Month: February 2023

NEWS: Vamachara ask simply “How Long Until It Kills Me”?

After what feels like eternity Closed Casket Activities are streaming a new cut from California Metallic Hardcore outfit Vamachara. Titled “How Long Until It Kills Me“, the track will appear on a new album called “No More Roses On My Grave” that also has last year’s single “From Miles Away” as it’s opener. Once again engineered

NEWS: Desert Storm endure a mind trip?

Oxford Progressive Sludge Doom Metal act Desert Storm have plucked “Bad Trip” as the second single from their 31st March releasing via APF Records album “Death Rattle“. Recorded and mixed at Woodworm Studios in Oxfordshire between winter of 2021 and summer of 2022 by Steve “Geezer” Watkins before being mastered in September 2022 by Brad

NEWS: The Cartographer admit to their vices!

Produced by Josh Pearson at Bleak Audio (Azazel, Depravity, Gassed Up), Tech-Fest favourites The Cartographer have announced a new EP “The Cold Black” with a brand spanking new tune called “Vices” to help you breathe more easily. The date for the record release, the track listing and cover art remain firmly under wraps but October

NEWS: Enforced return with “Hanged By My Hand”!

Available for pre-order here, 28th April will see the arrival of “War Remains” via Century Media from the almighty Enforced. Returning to the tried and tested the Richmond Virginia Crossover Thrash merchants had the record mixed by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Kreator, Cavalera Conspiracy) after they recorded with Ricky Olson (Integrity, Destruct) and have now

Playthrough: “The Witch Hunter” from Insomnium!

Armed with his prized Jackson Rhandy Rhoads custom shop model, Insomnium guitarist Markus Vanhala plays through “The Witch Hunter” from the Finnish Melancholists Torsåker witch trials inspired album “Anno 1696“. Their ninth in all, the album is written around a short story from bassist Niilo Sevänen that muse on the events that saw 70 women

Documentary: Van Life in the US #2 with Carcosa!

What does a guitarist do when enduring van life on tour? Goes guitar shopping of course! That and questionable AirBNBs are the main reasons to watch the second episode of the US tour documentary from Canadians Deathcore collective Carcosa as they burn down venues alongside Within Destruction, VCTMS and Fox Lake. Twenty days ago they

Bootleg: At The Gates in Saint Petersburg!

Pro-shot at Zal Ozhidaniya Club in Saint Petersburg Russia on 25th March 2019, a full set from Gothenburg Sweden Melodic Death Metal masters At The Gates has freshly surfaced. It serves to whet the appetite ahead of the bands newly announced appearance at Tons Of Rock Festival in Oslo Norway in June alongside Pantera, Soulfly

NEWS: Abandon All bear the scars?

While pre-orders are not in place as yet, Lempäälä Finland based Melancholic Metal quintet Abandon All have shared a second single in “Stupid People” from a long in the works debut album. Joined at the hip to a hard hitting music video that echoes the sentiment of “Thoughtless” by KoRn it tackles the subject of bullying

Review: “Rebirth” by Eulogy

Hailing from Cardiff, Eulogy have been making a name for themselves since 2017 with EPs “Back to Life” and “Memento Mori“, the latter surpassing 1 million Spotify streams, as well as reaching the finals of Metal 2 The Masses in 2022 with their down-tuned riffs and rousing choruses. Turning their attention away from their live

Rabidfest 2023: Breaking Down The Bands #5: Draconian Reign!

It’s all high fives and stage dives with March approaching and the fifth week of celebration of the forthcoming fifth anniversary of Rabidfest in full swing. Forget diet Tuesday. This is full fat, high caffeine, adrenaline pumping, mosh pit inciting stuff. You should already know that Rabidfest will take place at The Bullingdon in Oxford