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July 2, 2012 1 Comment

3 New Zealand bands to watch out for: Beastwars, Exordium Mors, and Heavy Metal Ninjas

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These days, it can no longer be said that New Zealand bands aren’t living up to their international counterparts. Although our local scene is still small and incestuous, the quality of releases and Beastwars Beastwars are a Wellington four-piece who have been regarded for a long time as one of […]

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June 12, 2012 0 Comments

Steff Metal reviews Jess and the Ancient Ones

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Jess and the Ancient Ones are a Finnish “occult metal” outfit signed to Svart Records, the Finnish label famed for beautiful vinyl releases, so it’s no surprise you can also get this album as a beautifully-packaged gatefold vinyl. When I’m told a band is “occult metal”, I expect something closer […]

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May 9, 2012 0 Comments

Steff Metal reviews Zebulon Pike “Space Is the Corpse of Time”

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Have you ever listened to an album and had a hard time deciding if it’s brilliant or just downright absurd? This is how I usually feel about Zebulon Pike. Formed in 2002, the band’s previous releases – such as And Blood Was Passion (2004) and The Deafening Twilight (2006) – […]

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February 21, 2012 0 Comments

Review: Spiral – The Traveller

What do you get when you cross Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree with Rip Van Winkle and space cowboys? That would be Spiral – a 2-piece prog rock band from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their 2011 release, The Capital in Ruins, begun a modern retelling of Rip Van Winkle, only Rip […]

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February 12, 2012 0 Comments

Review: Workhorse – Fire Before All

I got this folder on my desktop titled “Awesome Stuff to be reviewed,” that’s filled with about-to-expire download links, and an iPod bursting with metal from bands all over the world. There are simply not enough hours in the day to listen to and appreciate all this wicked metal you […]

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