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THE ACACIA STRAIN – Wormwood

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. These are words The Acacia Strain live by. Sure, they might have improved their chops, paid for better production, and somehow got more pissed off over the years but this is essentially the same black-hearted, bloody-knuckled misanthropic metalcore the Massachusetts mob were writing a decade ago. That’s not a slight though. Where most […]

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MASTODON – Crack The Skye

This is some weird shit. Ok so Mastodon have never really done anything normal but the monstrous quartet’s fourth full-length is officially freakin strange. The concept (of course there’s a concept) is a collision of time travel, ghostly possession, spirit worlds, and Russian wizards, and the music is no simpler. First single ‘Divinations’ mixes warped country twang with wrecking ball […]

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SEPULTURA – A-lex

If there is another band more haunted by their past than Sepultura then god help them. Despite the fact that frontman Derrick Green has been in the band for almost as long as original member Max Cavalera, that this is Green’s fifth record at the helm, and that none of those records have been disappointing, people still pine for the […]

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DEFTONES – Diamond Eyes

They say every cloud has a silver lining. And while the darkest of clouds rolled in for Deftones in 2008 when bassist Chi Cheng was involved in a car accident that keeps him in a coma to today (get well dude), the sparkling silver, sixth album ‘Diamond Eyes’, is blindingly special. That might sound trite but it’s no joke- this […]

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IMPENDING DOOM – Serpent Servant

These dudes weren’t messing about when they named their band. One listen to The Serpent Servant and you’ll be convinced that the end of days has come. But don’t panic; now we’ve got the perfect soundtrack. This is no devilish new noise- it’s the sort of booming, impossibly-heavy, super-intense metal that bands like The Acacia Strain and Emmure do so […]

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ARCHITECTS – Hollow Crown

Brighton bunch Architects have evolved with an assured steadiness over the last five years. Their debut bristled and roared but owed a huge debt to legends like Botch and The Dillinger Escape Plan, their second record ‘Ruin’ dropped some of the technicality for raw power and the feral bellow of new frontman Sam Carter, and now ‘Hollow Crown’ has combined […]

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