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Thursday
Mar202014

Review: Biffy Clyro - Opposites [Australian Tour Edition] (Beat)

There’s an ancient proverb, passed down from rock sages eternal: only Cheap Trick may thrill Budokan. The Biff soon gave said sages pause for thought. Opposites, released last year, heralded the Scottish alt-rockers evolutionary endgame. They were once an unsettled trio, metal-tinged and hopped up on Rush and rhyme. But The New Biff? The New Biff’s burst into arena rock superstardom.

Read more about Beat's 'Album of the Week' here.

Tuesday
Jan072014

Crushtor.net Top 10 of Metal 2013

I know, I know: I usually drag my Top 10 list out over a week and a half. I usually don't have to file copy on all of my precious decalogue, necessitating writing new shit. Truth is, I can't be arsed. I have a Top 10, of sorts. The word that comes to mind is rebirth. Metal has built its gleaming kingdom. Now, fans can sit and watch the blood and fight for the throne. Tremendous fight is what we hear.

The Crushtor.net Top 10 of Metal 2013

1.    Carcass – Surgical Steel
Carcass are back. You need no further explanation.

2.    Rotting Christ - Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy
Check your cellars for demons because Rotting Christ will summon them. Each play through disturbs your soul a little. It's that fucking good.

3.    Orphaned Land – All is One
In the service of God is light and beauty. A cross-cultural triumph.

4.    Dark Tranquillity – Construct
The Gothenburg Kings distil twenty years of superior metal evolution into Construct, their finest foray since Character.

5.    The Fall of Every Season - Amends
Markus Strand's solo project weaves together dusky vocals, thunder from cloudy skies and a weak pulse of hope. It might just breathe new life into a death/doom genre at present best remembered.

6.    Witherscape - The Inheritance
Dan Swano's The Inheritance concept gathers doom, old school prog and power metal, wrapping them in a compelling combo. You'll find it jammed in your CD player for weeks.

7.    Nails - Abandon All Life
Nails are a clenched fist of 'fuck you.' Abandon All Life ain't no title, it's a command.

8.    Gorguts - Colored Sands
Luc Lamay returns with an armful of tunes from another timey-wimey face-melty dimension.

9.    Ghost – Infestissumam
Solid melodies and shaggy riffs hit the spot their second time around. Chuck it on, light a doob and get spooky.

10.    The Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack
Like I said at the time: lesser releases bruise, Everblack kills.

The Honorable Mentions

11.    Mercenary - Through our Darkest Days (Gold)
12.    Omnium Gatherum - Beyond (Silver)
13.    Locrian - Return to Annihilation (Bronze)

The Rest

14.    October Falls - Plague of a Coming Age
15.    Caligula’s Horse – The Tide, The Thief & the River’s End
16.    Letlive - The Blackest Beautiful
17.    Red Fang - Whales and Leeches
18.    Jonas Renkse and Bruce Soord – Wisdom of Crowds
19.    Ihsahn - Das Seelenbrechen
20.     Audrey Horne - Youngblood
21.    Cult of Luna - Vertikal
22.    Deafheaven - Sunbather
23.    Lo! - Monstrorum Historia
24.    The Ocean - Pelagial
25.    Ulcerate - Vermis

1.      Carcass – Surgical Steel
Carcass are back. You need no further explanation.

2.      Rotting Christ - Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy
Check your cellars for demons because Rotting Christ will summon them. Each play through disturbs your soul a little. It's that fucking good.

3.      Orphaned Land – All is One
In the service of God is light and beauty. A cross-cultural triumph.

4.      Dark Tranquillity – Construct
The Gothenburg Kings distil twenty years of superior metal evolution into Construct, their finest foray since Character.

5.      The Fall of Every Season - Amends
Markus Strand's solo project weaves together dusky vocals, thunder from cloudy skies and a weak pulse of hope. It might just breathe new life into a death/doom genre, at present best remembered.

6.      Witherscape - The Inheritance
Dan Swano's The Inheritance concept gathers doom, old school prog and power metal, wrapping them in a compelling combo. It'll get jammed in your CD player for weeks.

7.      Nails - Abandon All Life
Nails are a clenched ball of 'fuck you.' Abandon All Life ain't no title, it's a command.

8.      Gorguts - Colored Sands
Luc Lamay returns with an armful of tunes from another timey-wimey face-melty dimension.

9.      Ghost – Infestissumam
Solid melodies and shaggy riffs hit the spot their second time around. Chuck it on, light a doob and get spooky.

10.  The Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack
Like I said at the time: lesser releases bruise, Everblack kills.

11.  Mercenary - Through our Darkest Days

12.  Omnium Gatherum - Beyond

13.  Locrian - Return to Annihilation

14.  October Falls - Plague of a Coming Age

15.  Caligula’s Horse – The Tide, The Thief & the River’s End

16.  Letlive - The Blackest Beautiful

17.  Red Fang - Whales and Leeches

18.  Jonas Renkse and Bruce Soord – Wisdom of Crowds

19.  Ihsahn - Das Seelenbrechen

20.  Cult of Luna - Vertikal

21.  The Ocean - Pelagial

22.  Deafheaven - Sunbather

23.  Lo! - Monstrorum Historia

24.  October Tide - Tunnel of No Light

25.  Ulcerate - Vermis

Friday
Nov222013

Interview: Hand of Mercy (Beat)

Hand of Mercy can't be brought down. The young'un moshers are locked away in a Cape Cod, Massachusetts studio recording their second album. They're counting down the minutes like waiting for the home time bell. When it finally rings? It's Aussie Vans Warped Tour time.

Read the rest at Beat.com.au.

Monday
Nov182013

Interview: Kvelertak (HEAVY Mag #8)

 

 

Oh dem cray-cray Norwegians. I'd show you the spread my "hectic, hairy and oh, so huge" Kvelertak interview appeared on, but their bludgeoning rock force blurred the JPEG. Next time use TIFF files, dawg! I that's what you get for using 16th Century technology to "communicate ideas." But it's in HEAVY Mag #8 if you wanna read it. Cor blimey.

Wednesday
Nov062013

Interview: Citation Needed - Limp Bizkit in Hysteria Magazine #18 (October/November)

I don't fuck around with Fred Durst in the latest Hysteria Mag. I go in dry. For the HARD facts. Like, "why is your twitter background a shoe," for instance. I also accosted Hour of Penance, Behemoth, Death Angel, Gwar, Bring Me The Horizon, Recoil VOR and Max Cavalera of Soulfly. Yes, I'm tired too. Ensure my No-Doz supplies never empty by buying the mag here.

I also sort of don't talk sci-fi and/or drugs with Between the Buried and Me's Paul Waggoner. Don't mention the war, Paul. Oshi-

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