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August 31, 2020

As 21st century metal continues to evolve, few are as adaptable to change as Avatar. The Swedish giants have morphed into a multitude of lifeforms over their decade and a half long span. Yes, theatricality has remained the bands ultimate go-to, but as we reach a pivotal turning point for the five piece - their ability to change with the wind has never been more important. 

That wind change facing Avatar is, of course, the trials and tribulations o...

August 24, 2020

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Since its formation in the blood, beer, and various other liquids stained walls of underground clubs across East and West Coast North America - hardcore has always managed to reinvent itself. Sure, the amount of face lifts the genre has undergone has sometimes begged the question of what hardcore actually is: early adopters Cro-Mags sound nothing like late 90's extremists Converge. Ironically though, it's this leve...

August 15, 2020

As death metal continues to maintain a strong following, bands like This Is Endless remain an important part of the framework. The sub genre was never built for all conquering accessibility, instead its survival has hinged on a consistent stream of bands that execute the blueprint with aplomb - something the five piece pull off on Formations Of A World Below

With that said though, to their credit, This Is Endless make specific effort t...

August 6, 2020

Your inability to nail down exactly where Swedish five piece Avatar sit on the metal spectrum has, somewhat oddly, always worked in their favour. The Swedes chameleon like act has seen them fleet from tongue in cheek, performance lead escapades on the likes of 2012's Black Waltz to more technical, progressive ventures with Feathers & Flesh [2016]. Though often unpredictable in their output - the quintets ace up their sleeve has often been th...

July 24, 2020

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It's not an overly grandiose claim to make that Bleed From Within's career can quite literally be split into two halves. From sonically, to line up & behind the scenes settings - the Scots have lead an almost Clarke Kent like double life: from the rough around the edges deathcore outfit - to front runners of modern British Metal, the five piece re-galvanised two years ago and never looked back. 

New record Fracture was...

June 4, 2020

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Picture the scene: it's the early 2000's, nu metal is still the biggest thing, Metallica are about to release St Anger, and the concept of streaming hadn't even been thought of yet - strange times indeed. If you did manage to make it to an extreme metal tour in this period, you may have seen 5 inexperienced kids take to the stage in Hawaiian shirts, and possibly be one of the first bands ever to play a death metal...

June 1, 2020

Similar to Architects' 2018 opus Holy Hell - you'd have to search far and wide to find someone who isn't willing The Ghost Inside's return to be a home run. The tragedy they suffered that you're probably already aware of (Google if not) in the back end of 2015 means that realistically: the fact we're listening to new music from the five piece at all is a miracle, anything more than that is a bonus. 

Admittedly that makes objectivity a ch...

May 23, 2020

Birthed in the mid 2000's, Colorado's Havok under normal circumstances would have had their work cut out for them in their quest to make themselves future stalwarts of thrash metal. You'll remember that as we were reaching the middle of the naughties, Nu Metal had arguably already peaked - and the new wave of American heavy metal was in full swing. The likes of Lamb Of GodKillswitch Engage, Machine Head, and Devildriver had charged through...

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