Review: Trees of Eternity – Hour of the Nightingale

Despite a well produced, hefty sound and a strong sense of gothic melody, it is inescapably clear that Hour of the Nightingale is a heavily frontloaded album; a lot of promise is shown at the start, but things level out to a plateau too early and never quite pick up again. Opening track ‘My Requiem’…

Review: Myth of a Life – She Who Invites

With the pioneering Swedish bands of the 90s a little way out of the melodic death metal limelight in recent times, this somewhat overpopulated subgenre could really do with some rejuvenation in order to keep up with the rest of ever-evolving world of heavy music. Sheffield’s Myth of a Life already have an advantage in…

Review: Circle of Reason – Faith or Theory

A fat, thick production and a meaty, heavyweight guitar tone: two factors which, when combined, are guaranteed to satisfy many a rock or metal fan. Even from a cursory listen, it is clear that Circle of Reason have these elements nailed down on their new mini album Faith or Theory, and they certainly are satisfying…

Review: Driving Mrs. Satan – Did You Mrs. Me?

In the world of heavy metal, the parodying and covering of songs in inappropriate musical styles is surprisingly common. All over the internet, fans of this traditionally stoic and closed-minded genre have gleefully mixed the most extreme and bleak tracks with pop, big band jazz or electronic music. From Richard Cheese to Andy Rehfeldt; from…

Review: Krysthla – A War of Souls and Desires

Strangely deciding to label themselves ‘intense heavy metal’, Northamptonshire’s Krysthla pack several fistfuls more of unadulterated brutality into their debut album than the Iron Maidens and Judas Priests of this world suggested by that tag. Drawing from the increasingly popular melting pot of metalcore, thrash and downtuned tech-metal, often lazily labelled simply as ‘modern metal’,…

Moral Listening- Does It Exist?

Every once in a while, a scandal hits the musical world which reverberates well outside of the scene it occurs in, making national news and causing widespread consternation. Judas Priest’s famous court case based on the notion that they hid satanic messages in their music; the regular claims that gangsta rap promotes criminal behaviour; the…

Madly In Anger With You- Metallica Documentary

Life in a multi-million-selling, multiple-Grammy-winning, globe-conquering band. It’s a life we’ve all pined after at least briefly at some point in our own mortal existences, but it’s a life that very few of us get to experience firsthand, or even anywhere verging on close-up. Therefore, any kind of exposé of the so-called ‘rockstar’ lifestyle is…

Devin Townsend- Long May He Reign

Devin Townsend. To those in the know, the name of this maverick Canadian will spark fevered fanboying or fierce debate. Having spanned a dizzying array of musical styles in 20 years of creativity, this album-churning machine has amassed one of the most devoted fanbases from within and beyond the metal community. Following some success as…