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Album review: Metallica ‘Ride The Lightning’

Album review: Metallica ‘Ride The Lightning’

By Sam Wilkinson The year was 1984, and July 27 saw Metallica releasing their second album, ‘Ride The Lightning’. This album solidified both the band and the album at the forefront of the “thrash metal” genre, even amongst debut albums like Slayer’s “Show No Mercy”, and “Fistful of Metal” by Anthrax.   Vocalist and rhythm guitarist, James […]

 Karl Maguire

Review: Deftones – Gore Album

More than 20 years after the release of their debut record, Sacramento metal band Deftones continue to evolve and experiment with the release of their eighth LP, Gore. Far removed from their early nu-metal roots, Gore presents an intriguing amalgamation of influences from a wide range of genres, combining the ferocity of metal with post-rock ambience […]

 Karl Maguire

Hacktivist – ‘Outside The Box’ Album Review

Milton Keynes rap metal outfit Hacktivist burst onto the scene with the 2012 release of their genre-splicing self-titled EP. Combining elements of ‘djent’ and heavy metal with grime and hip-hop, the band breathed new life into a union of genres which had been much maligned for its creative stagnation. And now, after a long, near-four-year […]

 Paul Barclay

Review of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Where to begin with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It is almost a game that defies reviewing, due to it’s sheer size and amount of detail. It is filled with ideas and mechanics that have not really been done before. It attempts to transcend the boundaries of being “just a game”. Does it […]

 Paul Barclay

Review: Trivium – Silence in the Snow

Review: Trivium – Silence in the Snow

A strong opinion that is currently widely believed around most of the community of metal fans is that for a band to be deemed truly heavy or metal, the vocals have to be harsh and throaty. If there is no screaming, some would have you believe that means it is not heavy or metal. Keep this […]

 Paul Barclay

Review: Slipknot @ Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena

Review: Slipknot @ Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena

With their stunning new album .5 – The Gray Chapter being incredibly well received, and the American leg of the Prepare For Hell tour doing huge business, it was about time for Slipknot to bring their own unique brand of metal to the UK and just like the American shows, they bought nu-metal godfathers Korn […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Grammy Award winners Slipknot to play Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena on their Prepare for Hell tour

Grammy Award winners Slipknot to play Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena on their Prepare for Hell tour

The mask-wearing, Grammy Award winning rock legends, Slipknot are set to play Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Monday January 19. With support coming from Korn and King 810, the incendiary band bring their Prepare For Hell tour to Newcastle, in a barrage of gigs throughout Britain. The masked-band’s front man, Corey Taylor, indicated that the […]

 Jake Harrison

Pennsylvania Rockers Halestorm Kick Off UK Tour With O2 Academy Newcastle

Pennsylvania Rockers Halestorm Kick Off UK Tour With O2 Academy Newcastle

American hard rock band Halestorm begin their UK headline our in Newcastle at the start of April. The Pennsylvania Grammy-winning quartet, fronted by Lzzy Hale, are touring Europe again after their 2012 album The Strange Case Of… was reissued in April last year. Their debut self-titled album was a firm introduction to the band in […]