Published September 2009

Anaal Nathrakh - In the Constellation of the Black Widow (Candlelight/Earsplit)

Like being trapped in a grindcore web, then being devoured by a black metal spider! Anaal Nathrakh brings the end of the world... again.



Industry Chat 03: All about being a producer, with Fredrik Nordström

Fredrik Nordström is surely a name that nearly all metalheads would recognise. Producer extraordinaire, this man has an enormous discography under his belt, as well as being a musician in his own right, in the band Dream Evil. We caught up with Fredrik a while ago to talk about the world of album production and what it takes to make it in that part of the industry.

As a simple taster, some bands Fredrik Nordström has worked with include At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir, Evergrey, HammerFall, The Haunt

Mumakil- Behold The Failure (Relapse/Riot)

Unrelenting blastcore insanity from these twisted Swiss misters... and no yodelling or hot cocoa in sight!

So, here's my debut album review for Metal As Fuck and though I did originally review Mumakil'Relapse Records debut, Behold The Failur

Firenote - Firenote (Sound Pollution/Riot)

Melodic Rock, Stadium Rock, AOR... whatever you want to call it, this is an album at the top of its game. A huge welcome to these Finnish rockers and their debut album.
Release Date: 
25 Sep 2009 (All day)

Firenote is the self-titled debut album from this Finnish band with attitude.

Cannibal Corpse @ Fowler's Live (Adelaide), 11 Sept 2009

Despite all of the bands I've ever seen, I have to admit that until Friday night I hadn't had the pleasure of Cannibal Corpse. The two support acts I also hadn't seen for a while, so was looking forward to a generically good night. What I didn't expect that it would be quite so good as it was. This show fucking slayed.

Rocking up early on the first really warm day after this year's winter - perfect gig-going weather - we arrived at Fowler's

Bloodstock Open Air- Day 3: Curse of the £7 Falafel...

It's Day 3. The grumbling arsehole we sent to Derby is still alive. We did not predict this. Time to send in the poisoned vegetarian delicacies...


The Order - Rockwolf (Dockyard 1/Riot)

A blast from the past with recognisable themes, sounds and vocals. The Order are a Swiss band who are heavily influnced by all the favourites from the 80s.
Release Date: 
25 Sep 2009 (All day)

The Order is a band made up of guitarist Bruno Spring, Andrej Abplanalp on bass and Tschibu Casciero on drums.

Obituary - Darkest Day (Candelight Records/Stomp)

This album is a series of songs of love, loss and pain. Old masters of metal, Obituary, powerfully convey the violent energy (and sometimes hopelessness) of such feelings with ceaseless percussion, screechingly singing and thumping, doomful guitars, topped with Tardy’s distinctive, deathly vocals. This is classic Obituary – in a polished, well-produced release.

This latest album from death metal veterans, Obituary, is a powerful, solid production.  The team of the Tardy brothers (vocals and percussion) and bass and r

Dreamland - Exit 49 (Dockyard 1/Riot)

Another of example of how the 80s are kicking us up the arse and reminding us why we loved and still love 80s metal so much. Even if it is 'uncool' to admit it.
Release Date: 
25 Sep 2009 - 8:30am

I admit that I've not made a secret of the fact that I've great respect for all metal that makes its way out of Scandinavia!

Augury - Fragmentary Evidence (Nuclear Blast/Riot)

If performing double-kicks were an Olympic sport, the drummer for death metallers Augury would win a medal.

To be completely honest I had never heard of Augury until I listened to this album.