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Human Fortress – ‘Reign Of Gold’ (AFM)

Right out of the gate John B has to mention the album cover. Whoever the artist was that put it together, mad props. If I had seen this album on the shelf at the store, he would have bought it based on the art alone. It just screams power metal. You look at it and you have a pretty good idea of what you should expect. The real question is: does the music live up to the high bar that the great art sets? Do we get this epic, hard-hitting and aggressive fast-paced power metal journey that we expect? Or does it let us down?

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Acid Reign/Scimitar/Acid Age – Belfast, Voodoo – 8 December 2019

Ding, ding, seconds out – round three! Yes, three massive thrash gigs in the space of eight days ensured that Belfast’s metal community had very little opportunity to rest their weary neck muscles, with this return of H and his troupe capping off the week’s activities, which had been started in fine style by Sacred Reich and continued by the midweek thrashtastic line-up headed by Municipal Waste that had laid, erm, waste to the nearby Limelight just a few nights earlier. The focus of tonight’s action switched to another of our favourite venues, Voodoo, for what promised to be another evening of fast-paced heavy metal action…

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Ascend The Hollow – ‘Echoes Of Existence’ (Dr Music Records)

Back at the turn of this current decade, ÜR boss Monk came across a groove metal outfit from south of the border, down Dublin way by the name of Xerosun, when they released a hugely impressive debut album, ‘Absence Of Light’. To say they made an immediate impression would be something of an understatement. Unfortunately, they failed to make a similar impression on their fist live appearance north of said border, playing to just three people (including yours truly, of course). All that changed a couple of years later when, with a re-invigorated line-up and much heavier sound, they returned to play a handful of packed out shows over the course of late Spring/summer of 2015. Another couple of years passed and a EP, ‘This Dark Rage’, emerged – and then silence… Well, now that has broken, as the Irish/Polish crüe have re-emerged into the light, in the guise of Ascend The Hollow, with an almost totally new line-up, another change in musical direction and this new opus.

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The Über Rock Singles Club – December’s Dunkers

As the year races to its inevitable conclusion, the number of single releases coming our way has slowed down a touch – but that doesn’t mean there has been any decline in the quality of material being released. Far from it, in fact because, as the year progresses, it has become harder and harder to whittle down the numbers from several hundred submissions each fortnight to the dozen or so final choices that we present to you…

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Acid Reign/Scimitar/Acid Age – Belfast, Voodoo – 8 December 2019

Ding, ding, seconds out – round three! Yes, three massive thrash gigs in the space of eight days ensured that Belfast’s metal community had very little opportunity to rest their weary neck muscles, with this return of H and his troupe capping off the week’s activities, which had been started in fine style by Sacred Reich and continued by the midweek thrashtastic line-up headed by Municipal Waste that had laid, erm, waste to the nearby Limelight just a few nights earlier. The focus of tonight’s action switched to another of our favourite venues, Voodoo, for what promised to be another evening of fast-paced heavy metal action…