Album Review: Whispered – Metsutan – Songs of the Void

It’s happened. Actually, it happened a long time ago and I’m only just finding out, but it’s happened none the less; Samurai metal has joined the historical themed metal sub-genre battlefields. In 2010, Finland’s Whispered threw the Scandinavian scene a curve ball with their debut album by exploring a Japanese theme rather than following the traditional Viking route. Six years later (and apparently twelve since the birth of the band), Whispered are preparing to release their new album, Metsutan – Songs of the Void. Continue reading “Album Review: Whispered – Metsutan – Songs of the Void”

Review: Realm Of The Damned (Graphic Novel)

Of all the art forms metal has escaped into, graphic novels continue to elude me. I’ve played Brutal Legend, watched Metalocalypse, seen album  art displayed in festival “galleries,” but I’ve never read a metalised graphic novel. Enter Realm Of The Damned, what is essentially nearly 150 pages of extreme metal album cover material. Continue reading “Review: Realm Of The Damned (Graphic Novel)”

Why You Should Buy A Ticket For Bloodstock 2016

Bloodstock is easily the best metal festival I’ve been to in the UK. That’s easy to type because it’s the only other full on metal festival I’ve been to in the UK excluding the day long North of the Wall in Glasgow. My other festival jaunts include Download and Sonisphere, and despite the size and pedigree of the bands, they haven’t got a patch on a wee festival around Walton on Trent.

Here are five reasons you should consider buying a ticket this year. Continue reading “Why You Should Buy A Ticket For Bloodstock 2016”

Rants: Why Metal Sub-Genres Matter

There’s a good chance you’ve seen this kind of comment if you’ve been foolish enough to scroll down on Youtube or click on the comments on Facebook. It’s usually posted when the video/posts subject surrounds a certain sub-genre of metal, be it something as simple as good old fashioned power metal through to the combos of blackened death metal and so on. The comment is usually along the lines of “we don’t need sub-genres, it’s all metal maaaaan” and other clichéd bollocks. Perhaps they go on to show off their expansive music taste from jazz through to rap, bemoaning those who don’t like the same amount of music they do, but that’s a different rant. Continue reading “Rants: Why Metal Sub-Genres Matter”

5 Non-Metal Songs That Could Be Metal Songs

These kind of lists crop up all the time so it’s about time one appeared here. This isn’t a list of the most metal non-metal artists though (Robert Johnson selling his soul and dying howling would take that), nor is it a list of songs with deep or heavy subjects. This is a list of songs that would transfer to easily to metal if you played sections/the whole thing as written but with heavier instruments. Continue reading “5 Non-Metal Songs That Could Be Metal Songs”

Rants: Bullshit Moves By Festivals

For my money, festivals are one of the best ways to spend a weekend. If I had more money I would gladly hit as many of the Euro festivals (and beyond) as possible each year, sadly I don’t have that luxury and have to settle for one or two moments of triumph in summer.

However, it isn’t all bands, beer and fun. I mean it mostly is, but there’s always a few issues petty people will take issue with, and as a petty person I have compiled a short list of those annoyances. Continue reading “Rants: Bullshit Moves By Festivals”

Album Review: Diamond Head – Diamond Head

It’s always strange when a band with decades under their belt release a self-titled album, I’m almost surprised to find that Diamond HeadDiamond Head isn’t already a thing along with Iron MaidenIron Maiden and Black SabbathBlack Sabbath. Yet here we are in 2016 and Diamond Head Diamond Head is about to drop and from our quick listen, it’s worthy of the prestigious name. Continue reading “Album Review: Diamond Head – Diamond Head”

Album Review: Game Over – Crimes Against Reality

Of all the numerous subgenres of metal, thrash is probably the one enjoying the biggest resurgence. The so called new wave of thrash metal has been in full swing for years now, and despite producing some generic metal by numbers, it has also spawned the likes of Game Over who have just released their latest album, Crimes Against Reality. Continue reading “Album Review: Game Over – Crimes Against Reality”