Review: “Retrogore” by Aborted

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Aborted Retrogore

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It’s Ok To Listen To Emmure

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Emmure at Impericon Festival 2016

It’s fair to say that whilst deathcore and metalcore have never been the most widely praised and respected of genres, a band such as Emmure has been a whipping boy even within their respective scene. Whether its their own particular brand of breakdown-heavy metalcore/deathcore, their line of offensive merch, or just frontman Frankie Palmeri’s shenanigans, most metal fans could summon up a reason for disliking them. And whilst it’s very easy for anyone to disparage their music or their fans, I’m going to take the more difficult route on this one and say: “You know what? I enjoy listening to Emmure, and I’m not afraid to say so.” Continue reading

Who Should Headline Download?

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Download Festival 2016 Line-Up Poster

Considering that today is the inaugural day of Download Festival 2016, I couldn’t help but have a peruse of this year’s line-up. Whilst as bountiful and as diverse as you would expect from the UK’s foremost rock and metal festival, I couldn’t help but look at the three headliners, Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, and think: been there and done that already. Between the three of them they’ve headlined at Castle Donington grounds 8 times (which includes Download’s predecessor: Monsters Of Rock). It just felt too safe- these bands have headlined before anyways, so there really isn’t anything new or adventurous to talk about. A new headliner would generate excitement, a new audience, or at the very least a bit of controversy (all publicity is good publicity). So I put forward to you, and to Download organiser Andy Copping, a selection of bands that I feel are worthy of that elusive headline spot. Continue reading

Review: “Nattesferd” by Kvelertak

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Kvelertak- Nattesferd

It’s intriguing how change can be a force for good or bad within the context of metal. We applaud bands that progress and evolve their sound and song writing, but as soon as it goes too far the reaction swings the other way. The challenge for the majority of bands nowadays is to now try to incorporate a fine balance of new ideas and influences, without upsetting or alienating an existing fan base. In the case of Norway’s Kvelertak, they’ve thrown caution to the wind and changed a whole raft of facets of their new album (different producer, different album design, different approach to songs, etc.), but this raises the question: has the sound changed? Continue reading