No Funeral/Livid – Split (Review)

No Funeral LividNo Funeral and Livid are both from the US and have joined up for this split release.

No Funeral are up first, offering two tracks lasting 19 minutes. I haven’t encountered No Funeral before, but their sludgy doom is so laden with Continue reading

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The Shape – The World Away (Review)

The ShapeThe Shape are a US metal band and this is their fourth album.

Mixing modern metal, metalcore, thrash metal, nu-metal, and groove metal into their sound, this is an enjoyable romp through a landscape that sees many different complementary influences touched upon. Continue reading

Inanimate Existence – Underneath a Melting Sky (Review)

Inanimate ExistenceInanimate Existence are a US progressive, technical, atmospheric death metal band and this is their fourth album.

Inanimate Existence return! I like this band a lot. 2014’s A Never-Ending Cycle of Atonement and then last year’s Calling from a Dream demonstrated a band that are not only willing to experiment and push their sound, but one that continued to develop and progress over time too.

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First Signs of Frost – The Shape of Things to Come (Review)

First Signs of FrostThis is the latest EP from First Signs of Frost, a modern rock band from the UK.

Inspired by the likes of Deftones, Glassjaw, and the less-harsh aspects of Periphery and Sikth, this short EP is 18 minutes of emotive and anthemic modern music that’s played with obvious passion. Continue reading

Twisted Illusion – Insight to the Mind of a Million Faces (Review)

Twisted IllusionTwisted Illusion are a progressive rock band from the UK and this is their second album.

This is a sprawling, ambitious piece of work. At almost 100 minutes in length, this is a double album full of progressive delights and lesser-travelled journeys. Continue reading