Reviews

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...ORPHANED LAND A Heaven You May Create (Century Media)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...ORPHANED LAND A Heaven You May Create (Century Media)

‘A Heaven You May Create’ is a DVD/CD package chronicling a hometown show the band (backed by an orchestra, choir and guests) played at the Heichal HaTarbut in Tel Aviv in 2021. - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...PARADISE LOST Icon 30 (Paradise Lost)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...PARADISE LOST Icon 30 (Paradise Lost)

A great album is a great album, and there’s no denying that ‘Icon’ is indeed a great album. - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...SATAN’S FALL Destination Destruction (SPV / Steamhammer)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...SATAN’S FALL Destination Destruction (SPV / Steamhammer)

With guitarists Tomi Mäenpää and Ville Koskinen duelling away to their hearts’ content and a pounding rhythm section in bassist Joni Petander and drummer Arttu Hankosaari ‘Destination Destruction’ is a metal fan’s dream... - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...GREEN LUNG This Heathen Land (Nuclear Blast)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...GREEN LUNG This Heathen Land (Nuclear Blast)

Even if you hadn’t guessed from the names of the band’s previous releases, the subtitle ‘A Journey Into Occult Albion’ tells you exactly where these Londoners are coming from. - Read More

REVIEWS ROUND-UP: FOUR MORE FROM THE CORE (Golden Core Records)

REVIEWS ROUND-UP: FOUR MORE FROM THE CORE (Golden Core Records)

Doing their utmost to be the most prolific metal label around, Golden Core have four more notable releases to their name, all of which are worth checking out. - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...HEI’AN Live At EastWest Studios (independent)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...HEI’AN Live At EastWest Studios (independent)

With the assistance of a string quartet, vocalist/guitarist Matic and his bandmates re-recorded four tracks – ‘Can’t Get Out Of My Skin’, ‘Embers’, ‘Dreamer’ and ‘Noises’ – all of which originally appeared on their debut album (and JTo’s 2022 album of the year) ‘Imago’. - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...HEXVESSEL Polar Veil (Svart Records)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...HEXVESSEL Polar Veil (Svart Records)

‘Polar Veil’ is as intriguing – and as difficult to pigeonhole – as the band themselves. - Read More

Reviews Round-Up August 2023

Reviews Round-Up August 2023

U.D.O. – ‘Touchdown’ / PRIMAL FEAR – ‘Code Red’ / SIEGES EVEN – ‘Paramount’ / THE UNITY – ‘The Hellish Joyride’ / 3 INCHES OF BLOOD – ‘Here Waits Thy Doom’ and ‘Long Live Heavy Metal’ - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...SOEN Memorial (Silver Lining Music)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...SOEN Memorial (Silver Lining Music)

‘Memorial’ is the latest addition to the band’s arsenal and is certainly no let-down as the band continue to distance itself from early Tool-isms and position themselves nicely in the field of dreams occupied by the likes of Katatonia. - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...DEVIN TOWNSEND Devolution Series #3 Empath Live In America (InsideOut Music)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO...DEVIN TOWNSEND Devolution Series #3 Empath Live In America (InsideOut Music)

For someone like Townsend and his musicians (Mike Keneally, Nathan Navarro, Diego Tejeida, Morgan Ågren & Ché Aimee Dorval) though, these are the conditions that make him and his music come alive. - Read More