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WEST OF HELL, “SPIRAL EMPIRE” ALBUM REVIEW!

Although the seeds for West of Hell were sewn in 2002, it isn’t until now that their first album – the cross-genre, metal legacy focused Spiral Empire – is finding its way to the masses. Along the way the band has relocated from their home in West Auckland, New Zealand, to Vancouver, British Columbia; found the perfect vocalist, the mighty

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IHSAHN INTERVIEW, “EREMITA” ALBUM REVIEW!

On the heels of his finished trilogy, Ihsahn’s ‘Eremita’ is set to see a European release date of June 18, and June 19 in North America, via Candlelight records.  If you are deep into your Metal, then you’ve at least heard the name ‘Jens Bogren’.  For those who don’t know, Jens is on the fast track to becoming one of

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TRIBUNE, “ELDER LORE / THE DARK ARTS” ALBUM REVIEW!

I will admit-it took me a few listens to appreciate what this BC group is trying to do.  They are blending doom/prog/death/thrash and just for good measure-throw in some Alice in Chains type harmonies.  Vocalist Bryan Baker seems at home singing anything from throaty death growls to hardcore-esque verses and then harmonies.  Song after song on this offering is solid

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REVOCATION INTERVIEW BY METAL MARK!

Revocation has only been around since 2006, but have quickly become one of my favorite bands on the planet.  “Chaos Of Forms” was my top album of 2012, and I still stand by that decision! With each record they have progressed their sound beautifully and the future for these guys will be exciting to watch! I have been lucky enough

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MISGUIDED AGGRESSION, “FLOOD THE COMMON GROUND” ALBUM REVIEW!

I was immediately taken aback when the riffs of Winter Soldier hit me-Misguided Aggression have a statement to make and will do you very much bodily harm while making it!  This quintet, hailing from Ontario, is here to MAKE you rip your spine out while in the pit.  This album is awesomely precise and extremely well produced.  Every song is

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FAITHREAT, “THRASHING WITH THE STARS” ALBUM REVIEW!

Faithreat goes straight for the jugular from the opening riff.  This 8 song EP, from the thrash core band, hailing from Greece, clocks in at under 6 minutes-but never shows one precious second of mercy.  The riffs are furious, fast and reminiscent of old Suicidal Tendencies, S.O.D and  D.R.I.  The songs are dedicated to various actors such as Mitch Buchannon

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PRIMATE, “DRAW BACK A STUMP” ALBUM REVIEW

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, comes hardcore supergroup Primate and their debut EP “Draw Back a Stump,” which has been thankfully re-released this month by the good people at Relapse Records. Comprised of current and former members of Brutal Truth, The Despised, Javelina, and Mastodon, Primate deliver a blistering lesson in classic hardcore reflective of decades spent mastering the art. In

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SLEEP, “DOPESMOKER” ALBUM REVIEW

Sleep’s final release, Dopesmoker, is arguably the defining moment for stoner metal. The album is comprised of one song, over 60-plus minutes long, with cannabis-inflected themes; it doesn’t get any headier. The original release of the album was wrangled with challenges, from a four-year writing process to record label disapproval which contributed to the demise of the band. The sprawling title track

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MISS MAY I, “AT HEART” ALBUM REVIEW

Double-barrel blast beats are a perfect way to open an album, and metalcore upstarts Miss May I deliver on the title track that introduces their third release, At Heart. But this album is more than a crushing blow of an opening track; it is an intense, feral demonstration of rabid playing by the Ohioans, leaving vocalists’ Levi Benton and Ryan

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REVOCATION INTERVIEW BY METAL MARK!

Revocation has only been around since 2006, but have quickly become one of my favorite bands on the planet.  “Chaos Of Forms” was my top

PRIMATE, “DRAW BACK A STUMP” ALBUM REVIEW

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, comes hardcore supergroup Primate and their debut EP “Draw Back a Stump,” which has been thankfully re-released this month by the

SLEEP, “DOPESMOKER” ALBUM REVIEW

Sleep’s final release, Dopesmoker, is arguably the defining moment for stoner metal. The album is comprised of one song, over 60-plus minutes long, with cannabis-inflected themes; it

MISS MAY I, “AT HEART” ALBUM REVIEW

Double-barrel blast beats are a perfect way to open an album, and metalcore upstarts Miss May I deliver on the title track that introduces their