Triptykon- Melana Chasmata

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By Stewart

Thomas Gabriel Fischer is a living, walking legend: a highly decorated veteran of heavy metal music with a career spanning over three decades. Known to most by his now defunct pseudonym of Tom G. Warrior, he was a founding member and driving force between two of extreme metal’s most influential acts: the short-lived but influential Hellhammer and the genre-bending Celtic Frost.  But what of Triptykon? After 30 years in the game, having shed his alter ego (but kept the eye makeup), is he still able to deliver a challenging and relevant album?  Read more…

Punk Goes 90s Vol. 2

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By Stewart

Sometimes as reviewers we can forget about a little thing called fun.  In between all the jaded songwriting nitpickery, po-faced production analysis, the endless & futile search for musical perfection and general verbose pontification… fun takes a back seat.  So when the opportunity to review Fearless Records’ ‘Punk Goes ‘90s Vol 2’, a compilation of contemporary hardcore acts covering ‘90s tunes came up, I thought this could be fun!  Read more…

Wolfmother- New Crown

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By Stewart

Well, this one came as a bit of a shock.  After several lineup changes, the temporary hijacking of the band’s material by increasingly egotistical frontman Andrew Stockdale and a break-up which lasted about a month, Wolfmother have pulled a Beyonce. No they haven’t been captured un-photogenically at a Superbowl half-time show, they’ve dropped a surprise new album.  Read more…