Sabaton inductees need look no further than Carolus Rex – this is the album that encapsulates the band’s unique style and sensitive subject matter, whilst still delivering a full-length that maintains consistency after six years.
While the mood of the do-it-yourself attitude of early second-wave black metal is all but absent on this tribute record, it is still a delight in terms of nostalgic charm – and while the holistic impression of the record is a little awkward and (obviously) not fresh, original creative output – but the admiration these bands hold for the halcyon days of black metal yore, and for Burzum, is undeniable.
Ahead of the release of their new single, emerging Brit rockers Sonder spoke to us about the songs that had the biggest impact on their sound.
As we bring November to a close soon, let us get you better acquainted with our “190 Proof” artist of the month, hardcore and punk band American Standards. Find out why they should be on your radar now, and for 2019!
Conceptually, Confusion Species by Oxygen Thief is a thought-provoking stroke of genius, but it is far from the sort of album you can throw on in the background.
Florida emo pioneers Dashboard Confessional make a triumphant return to the UK with a superb performance at London’s Koko supported by Black Foxxes.
American post-hardcore band, Our Last Night, hit Cape Town for a show at Mercury Live, along with support from Atlantic South, OneDaySky, You, Me and Harmony, and Last One Alive.
Disturbed’s newest album, Evolution (out now via Reprise Records), demonstrates what happens when a metal band grows together and ages well, like a bottle of fine scotch.
Ahead of the January 2019, release of their seven-song album Kindred: Act I, we connected with Red Cain vocalist Evgeniy Zayarny for a guest blog about their incredible lead single, “Wing of the Crow”, featuring Kobra And The Lotus front woman, Kobra Paige.
Happy Thanksgiving to our brothers from the south! In celebration of the creators of Black Friday, we we honour the prince of darkness, Ozzy Osborne, and his band Black Sabbath, not to mention the Americanos Pantera and Black Flag.
Chthonic’s newest album, Battlefields of Asura, ties together the events of their past four recordings to create a cohesive narrative that discusses the nuances and intricacies of rewritten history and activism. In this longform article, we explore the mythology and history which is interwoven in their lyrics.
Phoxjaw have caught attention without even breaking a sweat, and their sound is catchy and yet heavy to the point of filth. Frontman Danny Garland gives us a track-by-track of their début EP Goodbye Dinosaur, for fans of At the Drive-In and Cave In.
A swarm of underground metal and rock bands invaded Leeds University Union once again this month for the fourteenth installment of the UK’s Damnation Festival. PureGrainAudio was there to experience the now-legendary energy and diversity for which the festival is known.
Cevin Key’s Brap & Forth Vol. 8 showcases production over arrangement in a selection of outtakes and demos – but still captures the overall essence of Remission (1984) and Bites (1985), Skinny Puppy’s groundbreaking first two albums.
Revelations of the Red Sword is a deeply esoteric album, blessed with a huge presence and a constantly shifting undercurrent of unapologetic misanthropy. But it’s also a more refined expression than 2012’s Flesh Cathedral and a triumph for Iceland’s Svartidauði.
To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Eluveitie’s Slania is being re-released via Nuclear Blast; it’s a welcome opportunity to appreciate a band that are an important part of Switzerland’s musical identity.
Bohemian Rhapsody- starring Rami Malek, directed by Bryan Singer, and distributed by Twentieth Century Fox - is a solid movie about an iconic band and their fallible lead singer; just sit back and enjoy this love letter to Freddie Mercury.
My real beef with the state of reality TV shows today (especially Keeping up with the Kardashians) is it does not convey our current reality, but it is definitely trying to shape it into something ugly. It’s saying “Hey, we talk shit to each other in our family every day, but we look great doing it, and we resolve our issues in 30 minutes, so nothing here is really wrong.”
Due out via Transcending Obscurity, Dødsferd’s, Diseased Remnants of a Dying World is an excellent showcase of a long-running band that refuse to rest on their laurels and instead keep producing quality content.
Indie rock trio Saint Slumber offer us a track-by-track synopsis of their new EP YOUTH//2, released in September through Kingless Co. Records and Station House Recording.