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Martyr – You Are Next Thrash Metal Veterans from The Netherlands strike hard with fourth comeback album, and first in five years, injecting the best elements of thrash and power metal in one merciless offering. Opener, ‘Into The Darkest Of All Realms’ begins with a creepy child talking to grab attention before charging into classic thrash sounds that make you nostalgic, with impressive fast shred guitars and soaring flawless vocals that fit the instrumentation like a glove, this is a crushing start. ‘Inch By Inch’ ramps up the heavy believe it or not. This is destructive metal as it should be, with relentless stomping riffage, and aggressive demanding vocals that are unpredictable and mould to the twist and turns of the hell bent instruments. ‘Souls Breathe’ explodes into the highest gear, with high piercing guitars, mental growled bursts of noise, and far reaching clean vocals, the result an intense power thrash metal at its best, this must be heard. ‘Crawl’ has a suspenseful atmospheric eerie spoken intro before all hell breaks loose, with blazing guitars, in your face fierce vocals with complex rhythms and instruments, this is one of the most brutal offerings. To end this exhilarating album, they unconventionally close on a speedy cover of ‘Don’t Need Your Money’ by British Heavy Metal band, Raven, which they pull of wonderfully in a discordant and extremely melodic manner. Good job for us that Martyr triumphantly reformed back in 2001, as after all this time they are tearing up the thrash metal scene spectacularly by fusing together classic feel good metal with modern twists, creating powerful passionate and brutal metal that all can ravage. CL

Dead By Wednesday – Darkest of Angels This Metal act have been going for a decade, but have had some trials and tribulations recently, and gone through a transformation. In 2015 frontman, Joe Morbidelli departed the band due to his battle with addiction. The bands response and reaction to this is the basis of new album, ‘Darkest Of Angels’, with the theme centred around this dark issue in honour of him. But not only that, each song features a guest vocalist from well-known metal bands, old and new, including past and present vocalists of Shadow's Fall, Exodus, Generation Kill, Mushroom Head, Flotsam & Jetsam and more. The album also introduces new singer, Rob Roy from Ma and other members Joey Concepcion on guitar (who also plays in Armageddon), Opus on drums (who also plays with Marc Rizzo of Soulfly) and Mike Modeste on bass, so quite a lot of talent flying around, making them a mighty force to be reckoned with. So let’s dive in to this vast pit of metal goodies... To start with have, ‘Live Again’ with Brian Fair of Shadows Fall & Overcast, this is a hard hitting melodic fierce rampage, which does an excellent job of kicking things off and is one of the stand out moments on the album. ‘Donner’s Pass’ follows, the guest here is Rob Dukes of Generation Kill/ex-Exodus, who sings dark horrific lyrics such as “I’m a cannibal, feasting on human flesh”, add in blazing guitars and heavy as hell instruments and you have a killer song that you won’t forget in a hurry. ‘The Surgeon’ is the only song to feature their new vocalist, Rob Roy, who has a soothing voice, that leaves you hanging on to every word intently, with his impressive capabilities in this sorrowful rock acoustic. It also features some grand, almost exotic sounding guitar work which is very pleasing. This song is not what you expect from a song titled ‘surgeon’, especially considering an earlier song mentioned ‘cannibal’. This again is another must hear, and seems the band picked a worthy and highly adept singer to take the spotlight. We see a massive change of sound in ‘Defining Fire’, featuring Anthony Armageddon & Waylon Reavis formerly of Mushroom head, with demonic vocals from Waylon who sounds like a crazied pyromaniac, with energetic riffs and nice contrasting clean vocals, this is extremely flammable, I mean infectious. Closing song, ‘Real When I’m Dead’, sees AK of Flotsam & Jetsam step up to present a heavy slab of hard rock at its best, in an alarming ensemble of brutality. The song is well thought out and constructed, and fittingly seems to stop and then come back with a vengeance. CL

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Issue 37 of Stencil Mag  

Features interviews from the following: Saosin / Thrice / letlive / Goo Goo Dolls / Shinedown / Architects / Rival Sons / Anti Flag / Halest...

Issue 37 of Stencil Mag  

Features interviews from the following: Saosin / Thrice / letlive / Goo Goo Dolls / Shinedown / Architects / Rival Sons / Anti Flag / Halest...

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