Dec 01

Tech-Death Madness: Interviews with Archspire and Beyond Creation

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It’s tech-death double bill month as we bring to you two of the most highly technical death metal heroes of the year, Archspire and Beyond Creation. While each band presents different face of tech-death – Archspire‘s brutal and intense style vis-a-vis Beyond Creation‘s neoclassical inspired style, the brilliance exuded by each of their latest masterpieces, The Lucid Collective and Earthborn Evolution respectively leaves one wondering what it is in Canadian waters that is spawning such musical excellence.

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Archspire
Beyond Creation

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Dec 21

Album Review: Alkira – Juggernaut

Alkira - Juggernaut

Alkira [Australia]
Juggernaut
2014
Full Length
Independent
Thrash/Groove Metal

Hot on the heels of their excellent EP, Red Devil last year, Alkira this year drops their full length album Juggernaut, a 50-odd minute, erm, juggernaut release. With the hype that the band has managed to create with the energetic material on Red DevilJuggernaut was certainly one of the releases that I looked forward to after my encounter with Red Devil. Yet, can these Aussies live up to expectations after a great 2013?

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Dec 14

Album Review: Alkira – Red Devil

Alkira - Red Devil

Alkira [Australia]
Red Devil
2013
EP
Independent
Thrash Metal

Thrash revival has hit Australia fast and hard, with all the recent discoveries of thrash gems coming out of the region. With Mason performing their first gig outside of Australia last week, my interest in thrash from Down Under has intensified. And while technically speaking Alkira were here (in Singapore) before Mason on their performance with Havok, it wasn’t until very recently that I finally got to listen to their 2013 EP, Red Devil.

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Dec 12

Album Review: Greensleeves – Inertial Frames

Greensleeves - Inertial Frames

Greensleeves [Brazil]
Inertial Frames
2014
Full Length
Independent
Progressive Metal

Brazil, a country more known for their primitive, barbaric forms of extreme metal acts such as Sarcofago and Sepultura to more melodic acts such as Angra and Almah. Greensleeves fits more comfortably in the latter end of the spectrum with their melodic, but progressive style of metal, with Inertial Frames being the band’s second full length album in a career that has lasted more than 20 years. So, what does 21 years of cumulative musical experience sound like?

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Dec 10

Album Review: Sidious – Revealed in Profane Splendour

Sidious - Revealed in Profane Splendour

Sidious [UK]
Revealed in Profane Splendour
2014
Full Length
Kaotoxin Records
Symphonic Black/Death Metal

Previously playing under the moniker of Seed of Detest, UK symphonic black/death metal outfit Sidious reveals their brand new name and image, this year dropping their debut full length album Revealed in Profane Splendour. With the lineup comprising four-fifths of Eye of Solitude, yet another excellent death/doom metal band, Sidious‘ debut is surely an exciting release for fans of the aforementioned, with vocalist Daniel instead going behind the drum kit for Revealed in Profane Splendour.

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Dec 09

Interview with Aussie thrashers, Mason

Mason logo

With their performance last night with Revocation in Singapore, Mason are now officially an international band, with 8 more dates in Indonesia to complete their War Across Asia tour, in support of their debut album, Warhead. We managed to get the opportunity to sit down with the band to talk to them about their music and their passion.

Mason war across asia

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