Published September 2009

Insomnium - Across the Dark (Candlelight/Earsplit)

Once described as a vulgar amalgam of Children of Bodom and early In Flames, Insomnium's music seemingly reached a zenith of creativity and overwhelming hard-frozen emotion on Through the Weeping World. Across the Dark has broken that almost impenetrable frontier.

Here's a small disclaimer. I am probably the biggest Dark Tranquillity fan known to man. I own all their records.

Burial Hordes - Devotion to Unholy Creed (Pulverised / AmpHead)

Devotion to Unholy Creed, the second album from Hellenic anti-religious black metal band, Burial Hordes, sounds like the rageful screams of tortured souls. Brutal and fucking black, this is an album that gives the impression it could have been conceived in the depths of hell.

When I received this CD I threw it on my stereo, with the volume cranked, and only a glance at the album cover.

Hail of Bullets - Warsaw Rising (Metal Blade/Riot)

This war metal supergroup attacks with a blitzkrieg on their new EP: short and violent! But reviewer Joker Lokison wonders if music industry war crimes are being committed against the metal buying public.

 

Flowing Tears - Thy Kingdom Gone (Ascendance/Riot)

A kingdom destroyed – seeing loved ones, dreams and hopes die; despair. The concept album Thy Kingdom Gone, from Flowing Tears, is a portrayal of loss, pain and tragedy; dark, intense and moving.

From the opening notes, a sense of drama is conveyed.  Thy Kingdom Gone is a dark, atmospheric production.  German gothic band, Flowing Tears, is fronted by skil

Voyager - I Am The ReVolution (Dockyard1/Riot)

The Revolution Begins. Voyager deliver their newest effort displaying their own brand of metal mixed with a lot of different but exciting elements in I Am The ReVolution.

Despite being "the most isolated capital city in the world", Perth has provided the Australian music industry and the world with many standout artists ranging from Karnivool to

Nightrage - Wearing A Martyr's Crown (Lifeforce/Stomp)

Originally somewhat of a Swedish/Greek metal supergroup, featuring current and/or former members of such bands as At The Gates, The Haunted and Firewind, Nightrage have been putting out solid material. Their latest release, Wearing A Martyr's Crown, is no exception.

Quite a few of the cuts on Wearing A Martyr's Crown stand out.

Cathedral - Return to the Forest DVD (Earache/Riot)

Cathedral - grand-daddies of doom - have re-released Forest of Equilibrium, their first full-length album from 1991, with a 40 minute DVD: Return to the Forest. A casual, informative, chat with Lee Dorian, Garry Jennings, Mark Griffiths and Adam Lehan in a quiet British pub revisits the days of Cathedral's birth and the journey of their formation, first tours, album and music video.

Return to the Forest sees these core members of Cathedral gathering to remember the early days.  Presented as a very casual chat around a pub table and interspersed w

Municipal Waste's Dave Witte talks about the new album. And beer.

With their latest album Massive Aggressive getting rave reviews, the party is in full swing for thrash metallers Municipal Waste. Drummer Dave Witte took time out from sampling the better beers the world has to offer - 'I'm a beer enthusiast, I collect it and age it' - to chat with Metal As Fuck.

Gallery: Cannibal Corpse @ Fowlers Live (Adelaide), 11 September 2009

Cannibal Corpse hammer smash the devotees in the ill-lit recesses of Fowlers Live, with supports A Closed Casket and Altars.