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Distorted Harmony – Chain Reaction

Usually it’s the artists that I wasn’t previously aware of that I find the most engaging. Delivering a sucker punch of energy that has me reeling in shock and surprise, mesmerised by a new discovery that causes previous interests to lay ignored as they descend into monotony, the lightning failing to strike again. Nestled firmly [...]

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Shit Shade #6 – Thrash Queen – Manslayer

Finally, I have managed to summon the strength, the courage and the willpower to persevere, for the end of this saga is almost within my sight, and Thrash Queen‘s Manslayer may be the most important album of them all. Whenever albums of significance are discussed, it’s always the releases that yield a positive influence that [...]

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Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite – Review

I make little attempt to hide the fact that I fell madly in love with their last album, Formshifter, and now here with their third album these American boys have done absolutely nothing to dissuade me from their cause. It’s rare to uncover a technical death metal artist that doesn’t seem to get caught up [...]

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Ferret Rants: The Metal Brotherhood Must Die!

Whilst it’s certainly not an idea that has emerged recently, there is this innate faith in the camaraderie amongst metal fans, and of this indescribable and blissful feeling. It’s a lifestyle, an identity and an adoptive family consisting of tens of thousands of members with an ever increasing global reach. It’s a place where you [...]

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Noveria – Risen – Review

Sometimes I must assume that I am a glutton for punishment, as time and time again I find myself returning to the infamous Italian power metal scene, hoping for the powerhouse of Labyrinth’s Return to Heaven Denied or the hyperspeed symphonic epic of Luca Turilli’s Prophet of the Last Eclipse. Instead what have we been [...]


 
 

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Distorted Harmony – Chain Reaction

Posted  July 17, 2014  by  Thomas Bawden

Usually it’s the artists that I wasn’t previously aware of that I find the most engaging. Delivering a sucker punch of energy that has me reeling in shock and surprise, mesmerised by a new discovery that causes previous interests to lay ignored as they descend into monotony, the lightning failing to strike again. Nestled firmly [...]

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Shit Shade #6 – Thrash Queen – Manslayer

Posted  July 4, 2014  by  Thomas Bawden

Finally, I have managed to summon the strength, the courage and the willpower to persevere, for the end of this saga is almost within my sight, and Thrash Queen‘s Manslayer may be the most important album of them all. Whenever albums of significance are discussed, it’s always the releases that yield a positive influence that [...]

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Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite – Review

Posted  June 30, 2014  by  Thomas Bawden

I make little attempt to hide the fact that I fell madly in love with their last album, Formshifter, and now here with their third album these American boys have done absolutely nothing to dissuade me from their cause. It’s rare to uncover a technical death metal artist that doesn’t seem to get caught up [...]

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Ferret Rants: The Metal Brotherhood Must Die!

Posted  June 24, 2014  by  Thomas Bawden

Whilst it’s certainly not an idea that has emerged recently, there is this innate faith in the camaraderie amongst metal fans, and of this indescribable and blissful feeling. It’s a lifestyle, an identity and an adoptive family consisting of tens of thousands of members with an ever increasing global reach. It’s a place where you [...]

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Noveria – Risen – Review

Posted  June 19, 2014  by  Thomas Bawden

Sometimes I must assume that I am a glutton for punishment, as time and time again I find myself returning to the infamous Italian power metal scene, hoping for the powerhouse of Labyrinth’s Return to Heaven Denied or the hyperspeed symphonic epic of Luca Turilli’s Prophet of the Last Eclipse. Instead what have we been [...]

Full Story »