‘Poisonous Disengagement’ received a limited release via their then label, WinterWolf Records, with some positive and hopeful praise for their basic approach to black […] Read More

9.2/10

Be’Lakor – ‘Vessels’ – Album Review

Be’lakor – ‘Vessels’ Review by Matt Brown Be’lakor is a Five Piece Melodic Death Metal band from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Formed in 2004 Be’lakor’s second album Stone’s Reach won the first prize in the 2009 Metal Storm Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal Album of the year. Opening for bands such as Turisas, Alestorm and Apocalyptica and touring extensively […] Read More

7.5/10

Metallica – ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’ Album Review

It has been nearly a decade since the legendary Metallica last released an album. ‘Death Magnetic’ (2008) was met with mostly positive reviews, and won several Grammys.  Then a few years passed that were filled with touring, celebrity appearances, and the ‘Through the Never’ (2013) concert film… but no new music, save for a demo […] Read More

6.5/10

Bloody Hammers – ‘Lovely Sort of Death’ Album Review

There are bands that play hopscotch with genres, and then there are bands that lurk slowly into your ears. Bloody Hammers straddles both categories – the side project of Anders Manga, which often mixes styles to produce an eclectic and moody arrangement. The band serves as a hard rock outlet outside of his eponymous darkwave […] Read More

7/10

Finsterforst – ‘#YØLØ’ EP Review

Imagine if Weird Al Yankovic were from Germany. Alright, now imagine if he started a folk metal band with six of his chums whilst in college. With this image in mind, you should have a relatively clear idea of how Finsterforst’s new EP ‘#YØLØ’ will wreck you and your liver. The Teutonic folkers have taken […] Read More

8/10

Hammers of Misfortune – ‘Dead Revolution’ Album Review

San Francisco-based Hammers of Misfortune had been on hiatus since the release of their well-acclaimed album, ‘17th Street’ (2011). In that near-half-decade, there were additions to families, motorcycle accidents, and members touring with their other bands  Vhol, Vastum, and Death Angel. And though the album was technically completed last year, primary guitarist/songwriter John Cobbett delayed the release […] Read More

Suns of Thyme – ‘Cascades’ album review

An eclectic but smooth blend of predominantly conceptual psychedelic rock, blues rock and alternative amongst others is what makes up the complex recipe to Suns of Thyme’s original sound.  The band are self-dubbed “krautgaze”, which I was not familiar with until I typed it into google translate and was incredibly amused to see the word […] Read More

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