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Slikk Wikked - "Black Wind Of Death" [Song Review]
Comments Song Review » by: Bruce Moore on Mar 26, 2015
Fellow neck wreckers, you owe it to yourself to check out the song "Black Wind Of Death" by Slikk Wikked, they are flying the thrash flag loud and proud!

Rating: 8.5 / 10

Nightrage - "The Puritan" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Simon Douglass on Mar 26, 2015
The Puritan does have some moments of real quality with "When Gold Turns To Rust" being the most obvious.

Rating: 6 / 10

Byzantine - "To Release Is To Resolve" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Charlie Steffens on Mar 24, 2015
West Virginia metal phenom Byzantine has pulled out all the stops with their fifth album, To Release Is To Resolve, and has raised the bar for upstarts and veterans alike.

Rating: 9 / 10

Papa Roach (w/ Coldrain, The One Hundred) @ The Roundhouse (London, UK) on March 12, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Damian FitzGerald on Mar 23, 2015
Papa Roach hit London, UK's The Roundhouse on March 12, 2015 with Coldrain and The One Hundred, and fans were treated to 'Infest' in their entirety!
MOE - "3" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Henry Maneuver on Mar 23, 2015
The general vibe on MOE's 3 sounds like a drunken tooth fairy wandering down Mario Brothers "Underground" lookin' to score some "Meth Speed Ball" or "New Jack Swing."

Rating: 4.5 / 10

Prices On Our Heads - "Anomaly" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Daniella Kohan on Mar 23, 2015
On their album Anomaly, Prices On Our Heads boast the dark, looming and thunderously heavy style of deathcore in the vein of 2008 Whitechapel.

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Voice Of The Soul – "Catacombs" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Mar 23, 2015
The Middle East metal scene throws up another surprise in the form of epic death metal quartet Voice Of The Soul. Their debut album, Catacombs, quash your preconceived opinions of the death metal genre in one fell swoop.

Rating: 9 / 10

Gehennah - "Metal Police" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Bruce Moore on Mar 21, 2015
Clocking in at just over 30 minutes, Gehennah's Metal Police is a raw, dirty, tour-de-force disc packed to the gills with chugging, headbanging rhythms, and tasteful leads.

Rating: 7 / 10

Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches – "Salem's Wound" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Mar 21, 2015
Karyn Crisis was an integral part of the hardcore scene in the '90s so, teaming up with Davide Tiso, her husband and former member of Italian experimentalists Ephel Duath for her latest solo offering could be quite an interesting concept. Does it wor…

Rating: 6 / 10

Like A Storm - "Awaken The Fire" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Mar 21, 2015
Their story is one that rock fairytales are made of but will their new album, Awaken The Fire win over the more cynical rock fan who has probably heard it all before?

Rating: 5 / 10

The Dreaming - "Rise Again" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Amy Ebeling on Mar 20, 2015
The best way to describe the new LP is sonically huge: over-the-top synths, infectious hooks, and catchy choruses.

Rating: 8 / 10

Grant Nicholas (w/ Mark Ellis) @ Portland Arms (Cambridge, UK) on March 4, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Olivia Johnston on Mar 19, 2015
Former Feeder frontman Grant Nicholas takes to the road for a set of solo dates in support of his upcoming Black Clouds EP. PureGrainAudio took the opportunity to catch the rocker in the intimate settings of the Portland Arms in Cambridge.
ROAM - "Viewpoint" [EP] [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Brooke Taylor on Mar 19, 2015
ROAM's Viewpoint EP is full of that "fuck you, Ima do me and Ima do it right," attitude, and let me tell you, that shit is contagious.

Rating: 7.8 / 10

The Used (w/ Landscapes) @ Stylus (Leeds, UK) on February 13, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Emma Stone on Mar 17, 2015
With only two shows in the UK since the release of their Imaginary Enemy album last year and set brimming with classics, it's no wonder the atmosphere was electric as The Used returned to the UK.
Attila (w/ Silent Screams, Fathoms) @ Rescue Rooms (Nottingham, UK) on February 27, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Carrie-Anne Pollard on Mar 16, 2015
Controversial partycore animals Attila open their rescheduled UK tour in Nottingham and we were on hand to join in the fun. Read the review here.
Marmozets (w/ Steak Number Eight, The King Is Dead) @ Leeds Beckett SU (Leeds, UK) on February 27, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Nathan Harlow on Mar 11, 2015
Marmozets have been ripping their way through a UK headline tour. PureGrainAudio caught them at their hometown show in Leeds to witness one of their biggest shows ever!
Lynchmada Vocalist Joel Harris Talks Beer; Too Much Beer is Never Enough... Unless it's a Crowny [Exclusive]
Comments Journals » by: Chris Gonda on Mar 10, 2015
So, we hooked up with Lynchmada vocalist Joel Harris to talk about beer... a while ago. But we're posting this today. Why? Because the band is freaking killer, and there's never a bad time to post about booze.
Bumblefoot - "Little Brother Is Watching" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Bruce Moore on Mar 05, 2015
Little Brother Is Watching has a lot to offer, with songs that both stand alone and are easily accessible, radio-friendly rockers.

Rating: 8 / 10

RED - "of Beauty and Rage" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Josh Velliquette on Mar 04, 2015
RED have refocused on their roots, reintroduced those sweeping strings, and have crafted a gripping record full of emotionally charged hard rock songs.

Rating: 7.9 / 10

Underrated F*cking Albums: Vol. 4 featuring Army of Anyone, Megadeth, Across Tundras
Comments The Skinny » by: Chris Gonda on Mar 04, 2015
Underrated F*cking Albums is a series we're running on, well, albums we think are fucking underrated. Check this shit from: Army of Anyone, Megadeth, Across Tundras.
36 Crazyfists - "Time And Trauma" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Justin Franco on Mar 04, 2015
The latest release from Anchorage/Portland rockers 36 Crazyfists is not just a masterful balance of virtuosic metal riffs, beat-em-up breakdowns and hardcore punk attitude; it is a textbook example of what I wish metalcore still was.

Rating: 8 / 10

Periphery (w/ Nothing More, Wovenwar, Thank You Scientist) @ Irving Plaza (New York, NY) on February 12, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Christa Titus on Mar 03, 2015
Fans turned out in force to watch Periphery lead a four-band lineup at New York's Irving Plaza on Feb. 12, but with the standing-room-only venue rapidly filling up once the doors opened, it was clear the audience was also lured in by the three suppor…
Smash Into Pieces - "The Apocalypse DJ" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Mar 03, 2015
With a collective list of influences that include the likes of Alter Bridge, Nickelback and Shinedown, Swedish rockers Smash Into Pieces mould those influences into an impressive demonstration of modern rock.

Rating: 7 / 10

Antemasque - "Antemasque" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Justin Franco on Mar 03, 2015
Antemasque paints a picture in my mind's eye of The Strokes under the direction of Christopher Nolan – a darker, grittier, and yet fairly straightforward take on the indie-alternative genre.

Rating: 8.5 / 10

36 Crazyfists (w/ All Hail The Yet, Shvpes) @ O2 Academy 2 (Oxford, UK) on 19th February, 2015 [Show Review]
Comments Show Review » by: Graham Finney on Mar 03, 2015
36 Crazyfists made their long awaited to return to the UK recently and PureGrainAudio was on hand in Oxford to catch the final night of their UK tour.
Rob Zombie - "Spookshow International Live" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Mar 02, 2015
Rock showman Rob Zombie proves on his new live album that, even without the visual element of the performance, his repertoire is simply full of timeless classics.

Rating: 8 / 10

Various Artists - "Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Bruce Moore on Mar 02, 2015
As far as tribute albums go Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute is a good one. There are some interesting and unique takes on these classic tunes and, with the amount of talent assembled here in these 11 songs, you can't really go wrong.

Rating: 7.5 / 10

This is Turin - "Cercis" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Paul Howard on Mar 02, 2015
Ignore Cercis at your peril, This is Turin are coming and they will take no prisoners.

Rating: 9 / 10

Oceans Ate Alaska - "Lost Isles" [Album Review]
Comments Album Review » by: Graham Finney on Mar 02, 2015
Oceans Ate Alaska are really fucking talented and clearly crafted the music contained within Lost Isles with effortless ease.

Rating: 8 / 10

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!