May 09

Band of the Month: The Black Monolith

The Black Monolith (photo 2)

The brainchild of ex-Bhelliom guitarist Damien Ng, The Black Monolith is his old school rock ‘n’ roll project. What started off as a solo project has now become a full-fledged band, and the results speak for itself with the band’s debut, self-titled album (which was released on 1 April, and will be launched at their album release party this coming 23rd May). We catch up with the band to find out more about the dynamics behind the writing of The Black Monolith, as well as some history behind the band.

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Apr 19

Albums of the Month – March 2015

March was a much quieter month than the first two months of 2015, though we did see a number of high profile releases including the new Enslaved (which completely kicked ass), Moonspell and Psycroptic. Anyway, here are our picks for albums of March 2015:

Nocturnalia – Above Below Within (23/3/2015)

Nocturnalia - Above Below WithinPreviously known as NocturnalAbove Below Within is this Swedish outfit’s sophomore full length album, and the first one under their new moniker Nocturnalia. If you thought that their debut Nocturnal was good, Above Below Within sees this psychedelic/occult rock band take things up a notch. With influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to Deep Purple or even Pink Floyd, one instantly knows that he is in for one hell of a trip.

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May 17

Outre – Ghost Chants

Outre - Ghost Chants

Outre [Poland]
Ghost Chants
2015
Full Length
Godz ov War Productions/Third Eye Temple
Black Metal

Polish black metal merchants Outre has already proven their worth on their 2013 releases, Tranquility EP and their split with Thaw. Yet it is this year’s debut full length Ghost Chants that the band finally unleashes the full extent of their wrath upon fans of black metal, with 7 ritualistic, trance-inducing chapters to their opus.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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May 13

George Kollias – Invictus

George Kollias - Invictus

George Kollias [Greece]
Invictus
2015
Full Length
Season of Mist
Death Metal

With his reputation as the drummer for such acts as Nile, it is hard to shake off that association even when it comes to George Kollias‘ solo band. This year sees the release of his debut, solo full length album, Invictus and on top of handling the drums, George Kollias proves his ability as a versatile musician through handling all instruments and vocals on Invictus as well, giving fans of his works even more reason to accord him the highest levels of respect.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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May 03

HMT MOVIE CLUB: The Last: Naruto the Movie

Naruto_the_Last,_Hinata_confirmationI am definitely in a state of mourning. As we all know, the Naruto Manga series has finally come to an end…after a weird as fuck final battle arc. We got to know who and who had the sex, and what they become in their future.

Here’s the last Naruto movie, or so they claim for now…and my body is pumped up with hormones of mixed emotions of excitement and great despair.

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May 01

Holycide – Toxic Mutation

Holycide - Toxic Mutation

Holycide [Spain]
Toxic Mutation
2015
EP
Xtreem Music
Thrash Metal

Dave Rotten is a name that is known more for his brutal death metal projects and for running the excellent Spanish extreme metal label Xtreem Music. Having personally already heard his works on bands like AvulsedChrist Denied and Putrevore among many others, it is indeed quite interesting to hear him finally break out of his typecast as a death metal force to reckon with. Instead of the usual brutal death metal style of his other projects, Holycide instead presents a sound that leans more towards the speed and recklessness of old school thrash metal, with Toxic Mutation being the band’s brand new EP release. So can Dave Rotten live up to the hype created?

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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