Author: Fraggle

The Mystery of Roll: The Great Momentum (Edenbridge)

Lots of momentum, sure. But will the wheels fall off Edenbridge?...

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Triple Threat. Actually, Double Threat. But Still Threatening! (Annihilator)

Blistering solos and overwhelming speed/thrash grooves, even on acoustic dreadnoughts...

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Among the Ruins (Altar of Betelgeuze)

Stoner and Death metal combine (and combine well) on the Altar of Betelgeuze...

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Babymetal Live at Wembley – The Unlikely but Apt Encapsulation of 2016

Turbulent, divisive and very hotly debated - Babymetal very aptly encapsulate 2016 in their Live at Wembley release...

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Make Yours a Melodic Death: Atoma (Dark Tranquility)

Screams, shouts and growls. Dark Tranquility get expressive on Atoma...

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Looking for Answers. Finding them. Solas (The Answer)

New approaches from The Answer result in a fresh and fascinating hard rock album...

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A Refined and Technical Stitch Up: Autopsy (Coroner)

Reanimating the corpse of a tech metal troupe who should have been HUGE...

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Killer Cocktail: Incoming Death (Asphyx)

Fusing doom and death, and even a touch of thrash, Asphyx get the balance spot-on...

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Sleep Not Before the Winter’s Gate (Insomnium)

Epic and ambitious melodic death metal from Finland's Insomnium...

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Astral Tweaks: Transcendence (Devin Townsend Project)

Never one to keep things simple, Devin Townsend returns to the Project with characteristically symphonic grandeur...

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Stone(r)s of the Desert Age (Truckfighters)

Five albums in, stoner-rock trio Truckfighters bring the desert to your living room...

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Act V: Hymns With The Devil In Confessional (The Dear Hunter)

Running at full tilt to catch up with The Dear Hunter's epic multi-part rock opera series...

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Live at Wacken 2015, 26 Years, Louder Than Hell

Stiff necks and bleeding ears at a small village in Schleswig-Holstein. ...

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Valley of the Windmill (Circa)

Clean and powerful, perhaps a touch long-winded? Circa's windmill pumps out the green wattage....

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Sludge in the Sparkplugs? (The Company Corvette)

Is Doom, Groove and Stoner metal too rich a mix for this Corvette's carburettor? Review...

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Getting Under the Bonnet of Dot (Karmakanic)

Tweaking your prog rock pistons, Karnakanic release Dot. Review...

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Renew Your Metalcore Memories (Dead Label)

Review of Dead Label's metalcore album Throne of Bones...

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Flights of Fancy, Theories of Flight (Fates Warning)

At times technical, at others self-indulgent, Theories of Flight is indeed progressive metal. Review...

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Beyond the Big Four. Unheralded but Solid Thrash (Flotsam & Jestsam)

Will it float, or should we jettison it? Flotsam & Jetsam dish up the thrash....

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A Most Dramatic of Comas: The Theater Equation (Ayreon)

Ayreon's staging of The Human Equation is anything but comatose...

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Technical Brutality for (nearly) a Gravenous Hour (Katalepsy)

Blasting their way to the top of the Death Metal scene, Russia's Katalepsy release album number two. Review...

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Nordic Death By Triple Guitar (In Mourning)

Swedish triple-guitar death metal troupe In Mourning get melodic on Afterglow....

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Avast Load of Salty Shanty (Dread Crew of Oddwood)

Dead men tell no tales, but the Dread Crew of Oddwood take no prisoners with Lawful Evil ...

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Tightly controlled musical chaos: Retrogore (Aborted)

Aborted prove that the sicker the theme, the more intense the impact...

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Experimental Doom, Post Hardcore, and What Sounds Like Dustbin Lids (Birushanah)

Japanese post-hardcore experimental brilliance this may be, but please stop banging those hubcaps. Birushanah reviewed...

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Bang. Zoom. Crazy… Hello (Cheap Trick)

Classic infectious rock from Cheap Trick - the band Japanese metallers know as The American Beatles...

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Rearrange the Deck Chairs and PLAY ON! Titanic Mass (Dynazty)

Dynazty's technically-profuse Melodic Scandinavian Metal album is as huge as you'd expect. It even has a power ballad....

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Stoner Riffing from Sunrise to Sundown (Spiritual Beggars)

Hammond organ, heavy riffs and stoner haze - Sunrise to Sundown is what death metallers do to relax...

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Tight in the Corners, Fast on the Straights: Cradle the Rage (Toseland)

Toseland's second album offers no major surprises, but is all the better for that. Review...

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Didgeri-Doom? Traversing the Psych-Prog Youniverse (Ethereal Riffian)

Trippy, doomy, and laden with riffs, Voice of the Universe veers from melodic to hypnotic with alarming ease. Album review...

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