The Dillinger Escape Plan- One Of Us Is The Killer

 

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By Ben

Remember those ‘Magic Eye’ pictures? The ones where among a seemingly chaotic jumble of pixels & shapes there was supposedly an image of a yacht or some such? The first time hearing new music from Dillinger Escape Plan is an experience not unlike staring at one of those pictures. The band come at you with such  random ferociousness and in such discordant chaotic waves that it takes a while to work through the sensory overload and “see the yacht”… Read more

TesseracT- Altered State

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By Stewart

Heavy progressive music is in an interesting state of flux circa 2013.  There are certainly some amazing and inspired bands kicking about, but conversely there is a disturbing number of pale imitators flooding the market with their own sub-par take on djent/prog-metalcore/mathcore… or whatever  moniker will next be self applied by some mediocre & generic 8 string toting band trying vainly to stand out from the pack… Read more

Infected Mushroom- Friends On Mushrooms Vol. 1&2

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By Andrew

“What?!”, I hear you say, “I never heard about a new Infected Mushroom album coming out!” And after the release of ‘Army Of Mushrooms’ last year you could be forgiven for missing these two linked EPs which have snuck through with little or no fanfare. They are, of course, only 4-track EPs but together they comprise some of the best offerings/remixes the group have produced in years. Experimental, uncompromising and oh so shroomy ‘Friends On Mushrooms’ is Erez and Duvdev at their most obscure… Read more

Suicidal Tendencies- 13

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By Stewart

What is it with bands obsessing over the number thirteen as an album title?  First there was Megadeth’s mediocre effort of a couple of years ago then Black Sabbath’s recent return to form and now Suicidal Tendencies’ newie!  Yes we know what year it is thank you!  ST may be able to claim ownership of the number slightly more so than Sabbath and by a whisker over Megadeth who’s album shares a couple of these points;  firstly the number appeared on ST’s merchandise over a decade ago, secondly this is their thirteenth full length album  and thirdly there are 13 songs on it.  Also did you know it’s 2013?  Read more

Confessions Of A Closet Hipster…

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By Andrew

I have been accused of bashing hipsters many times in the past and I will admit, that at times, I will openly attack their ipad-carrying style-expert wannabe selves purely for the fact it’s fun and they bite back. I have spent many years perfecting my ‘bait and attack’ routine with hipsters, leading them on a merry path to sacrifice on the internet and, conversely, in the open world. But this writer is possibly hiding a dark, dark secret of acceptance-craving and scene-following shame.  Read more

Queens Of The Stone Age- …Like Clockwork

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By Stewart

It’s been six long years since QOTSA has graced us with an album, and more than ten since they unleashed the magnificent Songs for the Deaf on the flabbergasted musical world.  Taunting us with almost Daft Punk-like levels of hype,  a couple of teaser tracks from …Like Clockwork  were released, accompanied by beautiful/disturbing animations.  This either whet your appetite or annoyed the hell out of you depending on how much you were slavering over the imminent release of the album.  Well, tease, hype & slavering notwithstanding, the album is now out and I’m about to tell you if it’s any good or not…Read more

Marshalblaze Presents Linkin Park/Eminem- After Collision

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By Andrew

After the amazing success of Collision Course collaboration between Jay-Z and Linkin park resulted in a Grammy nomination for Numb/Encore from the album, it appears someone out there is stalking the throne.  This is the second mixtape from a seemingly unknown source (Marshall Blaze Presents) who has compiled the best of Linkin Park deftly mixed in the Eminem’s finest… Read more

Destroid- The Invasion

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By Andrew

Destroid’s have released their debut and after much hype and a slew of live performances to cement their domination in EDM. But what of the album? Is it the powerhouse they promised? Is it the next phase for dubstep in 2013 or are we just listening to the death march of a scene so heavily populated by North American carbon copies?  Read More