published October 2009

Astra - The Weirding (Metal Blade/Riot)

This album should be in a gatefold sleeve with the vertigo swirling logo on the record, frayed cover, someone’s name writ in pen on the label and playing on a big ass old quadraphonic unit with the bass turned up loud.

If I didn’t know better I would swear this was one of those obscure 70’s Euro prog rock private pressings that you see commanding hundreds of bucks on eBay and feted by blogs and knowle

Blood and Metal under the Southern Cross - Slayer's Kerry King

A Hulking, imposing and undisputed god of metal, Kerry King, guitarist of the fabled and celebrated Slayer talks to Metal as Fuck on their unprecedented tour of Australia in partnership with Megadeth.

While I was waiting for Slayer founding guitarist Kerry King to arrive at a conference room tucked away in a stately five-star hotel in Melbourne, Australia, a por

Subarachnoid Space - Eight Bells (Crucial Blast)

Try to describe a moment under the effects of lysergic acid; as soon as your mind has fixed upon the words that may fit what you are trying to say, what was once crystal clear immediately is not - as you realise it is so much more and the words cannot possibly capture what you mean! This music is exactly like that. Enthralling. Captivating. Intoxicating. Words fail to capture or explain what this music is.

Still, I will try to explain this release, and perhaps if you find my descriptions intriguing enough you will listen to it and hear what I mean.

Ace Frehley – Anomaly (Bronx Born/Riot Entertainment)

Break out your greasepaint, space boots and smoking guitar - the spaceman is back and it’s almost like he’d never been away.

It has been some two decades between solo albums but former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s new album picks up right from where he left off.  Earlier, &nbs

Wild Child at Heart - A conversation with Steve Vai

If you haven’t heard of Steve Vai, you probably think a Fender should be attached to a car. Talking to the rather articulate legendary guitar virtuoso, we discuss (his project) 'Where the Wild Things Are', beekeeping and his dear musical brother-in-arms, Devin Townsend.

Steve Vai, former member of Whitesnake, Alcatrazz, Frank Zappa’s band, G3 and a host of other rock music projects is lauded

Steve Vai - Where The Wild Things Are [DVD] (Favored Nations/Riot)

Taking full advantage of the visual format, Steve Vai and the String Theories band put on an amazing gig. This DVD features some cool twists and suprises to delight your aural and visual senses.

For an such an expressive artist as Steve Vai, the DVD format is somewhat of a living canvas that has many different audio and visual paints that can be worked with.

Laudanum - The Coronation (20 Buck Spin/Earsplit)

Like a dose of opiates, Laudanum deliver an experience transfixing, of numbing slowness and intensely dark atmosphere, on their second full length album, The Coronation.

I must admit I have not heard Laudanum's first full length album – The Apotheker, released by Unknown Controller Records

Summer Breeze Festival 2009. Day 3: Friday

Bands of day 3: Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Battlelore, Entombed, Firewind, Life Of Agony, Protest The Hero, Raunchy, Sabaton and The Other

Summer Breeze Festival 2009. Day 2: Thursday

Bands of day 2: Backyard Babies, Beneath The Massacre, Deadlock, Grand Magus, Jack Slater, Katatonia, Misery Index, Psycroptic, Suffocation, Sylosis, The Red Chord, Vader, Walls Of Jericho

Burnt by the Sun - Heart of Darkness (Relapse/Riot)

After six years, Burnt By The Sun finally return with their swansong, named after Joseph Conrad's seminal novel, which Count Gorlock claims to have read, although we reckon he's only saying that to appear all sensitive and intelligent to women so he can get his squalid little end away. Anyhoo...

This review is going to be hard.