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Vant - "Do You know Me?" [Song Review]
Comments Song Review » by: Bruce Moore on Jul 30, 2015
"Do You Know Me?", one of the newest singles from the UK-based rock act Vant, is a crisp, clean rock tune with super-catchy melodies and tons of energy!

Rating: 8 / 10

Corey Taylor - "You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Bruce Moore on Jul 30, 2015
"You're Making Me Hate You," the hot new book from enigmatic Slipknot/Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor, is a hilarious, at times offensive, extremely politically incorrect diatribe that I could not put down.

Rating: 8 / 10

Sworn In – "The Lovers/The Devil" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Jul 16, 2015
Chicago metallers Sworn In head down the "concept" path for the follow-up to their 2013 debut with the end result being a very personal, emotional record.

Rating: 6 / 10

Thy Art Is Murder - "Holy War" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Jul 16, 2015
Holy War is Thy Art Is Murder's eagerly-awaited new album and, if you're expecting anything other than bone-breaking, brain-splattering rage, you're going to be sorely disappointed.

Rating: 8.5 / 10

Nok Novum - "Ghost Farmer" [Song Review]
Comments Song Review » by: Graham Finney on Jul 16, 2015
If you're looking for a band who create powerful, thought-provoking, challenging heavy music that doesn't sit within any boundaries or pigeonholes, then Nok Novum are certainly worth a punt.

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Breaking Benjamin - "Dark Before Dawn" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Henry Maneuver on Jul 16, 2015
BUT, EUREKA! Dark Before Dawn, despite the line-up change, retains most of the signature Benjamin sound.

Rating: 7.8 / 10

On Top – "Topless" [EP] [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Kevin Stewart-Panko on Jul 16, 2015
On Top pays decent homage to revved up days of being lewd, crude and tattooed with raunchy riffs, vocals that drip with sneering attitude and a drumming one-two punch that solidly hits at the heart of the matter like a hammer slamming a nail.

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Soilwork – "The Ride Majestic" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Kevin Stewart-Panko on Jul 12, 2015
Soilwork's tenth offering, The Ride Majestic, starts off on a strong note with the title track, but like clockwork, it quickly starts heading downhill.

Rating: 5 / 10

Nightslug - "Loathe" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Lindsay O'Connor on Jul 12, 2015
Germany's Nightslug gets it done on Loathe. The band's third recorded installment is a gritty drag through Sludgy Doom and Hardcore with enough aural toxicity to even make fans of Buzzov*en question what they’ve been doing with their lives.

Rating: 8 / 10

Milestones – "Equal Measures" [EP] [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Jul 11, 2015
Young, Manchester-based outfit put out their new EP but will it see them replicate the success of some of their influences like Neck Deep and YMA6?

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Heartless Bastards - "Restless Ones" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Jason Oberuc on Jul 11, 2015
Heartless Bastards has the ability to play, but they need to figure out how to add in that wow factor. If they had that, I believe that this band would be set.

Rating: 4.5 / 10

Everlit – "Renovate" [EP] [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Jul 11, 2015
Lost interest in Linkin Park when they lost interest in guitars? Well, alt-rockers Everlit might be just the band to fill that hole. Check out our review of their new EP here.

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Between The Buried And Me - "Coma Ecliptic" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Simon Douglass on Jul 10, 2015
With Coma Ecliptic, Between The Buried And Me might just have written their seminal album. Insanely brilliant from start to finish, it takes you on one fantastic journey.

Rating: 9 / 10

Pitbulls In The Nursery - "Equanimity" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Jul 08, 2015
So, it may have been almost six years since the world has heard anything from this French outfit but, as you can hear on Equanimity, the quintet are back.

Rating: 8 / 10

Bonehunter - "Evil Triumphs Again" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Kevin Stewart-Panko on Jul 08, 2015
With a band oozing as much potential as Bonehunter, you'll wish they'd demonstrate more of themselves than their influences and inspirations.

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Poison Idea - "Confuse & Conquer" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Jul 08, 2015
For 35 years Portland punks Poison Idea have been churning out their bile-soaked punk but, as their new album shows, they've still got a surprise or two up their sleeves.

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Genocide Pact - "Forged Through Domination" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Kevin Stewart-Panko on Jul 07, 2015
Genocide Pact's Forged Through Domination, despite its occasional nod to early Celtic Frost growl, sounds empty and spacious.

Rating: 6 / 10

Delta Deep - "Delta Deep" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Charlie Steffens on Jul 07, 2015
Delta Deep's self-titled debut is consummate. Cook, Collen, DeLeo, and Robinson have it all. Hopefully there is more to come from this unusual band.

Rating: 9 / 10

Tengger Cavalry - "Blood Sacrifice Shaman" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Bruce Moore on Jul 01, 2015
From the very first measure of the disc opener, "Tengger Cavalry," this album grabbed me by the throat and forced me to pay attention by violently feeding me thundering rhythms and razor-sharp riffs all skillfully mixed with fiddle, frame drum, and s…

Rating: 8.8 / 10

We Are Harlot - "We Are Harlot" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Brooke Taylor on Jun 30, 2015
Sure, on the surface We Are Harlot is an enjoyable album, but dig a little deeper and it becomes pretty predictable.

Rating: 5 / 10

Against The Grain - "Road Warriors" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Bruce Moore on Jun 30, 2015
Road Warriors, the fourth full-length release from the Motor City rockers, Against The Grain, is a slab of raucous, raw and dirty rock and roll.

Rating: 6 / 10

Demon Lung - "A Dracula" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Jason Oberuc on Jun 29, 2015
Emotion, to me, is a key factor in doom and Demon Lung's newest album, A Dracula, has plenty of it. It's angry, dark, sad and most of all, Satanic.

Rating: 7.9 / 10

Cradle Of Filth - "Hammer Of The Witches" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Simon Douglass on Jun 26, 2015
Cradle are back in top form with Hammer Of The Witches. If they can manage to keep a stable line-up, then this might be the start of another great age of Filth-y albums!

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Download Festival (w/ Slipknot, Muse, Kiss) @ Donington Park (Donington, UK) on June 12, 2015 – June 14, 2015 [Festival Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Damian FitzGerald on Jun 25, 2015
Download Festival 2015 returned to Donington Park so Pure Grain Audio joined the rest of the masses for a weekend of booze, loud music, great bands and, as always, shitty weather. Read our review here.
Red Sky Mary – "River Child" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Jun 23, 2015
New Hampshire rockers Red Sky Mary show the world how to really do classic rock on their new album, River Child. If you grew up listening to '70s rock then this will be right up your street.

Rating: 8 / 10

Rival Cult - "KILLS" [EP] [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Jun 23, 2015
Rival Cult don't claim to be anything other than noisy-ass rock and, as their new EP demonstrates, they're bang on the money with that description.

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Failure - "The Heart is a Monster" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Jason Oberuc on Jun 19, 2015
For a record that's over an hour long, The Heart is a Monster is nearly flawless from start to finish. Some songs are so beautiful they're tear-inducing ("Mulloholland Dr.") while others bring on an overwhelming feeling of joyousness ("Come Crashing)…

Rating: 9 / 10

Dumbjaw – "I'll Give You Hell" [Song Review]
Comments Song Review » by: Graham Finney on Jun 18, 2015
There are bands who make music that is just perfect for the fleapits of the UK and, judging by this track, Dumbjaw are one of them!

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Hopes Die Last - "Alpha Wolves" [Song Review]
Comments Song Review » by: Graham Finney on Jun 18, 2015
Taking influence from the Sempiternal era of Bring Me The Horizon, "Alpha Wolves" is an abrasive, epic slice of metalcore.

Rating: 8 / 10

Soulburn - "The Suffocating Darkness" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Simon Douglass on Jun 18, 2015
Soulburn's The Suffocating Darkness is sadly an average album of paint-by-numbers blackened death metal.

Rating: 6 / 10