Review: Orphaned Land – ‘All Is One’

Certainly, Orphaned Land are now Israel’s biggest heavy metal band. When the five-piece released last album ‘The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR’ in 2010, it seemed like the band were entering an even bigger phase of their careers. If anything, the quintet’s fifth studio album gives us a sense that their popularity could inflate even more in the coming years. Orphaned Land maintain their important message of peace in ‘All Is One’ and convey it with a charismatic multicultural mash-up of beautiful folk instrumentation, concise melodic metal and a grandiose orchestral backing.

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Interview with Enochian Theory

Enochian Theory embarked on a number of UK tour dates with The Enid and TesseracT this month. The talented trio are set to release ‘This Aching Isolation’ as a single on May 8th– from last year’s impeccable second album ‘Life…And All It Entails’. The Portsmouth band have been steadily gaining fanbase after the album widely impressed anyone with a penchant for prog, alt rock, metal and ambience in equal share. I interviewed the three-piece before the opening show of their tour with The Enid at The Cluny, Newcastle to find out more on the album’s impact, the band’s influential themes and their diverse demographic.

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Live Review: Leave Me Here Presents – All-Dayer of Metal

Not many people could complain about the lack of music events across the UK on the last weekend of April. While hordes of metalheads descended on Camden for the three-day Desertfest and others gathered at ‘Kin Hell Festival in Leeds, Newcastle was offering its own little slice of metal chaos in the form of Leave Me Here’s All-Dayer of pulverising metal…

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Introducing: Yellow Creatures

“It’s a strange and exotic creature and I hope over the years we can make some strange, exotic and unpredictable music.” Guitarist and vocalist Marc Bird is talking about the origins of the strange title that describes his band. Yellow Creatures have only just stepped onto the fringes of Newcastle’s music community, never mind the UK’s, but already the quartet have picked up their fair share of support…

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Review: Altar of Plagues – ‘Teethed Glory and Injury’

When Altar of Plagues emerged with first full-length album ‘White Tomb’ back in 2009, they were lazily touted as either ‘Ireland’s answer to Wolves In The Throne Room’ or oversimplified as ‘post-black metal’. Even when the band landed with second masterpiece ‘Mammal’ in 2011, the comparisons to the US band were still drawn out and the post-black tag stuck. In reality, there was little justification to do that. Altar of Plagues might have worked from a black metal framework and thrived from the ugly adversity of the style to bring their themes of urban oppression to life, but there was something else going on: the band were subtly shifting into further experimental textures upon that immortal second record.

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Obituary: Jeff Hanneman

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died this week at the age of 49, will be remembered as one of the pioneering greats of metal music. His contribution to metal has stretched beyond that of most musicians because of his trailblazing work in thrash metal, creating a unique style of blistering riffage and an uncompromising assortment of powerful, war-torn lyrics. Without a doubt, Hanneman’s legacy will continue to inspire and captivate generations down the line for years to come.

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Review: Àrsaidh – ‘Roots’

When Askival mastermind Andy Marshall announced that the Scottish band was no more in 2009, the news was received with equal bewilderment and sadness amongst fans. The one-man project released first album ‘Eternity’ earlier that year, showing great potential and especially catching the ear of black metal fans who simply prefer an escape into the beautiful wilderness of a dark British woodland space. A promising project ceased to exist…

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