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Pain: Coming Home (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland ‘Coming Home’ is the most recent album from Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy), their eighth, released in 2016. Tägtgren started Pain as a side project to bring together his interests of industrial and techno into metal, and in the studio provides all the music and vocals himself, with the rest of the guys being the live band. I…

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Ten: Heresy And Creed (2012)

Written by: Kev Rowland Back in the Nineties, one of the bands that were a real find for me were Ten, with their distinctive singer Gary Hughes. Alongside guitarist Vinny Burns they crafted one wonderful bombastic hard rock album after another, with Gary taking time out to record two wonderful solo albums (‘The Once and Future King’). But, for one…

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Stick Men: Prog Noir (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland Originally formed in 2008 by Tony Levin (Chapman Stick, vocals), Pat Mastelotto (drums) and Michael Bernier (Chapman Stick, vocals) (hence the band name), the line-up changed in 2010 with the departure of Bernier and the addition of Markus Reuter (touch guitars, vocals). This 2016 album was their fifth studio album, and comprises songs that were specially…

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Stick Men+: Midori (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland The reason for the “+” sign, is that here the trio of Levin, Mastelotto and Reuter have been joined by violinist/keyboard player David Cross. In April 2015 the quartet put on four concerts in Japan, and this double CD set captures the two shows from Tokyo, recorded on April 10th. With 19 songs, and nearly 140…

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Oh.: Metallia (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland ‘Metallia’ is the sixth release from Olivia Hadjiioannou, who kindly operates under the name “Oh.” so that us poor reviewers don’t have to keep copying and pasting her surname to make sure we spell it correctly. Before I even get onto the music on this six-track 25-minute-long EP, I must make a mention of the packaging….

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ArrowBridge: Sirius (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland I haven’t come across many bands from India, but here is the debut album from ArrowBridge, a band put together by guitarist Karthik Ram who was only 17 years old at the time. If that wasn’t unusual enough, he also managed to convince some guest musicians to get involved, including John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Dave Young…

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Cast The Stone: Empyrean Atrophy (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Cast The Stone is Mark Kloeppel (Misery Index, Scour with Phil Anselmo), Derek Engemann (ex-Cattle Decapitation, Scour), Jesse Schobel (Legend, ex-Scour) and vocalist Andrew Huskey. First formations of the band began in 2002, long before its protagonists departed for their better known metal-scene mainstays, and as a trio they released their debut album as long ago…

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