Category Archives: metal

Shutting Down/Take Me Home –  Tombstones In Their Eyes (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There was a time when music such as the cavernous and reverb laden sounds that Tombstones In Their Eyes made didn’t come on download, CD or even in the form of a live band. Instead it came in pill form, … Continue reading

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Tales From The Bermuda –  Buried In Smoke  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As opening salvo Satisfy starts chugging from the speakers, a vocal onslaught leaves you in no doubt as to exactly what Buried in Smoke’s mission is, they pretty much lay it out before you even place one foot in their musical … Continue reading

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Fear EP – Tombstones in Their Eyes (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

How can something so ominously cavernous still sound fragile and on the point of collapse? That is the wonderful juxtaposition that runs through Tombstones in Their Eyes, a strange blend of muscle and delicacy, like marvelling at the awesome grandeur … Continue reading

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Such is Art – Black Note Graffiti (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

At a point where the weight and claustrophobia of the raw end of the grunge sound crashes into the more melodic end of the technical metal spectrum, you find Black Note Graffiti. Where the former tended to exult passion over … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLVIII : The Day That The World Breaks Down – Ayreon

THE SOURCE is an exciting new chapter in the Ayreon saga, with contributions from renowned vocalists like James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Simone Simons (Epica), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), and Russell Allen (Symphony X). … Continue reading

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Treacherous – In Silent Agony (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I sometimes struggle with music in such an extreme end of the market, a lot of it doesn’t speak to me on a very personal level, that isn’t a problem, not everyone can be the target audience. But then I … Continue reading

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A Mouthful of Marbles – GagReflex (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The rules of pop used to make things very clear. A band with members numbering double figures is an orchestra, one with less than three is a duo…a lounge act, the sort of thing that you’d find at the bar … Continue reading

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Hour of the Nightingale: Trees of Eternity (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Probably more than any genre I know, metal has been the one to change the most over the course of my many years listening to music. The melodic, sonic charges of the early bands, classic metal I guess, always made … Continue reading

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Avatar – Shadow Hunters (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  See, never judge a book by its cover, or an album for that matter. The combination of the band name, album title and the slick, futuristic artwork had me thinking thoughts of indulgent progressive rock or cyclonic and largely … Continue reading

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New Music of The Day: LXXXVIII – More to Life – Jack The Envious

First new music video recommendation of the year and I thought that we should kick in with something brash, boisterous, riotous and raucous, you know, really kick some arse and cut the mustard, clear away the cobwebs and other cliches … Continue reading

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