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20140119





Iced Earth - Plagues Of Babylon (2014)
Century Media Records -- Running Time 61:07


Although I was always aware of the name, I was late to the party because I didn't get into Iced Earth properly until Tim 'Ripper' Owens joined as vocalist about a decade ago. Since then I have collected all of their albums and DVD's and even though founding member John Schaffer prefers to keep what I politely...
 
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20140112





Midnite Hellion - Hour Of The Wolf Single (2013)
Witches Brew / ClawHammer PR -- Running Time 10:26


I first became aware of New Jersey Traditional Metallers Midnite Hellion at the tail end of 2012 when their track 'Spirit Possession' was included on Brutiful Metal Radio's huge, free compilation album download. That was a pretty decent track but since then there have been some lineup changes...
 
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20140112





Annie Sails Sorrow - Drifter EP (2013)
Self Released -- Running Time 16:03


Annie Sails Sorrow (Or ASS as they seem to like to be known) are a Modern Melodic Hardcore band and are based in the Eastern Oregon/Washington area of the US and what we have here is their five track 'Drifter' EP. Now you should all know me well enough by now to be aware that Metalcore and Hardcore is not really 'my...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 458
20140107





Fury - Burn The Earth EP (2012)
Independent -- Running Time 22:29


Well, I've just reviewed the first EP from Fury so it seems only fair to review the second as well. 'Burn The Earth' was originally released in 2012 and it pretty much continues where the Fury EP left off, but with added maturity, refinement and style. In other words this also kicks ass. There are four tracks on 'Burn The...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 438
20140106





Fury - Fury EP (2011)
Independent -- Running Time 24:40


As if I haven't got enough to do with upcoming 2014 releases plus still having plenty from 2013 to catch up on, I've also been sent a good number of albums and EP's, all released over the last 2-3 years, from up and coming bands who are starting to get regular Festival slots and wider recognition amongst other things. Some are already...
 
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20140106





Insomnium - Ephemeral Single (2013)
Century Media Records -- Running Time 11:04


Two years on from their last album 'One For Sorrow' Finland's Insomnium return with their new single 'Ephemeral' in anticipation of a full album due in 2014. Insomnium have always been a peripheral band for me. I've listened to their previous albums and liked them without ever becoming a big fan only because you...
 
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20140106





Baroness - BBC: Live At Maida Vale 'Studio 4' EP (2013)
Relapse Records -- Running Time 19:21


On the 15th August 2012 the tour bus that was transporting Baroness and some crew members crashed terribly on its way to Southampton, UK where they were due to perform. As horrible as the crash was, it was an absolute miracle that no-one was killed that night and even though two band members have...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 412
20140104





Anubis Gate - Sheep EP (2013)
Nightmare Records -- Running Time 20:20


No-one has asked me to review this free EP from Progressive Metal heavyweights Anubis Gate, but when a band as good as this decide to release a free twenty minute EP, for the fans, because they didn't quite have their new album ready on time then the very least I can do is give it some exposure! Included with the EP the...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 570
20140103





T-Machines - Doomed EP (2013)
DigMetalWorld Records -- Running Time 12:32


This is going to be a fairly brief review because 'Doomed' is only four tracks in length and they aren't very long so... as much as I admire record labels, such as DigMetalWorld, for giving us access to music we might not usually hear, repeatedly calling this a debut album in the PR blurb doesn't wash with me. At just...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 864
20140103





CADAVERIA - Horror Metal (Undead Edition) (2013)
Bakerteam Records -- Running Time 58:13


Rick was naughty again and had a pre-conceived idea of what Italian band CADAVERIA would sound like, based on their look, artwork and obviously the name of the album. I was expecting something much more Lordi style 'Shock Rock'! What I wasn't expecting was a very heady mix of Black, Death and proper...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 492
20140102





Warbringer - IV: Empires Collapse (2013)
Century Media Records -- Running Time 41:36


Happy New Year everybody. I've got such a huge pile of albums and EP's to review that you'll be getting a fair few from 2013 mixed in with the brand new stuff over the coming weeks but when they are as enjoyable as Warbringer's fourth album 'IV: Empires Collapse' then who cares!

If you don't already...
 
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20131223





Lunar Explosion - Self-Titled (2013)
Scarlet Records -- Running Time 50:07


If you don't know, by now one of my favourite genres within the rock and metal world is power metal. I know it gets a lot of stick, but when it's done well it's brilliant so having received Italian band Lunar Explosion's self titled debut album to review and seeing that they had been signed by Scarlet Records my expectations...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 492
20131222





Wretched Soul - Veronica (2013)
Dark Lord Records -- Running Time 40:15


Wretched Soul were formed in Canterbury, Kent, UK in late 2008 and with some relentless gigging under their belts, including a very good performance at Bloodstock Festival in 2012 (I know it was good because I was there watching them) they have now released their debut album 'Veronica'. If you've seen Wretched Soul labelled...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 825
20131221





Deicide - In The Minds Of Evil (2013)
Century Media Records -- Running Time 35:13


Deicide are back with their 11th Studio album 'In The Minds Of Evil' and even though it's not a classic it's definitely something of a return to form for 'Glen Benton' and his death metal cohorts!

I'm not going to get bogged down here but get straight to the it! Plus points on this new album are many....
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 530
20131215





Buffalo Summer - Self Titled (2012)
Cargo Records -- Running Time 35:33


This debut, self titled album from Buffalo Summer has actually been out for a while now, but it was digitally released fairly recently on all of the usual platforms and considering what a great 2013 the band have had, now is as good a time as any for me to add comment, plus the fact I was only sent this to review a few...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 580
20131213





Butcher Babies - Goliath (2013)
Century Media Records -- Running Time 41:39


In an age when females can become 'celebrities', 'famous' and seen as role models by a young and easily manipulated society by simply going out and being photographed getting out of a car sans underwear and usually having nothing in the way of talent, (unless you call a set of ugly plastic tits 'talent') then I was...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 812
20131210





Relentless - Souls Of Charon (2013)
Do Or Die Records -- Running Time 34:53


When I saw the band name, logo, album title and artwork I had high hopes about the debut album from Chicago, Illinois band Relentless. Whether, these days, at just under thirty five minutes in length you can call it an album and not an EP is another matter but anyway! Knowing that Do Or Die Records are a small independent...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 562
20131210





Heart Of A Coward - Severance US 2CD Edition (2013)
Century Media Records
Running Time CD1 36:15 -- Running Time CD2 28:18 -- Total Running Time 64:33


It's only about a year since Heart Of A Coward's debut album 'Hope And Hindrance' but they are already back with sophomore release 'Severance' and what a difference a year has made! I got the debut free as a covermount CD on Metal Hammer...
 
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20131209





Shatter Messiah - Hail The New Cross (2013)
Mausoleum Records/Rock N Growl Promotion -- Running Time 38:04


Shatter Messiah! Now there is a name I didn't think I would hear of again. Their first two albums 'Never To Play The Servant' (2006) and 'God Burns Like Flesh (2007) were excellent slabs of US Thrash/Power Metal, similar in style to Nevermore. It has now been six years since the second...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 596
20131209





Denners Trickbag - Self Titled (2013)
Target Records -- Running Time 40:08


Now this is a very interesting little album and completely unexpected. If the name 'Denner' rings any bells, and it certainly did with me, then firstly, yes it is that 'Michael Denner' and it won't be what you're expecting if you know him from his Mercyful Fate and King Diamond days, or indeed the 'Force Of Evil' project,...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 466
20131207





Ironclad - Strike & Ravage EP (2013)
Violent Journey Records -- Running Time 18:00


Unpretentious Heavy Metal/Rock 'N' Roll is what Ironclad, from Finland, provide on their four track EP 'Strike & Ravage' and even though it won't win any awards for originality it's done with sincerity and a great deal of kick ass fun! Coming across like Motorhead jamming with Running Wild and Grave Digger...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 640
20131207





Assignment - Inside Of The Machine (2013)
Mausoleum Records/Rock N Growl Promotion -- Running Time 68:13


'Inside Of The Machine' is the third album from German Progressive/Power Metal band Assignment. At nearly seventy minutes in length it is a vast concept album about the trials, tribulations and life struggles of main character 'Nick'. There is actually so much happening here that it takes...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 790
20131206





Paradise Lost - Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities) (2013)
Century Media -- Running Time 57:32


I have to be honest but I was a late convert to the wonders of Paradise Lost. Obviously I have heard many tracks but it wasn't until about five years ago that I began to delve more deeply and start to get some of their albums! Seeing them live a couple of years back was also a revelation. Therefore...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 529
20131130





Pinkish Black - Razed To The Ground (2013)
Century Media Running Time 42:56


I don't know if it's just me getting the opportunity to listen to a wider variety of music now that I am reviewing, but Century Media do seem to be signing a more diverse mixture of bands and projects lately. A point in question is the sophomore album 'Razed To The Ground' from Pinkish Black (another 'unusual' band...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 860
20131129





The Browning - Hypernova (2013)
Earache Records/Century Media -- Running Time 46:11


Before I get going properly can I ask this? What possessed these guys to call themselves 'The Browning'? I hope there is a good reason because otherwise it's an awful name. If someone can enlighten me then please do! I've not heard of this lot before but they do have two EP's and a debut album 'Burn The World'...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 588
20131129





Kill Devil Hill - Revolution Rise (2013)
Century Media -- Running Time 54:32


As soon as I first heard about plans for Kill Devil Hill I had a feeling it was going to be good. Much like fellow 'Supergroup' Adrenaline Mob it really piqued my interest and the fact that both bands extensively toured together in 2012 says something about the quality of the musicians taking part.

'Revolution...
 
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20131127





Symbolic -Scarvest (2013 Re-Release)
Twin Peak Records -- Running Time 42:59

'Melodic Death Metal'! When you see it written down it always looks weird. Melodic and Death are two words that really shouldn't work musically, but there have been plenty of bands over the years who have made it so. When you look back 'At The Gates', 'In Flames' and 'Dark Tranquility' probably stand out most as being...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 603
20131127





Hybris - Heavy Machinery (2013)
Candlelight Records -- Running Time 45:10


I was surprised when I heard earlier this year that vocalist James 'Duke Fang' Begley had left Iron Knights (aka Stuka Squadron), but you cannot keep a good man down and it has given him the opportunity to sink his long teeth into the other band he is a member of, London based 'Hybris'. Debut album 'Heavy Machinery'...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 968
20131126





Vattnet Viskar - Sky Swallower (2013)
Century Media Records -- Running Time 37:35


What is the difference between a bad album and one that personally doesn't hit the mark? 'Sky Swallower', the debut album from New Hampshire based Black Metal outfit Vattnet Viskar offers the perfect example! Vattnet Viskar have been around just over three years and in that time have amassed a fairly large following...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 486
20131125





Dunkelnacht - Revelatio (2013)
WormHoleDeath/WormHoleDeath Japan/Aural Music -- Running Time 42:49


I really wasn't sure what to expect from Dunkelnacht and their album 'Revelatio'. Firstly they are from Lille, France and with all due respect that country it doesn't have the richest population of decent metal bands and secondly they are described on their Facebook page as Black/Death/Extreme...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 669
20131123






Rainover - Transcending The Blue And Drifting Into Rebirth (2013)
WormHoleDeath/DreamCell11/Aural Music -- Running Time 44:45

According to the press blurb sent with this album Rainover used to be
called 'Remembrances' who were formed in 2003 and released an album in 2006
called 'Crystal Tears'. It then says that in 2011 four of the band members decided to
part ways with...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 661
20131118





Saxon - Unplugged And Strung Up (2CD Edition) (2013)
UDR/Militia Guard Music
Running Time CD1 65:07 -- CD2 59:36 -- Total Running Time 124:43


Some of you will already know that Saxon are my favourite band (and have been since 1982), of course, others will not, but I treat any review with as much honesty as I possibly can. Truthfully, I would buy their shopping list if they released it,...
 
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20131116





Absolva - Beyond Live Fan Pack (DVD, CD & More) (2013)
Rocksector Records Total Running Time DVD 84:27, CD 59:00


If you're a regular reader of my reviews at Brutiful Metal Radio then you'll know what a big fan I am of classic metal band Absolva. I've reviewed their superb album 'Flames Of Justice', interviewed them and seen them live twice this year. In Rocksector Records they are also on...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 666
20131116





Stone Magnum - From Time...To Eternity (2013)
Rest In Peace Records -- Running Time 47:20


Doom merchants Stone Magnum, from Michigan City, Indiana, have returned with their second album 'From Time...To Eternity'. This was released earlier in the year but a European two Disc Edition (which includes the debut album) has recently come out on 'Witches Brew Records' as well!

I have...
 
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20131116





Voodoo Terror Tribe - A Walk In Hell EP (2013)
Independent -- Running Time 21:37


Voodoo Terror Tribe have been around since 2005 releasing albums and EP's but this is my first contact with the band who are from Rockaway, New Jersey. By all accounts their sound has mutated over the years and new EP 'A Walk In Hell' has arrived to show where they currently are musically, although giving you...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 800
20131116





Raging Age - Regions Of Sorrow (2013)
WormHoleDeath Records -- Running Time 42:23


Raging Age are a Death Metal four piece from Italy and 'Regions Of Sorrow' is their debut album which was released earlier this year. Formed, and releasing a demo, in 2011 the band have wasted no time getting this CD out whilst performing plenty of gigs and Festivals in their home country.

Raging...
 
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20131115





Slam Cartel - Handful Of Dreams (2011)
Self-Released -- Running Time 59:03


"We sound like Heaven, we feel like God's burning a hole into your heart, we play like demons, and we smell like Rock 'n' Roll"

The above is written on the inside sleeve of 'Handful Of Dreams' the debut album from Slam Cartel which was released in 2011. It also appears on their website and Facebook page...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 619
20131115






Meta-Stasis - When The Mind Departs The Flesh (2012)
Depraved Records -- Running Time 47:19


I have a hugely wide ranging taste when it comes to metal and rock but Meta-Stasis are right on the outer limits of the scale, in fact they probably tip that scale and go scurrying off into the distance like a mutated alien. Debut album 'When The Mind Departs The Flesh' is BRUTAL stuff. 'Extreme,...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 554
20131110





Schemata Theory - Dry Lung Rhetoric (2012)
Self-Released/ABAF Records -- Running Time 55:12


This is the definition of Schemata Theory courtesy of ETEC 510;
"A scema (plural: schemata) is an abstract structure of knowledge, a mental representation stored in memory upon which all information processing depends. It may represent knowledge at different levels, e.g. cultural truths, linguistic...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 684
20131110





Skreamer - Blackened Earth (2013)
Self-Released/Skreamer Music -- Running Time 38:33


Skreamer, another of the bands that had me cranking my neck for the first time at the 'Rock & Metal Circus Festival', are a young four-piece Modern Metal outfit based in London. Possessor of one of the most intense singer/guitarists I have witnessed for a long time! (and an incredible head of hair as well),...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 659
20131108





Balls Deep - A Thousand Nights (2013)
Self-Released -- Running Time 40:29


'Balls Deep'! That has to be a strong contender for 'Band Name Of The Year' and if you have seen this four piece from Stoke-On-Trent, UK gig then you'll know why. They are another of the bands that crossed my path for the first time at the recent Rock & Metal Circus Festival and the enthusiasm and energy that they produced...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 854
20131106





Franklin Zoo - Untamed (2013)
Self-Released -- Running Time 46:49


If someone had given me 'Untamed', the debut album from Danish group Franklin Zoo about ten years ago I would probably have given it a listen and passed. You regulars out there will know that, hell I'm going to have to write the word, 'Grunge' is not my 'thing' and it pretty much nailed the coffin lid on Rock & Metal in the...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 551
20131106





Turisas - 2013 (2013)
Century Media Records -- Running Time 39:47


I first saw Turisas live a few years back supporting Dragonforce (around the time of their second album 'The Varangian Way'). They bettered DF that night, are an incredible live band, and both my wife and I walked away from the gig converted to the ways of Turisas Red & Black! I went out and bought both albums released up to...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 551
20131028





Toadstool - The Visitors EP (2012)
Self-Released -- Running Time 15:30


Here we have the second Toadstool EP 'The Visitors', which was released at the tail end of 2012. It features the same four piece lineup as on the debut Alex Macaskill (vocals and bass), Jack Porteous (rhythm guitar), Nick Ingram (lead guitar) and Dave Meadows (drums) and even though there are a few small changes musically...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 569
20131028





Toadstool - Self-Titled EP (2010)
Self-Released -- Running Time 20:11

Gloucestershire, UK based Toadstool are another of the bands that I was introduced to for the first time on my recent festival trip for Brutiful and they very kindly gave me both of their EP's to listen to. First up is their debut from 2010 and if you like a good dose of very early Rush mixed with a smattering of Led Zep all...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 587
20131027






Norhod - The Blazing Lily (2013)
Wormholedeath Records -- Running Time 45:07

Here we have the debut album from Italian Symphonic/Orchestral/Operatic Metal seven piece Norhod and even though I think we are seeing far too many bands of this type it's still a very good album. If you like metal in the vein of After Forever, ReVamp, Nightwish, Tarja or even the lighter side of Cradle of Filth...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 563
20131026





Starbreeze - N7 (2013)
Self-Released -- Running Time 47:28


I found out about the Starbreeze project and 'N7' album through 'Nikita Merzlyakov' (keyboard maestro and principle member of excellent Russian power metal band Hammerforce). As Nikita also sings on this album, as well as arranging much of the music and handling mixing and mastering duties at his home studio, I was very interested...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 1058
20131025





Diamond Plate - Pulse (2013)
Century Media/Earache -- Running Time 40:27

Chicago based Diamond Plate return with their sophomore album 'Pulse' and this time they also have a new vocalist/bassist 'Matt Ares'. Signed very early on by Earache after a couple of very promising EP's they released their thrash laden debut 'Generation Why?' in 2010 and even though it was good it didn't quite live up to...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 566
20131024





Temple Of Void - Demo MMXIII (2013)
Self- Released/The Metal Detector Music Promotions -- Running Time 23:19


Temple Of Void are a very new five piece Death/Doom Metal band hailing from Detroit, Michigan and as the title suggests this is a Demo! Make sure you say that out loud plenty of times when you hear it because this is the best quality demo I've ever heard. Massive amounts of credit...
 
by Brutiful_ViXn - Comments: 0 - Views: 739
20131024





Splintered Soul - Festival EP (2012)
Self-Released -- Running Time 15:06


Splintered Soul are a band I first heard at the recent Rock & Metal Circus Festival and with a full length debut album 'Lore' imminent I am reviewing their 'Festival EP' from 2012 which was released specifically to tie in with their live festival appearances from last year including Bloodstock! Splintered Soul describe...
 
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