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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

Palm Reader – "Beside The Ones We Love" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Jun 16, 2015
In 2015, Palm Reader are hitting the UK hardcore scene with Beside The Ones We Love, one of the best examples of why the genre is in such a healthy place right now.

Rating: 8 / 10

A Collegiate Affair - "Full Disclosure" [EP] [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Jun 16, 2015
Full Disclosure, the new EP from Richmond alt-rockers A Collegiate Affair shows a band with a lot of good ideas and a knack of writing banging anthemic rock. Read our review of their EP here.

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Slam Dunk Festival South @ Hatfield University (Herts, UK) on May 24th, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Graham Finney on Jun 16, 2015
YouMeAtSix, Finch, Taking Back Sunday, Beartooth and more pack an impressive bill for Slam Dunk 2015. Pure Grain Audio was on site in Hatfield for the Southern leg of the three day event.
Anti-Flag @ Bovine Sex Club (Toronto, ON) on June 4, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Nathan Blackmun on Jun 15, 2015
I can guarantee that the Bovine Sex Club has never been as packed as it was June 4th, 2015 when Pittsburgh punk rock legends, Anti-Flag, played a special, intimate show.
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! - "Get Lost, Find Yourself" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Henry Maneuver on Jun 15, 2015
Hypnotic might not be the best word to describe Get Lost, Find Yourself, but the upbeat, moments of dj0nty bounce do whisk you away to a better place, where it's summer time and middle fingers reign supreme.

Rating: 8 / 10

Secrets of the Sky Guitarist Clayton Bartholomew Lists His Top Five Classic Rock Records; Exclusive "Fosforos" Music Video Premiere
Comments Journals » by: Chris Gonda on Jun 11, 2015
Secrets of the Sky guitarist Clayton Bartholomew took some time to give us a list of his Top Five classic rock records of all time. The band, who dropped their new album, Pathway, via Metal Blade Records a few weeks ago, have been receiving rave revi…
Lukasz Dunaj - "Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors" [Book Review]
Comments Book Review » by: Christa Titus on Jun 08, 2015
If you're looking for a somewhat definitive explanation (like this writer was) of Nergal's intellectual philosophy that acts as the driving force of Behemoth, you're not going to find it in Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors. What you will find, though,…

Rating: 5 / 10

Lordi @ Sub 89 (Reading, UK) on April 1, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Graham Finney on Jun 07, 2015
Finnish rock ghouls Lordi brought the heavy metal arokolypse to Reading and proved the doubters who labelled them a one-hit wonder VERY wrong.
Dropkick Murphys (w/ The Mahones, Blood Or Whiskey) @ Brixton Academy (London, UK) on March 21, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Damian FitzGerald on Jun 01, 2015
Punk rock legends the Dropkick Murphys leave the London punk scene with one massive hangover after the "Celtic Punk Invasion" tour rolls in to London. Our writer joined the party to bring back this review.
Orpheus Blade - "Wolf's Cry" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on May 31, 2015
As Wolf's Cry demonstrates with its many twists and turns and distinctive musical panache, this band is genuinely focused on giving the world of Metal a distinctive new voice.

Rating: 8.1 / 10

Employed To Serve - "Greyer Than You Remember" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on May 30, 2015
Chaotic hardcore mob Employed To Serve deliver another vicious display of face-melting rage on their new album Greyer Than You Remember.

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Wars - "And So The Sea Will Claim Us" [EP] [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on May 30, 2015
Despite only being in their infancy, UK hardcore boys Wars have indicated that they're very much heading in the right direction. Read our review of their EP here.

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Devilskin - "We Rise" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Damian FitzGerald on May 27, 2015
Devilskin may be a household name back in New Zealand and, on the evidence on their debut album, We Rise it won't be long before the rest of the planet knows who these rockers are...

Rating: 8 / 10

The Agonist – "Eye Of Providence" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on May 27, 2015
Following the upheaval of vocalist Alissa White-Gluz leaving to join Arch Enemy, Canadian shredders The Agonist return with their first album featuring her replacement. So, how does it fair?

Rating: 6.5 / 10

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.