Last year, Killswitch Engage announced that Howard Jones had left the band. The singer – who had been with the US five-piece for nine-years – left a great legacy among Killswitch fans, but it was a twist in the tale that many weren’t quite expecting. So you can imagine their surprise when original vocalist Jessie Leach – who performed on Killswitch’s seminal debut album – stepped in to fill the enigmatic frontman’s shoes.
Third album in, Sweden’s Marionette find themselves sailing down more accessible musical tributaries with ‘Nerve’. You’ve heard plenty of Swedish melodeath in the past – so what sets this sextet apart from the reams of Gothenburg acts? Well, what defined Marionette on their two previous records was their astute concentration on melody – a focus we were aware of that could bring a more mainstream broth to the boil.
What The Night Brings – we’d be lying if we said it was the most mind-blowing, inventive of band names and we’d also be telling porkies if we were to say the same about this second EP by the Buckinghamshire band.
Arcite position themselves on regional borderlines with this debut EP release and we don’t mean geographically.
Miami, Florida might often be associated with lager-swilling, jock pin-heads at Spring Break but when it comes to metal, the region has always remained a forte for death metal. This is where Black Tide come in and prove that they don’t entirely stratify themselves to fit the mold in either sense.
Battlecross – the name has a certain power to it that connotes something big is about to be dished out and it’s going to come in chunky proportions. Unfortunately these Michigan natives have failed to do so on this re-issued debut now re-named Pursuit Of Honour.
@ Newcastle Trillians, May 2 2011
This is The Defiled’s first chance to really impress at a regional and more intimate level after they did enough to gain much critical acclaim following the release of Grave Times in February.