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Pierce The Veil (w/ Sleeping With Sirens, Mallory Knox, Pvris) @ The National (Richmond, VA) on February 20, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Bruce Moore on Feb 28, 2015
Pierce The Veil is undoubtedly enjoying themselves onstage and that vibe carried through the venue - it was impossible to watch show and not thoroughly enjoy it!
Papa Roach - "F.E.A.R." [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Feb 26, 2015
Papa Roach celebrate fifteen years since their release of their debut album with the release of their latest album. Read our thoughts on F.E.A.R. right here...

Rating: 8 / 10

Trapt - "Reborn" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Paul on Feb 26, 2015
Californian rockers Trapt released their new album Reborn, but is it more rehash than reborn?

Rating: 6 / 10

Sons Of Texas - "Baptized in the Rio Grande" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Josh Velliquette on Feb 26, 2015
After one listen to Baptized in the Rio Grande, it's clear – Sons Of Texas are poised to make skeptical listeners into passionate followers of their whisky-soaked, melodic southern metal.

Rating: 8 / 10

Seek Irony - "Tech N' Roll" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Bruce Moore on Feb 25, 2015
Razor-sharp riffs are fused with a fair amount of electronica creating a unique, driving rock sound with hints of Filter, Nine Inch Nails, and Korn.

Rating: 7 / 10

Motion City Soundtrack @ Irving Plaza (New York, NY) on January 28, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Justin Franco on Feb 25, 2015
Starting last month, Motion City Soundtrack has been on a ten-year anniversary tour celebrating the album, which I was lucky enough to catch on January 28th at Irving Plaza in Manhattan's Union Square.
Future User - "#SteroidsOrHeroin" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Daniella Kohan on Feb 24, 2015
By going against the grain, and blatantly disregarding what is expected of their genre, Future User has set the bar for electronic-rock bands immensely high.

Rating: 8 / 10

Alien Ant Farm - "Always And Forever" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Feb 24, 2015
Alien Ant Farm were one of the few bands who stuck out amongst the second wave of nu-metal bands to hit the scene. That was back in the early '00s but here we are now, in 2015, and the band are back and, as their new album demonstrates, sounding fres…

Rating: 8 / 10

Bowling For Soup - "Songs People Actually Liked: Volume 1" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Feb 24, 2015
They may no longer be bringing their giant inflatables to live venues across the globe but this compilation makes sure that Bowling For Soup are still making us smile. Even Slayer fans!

Rating: 7 / 10

Enter Shikari (w/ Feed The Rhino, Allusondrugs, Fatherson) @ Pyramid Centre (Portsmouth, UK) on February 16, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Graham Finney on Feb 23, 2015
All across the UK, sold out signs are going up on posters for the Enter Shikari headline tour. Pure Grain Audio headed to Portsmouth to join the madness on the first night of the tour.
Torche – "Restarter" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Feb 23, 2015
Doom/stoner crew Torche demolish sonic boundaries with Restarter, a ten-track slab of crushingly doomy stoner metal.

Rating: 9 / 10

Ragnar Bragason - "Metalhead" (aka "Málmhaus") [Movie Review]
Comments FIlm Review » by: Bruce Moore on Feb 20, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed Metalhead. The cinematography is stunning and the soundtrack is a terrific mix of '80s and '90s metal. If you can get by with subtitles, this is a fantastic move that will appeal to metalheads everywhere.

Rating: 8.5 / 10

Marilyn Manson (w/ Unlocking The Truth) @ Terminal 5 (New York City, NY) on January 29, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Amy Ebeling on Feb 19, 2015
Marilyn Manson demonstrates how he has carved out a niche in pop culture and why he has managed to stay relevant over two decades after beginning his career—and rightfully so.
Sick Of It All (w/ Ninebar, Pay No Respect, Bun Dem Out) @ The Underworld (London, UK) on February 6, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Damian FitzGerald on Feb 17, 2015
Sick Of It All have a reputation for live shows that are full of energy as well as plenty of punk riffs and hardcore beats. Tonight was no exception.
Moonspell - "Extinct" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Bruce Moore on Feb 13, 2015
Extinct is a mixed bag for me; some songs are true metal masterpieces, but others just don't seem to get my blood flowing as much as I would have liked.

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Melechesh - "Enki" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Bruce Moore on Feb 12, 2015
Enki is a dense, multi-layered disc with Middle Eastern instruments, scales, and rhythms woven into the fabric of nine thrashy, headbanging black metal tunes resulting in a depth that other most acts in the genre lack.

Rating: 9 / 10

Betraying The Martyrs (w/ Polar, Upon This Dawning, More Than A Thousand) @ The Underworld (London, UK) on February 2, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Erin Large on Feb 12, 2015
French symphonic deathcore troop Betraying The Martyrs bring an impressive line-up with them as their current European tour rolls into London.
Jorn Lande & Trond Holter - "Dracula: Swing of Death" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Bruce Moore on Feb 11, 2015
For the most part, concept albums are not my thing, but from the opening notes of Dracula: Swing of Death I was thrust into the story and drawn into the spell undoubtedly cast by the Count himself.

Rating: 9 / 10

One I Cinema - "One I Cinema" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Josh Velliquette on Feb 11, 2015
What the group lacks in originality, One I Cinema makes up for with sharp songwriting, massive riffs, and indisputable passion. One I Cinema is a promising debut filled with potential.

Rating: 7 / 10

Xibalba – "Tierra Y Libertad" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Feb 10, 2015
Having set the bar with their previous offering, California's Xibalba really push their dark, intimidating sound to new levels with their latest effort, Tierra Y Libertad.

Rating: 9 / 10

Weight of the Tide - "Epilogue" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Simon Douglass on Feb 10, 2015
Thankfully, we haven't had to wait too long for Weight of the Tide to unleash their debut Epilogue and, for the most part, they have produced a very good album.

Rating: 6 / 10

Armageddon – "Captivity And Devourment" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Feb 09, 2015
It may have taken over 11 years, but now that he has left his day job, ex-Arch Enemy guitarist Christopher Amott has time to put all his efforts into Armageddon and, hopefully, more albums like this one!

Rating: 7 / 10

BONZ - "Broken Silence" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Damian FitzGerald on Feb 09, 2015
Broken Silence opens with "Sinister Gain," which sets the tone of what's in store from the rest of the recording. It's full of energy and will have you unconsciously head banging as you go about your day.

Rating: 6.8 / 10

Napalm Death - "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Feb 09, 2015
Over twenty five years into their career, highly influential extreme metal heavyweights Napalm Death are still finding ways to push their sonic assault to new levels of fury.

Rating: 8 / 10

Momentous - "Rain" [EP] [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Henry Maneuver on Feb 09, 2015
All in all, this is still a solid EP with commendable musicianship, but a far cry from bands like Scale the Summit, Animals as Leaders, or Intervals.

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Myra - "Valley" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Feb 08, 2015
Labelling them as thrashy metalcore doesn't do Leipzig shredders Myra any justice because, as Valley shows, there is much more to their sound than that!

Rating: 8 / 10

Diesel King - "Concrete Burial" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Simon Douglass on Feb 07, 2015
Diesel King's debut, Concrete Burial, is twenty-eight minutes of vicious Sludge that has the ability to break your neck and still leave you wanting more.

Rating: 8.5 / 10

Desolate Pathway - "Valley of the King" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Bruce Moore on Feb 07, 2015
The debut release from UK-based doom metal act Desolate Pathway, Valley of the King, is a concept record of sorts that drops the listener smack dab into a world where Prince Pallidor, a virtuous knight, leads his small army of deserters to The Valley…

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Upon Your Grave - "Eponym" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Feb 06, 2015
In vocalist Jordan Jolicoeur, Canadian death metal outfit Upon Your Grave certainly have the means to grab your attention as this promising album demonstrates.

Rating: 7 / 10

18th & Addison - "Little Parasites" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Bruce Moore on Feb 05, 2015
Overall Little Parasites is an okay release that might be cool for hanging out with your buds and tossing a few back; it is fun, upbeat, danceable, but not groundbreaking or memorable.

Rating: 5 / 10