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Convulse - World Without God (Relapse/Riot)

One of my most frequent complaints with metal, across many genres, is an obsession with sounding old-school. As an outspoken proponent of innovation, it pains me to see so many talented bands saying "anything we do has already been done before and better". Imagine, then, my surprise at a band with what can only be described as an old-school sound who sound fresh and original in 2010 - despite the album being originally released in 1992.

Convulse's World Without God, from its particularly Stockholmesque piano intro through to the vaguely Floridan sounds of closer Powerstruggle of Belief is an

Jaded Heart - Perfect Insanity (Frontiers/Riot)

The tenth album from these rockers, is showing signs that things are starting to become a tad too well-formed.
Release Date: 
16 Oct 2009 - 9:30am

Perfect Insanity is the tenth album by rockers Jaded Heart. This is a band that is new to me though; I've managed to miss their previous nine albums somewhere along t

Voivod - Infini (Relapse/Riot)

Voivod's final album is more than just a tribute, it's a final trip down this unique road of metal that have made Voivod legends of metal.

When founding Voivod member and guitarist, Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour, died from cancer in 2005, he requested that the band make one last album using songs he had alrea

Praying Mantis – Sanctuary (Frontiers/Riot)

No nostalgia trip here, NWOBHM originals Praying Mantis deliver a stunning rock/AOR album with no sign of flab, grey hair or walking frames.

Brother’s Chris and Tino Troy first started playing back in the early seventies (Chris on bass and Tino on guitar

Cauldron - Chained To The Nite (Earache/Riot)

Cauldron are an outfit from Toronto, Canada. They formed after the breakup of Goat Horn, a truly awfully named band that featured Jason Decay as singer and bassist and Al Chambers on drums. After Goat Horn's demise, Decay and Chambers were joined by Ian Kilpatrick on guitar and Cauldron was born. Other than their 2007 four-track EP Into The Cauldron, this year’s Chained To The Nite is their debut release.
Release Date: 
6 Apr 2009 (All day)

On Cauldron's MySpace page, under the apparently misunderstood heading of “About”, we learn the following:

Inevitable End – The Severed Inception (Relapse/Riot)

Swedish metallers Inevitable End have had a path through brutal music from thrash to death and have ended up somewhere in the middle.
Release Date: 
23 Mar 2009 (All day)

Swedish metallers Inevitable End have had a path through brutal music from thrash to death and have ended up somewhere in the middle.