Saturday Slaylist 05/11/2016: Trivium

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Trivium circa 2016

Its been very busy in the Trivium camp as of late. Following the release of Silence In The Snow in 2015, the band have spent the better part of this year touring in support of said album as well as promoting the rerelease of their debut opus Ember To Inferno. Seeing as the band have chosen to revisit their back catalogue, I thought it would be appropriate to do the same for this week’s Saturday Slaylist. Continue reading

5 Things I Would Like To See On The New Metallica Album & 1 Thing I Don’t

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Hardwired Single Artwork

Although I made a post a while ago that questioned whether we need a new Metallica album, and whether it would be beneficial to the band, I promptly had to eat my words when the band dropped the title track from their new album: Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. Despite being one of the shortest songs in the band’s career, it was the hard-hitting shot of thrashy-goodness that the metal community had been yearning for. So in anticipation for when their DOUBLE album (yes, you read that right) drops on November 18th, I’ve set about my list of things I can’t wait to see on the albums, as well as 1 thing I don’t. Continue reading

Review: “The Apothic Gloom” By Skeletonwitch

skeletonwitch-the-apothic-gloomBack in April I discussed the announcement of an upcoming Skeletonwitch EP in this blog’s very first post, as part of 5 Things I Want To See On The New Skeletonwitch EP & 1 Thing I Don’t. Now, after the months of waiting, we can finally come full circle and listen to the EP, which the band posted on SoundCloud. Continue reading

Review: “Bastards Still Remain” by This Is Hell

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This Is Hell “Bastards Still Remain”

Despite releasing one of the best modern thrash/hardcore/crossover albums with 2011’s Black Mass, things have been very quiet in the This Is Hell camp. Following this album the band took a brief hiatus, and most of the members (except vocalist Travis Reilly) explored new and thrashier territories as Extinction AD. Although this new group continued what This Is Hell started by blending hardcore with thrash’s precise riffs, questions still remained about the future of This Is Hell. Now, on the 10th anniversary of their debut album Sundowning, the band surprised fans by streaming a new album on to their Bandcamp site (https://thisishell.bandcamp.com/album/bastards-still-remain). Continue reading

Should Metallica Release A New Album?

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Metallica in Shanghai 2013

At the start of each year, most metal fans will turn their attention towards upcoming releases, and eagerly await their favourite band’s latest album. I think it would be fair to say that the for the past few years (with greater emphasis on this year), the number one album on the majority of fans’ wish lists would be a new Metallica album. I cannot even begin to delve into the numerous twists and turns that has come to define the ongoing saga of that elusive album. Every time there’s a tantalising glimpse of the band demoing or recording in the studio, it is quickly overtaken with one of the band’s many projects. Lets face it, the band has done anything and everything imaginable (playing big name shows, making their own film, playing Antarctica, curating their own festivals, etc.) EXCEPT from making a new album. However, amid all this speculation and excitement it might be worth asking: why should Metallica bother making a new album? Continue reading

5 Things I Want To See On The New Whitechapel Album & 1 Thing I Don’t

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Phil Bozeman of Whitechapel

So it’s nearly been a week since Whitechapel dropped the revelation that they will be releasing their sixth album, entitled Mark Of The Blade, on June 24th. Not only that, but they’ve also debuted the title track from the album- a stomping, groovy mid-tempo number that bears all the hallmarks of Whitechapel’s sound. Even the accompanying press release from their label, Metal Blade records, sounds promising and enticing for new fans: Continue reading

Is Blooddrunk That Bad? Could It Be Better?

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Children Of Bodom 2008

Whilst I’m sure that bands try their hardest to produce the best music they can in the studio, it goes without saying that every band has a ‘weaker’ album. Whether its a stylistic shift or otherwise, a change in the bands line up, or an ill-fitting production, there’s always reasons for fans and critics to turn their noses up at a band’s latest offering. However, I want to look back at some of those maligned works and understand why these albums have been received poorly, and to determine whether it was judged harshly or unfairly at the time. Perhaps with the benefit of hindsight these albums can be given a degree of credit- and if not, then maybe there’s a way to improve them. I’d like to start proceedings by evaluating Blooddrunk by Children Of Bodom. Continue reading