December 18, 2019

The second release from Dutch hardcore punks, Pressure Pact may only be twenty-minutes in length but it is as bruising an encounter as its front cover suggests. New Skintro is counted in with the clash of drum-sticks and the roar of guitar and its bouncing riff seems t...

November 18, 2019

Following on from the recently released EP, Don’t Give Up, From the Grave is the second set of three tracks released by Harley Flanagan under the Cro-Mags name since he secured the right to use it. Acting as a taster for the upcoming full-length, From the Grave takes t...

October 21, 2019

There will be thriving Hardcore scenes in virtually every major city in the world and every one of them will have their own unique voices. Closer to home for me, and Manchester can boast the likes of Broken Teeth and Guilt Trip as its contribution to HC worldwide. But...

October 7, 2019

It is in the very soul of the nature of all things that evolution is the key to progression and music is no different. Some bands’ evolution is gentle, one record moving seamlessly but inexorably into another; whereas others’ evolution is harsh and visceral, the stylin...

September 23, 2019

You could be forgiven for taking a cursory glance at the cover of the new Coffins record and thinking you’ve got a reasonable idea of what’s going on inside. Flip it over and a scan of the eight song titles would just about confirm what you know. It is a fair point whe...

September 23, 2019

Opeth’s thirteenth album, In Cauda Venenum, translated to poison in the tail, continues the musical direction begun in earnest on 2011’s Heritage. Now four albums into their 70s-inspired progressive odyssey and those yearning for Opeth to return to their Death Metal ro...

September 12, 2019

Alienated Despair is multi-national Implore’s third album and it hits with the ferocity of a hurricane and doesn’t let up for its thirty-one minute run-time. It’s a brutal half-hour too, with the intensity level being set within the opening few seconds of Faculties of...

August 19, 2019

The ongoing situation with the parties laying claim to the Batushka name is one which appears to be dividing fans across the board. Any such discussion is beyond the scope of an individual album review, but if you’re remotely interested in my opinion of 'Hospodi' (Meta...

July 29, 2019

Human Target is album number five from the Aussie Deathcore crew and demonstrates an evolution in their style. Much like fellow Australians Parkway Drive, Thy Art Is Murder’s output has shown the band mature from the by-the-numbers aggression of debut album, The Advers...

July 9, 2019

There’s a sense of the old-school about Batushka and I don’t mean merely about the music. Formed in 2015 and releasing their debut Litourgiya the same year the band subsequently spilt, with both multi-instrumentalist Krzysztof Drabikowski and vocalist Bartlomiej Krysiu...

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