Posts Tagged ‘United Kingdom’

discharge_end-of-daysReview by Jeff Maki
——
Several months ago, I finally purchased Discharge’s classic album Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing on vinyl. I had been a fan of the U.K. hardcore band for years, but I had never owned the album in physical form. I listened to it over the next few days and thought to myself that my record collection is coming into form as I continue to fill in the punk and metal classics. Then only a few days later, Discharge announced it had signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast and was releasing a new studio album called End of Days. After an advance listen, I won’t be waiting nearly as long to pick this one up. (more…)

BFMV_160415_432 PUB

Bullet For My Valentine

UK metal juggernaut Bullet For My Valentine has released its brand new single, “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War),” from their highly anticipated new album, Venom, which is due out on August 14th via RCA Records. Fans are invited to pre-order the album today at this location. The band also announces that their new video for “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)” will be unveiled on Monday, June 29th. Hear it now inside!

(more…)

Cradle-of-filth-band-2015

Cradle of Filth, April 2015

Cradle Of Filth the UK’s most visionary and hellish outfit have unveiled the serene and alluring, yet harrowing cover artwork for their upcoming 11th studio album and opus nocturne entitled Hammer Of The Witches. See what vocalist Dani Filth has to say about the artwork and view it inside. (more…)

Subversion_animiReview by Jeff Maki
—–
Subversion is a five-piece U.K. band that plays a brand of syncopated technical death and experimental metal, comparable to Meshuggah, Born of Osiris and Veil of Maya. Its 2010 album, Lest We Forget (no, not Marilyn Manson’s greatest hits record), received high marks from the U.K. metal media, and a four-song EP called Transcend was released in 2013. The band said the new album, Animi (is that a Tool album title?), is “bigger, heavier and sprinkled with a mental amount of epic. We have retained what people loved about the first album and built upon that early foundation in a way that we hope will make you stand back and realize that we are back.” So I guess if you’ve heard the first album and are a fan, this is good news. Unfortunately, I have not. (more…)

Sylosis - Dormant Heart - ArtworkReview by Jeff Maki
—–
Having just released its stellar fourth album, Dormant Heart, Sylosis is like the U.K.’s answer to Trivium. And I mean that in a good way—Trivium is fucking awesome. Both bands formed in 2000, and though the layter has released two more albums up to this point, both bands’ sound draw heavily from their influences (Metallica, In Flames, Pantera, Machine Head, Iron Maiden, etc.), gaining momentum with each release and garnering more fans and airplay. While it’s hard to say where Trivium will go next in terms of popularity and airplay (its most recent album was produced by Disturbed’s David Draiman), Sylosis’ Dormant Heart (released Jan. 13, 2015) has been getting a lot of airplay on Music Choice and many other metal outlets. And with good reason. Despite my Trivium comparison and Sylosis being on a record label I work with regularly (Nuclear Blast), at one point I found myself asking, “Have I ever heard Sylosis?” or “Can I be diagnosed with it?” (more…)

COF-manticoreCradle of Filth’s discography can be divided into three eras. In the beginning, there were the underground black metal days that began with The Principle of Evil Made Flesh (1994) and ended around Midian (2000). After this, the symphonic goth-era saw the band reach its peak and expand commercially with a hit video, “Her Ghost in the Fog,” the goth-masterpiece Nymphetamine (2004), then end with the much maligned Thornography (2006). Cradle of Filth now resides in the post-Cradle-era, looking to find a new (or old) direction, or perhaps even reinvent itself. (more…)

Join Evile's "Cult"

Join Evile’s “Cult”

Are you Skeptical about Metallica’s collaboration with Lou Reed? Or maybe as great of an album as Death Magnetic was, you thought it was a tad overrated? Do you long for the days of Master of Puppets or … And Justice for All? Sure, you always could take a trip down memory lane by spinning those albums, or you could try listening to U.K. thrashers Evile. Hailed by many as one of the “New Big Four” of thrash metal, Evile—led by brothers Matt (rhythm guitarist/vocalist) and Ol Drake (guitarist)—recapture the glory of those classic albums while also taking thrash forward into the 21st century. (more…)

evile-serpentsOK, now with their third album, Five Serpent’s Teeth, can we argue that the U.K.’s Evile—hailed as one of the “New Big Four” of thrash metal—finally can put the comparisons to classic Metallica to rest?

No way—are you fucking kidding me? “Eternal Empire” clearly has shades of, if not a striking resemblance to “Disposable Heroes” within its thrashing notes, and the album closer, “Long Live the New Flesh,” sounds remarkably similar to a song that closed out a classic 1988 album. But you know what? That’s OK. Obviously, the band had its influences growing up, and if they naturally let these influences come up in their playing, then yes, you will hear familiar riffs and styles. (more…)

Anaal-Nathrakh-PassionAs a rabid, well-schooled extreme metal fan, I’m not easily intimidated, turned off or frightened by any band that crosses my path. I don’t want to say I’ve heard it all, but at this point, I’d say I’m damn close. That was until I heard Anaal Nathrakh, an extreme noise duo from the U.K., molding black, industrial and grind. Their sound is indescribable, twisting and dissecting all that is extreme into one sultry dish of pure, unbridled hatred and rage, oozing with disgust and disdain for the world in which we live. If you haven’t heard them, once you do, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll want to again. (more…)

V.I.T.R.I.O.L. spills his guts about 'Passion'

V.I.T.R.I.O.L.: “In the Blood”

As a rabid, well-schooled extreme metal fan, I’m not easily intimidated, turned off or frightened by any band that crosses my path. I don’t want to say I’ve heard it all, but at this point, I’d say I’m damn close. That was until I heard Anaal Nathrakh, an extreme noise duo from the U.K., molding black, industrial and grind. Their sound is indescribable, twisting and dissecting all that is extreme into one sultry dish of pure, unbridled hatred and rage, oozing with disgust and disdain for the world in which we live. If you haven’t heard them, once you do, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll want to again.

Interested yet?

Just as Anaal Nathrakh released its sixth album, Passion (Candlelight Records, May 23, 2011), Live Metal’s Jeff Maki put out a call to V.I.T.R.I.O.L. (Dave Hunt), the band’s vocalist, anxious to find out just what in the hell is wrong with these guys. (more…)

Paul Allender: "From the Cradle to the Abyss"

Paul Allender: “From the Cradle to the Abyss”

No introduction needed. On the 2011 Creatures of the Abyss tour, Live Metal’s Jeff Maki and Ryan Mavity sat down with longtime Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender to discuss the band’s beginnings all the way up to this particular dark and rainy present day. (more…)

COF-darklyLove of ‘em or hate ‘em, Cradle of Filth is back yet again. The band took a huge step in another direction with 2006’s Thornography (the album was met with Megadeth-Risk-like reactions), but returned to form with 2008’s Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder. Continuing along these lines is 2010’s Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa. (more…)