ALBUM REVIEW: Rabid ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Rabid Bitch of the North leave sweet sensations on the palette on Nothing But A Bitter Taste AHH the heady days of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal – our formative years when the Friday Rock Show was gospel and a myriad of bands infused musicality with punk attitude....

ALBUM REVIEW: Goatwh...

ALBUM REVIEW: Goatwhore gore the aural tracts on album number 7 – Vengeful Ascension GOATWHORE some five or six years ago seemed to be stuck in a rut, they’re blackened metal somewhat re-treading their own sound a little too much. However, on 2014’s ‘Constricting The...

PIG‘PREY & OBEY...

PIG ‘PREY & OBEY’ BRAND NEW EP [METROPOLIS]  OUT NOW   Following his recent UK tour and ‘Swine & Punishment’ remix album, PIG aka Raymond Watts,  the Infidel of industrial rock, returns to feed, foul and further his reputation with a brand new EP, ‘Prey & Obey’.  This will...

ALBUM REVIEW: 17 albums in and Tankard just keep g...

IT’s a long way from 1982 through to 2017, and for any band with that longevity one could reasonably expect that for their 17th album could be jaded and without much development. However, when it comes to Tankard that’s definitely not the case on ‘One Foot In The Grave’. Instead they have elevated their own creativity that bit further. How? Tackling societal issues through humour is one aspect. The production of Martin Buchwalter is another. The German thrashers have taken their familiar template, well worn over 35 years of “alcoholic thrash”, and upped it a notch. As always the music is full faced...

Kreator – Album Re-Issue:

Formed in Essen, Germany in 1982, Kreator are arguably the most influential and successful European thrash metal band ever, like many of their European speed metal brethren, Kreator fused Metallica’s thrash innovations with Venom’s proto-black metal imagery.  June 9 is the announced release date for the upcoming reissues of 1985’s ‘Endless Pain,’ 1986’s ‘Pleasure to Kill,’ 1987’s ‘Terrible Uncertainty’ and 1989’s ‘Extreme Aggression. ‘Endless Pain’ was released in October 1985 by Noise Records. It was a savage debut; its crude thrashing quickly had the underground metal world abuzz with excitement. This album has been known to...

ALBUM REVIEW: Unleas...

ALBUM REVIEW: Unleash The Archers hit new heights on Apex WITH their fourth album ‘Apex’ Unleash The Archers could be forgiven for sticking to the formula that has stood them well so far in their career. While all the elements of previous releases are present and correct this is a...

GOGOL BORDELLO

READY TO UNLEASH  SEEKERS AND FINDERS ON AUGUST 25TH VIA COOKING VINYL Pre-orders available here now  FIRST TRACK ‘SABOTEUR BLUES’ AVAILABLE NOW UK TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED Renowned gypsy punk band GOGOL BORDELLO announce their new album, the seventh in their wide-ranging oeuvre which comes...

MR. BIG ‘Everybody N...

MR. BIG ‘Everybody Needs A Little Trouble’ video for new single available now http://bit.ly/2s8c60k   taken from the forthcoming album ‘Defying Gravity’ [Frontiers Records] ‘Defying Gravity’ – new album out July 2017  “OK, we’re rolling.” With those three declarative words (spoken...

ALBUM REVIEW: Alesto...

ALBUM REVIEW: Alestorm ask do you drink and have you been fucked by a hammer on No Grave But The Sea ALESTORM have been seen as a joke for many a year by the po-faced intelligentsia who hold their noses at the term Pirate Metal – but on their new album ‘No Grave But The Sea’...

ALBUM REVIEW: Thyran...

ALBUM REVIEW: Thyrant mix it up on What We Left Behind SOMETIMES something wonderful drops for review; a surprise, a delight that comes at you so far leftfield it bowls you over. With nary a warning Thyrant landed for listening, and it has to be said that this début, ‘What We Left...

ALBUM REVIEW: Selene push on to the next level on ...

WHEN you hear the term ‘symphonic metal’ sometimes there is a tendency to go back to the progenitors of the genre and compare it with newer acts, which is both unfair and unjust. The depth and the breadth of the genre belies the fact that with an ear there is more to be heard, but more than that it is a demanding type of metal to tackle. With just a few years under their belt Selene have managed to make a name for themselves with their début release ‘The Forgotten’ and a couple of eps. Faced with the challenge of a second album the band have knuckled down and produced a solid set of 11-songs. But ‘The Ravages...

EP Review: Figures –...

  EP Review: Figures – ‘Chronos’ Reviewer: Lavender Baj – It feels like there’s another ‘up and coming’ band from Melbourne that’s set to be ‘the next big thing’ every other week, so why should we care about FIGURES, right? Wrong. This 5-piece band from the not-so-sunny city of...

Review: Colibrium – ...

  Review: Colibrium – ‘In Balance’ Reviewer: Craig Grant. This review is an opportunity to make things right. This album was released about 12 months ago, so this review isn’t about flogging a new release or meeting a PR’s request. It is about bringing to your attention that there is a...

Live Review – CKY – ...

  Live Review – CKY – Wedgewood Rooms Growing up in the nineties and noughties was a golden age for my generation – we had MSN Messenger (RIP), the nu-metal wave and the birth of reality-style prank shows – namely Jackass and CKY. Those adult male pranksters terrorised the streets of...

Melbourne heavyweights Mammoth Mammoth.

  Reviewer: Craig Grant It’s been a while since we last checked out Melbourne heavyweights Mammoth Mammoth. In fact it was the release of the EP Mammoth Bloody Mammoth back in February 2016. Now it’s time for a new LP, in the form of Mount the Mountain, which is eleven tracks in the Mammoth x 2 style of laid back and raw rock. The four piece sound like the love child of Kyuss and Clutch with a couple of coats of vegemite to make sure you know this is true blue pub rock. A bit like the US band Dead Till Dark they are hard rock with a punk underbelly and no-shit attitude. The cover of this album is highlighter orange and the sort of...

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