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Masters Of Reality – Deep In The Hole

After working with Queens Of The Stone Age Chris Goss reactivated Masters Of Reality again with this time a host of QOTSA affiliates being a part of the live and recording line-up. This resulted in a studio album, entitled Deep In The Hole and Flak ‘N’ Flight, the subsequent live album. Let’s take a closer look on what effect all these guest had on Deep In The Hole. Continue reading


Masters Of Reality – Welcome To The Western Lounge

Chris Goss is mostly known as being a producer for bands like Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss, Auf Der Mauer and a solo album by Ian Astbury (The Cult). In his spare time he records and tours with Masters Of Reality, his own band. It’s pretty much a low-key affair, but the sheer of albums like Sunrise On The Sufferbus (1992), Welcome To The Western Lounge (1999) and Deep In The Hole (2001) cannot be denied. This review focusses on Welcome To The Western Lounge. Let’s start loungin’.. Continue reading

Red Fang – Murder The Mountains

Retro never gets out of style, as the saying goes. Apparently it’s fashionable again to play dirty seventies inspired heavy rock. The recent success of Valiant Thorr and Kvelertak is based on that revival. Portland based Red Fang try to get their piece of the action with their latest album, entitled Murder The Mountains. Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading

The Haunted – Unseen

Once labelled as a mere Slayer clone, The Haunted have come a long way. Especially with the return of singer Peter Dolving the band started to break out from their thrash metal confinements. Albums like rEVOLVEr (2004) en Versus (2008) are still more or less thrash metal based, while The Dead Eye (2006) has quite an experimental edge. This years marks the release of the latest album by Dolving and Co, simply entitled Unseen. Continue reading

Cathedral – The Guessing Game

With albums such as Forest Of Equilibrium and The Ethereal Mirror, Cathedral cemented their place in doom metal history. With each successive album after that the band moved towards a more rock orientated sound, especially on Caravan Beyond Redemption and The VIIth Coming. On Garden Of Unearthly Delights the band incorporated more progressive influences. On their latest album, entitled The Guessing Game, Lee Dorian and Co are back in full swing with a punishing ninety minutes worth of music spread out over two compact discs. Continue reading

Monster Magnet – Mastermind

The last couple of years it seemed that Monster Magnet were on the verge of disappearing into obscurity. Albums such as God Says No, Monolithic Baby and 4-Way Diablo were decent albums, but never quite managed to recapture the magic of Superjudge and Dopes To Infinity. On top of this all singer, guitarist and mastermind Dave Wyndorf overdosed on prescription drugs, yet he luckily survived. Not the best of circumstances to release a new album, but  nevertheless here’s Mastermind! Continue reading

Oceansize – Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up

A friend of mine recommended Oceansize to me. I’m glad I checked them out, because I was completely blown away by the originality and intricacy of Everyone Into Position and especially Frames. When I got the news that the band is going to release a new album I was hellbound on reviewing it. Here it is, my review of Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up! Continue reading

Spiritual Beggars – Return To Zero

After a very gruesome touring schedule with his main band Arch Enemy and the infamous Carcass reunion, Michael Amott finally had some time to work on new material for Spiritual Beggars. This is his fun band where he can spread his love for seventies rock bands such as Rainbow, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. To cut a long story short, the band are back with their seventh full length, entitled Return To Zero. Continue reading

Sahg – III

Norway is well-known for its high profile contribution to metal in general, especially in the extreme metal sector. There are also bands who are active in the lighter side of the spectrum, such as Audrey Horne and Sahg. This last group, consisting of members from Audrey Horne and Gorgoroth, play a form of Black Sabbath influenced hardrock/doom metal with slightly progressive undertones. The guys are back with their third full length, simply entitled III. Continue reading

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