[After The Burial’s] Their main weapon in the fight against mundanity on this, their fourth full length effort, is the pervasive rock n roll and hardcore energy with which they imbue their pulverising, syncopated metal. Take 'Of Fearful Men'. There’s a punk rock injection of pace, some straight forward Unearth chug, a decent hardcore call-to-arms, a jazzy interlude and even a ripping guitar solo to get your teeth into before you need to draw for your calculator out to make sense of what time signature it’s being performed in. Diversity is the order of the day and there are moments here that gallop along with all the joie de vivre of Waking The Fallen-era Avenged Sevenfold. That’s a really good thing.
Erik Danielsson is absolutely terrifying tonight. His presence lifts the band into truly other realms and his hand gestures and movements are probably casting a terrible hex on everyone present. He is one of the most passionate frontmen around, black metal or no, and he completely, irrevocably believes that his purpose on this Earth is bringing the true black metal aesthetic back to the fore. The intensity that pours from him is palpable and the crowd under his feet allow themselves to fall under that spell.
The nine track album commences with a crunchy riff, heavy bass-line and tight musicianship, something that stays a constant throughout the album. The Vintage Caravan’s influences include King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Cream and Black Sabbath which is apparent particularly in tracks like ’Expand Your Mind’. If you want to hear a bit of Jimi Hendrix, check out ‘Let Me Be’ and its resonating guitar solo.
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– Patrick Kindlon, Self Defense Family
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Thrash Hits verdict: Manchester hasn’t exactly got a particularly notable pedigree when it comes to British metal – more often it’s been Birmingham and London that have spawned the UK’s biggest names in heavy music. In recent years though, Manchester has been seeing a powerful resurgence when it comes to underground sounds. As well as some of the best new indie labels (like Church of Fuck), and among the bands making waves there is Old Skin. Nameless, furious, and unrelenting, their debut EP MÆRE was one of 2013 under-appreciated gems.
Like any artform, music is not a competition. There is only good and bad music and that categorisation in itself is all down to subjective taste. However, in a bid for scientific rigour; some quantitative analysis to fortify the qualitative spiels, we’ve asked all the Thrash Hits contributors to list their favourite albums of 2013. Yeah, it’s here to boost our egos by claiming what we say is best and it’ll surely get some good clicks and you may (rightly) point out that it’s just another list but, at the very least, you might see an album that you’ve never heard of and think about buying it. That would be cool.
It’s a shame that neither Goodtime Boys nor Self Defense Family manage to stick around for much longer than three minutes, making the record a fleeting one at best. But with both bands gearing-up to release full-lengths in the New Year, Palm Reader Records have succeeded in giving us a tantalising teaser for two records that are both up there with next year’s most eagerly anticipated.
Severance is dominated by incredible sounding guitar work. Heart of a Coward have removed almost all tonality from their riffs, giving the staccatoed thuds a mechanical quality that TesseracT employ so well. Given that TesseracT’s Acle Kahney was present at the recording of these parts it seems unsurprising that the band have absorbed this into their new album. The music, however, is all their own. Ten seconds into opener ‘Monstro’ and the crisp monotone of that guitar sound, complete with minimalist finish, opens into a pummelling riff that instantly gives away the band’s deference to tech and the stunted groove of metalcore.
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