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27th September 2014

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"Catacombs" by Voice of the Soul - Album Review

“Catacombs” by Voice of the Soul – Album Review

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I’ve been a fan of Voice of the Soul since pretty much day one, and there are many embarrassing pictures that can attest to this (all of which involve either a shisha place or the Hard Rock Cafe in Kuwait…great, now I feel old). These buggers have been making music together since 2008, and finally, in 2014 we have a VotSfull-length record, and here I was wasting away to nothing but a skeletal…

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Tagged: Album ReviewCatacombsKareem ChehayebMiddle Eastern MetalMonish ShringiReviewVoice of the Soul

19th September 2014

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"World on Fire" by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators - Album Review

“World on Fire” by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators – Album Review

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Not many pieces of album cover art in history could boast appearances of God, The Simpsons, Mr. Krabbs, Ronald McDonald AND Mayor McCheese! Well…until now that is. Everyone’s favourite mop-haired riff-meister, Slash has put out another record, once again backed by sweet sounding banshee Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators(that ever famous backing band…y’know…them). I’m going to be honest, I would…

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14th September 2014

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"Heart of Fire" and "Faithless" by Black Veil Brides - Song Reviews

“Heart of Fire” and “Faithless” by Black Veil Brides – Song Reviews

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Black Veil Brides have always been a strange kettle of fish….that is if the fish in said kettle had tried emulating the fashion sense of Motley Crue, X Japan and the Sons of Anarchy before evidently settling down and toning down the corpse-paint. It’s definitely a step up from this:

But I digress. BVB(as they’re known in “the…

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Tagged: Andy BiersackBlack Veil BridesBlack Veil Brides IVBob RockChristian ComaJake PittsJames HetfieldJinxxReviewSong Review

10th September 2014

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"Wovenwar" by Wovenwar - Album Review

“Wovenwar” by Wovenwar – Album Review

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After former As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis went all OJ Simpson during what I call the “summer of psychopathic metal singers,” people were unsure of what would happen to the rest of San Diego metalcore titans (might as well have been with the size of Lambesis’ arms, fucking hell!) However, Jordan Mancino and co. have once again united, with new frontman Shane Blay of Oh Sleeperat the…

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Tagged: Albus DumbledoreAs I Lay DyingCharizardJordan MancinoJosh GilbertNick HipaPhil SgrossoRock LeeShane BlayTim LambesisWovenwar

8th September 2014

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"Maximum Overload" by DragonForce - Album review

“Maximum Overload” by DragonForce – Album review

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Much like Link from The Legend of Zelda series, I think that after each album cycle, DragonForce, can only function if they’re shredding their guitar-gasmic bollocks off or if they’re on enough cocaine to send a sumo wrestler into a coma. 2012’s “The Power Within” introduced new frontman Marc Hudsonand his positively soaring power tenor voice to the front, and he more than brings the thunder on

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Tagged: Album ReviewBetraying the MartyrsDragonForceFrozenHerman LiLet it GoMarc HudsonMatt HeafyMaximum OverloadReviewSam Totman

30th August 2014

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"Memoirs of a Murderer" - King 810, Album Review

“Memoirs of a Murderer” – King 810, Album Review

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Lack-lustre writing, prepare to be banished to the bland cesspit from where you managed to ascend. I’ve enjoyed far too much music coming out lately, and have been even more excited for upcoming albums (At the Gates, Machine Head etc. etc.) and was in much need of a negative review to keep myself on the right side of sanity. It was actually thanks to a glowing recommendation from Machine Headfro…

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27th August 2014

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Reset String - “Ancient Future” Album Review

Reset String – “Ancient Future” Album Review

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The Kuwait music scene is and always has been in state of fluctuation. At times, it’s causing more explosions than a direct hit on a fireworks factory, and at others it’s drier than Gandhi’s flip-flops. I had almost given up hope on hearing ANY original recordings coming out of my country of origin (a slight exaggeration but you get what I mean). That was until I listened to the debut offering…

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Tagged: Alice in ChainsAncient FutureAziz BaqerFahad Al-KhaldiKhaled Al-HashashKuwaitKuwait MusicNadeem RahimiReset StringThink Twice

30th July 2014

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Heartist - Manipulate Song Review

Heartist – Manipulate Song Review

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Before we begin big thanks for Tristan for doing the 3rd day Sonisphere review mainly for me! Although I am disappointed you didn’t see Dream Theater as they are one of my favourite bands. Also I’m incredibly jealous I didn’t get to Sonisphere this year as it is by far the best organised festival I’ve ever been to. Now onto another round of the game we call, reviewing a new song!

I stumbled…

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Tagged: Feeding FictionHeartistMetalcoreRoadrunner RecordsSong Review

29th July 2014

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Sonisphere 2014 - Day 3 Review

Sonisphere 2014 – Day 3 Review

So we come to the final day of

So we come to the final day of Sonisphere Festival (or at least the review, as the actual final day was nearly three weeks ago). This one’s going to be a bit shorter as:

  • I still hadn’t quite recovered from being a human barricade during Iron Maiden’s headline set the previous night.
  • I’m only really doing this last one to make Ben happy.

 

  1. ..lets get on with it…

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17th July 2014

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Sonisphere Festival 2014 - Day 2 Review

Sonisphere Festival 2014 – Day 2 Review

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Sonisphere Day 2. The Saturn Stage is open for business, and so begins the apparent metal bleep test brought on by alternate staging, causing fans to trudge from one to the other between acts. Also, alternate staging is a brilliant concept, as Peter Griffin would say:

Day 2 – Maiden England

Having dressed appropriately for the day (ie: Iron Maiden t shirt) I was greeted by the familiar…

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Tagged: AlestormAnthraxBabymetalBruce DickinsonFrank TurnerFrank Turner and the Sleeping SoulsGhostIron MaidenPapa EmeritusReviewSonisphereSonisphere FestivalSonisphere Festival 2014Steve HarrisThe Lounge KittensThe Winery Dogs