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Top 50 Songs of 2013: 25-1

Here is the second and final half of my top 50 songs of the year…  Continue reading

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Top 50 Songs of 2013: 50-26

The first half of my top 50 tracks of 2013, here we go!  Continue reading

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Gas Axe – “GAS AXE” EP Review

Gas Axe - Gas AxeGas Axe – Gas Axe
Genre: Doom Metal/Sludge/Death Metal

Label: Unsigned

South Wales is an extremely frustrating place to live if you’re a metal fan whose appetite isn’t easily fulfilled by the likes of Disturbed, Bring Me The Horizon or Lamb Of God. If you’re someone who prefers to dabble in the filth and grime of doom metal, black metal, drone, death metal, grindcore, etc. then South Wales can be a soul-destroying place at times… Your standard local metal band usually consists of a group of bored teens or 20-somethings who aspire to be the next Killswitch Engage, and while it’s better to have some sort of metal scene than no scene at all, you’re still hungry for something more… Continue reading

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Nine Inch Nails – “HESITATION MARKS” Review

Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation MarksNine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
Genre: Industrial rock

Label: Columbia Records

When Nine Inch Nails release a new album, it’s BIG news, and so again it feels like another one of those reviews where an introduction or brief history of Nine Inch Nails (and Trent Reznor) is pretty pointless considering the throne that Reznor has built for his experimental project since the late 80’s. But there is a little context that needs to be run over on the few years prior to this release…  Continue reading

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Mater Suspiria Vision – “HOLLYWOOD NECRONOMICON” Review

Mater Suspiria Vision - Hollywood NecronomiconMater Suspiria Vision – Hollywood Necronomicon
Genre: Witch house/Electronica/Experimental

Label: Phantasma Disques

Mater Suspiria Vision, in three years of its existence, has released a consistent and dizzying slew of releases – spanning from full-length albums, EPs and many miscellaneous (and unique) packages. While the duo credited as Aura and Cosmotropia De Xam – “vox and religion” and “electronics and echo tapes” respectively – have been heavily affiliated to the witch house genre, they seem to have more disturbing and avant-garde similarities to Throbbing Gristle than the likes of Salem or oOoOO. Continue reading

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Immortal Technique Live Review (The Globe, Cardiff. 18/6/13)

So, first of all, this is going to be more of a ‘report’ than an actual review. Why? Because I literally turned up to this gig without listening to any Immortal Technique albums, none but one song that I was familiar with and that it was my first pure live hip-hop experience (Death Grips felt a whole lot more like being in an Every Time I Die gig). If you’re asking “Why the hell did you turn up then?!”, my younger brother is a big Immortal Technique fan and while the opportunity was there, I thought what better way to take him to his first live performance than to see one of his favourite artists.

So while you’re reading this, remember: I was not an Immortal Technique fan walking into the venue. Continue reading

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Feastem / Oblivionized Live Review (Le Pub, Newport. 13/6/13)

Wales is lucky to be graced with great gigs with most bands settling for Bristol as the most Western point of a UK tour; however (and luckily) this wasn’t the case for the Feastem/Oblivionized UK tour. Feastem, travelling all the way from Finland, and Oblivionized from London set Newport’s loveable Le Pub as their Welsh date and ended up being well worth the travel from South-West Wales, despite travelling/accommodation expenses being 12x the £5 door price! Continue reading

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Dragged Into Sunlight Live Review/Interview

So I had the opportunity to catch Dragged Into Sunlight and Bossk on their UK tour in London, and interview T of DIS before the gig. Check out my review of the live performances and the interview – T had some very interesting things to say.

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