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In Flames – Sounds Of A Playground Fading

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Published on: June 10, 2011

I get a bad feeling when I see a similarity of timings of tracks on an album. Usually it means the songs are a bit samey, and that is exactly the case with this new In Flames album. However, samey isn’t always a bad thing. It can suggest a consistent [...]

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Interview With Finnr’s Cane

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Published on: May 27, 2011

Some time ago Canadian Folk/Black metal band Finnr’s Cane released their Wanderlust album through Prophecy Productions. Alternative Matter’s very own Bruce Smeath was quite impressed by their forward thinking style of music. Enough reason to have a friendly chat with vocalist and guitar player The Bard about his band, its [...]

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The Fierce And The Dead – If It Carries On Like This We Are Moving To Morecambe

This is a curious one for me. If It Carries On Like This We Are Moving To Morecambe is an instrumental album by a three-piece band, one of whom happens to be Matt Stevens, the well-known (in not well-known circles) guitarist. Unusually, from what I can hear on this album, [...]

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Darkest Era – The Last Caress of Light

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Published on: May 12, 2011

Ooh, proper singing. I’d forgotten what that sounded like. Much as I’ve come to terms with cookie monster growling et al it makes a nice change to hear someone actually singing their heart out. And on The Last Caress of Light, Darkest Era’s excellent debut album, we get heart as [...]

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Finnr’s Cane – Wanderlust

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Published on: May 9, 2011

Okay, another review by a band I’ve never heard of.. Man, am I out of touch. Mind you, I must be picking something up because I can state with relative confidence that Finnr’s Cane fall into the atmospheric black metal category, which was new to me recently but as an [...]

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Altar Of Plagues – Mammal

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Published on: April 30, 2011

Okay, so the only thing I know about this band is that they are Irish. I’ve not heard anything by them before so we’ll have to see whether that’s a good or bad thing for the purpose of this review. If you’ve read anything else I’ve written you’ll notice I [...]

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Oceansize – Frames

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Published on: April 14, 2011

The thing I love about Frames, Oceansize’s third album, is that I don’t love everything on Frames. Does that make sense? Oceansize has actually done a track that I think is okay, at best. I’ll tell you which one in a minute. But for some reason, the fact that there [...]

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Oceansize – Everyone Into Position

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Published on: April 14, 2011

Writing a review for an album that came out six years ago is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. Instead of listening to each track and jotting down some notes about odd time signatures, explosive guitars, tender vocals and layers upon layers upon layers, I [...]

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Oceansize – Music For Nurses

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Published on: April 14, 2011

Sandwiched between the first and second albums, this five-track EP was released in October 2004 and incorporates elements of the first Oceansize album, Effloresce, whilst pointing the way to the second album which came out a year later. One out of ‘nONE’, the first track, is a pounding statement of [...]

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Oceansize – Effloresce

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Published on: April 14, 2011

This is how I got into Oceansize: I was flicking TV channels when I stopped on VH-1 or something similar. A video was playing. The drums were choppy and the guitars crunchy. I watched until the end but that was no more than 45 seconds. The title and artist came [...]

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