Monthly Archives: December 2010

ROSS THE BOSS – “HAILSTORM”

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ROSS THE BOSS – “HAILSTORM” AFM RECORDS (2010) Manowar is one of those bands who can proudly claim to have some of the most loyal friends (and enemies) around the world – a band which, for the last thirty years, … Continue reading

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MALEVOLENT CREATION (Phil Fasciana) INTERVIEW

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MALEVOLENT CREATION (Phil Fasciana) INTERVIEW When Death Metal began losing its popularity around the mid-90s, many bands decided to call it a day, disappointed by the lack of interest from both fans and the music industry alike. One of the … Continue reading

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EXCITER – “DEATH MACHINE”

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EXCITER – “DEATH MACHINE” MASSACRE RECORDS (2010) Every time the word classic 80s Metal is used in any article, the first few names that one expects to come across as its true and main representatives are Iron Maiden, Judas Priest … Continue reading

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ANTIMATTER – “ALTERNATIVE MATTER”

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ANTIMATTER – “ALTERNATIVE MATTER” PROPHECY PRODUCTIONS (2010) Anathema is one of those bands which I literally grew up listening to, a band whose sensationally dark and moody melodies helped not only answer many important questions, but also overcome various obstacles … Continue reading

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ELECTRIC WIZARD – “BLACK MASSES”

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ELECTRIC WIZARD – “BLACK MASSES” RISE ABOVE (2010) Life is full of beautiful paradoxes! Take for instance the case of the Dorset-based Doom, Stoner or whatever-else-you-want-to-call-it quartet Electric Wizard. These fine British noisemakers made a whole career out of indulging … Continue reading

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FLOTSAM & JETSAM (Craig Nielsen) INTERVIEW

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FLOTSAM & JETSAM (Craig Nielsen) INTERVIEW I am not going to lie to you guys; I absolutely adore Flotsam & Jetsam! One of the few second generation Thrash Metal bands from the US who continued producing diverse and often quite … Continue reading

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QUEENSRYCHE (Geoff Tate) INTERVIEW

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QUEENSRYCHE (Geoff Tate) INTERVIEW Music journalism is an activity I have been involved in for the last eight years, during which time I have met and spoken to many musicians whose music I literally grew up listening to. Talking to … Continue reading

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ONSLAUGHT (Band) INTERVIEW

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ONSLAUGHT (Band) INTERVIEW I love album premieres! Not only do they give you the opportunity to listen to stuff much earlier than most people, it also enables you to meet the creators in person, express your opinion and get first-hand … Continue reading

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM – “THE COLD”

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM – “THE COLD” DRIVEN MUSIC GROUP (2010) 2010 belongs to Thrash Metal! Why? Well, what else can you say when you know that the end of the first decade of the new millennium saw the release of … Continue reading

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EXODUS (Gary Holt) INTERVIEW

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EXODUS (Gary Holt) INTERVIEW When I began my time as a music journalist, the very first artist I had the pleasure of interviewing was Gary Holt, founding member and axeman of the Legendary Californian Thrash Metal outfit Exodus. Now, several … Continue reading

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ORDEN OGAN (Tobias Kersting & Nils Weise) INTERVIEW

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ORDEN OGAN (Tobias Kersting & Nils Weise) INTERVIEW Using the London Underground can be a very testing experience, especially on a day like the 29th of November where a strike was announced and most trains operated limited services with severe … Continue reading

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HAIL OF BULLETS (Martin van Drunen) INTERVIEW

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HAIL OF BULLETS (Martin van Drunen) INTERVIEW Three years ago, legendary frontman Martin van Drunen (of both Pestilence and Asphyx fame) unleashed his most recent creative demons under the war-inspired moniker Hail Of Bullets. The product of that attempt took … Continue reading

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FORBIDDEN – “OMEGA WAVE”

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FORBIDDEN – “OMEGA WAVE” NUCLEAR BLAST (2010) I have always hated Grunge music with a passion. Why? Apart from the fact that it provided numerous uneducated and incompetent ‘musicians’ with a platform and urged them to voice their ‘anxieties’, it … Continue reading

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VIRGIN STEELE – “THE BLACK LIGHT BACCHANALIA”

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VIRGIN STEELE – “THE BLACK LIGHT BACCHANALIA” SPV (2010) It feels very strange indeed when you come to realise that a band whose career you have been following from the very early days is about to release its twelfth studio … Continue reading

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