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Prolong The Agony – “All We Are” EP [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on May 26, 2015
It's great when bands like Prolong The Agony come along and prove the doubters that heavy music can be creative and intelligent. Read our review of their new EP here.

Rating: 8 / 10

Islasorna – "E.D.E.N." [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on May 25, 2015
Scottish progressive metal chaps Islasorna have plenty to offer the tech/prog scene if they can channel the strengths they demonstrate on their debut EP.

Rating: 8 / 10

Scott Weiland And the Wildabouts – “Blaster” [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on May 25, 2015
Notorious rocker Scott Weiland returns with his latest offering but, having confessed to Pure Grain Audio that he is very content with life, how does it compare to the wild days of his past?

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Fearless Vampire Killers (w/Zoax, Myth City) @ Rock City Basement (Nottingham, UK) on May 18th, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Carrie-Anne Pollard on May 25, 2015
Fearless Vampire Killers make their long awaited return to UK stages as they head out on their rescheduled tour dates. PGA joined the masses in Nottingham for one of the shows.
Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Simon Douglass on May 25, 2015
Even the departure of two vocalists hasn't knocked Nightwish off their track but, with album number eight, our reviewer feels the band have played it a little safe.

Rating: 7/10 / 10

Therapy? – "Disquiet" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on May 22, 2015
Disquiet sees loveable Irish rogues Therapy? return with more of that catchy Brit rock that has made you love them for most of your adult life!

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Apocalyptica - Shadowmaker [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Simon Douglass on May 22, 2015
Finnish chaps Apocalyptica release their eighth album but, as our reviewer discovered, it's struggles to match some of their other work.

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Less Than Jake (w/ Yellowcard, Chunk! No Captain Chunk!) @ Koko (London, UK) on March 9, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Damian FitzGerald on May 22, 2015
Veteran punk rockers Less Than Jake team up with Yellowcard for a night of fun, fan favourites and shit-losing punk rock! Read our review of the London show here.
Brawlers – "Romantic Errors Of Our Youth" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on May 22, 2015
UK punk rockers Brawlers open up with tales of love, life, relationships and drink on their new album.

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Shields – “Guilt” [EP] [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on May 22, 2015
London brutalists Shields deliver a crushing set of songs on their debut mini-album. Expect a crushing demonstration of heart-wrenching, throat-shredding fury.

Rating: 8 / 10

When Reasons Collapse – “Dark Passengers” [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on May 21, 2015
You can probably name female-fronted deathcore bands on one hand and even less of those are as potent as French outfit When Reasons Collapse as their new album demonstrates.

Rating: 8 / 10

Coal Chamber – “Rivals” [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on May 21, 2015
Spookycore favourites Coal Chamber return with their first album in ten years but is Rivals the sound of a band who should have remained as a fond memory of the nu-metal era?

Rating: 7 / 10

Oceano - "Ascendants" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Nathan Harlow on May 20, 2015
Oceano have become well known in the Deathcore world as ‘the next big thing’, and if you’re looking for something undeniably extreme to dig your teeth into, than Ascendants will be well worth your time.

Rating: 7 / 10

Attention Thieves – “Year Of The Jackal” [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on May 20, 2015
Berkshire post-hardcore band Attention Thieves return with their first album in a few years and it seems from the sound of this abrasive effort, they have a lot to get off their chests...

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Stoneghost - "New Age Of Old Ways" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Damian FitzGerald on May 19, 2015
Our writer hasn't been this excited about a debut since Burn My Eyes came out. Read his review of the debut Stoneghost album right here.

Rating: 9 / 10

Devin Townsend @ Royal Albert Hall (London, UK) on April 13, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Simon Douglass on May 19, 2015
Most gigs involving Devin Townsend are pretty special but, as our writer found out when he attended this unique show in London, some of them are just unforgettable.
Faith No More - "Superhero" [Song Review]
Comments Song Review » by: Damian FitzGerald on May 19, 2015
If this is the caliber of what we are to expect from Sol Invictus, May 19th truly is going to be a special day for many.

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Shattered Sun – "Hope Within Hatred" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on May 19, 2015
With Chuck Billy steering their ship, melodic metallers Shattered Sun deliver a solid slice of melodic thrash-tinged metal on their Hope Within Hatred album.

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Halestorm - "Into The Wild Life" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Bobbi Kyle on May 18, 2015
Whether you are a longtime fan or just discovering them, Into The Wild Life is a fantastic Halestorm album to pick up; it has a little something for everyone.

Rating: 8.5 / 10

Light You Up – "All We've Ever Known" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on May 17, 2015
Light You Up offer up their own dose of catchy pop-punk on their debut album. Have they done enough to give Neck Deep some competition in the UK pop-punk scene though?

Rating: 6 / 10

Brawlers (w/Max Raptor, The Water Rats) @ The Vic Inn, Swindon on 23 April, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Graham Finney on May 17, 2015
Max Raptor, Brawlers and the Water Rats teamed up for a short UK tour recently so Pure Grain Audio headed into Swindon to get nice and sweaty at one of the shows.
Devilskin @ The Borderline (London, UK) April 15, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Damian FitzGerald on May 16, 2015
New Zealand outfit Devilskin are a massive hit back home so Pure Grain Audio made a point of checking out the band in the sweaty confines of the Borderline in London where the band made their UK debut.
Svengali – "Theory Of Mind" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on May 13, 2015
Powering through a sound that is both dramatically atmospheric and wall-flatteningly heavy, Svengali really have crafted a sound that is, dare I say it, almost flawless.

Rating: 9 / 10

The Gitas - "Garland" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Brooke Taylor on May 13, 2015
The grungey, blues rock-infused album is exactly the kind of music you expect to hear when you're watching the heat rise off of asphalt. It's also what you need to get you through a particularly angsty day.

Rating: 7.7 / 10

Faith No More @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (Toronto, ON) on May 9, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Chris Gonda on May 11, 2015
‎On May 9th, 2015, San Francisco, CA's reigning kings of Alternative/Experimental/Funky Rock/Metal, Faith No More, now in their 34th year as a band, steamrolled through Toronto, Canada, playing their first show in the city in years.
Therapy? @ Sub 89 (Reading, UK) on April 14, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Graham Finney on May 11, 2015
Therapy? celebrate the release of their new album Disquiet by heading out on the road to treat fans to a set mixed with new tracks and old favourites. Read our review of the Reading show here.
Von Hertzen Brothers (w/ BlackWolf, Ulysses) @ Rescue Rooms (Nottingham, UK) on April 24, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Olivia Johnston on May 10, 2015
Following the recent sold-out tour of Finland, the Von Hertzen Brothers made a short trip to the UK and our reviewer was on hand in Nottingham to check the band out as they cemented their place as a highly-rated international act.
Katatonia - "Sanctitude" [DVD/CD Review]
Comments FIlm Review » by: Bruce Moore on May 07, 2015
Filmed in 5.1 Surround Sound in a candlelit room at The Union Chapel in London, England, Katatonia's Sanctitude is a feast for the senses in every sense of the word.

Rating: 8 / 10

Mike MacKenzie - "Natural Causes" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Bruce Moore on Apr 27, 2015
While not groundbreaking per se, Mike MacKenzie has a lot of potential and it shows on this decent, hard rocking blues debut, Natural Causes.

Rating: 6 / 10

Slikk Wikked - "Black Wind Of Death" [EP] [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Bruce Moore on Apr 27, 2015
This balls-out thrash metal EP follows through on what Slikk Wikked set in motion with their single, "Black Wind Of Death," a gnarly, aggressive Bay Area thrash sound!

Rating: 8.5 / 10