Formerly the mastermind of now-defunct Scottish act Askival, Andy Marshall introduces us to Falloch with this stunning debut. Joining forces with Scott McClean – his ex-band mate at Concept Of Time – the duo cause some monumental sonic rifts with ‘Where Distant Spirits Remain’.
After a time-out listening to more subtle musical pleasures, it’s always nice to be re-introduced into the weird, wonderful and plain fucking intense world of grind. Rebellious Canadians Fuck The Facts will certainly initiate you once again with ninth album ‘Die Miserable’. But while there’s plenty of grindcore out there that sounds more agonizing than putting your prolapsed anus on a pile of salt, these veterans prove they can have a scorched sound without disaster and with intelligence.
Anyone that remembers Korovakill will be quaking in their cult boots at the prospect of ‘PhantasmaChronica’s arrival. The Austrian act dabbled on the experimental fringes of black metal before fizzling into obscurity – falling off the musical map with a ten-year productive freeze.
The Virus Has Spread is the debut record of the North East’s very own Fallen Fate. Spinning this album a number of times brings the same reassuring conclusions about the four-piece. One – that this is an extraordinary initial attempt and two – it’s a record that could quite possibly restore the faith of anyone disillusioned with the rarity of belting thrash acts in the region.
Hammers Of Misfortune formed back in 2000 comprised of members from Slough Feg, Ludicra and L7. Ten years down the line and the Frisco act are here to bring us album number five and it’s definitely a one for old proggers.
We all know power metal can be outrageously melodramatic. Rather than regulate, Ukraine’s Morton are willing to embrace this fact with a debut record that would quite frankly rival Dragonforce when it comes to the allocated ‘cheese’ budget. Unfortunately as we also know – cheese is sometimes tasteful, sometimes bitter and on other occasions it grates.
@ Durham Live Lounge, October 20th 2011
Evile have been through some emotional times. The death of friend and bassist Mike Alexander in 2009 was such a hammer-blow for the four-piece that many wondered how they’d continue. A constant thought reoccured when watching them play their first live show in Durham – we’re glad they got through it.