american metal

Dismemberment- Embrace the Dark (The Black Birch)

Blackened thrash fun.
Release Date: 
1 Feb 2014 (All day)

If my last review hinted at fatigue towards some of the more played-out elements of metal, you should know that such feelings are fleeting.

Skeletonwitch- Serpents Unleashed (Prosthetic Records/Rocket Distribution)

Another fine piece of metal mayhem...
Release Date: 
25 Oct 2013 (All day)

Call me sentimental, but in this age of bells, whistles and po-faced self-consciousness, I have a real soft spot in my heart for bands that forego all of the extraneous bullshit and get down to the

Primitive Man- Scorn (Relapse Records)

A nasty sludge surprise for lovers of all things grim and hate-filled.
Release Date: 
20 Aug 2013 (All day)

Disgusting, horrifying, gut-wrenching . . . these are just a select few phrases that make my ears prick up when I hear people talking about a new release.

Revocation- Revocation (Relapse Records)

Revocation continue to impress...
Release Date: 
6 Aug 2013 (All day)

Fans of Revocation's previous album, 2011's Chaos of Forms, might look at this new self-titled effort as somthing of a step backwards for

The Black Dahlia Murder - Everblack (Metal Blade)

There's one bad thing and one great thing about The Black Dahlia Murder. They can't keep a line-up from wobbling out of orbit.

So is that the good thing? Or the bad thing?

Steve Hughes: "It's the beginning of the Satanic new world order" and it ain't pretty

Remember that kid getting scolded by his father for watching Megadeth when he wanted to see the News? Well, this IS the news, according to man of quick-silver wit and rivet head, Steve Hughes. Die-hard Metallica fans might want to grab a tissue for this one...

“I’ll grab me coffee and I’ll be there,” speaks comedian Steve Hughes softly down the phone from Brisbane after a spell in Adelaide, South Australia.

Anthrax, Fozzy, This Is Hell, The Hi-Fi Bar, Melbourne - 28/02/13

Melbourne worshipped music beneath the pulpit of Anthrax ahead of the Soundwave Festival, Fozzy providing their own brand of explosive devotion.

Melbourne's Hi-Fi Bar takes decorating advice from none other than Mick Jagger. It's painted black. All over. Even the green room is painted black.

Between the Buried and Me - Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 16/11/12

A roller-coaster of genre blends delivered heavy and harmonic.

Friday night, the Corner Hotel in Richmond played host to a swarm of progressive hardcore metal fans keen to see the musical talents of Between the Buried and Me, and Anima

Pig Destoyer – Book Burner (Relapse Records)

Hellishly good grindcore
Release Date: 
21 Oct 2012 - 11:30pm

Arriving late to the party can often be embarrassing.

As I Lay Dying - Awakened (Metal Blade Records)

We couldn't find anyone to contradict MADman's review of the new AILD opus, but Victoria Anderson loves it even more than our shaven headed-breakdown aficionado... so we let her loose on the office typewriter to tell you about it...
Release Date: 
25 Sep 2012 (All day)

As I Lay Dying celebrated a ten year anniversary last year. Not bad duty for a metal band.