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Album Review: Nachtmystium - The World We Left Behind

Album Review: Nachtmystium – The World We Left Behind

The World We Left Behind

Nachtmystium’s journey from a more typically conventional black metal band in the early 2000s (albeit a fantastic one) to one of the most interesting and different of the style’s acts on the planet is fascinating to examine. From those first flirtations with psychedelia on Instinct: Decay to the full blown experimental madness of the Black Meddle duo of albums to the masterful Silencing Machinei…

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Album Review: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Album Review: Royal Blood – Royal Blood

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For the committed rock fan, it’s been a while since mainstream rock had a new band to really get excited about. The charts aren’t the place rock fans often look for great new music and it’s unsurprising, the genre’s representatives recently being bands like You Me At Six and the Arctic Monkeys, media darlings charting high but really reflecting the health of rock as a whole as obviously as any…

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Album Review: Metal Castle - The Battle for Metal Island

Album Review: Metal Castle – The Battle for Metal Island

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The Battle for Metal Island is easily the most insane album I’ve ever heard. I can quite safely say this without fear of impunity or error. These guys have a few metal screws loose, that is most surely for certain. With tracks with titles both as imaginative and ridiculous as Napoleonic Time Meth Addict and My Life is Better (With this Beard and Fine Wine), you know Metal Castleare going to be…

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Album Review: Celtic Frost - Cold Lake

Album Review: Celtic Frost – Cold Lake

Cold Lake

St. Anger by Metallica is pretty much the most hated album in heavy metal. Regardless of whether it deserves that or not (there’s a lot to be said for it being a misunderstood work of genius), over a decade from release and people still can’t get enough of slamming it. The only thing that has come close since is another Metallica work, their ill-fated collaboration with Lou Reed, Lulu. But what…

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Album Review: Opeth - Pale Communion

Album Review: Opeth – Pale Communion

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Opeth is an progressive heavy metal band that has been releasing albums for nearly 20 years now. Most of their work is critically acclaimed and well received by fans and this one will probably be no different. Pale Communion is the band’s eleventh studio album. This one is very much on the progressive side; very melodic while still maintaining their patented musicianship.

From the very first…

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Album Review: Alestorm - Sunset On the Golden Age

Album Review: Alestorm – Sunset On the Golden Age

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By now, most people in the metal community will have made up their minds on Alestorm. Either they’re atrocious relying too much on a thin gimmick, ok for a drunken laugh every now and then but nothing more, or they’re one of the most endlessly entertaining folk metal acts out there today. Their 2008 debut Captain Morgan’s Revengeintroduced “pirate metal” to the world in a way no band quite had…

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Single Review: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness - Cecilia and the Satellite

Single Review: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Cecilia and the Satellite

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“If I could fly, then I would know”, croons Andrew McMahon – an open invitation to listeners as he brings them on a journey that somehow falls into a dichotomy – of the familiar vs the unusual.

Fans of McMahon‘s earlier projects, Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate, will immediately resonate with the track’s first few seconds, as the piano keys and his warm, distinct vocals bring listeners…

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Album Review: Celtic Frost - Into the Pandemonium

Album Review: Celtic Frost – Into the Pandemonium

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You don’t top To Mega Therion. Celtic Frost had made their masterpiece in terms of monstrous, violent heavy metal, and they didn’t want to try again. Tom G. Warrior and Martin E. Ain weren’t going to let their creativity be stifled by the mere boundaries of metal. They’d been bending these confines slowly but surely, but with their next effort Into the Pandemoniumit was time to leave the…

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EP Review: Kidaudra - Ache

EP Review: Kidaudra – Ache

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Audra Kizina AKA Kidaudra is an electronic artist out of New York and Ache is her second EP. This is coming off her debut EP Unknown which was great. Her music had a very ethereal, atmospheric vibe that has definitely been improved upon.

The production on the Ache EP sounds clearer and more detailed. Kidaudra’s vocals also sound better on this EP. On Help Methere’s a tad of reverb as her vocals…

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Film Review: ‘The Rover’

Film Review: ‘The Rover’

posterThe Rover isn’t billed as a zombie movie, but its landscape is littered by the walking dead. Even the ever-present flies can’t tell the difference as they linger nonchalantly on the characters’ faces. That director, David Michôd, is able to keep this sparse story remotely interesting is a credit to his talent. Ultimately, the director’s atmospheric style and the actors’ strong performances aren’t…

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