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Sacred Reich – ‘Awakening’ (Metal Blade)

2019 is gradually turning into the year of comebacks for almost-famous thrash bands. We’ve already had the fantastically fun ‘Bury The Pain’ from Xentrix and there’s the first record in 28 years from Acid Reign due in September. Perhaps the most eagerly awaited though is ‘Awakening,’ the long-overdue fifth album by Sacred Reich.

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TripleMurder – ‘Pre-Meditated’ (Self-Released)

John B’s biggest problem with this EP is quite simply that it is far too short. As far as he is concerned, what we have here is a brutal album oozing with passion. Each song has a really nice evolution that keeps each song fresh and never falling into overbearing repetition. There is also a variety of styles shown off here that is great to hear. In the press information that they sent me with the album, they said that they did not want to be stuck into a specific subgenre but instead wanted to show off the musical taste of all the members of the band. This was a good call and really shows in the final product.

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Killswitch Engage – ‘Atonement’ (Music For Nations)

Massachusetts quintet and modern metal giants Killswitch Engage return with their eighth studio album. Having taken to arena venues last year in support of Iron Maiden, the band showed everyone that they are still very much a relevant metal force. Packing out their setlist with career spanning highlights and having former vocalist Howard Jones as a guest, they had something for everyone. Since 2017 the band have been trading ideas and developing songs before recording over a period of months which saw Jesse Leach undergo vocal surgery for scar tissue on vocal cords. The culmination of all the work is eleven brand new tracks that feature the band unifying to deliver their trademark sound.

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Sons Of Apollo – ‘Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony’ (InsideOut)

DJ Astrocreep starts this review of Sons Of Apollo’s first live album with an admission – he made the mistake of only listening to the audio of this a few times, prior to watching a playthrough of the DVD. This is most definitely a mistake, as the extra context and camaraderie between the band members that you see from the live recording make a big difference. Now, the big lad normally hates live albums, but having taken in the Manchester leg of the same tour live, he was aware of just how good these guys were, so the chance to relive that memory, along with some added extras, made me journey into somewhat unfamiliar territory.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Raven Black

Los Angeles-based theatrical goths Raven Black spent much of the last two months on the road as the opening act on Static-X’s ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ 20th anniversary tour. Über Rock’s Dana Osgood went along for the ride, capturing the band in all their OTT glory on three of the dates – The Observatory in Orange County, Catch One in LA itself and The House Of Blues in Las Vegas.

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Bloodstock Open Air – 11 August 2019

We hit the final day of Bloodstock 2019 assured that we have seen some of the brightest up-and-coming talent in the metal world right now in the form of both Sabaton and Parkway Drive. That in mind, it’s time to celebrate some legends in their own right as we hit the classically powered Sunday to see what delights Bloodstock holds in store…

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – Triple Threat Beatdown

It’s not often we have more than one winner for our Video of the Week award, but this week we have been unable to decide between three! With such quality song going alongside wonderfully fitting videos meant it would have been grossly unfair to leave any of the three out – so, we decided to spoil you and let you make up your own minds as to which you prefer…

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Bloodstock Open Air – 10 August 2019

With Sabaton’s rallying warcries still getting the blood pumping come Saturday morning, we’re undertaking some roaring of our own on Saturday morning, courtesy of the standstill traffic on the M6. Arriving far too late to catch Cancer Bats’ set (though we do catch the anthemic final notes of their ‘War Pigs’ cover), we head into Catton Hall for our first band of the day. Swallow The Sun possess an incredible melodic take on doom/death, which while on paper doesn’t seem like the best way to get the day started, in practice is a grand way to kick things off. Measured and restrained, the band’s set is a total change of pace from the previous evening’s lunacy, all majestic doom melodies and crushing heaviness – just the way we like it.

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Destroy Planets! – ‘Mass X Gravity’ (Self-Released)

With the final notes of last weekend’s Bloodstock festival still ringing in the ears of many fans, it cannot be denied that one of the event’s major selling points is its support of rising young bands. Well, if an act personifies the meaning of “new blood” it is Manchester’s aptly named Destroy Planets!, who only formed at the beginning of this year and already have wasted no time in releasing what ÜR’s chief pack mule Monk has to admit is one of the most hugely impressive debut EPs he has heard in a very long time.

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Bloodstock Open Air – 9 August 2019

It’s a bright and early start to get to Catton Hall on Friday, kicking off Bloodstock 2019 good and proper. We kick our day off in the Sophie Lancaster tent, absorbing the epic heavy metal stylings of Control The Storm. Stylistically sat somewhere between symphonic, power and plain ol’ heavy metal, the band bring along some big tunes to kick the day off, their sound much more ambitious than the tent environs would suggest. To top things off, the band bring along their own pyro to really kick things up a notch, not-so-subtly signalling their main-stage ambitions whilst backing up the blasts of flame with some even brighter blasts of pure metallic goodness.

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