Author: Fraggle

20 Years On: Scenes From a Memory

Dream Theater’s much loved concept album turns 20 this year. Does it stand the test of time or is it merely relegated to the back of the mind?...

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Atmospheric Impact In Your Face

Norwegian post-rockers Grant The Sun boast a huge range of atmospheric impact in new EP, Simmar Ur Bild....

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Mr. Big Flies To Milan

Mr. Big return with a(nother) live album, but this one's special - it's founder Pat Torpey's final bow with them before his death earlier this year....

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Heroes Sometimes Let You Down

Fraggle casts a critical eye on newcomers to the Finnish Metal tradition Heroes Don't Ask Why, and their new release 'Sound Of A Broken Heart'...

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When Godsmack’s Legend Stagnates

So just how much have seminal Nu-Metallers Godsmack phoned it in with latest release 'When Legends Rise'?...

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Sons of a Galactic Wasteland

Sons Of Alpha Centauri get a little space-y with latest instrumental release 'Continuum' - but is it cool, Sci-Fi space or just the dark bits in between?...

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Downfall of Nothing! (Nervosa)

Thrash Metal is a scene dominated by the same old household names... Can some fresh faces in Brazilian upstarts Nervosa clamber onto that level, too, with new album 'Downfall of Mankind'?...

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Compound The Heaviness – Ingested

Manchester's kings of Slam-infused Death Metal Ingested take a nice little day trip over to Liverpool. Naturally, Trebuchet followed suit....

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The More Uncommon Slurs and Smears of Napalm Death

Outtakes and rarities offer a genetic glimpse into the Napalm Death machine...

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Six compilation albums wasn’t enough – Nightwish

Finland's Symphonic Metal pioneers Nightwish dig through the archives to present yet another compilation of their work....

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Nomadic music and the convergence of style – Tengger Cavalry

Sometimes, the tropes of contemporary Western culture can combine with the music of other eras and nations to turn up unexpected results....

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Pissed Regardless – Feed The Birds (Review)

Crossover Thrash is a fickle beast. Have Californian newcomers Pissed Regardless managed to crack the code with their sophomore EP effort 'Feed The Birds'? Fraggle investigates....

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Tankard – A Compilation of Inebriation

Thrash Metal, like most genres, has its tropes. Those same reoccurring themes which pop up in the lyrics, inspirations or meanings behind the songs....

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Roll On, Roll Over, Roll Away: Dimevision (Dimebag Darryl)

Legend? Yes. Talented? Certainly. Brilliant on every occasion? Well, about that......

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Suitably Complex Brutality: Red Before Black (Cannibal Corpse)

Focus, work ethic, rhythmic dexterity and lots of entrails...

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Death (Sentence) Metal: Not a Crime [Tarantist]

Iranian Metal goes one step further - TarantisT now sing in Farsi...

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Fragarak: A Spectral Oblivion

Indian Experimental Black Metallers Fragarak demand an extended attention span...

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One More for the Road:The New Roses

Life ain't easy when you're cheesy. Happily, The New Roses (mostly) aren't. ...

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The real cost of music?

Suffering for your art is common practice, but is it worth dying for?...

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Will to Power (Arch Enemy)

Will to Power packs a furious punch, but have Arch Enemy released one of the metal Albums of the Year?...

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To Die For? Iranian Metallers Heterochrome Offer Melancholia Against All Odds

Progressive metal from Iran. Now that's extreme....

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Enter the Arena (Warbeast)

Entering the arena is easy, but it takes killer death moves to get out alive. Can Warbeast provide?...

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And Time, and Fashion, and Fads: Defying Gravity (Mr. Big)

Age will not wither them, nor gravity hold them down. No frills hard rock from Mr. Big...

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Infintissimal to Infinite: Unparalleled Universe (Origin)

Speed, precision and ferocity: Prepare to be overwhelmed...

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The End is Nigh (Apocalypse Orchestra)

Here be monsters, here be hurdy gurdy. Folk metal, doom and drone, arr harr!...

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Glug! No Grave But the Sea (Alestorm)

Duelling keyboards, high energy rhythms, infectious vocal hooks, tales of wenches, mead, rum, beer, tequila, tacos, donkeys and nautical naughtiness... Alestorm bring the fun...

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As the Stages Burn: Arch Enemy Live at Wacken

Arch Enemy nail the always-tricky task of putting a live performance onto wax...

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Let fly the rasping growls and demonic riffery! Sacred/Scared (5Rand)

Italian thrash/groove/melodic death metal four piece 5RAND test the waters for their debut...

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How Deep is Your Mom? (Tragedy, Live in Liverpool)

have seen many things in my years of gigging. Some were merely strange. Others, I would have put down to other things influencing me if there weren’t any photographic proof: people suspending...

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The Joy of Sex and Chestwigs (Tragedy)

Tragedy do one thing and they do it well...

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