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Top 30 Albums of 2015: 15-1

Here is the second and final part of my top releases of 2015, these are the biggest highlights in the year for me. Don’t forget to lemme know what your favourites were or to link me your own list. Hope you all had a great start to 2016!  Continue reading

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Ithaca – “TRESPASSERS” EP Review

Ithaca – Trespassers
Genre: Chaotic Hardcore/Hardcore

Label: COF Records / Soaked In Torment Records

If you’re new to this London lot like I was, let me share some basics: Ithaca are a five-piece that are pissed, mixing hardcore with chaos and emotive influence. Imagine a mash of Throats and Botch, with a bits of Curl Up And Die and Loma Prieta, and you’re pretty close – so to fans of the genres that those bands are associated with, Ithaca will seem familiar but fresh. This is their second EP to date and is made up of four short, sharp tracks. Continue reading

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So Stressed – “THE UNLAWFUL TRADE OF GRECO-ROMAN ART” Review

So Stressed - The Unlawful Trade Of Greco-Roman ArtSo Stressed – The Unlawful Trade Of Greco-Roman Art
Genre: Noise Rock / Experimental

Label: Honor Press

I won’t regurgitate too much about what I mentioned in my review of their last album, but So Stressed are a chaotic and noisy three-piece from Sacramento, California. Needless to say, their debut “Attracted To Open Mouths” made it into my top picks of 2014 and is still something I regularly listen to thanks to its seamless changes from pure noise and aggression to some of the catchiest choruses I’ve heard in a long, long time. However, things have changed in So Stressed’s sound since then…  Continue reading

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Temples Festival 2015 Review!

So I went to Temples Festival again this year and you can read what I had to say on it over on the Echoes And Dust site (here) by extending the Richard Owens tab. There’s some Pig Destroyer worship in there…

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Top 30 Albums of 2014: 30-16

Here’s the first half of the top 30 albums of 2014! While this year didn’t impress me anywhere near as much as last year, there were still dozens of great releases, especially in the second-half of the year. I guess as well, since this year has been very quiet for the Rich Reviewz blog (for personal reasons – 2015 will be the return of regular posts), you can see all the albums I’d wish I could have spoken about. Continue reading

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If You’re Going To… BLEH FEST 2013

BLEH Festival 2013Let’s face it, the UK hasn’t really got a big festival to support its grind/hardcore/powerviolence scene… that was until now, thanks to Zac of technical deathgrinders Oblivionized and recently formed Confine, there’s now a FREE festival situated in London that’s racked up an impressive line-up for a UK festival, let alone a free one. The two-day event is held at The Unicorn on Camden Road – so there’s a single stage and no clashes to worry about. GREAT! Continue reading

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Full Of Hell – “RUDIMENTS OF MUTILATION” Review

Full Of Hell - Rudiments Of Mutilation

Full Of Hell – Rudiments Of Mutilation
Genre: Powerviolence/Hardcore

Label: A389 Records

Full Of Hell are exactly that, a four-man hate machine that throws pure bile and fury at your senses, and have been grabbing themselves an impressively big reputation in the worldwide powerviolence/hardcore ‘scene’. Powerviolence is known as an extreme, but Full Of Hell have taken it further and further in their fairly short existence so far by strengthening the power electronics influence with each release. If you’re into something faster, heavier and involving far more disgusting vocals than your average hardcore band, then Full Of Hell are for you. Continue reading

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Bongripper Interview and Live Review!

So, in late April, I was given the awesome opportunity to go the Bristol date of the Bongripper/Conan/Humanfly UK tour, and to chat with the guys with Bongripper. It’s another highlight in this whole music reviewing thing so far, I still can’t comprehend it. Anyways, if you want to check some of the Bongripper/Conan/Humanfly stuff on the MetalRecusants site, click this way.

BONGRIPPER INTERVIEW

BONGRIPPER/CONAN/HUMANFLY/WAR WOLF LIVE REVIEW

Another MetalRecusants member got some nice shots at the Manchester gig, worth looking up!

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Blockheads – “THIS WORLD IS DEAD” Quick Review

Blockheads - This World Is DeadBlockheads – This World Is Dead
Genre: Grindcore

Label: Relapse Records

Blockheads is a grindcore band hailing from France that have been punishing ears since 1992, going through more than ‘a few’ line-up changes, yet never letting them hinder their climb up record labels and festivals. Right now, the band consists of Xavier (vocals), Fred (guitar, vocals), Erik (bass, vocals) and Nico (drums, vocals) and the guys are clearly influenced by the likes of Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror and Phobia. Continue reading

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