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HAG ‘Fear Of Man’ DD 2016

23rd January 2016 at 5:27 pm

HAG

As far as any of us can remember, there’s been a two-tier hierarchy in progressive sludge metal: Tier 1 – High On Fire, Tier 2 – everyone else. Underrated heroes Teeth Of The Hydra tried to scale that never-ending beanstalk to Tier 1 heaven…
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Sonic Medusa ‘The Sunset Soundhouse Tapes’ DD 2015

27th November 2015 at 5:31 pm

Sonic Medusa

Featuring members of Goatsnake, The Obsessed and Hollywood Rose (the band that spawned Guns n Roses dontcha know), Sonic Medusa‘s list of members will already have people running lazily to the words ‘Supergroup’ in order to describe this LA quartet. Formed in 2009 the…
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Night Viper – S/T – CD/LP/DD 2015

21st November 2015 at 3:20 pm

Night Viper - S/T

In my book, if you’re going to call your band something as naughty as Night Viper, then you’d better show up with the following kit list already well packed: 1) A truckload of neck-snapping riffs 2) A vocalist that sounds somewhere in the middle…
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Pist ‘Rhythm & Booze’ CD/DD 2015

15th November 2015 at 3:59 pm

Pist

Ignoring the opening salvos of the excellently-named Shitstorm, the title of Pist‘s debut album, Rhythm And Booze, acts as a modus operandi for the forty minutes that follow. The album is about hard rock groove with a thicker and updated sound, and chronicling the…
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Iron Void ‘Doomsday’ CD/DD 2015

18th September 2015 at 7:04 pm

Iron Void Doomsday

Doom is an extraordinary, multifaceted genre of metal. Here, musicians and heavy music alchemists have stretched and strained the genre’s basest elements into so many warped and ear destroying shapes that sometimes it becomes a struggle to keep up. From Sunn O)))’s punishing drones…
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Witchsorrow ‘No Light, Only Fire’ CD/LP/DD 2015

8th September 2015 at 6:58 pm

Witchsorrow

The follow-up to 2012’s God Curse Us bursts straight through the gate upon pressing play – crossing all the fun-loving qualities of gallop metal with the dark and miserable tones of doom metal. While the trio’s previous album was often guilty of pooling too…
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Pentagram ‘Curious Volume’ CD/LP/CS 2015

16th August 2015 at 1:15 pm

Pentagram

The name Pentagram is uttered in hushed, reverent tones around my house. Their signature is on the Declaration of Doom, and their heavy blues sound is all over the original blueprints. It’s difficult to try and take a new record by such icons objectively,…
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Connoisseur ‘Stoner Justice’ CD/LP/DD 2015

15th August 2015 at 1:42 pm

Connoisseur

Justice? J-U-S-T-I-C-E?!?!  Bahhhh… don’t believe in it; did once… well, never mind, that was quite a while ago… BUT… anyway… ”justice” as in “stoner justice”; as in Stoner Justice, the title of the only just released set of songs by the Oakland, California stoner metal…
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Charybdis – Demo – CD/DD 2015

15th July 2015 at 7:37 pm

Charybdis - Demo - 2015

Some musicians are content to play out their entire careers with one band, or even just as a solo project. Others of course are greedy band hoarders – playing in four at a time, practising eighteen times a week and eventually metamorphosing each into…
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Kings Destroy – S/T – CD/LP/DD 2015

12th July 2015 at 1:37 pm

Kings Destroy - S/T

Kings Destroy by Kings Destroy sounds a lot like a junior varsity Monster Magnet. I like Monster Magnet. Therefore, it would naturally follow that I like Kings Destroy. True. However, whereas Monster Magnet have proven themselves (to me) through their distinct innovations, Kings Destroy,…
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