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Bring Me The Horizon – DiE4u Single Review

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Tackling addiction seems to be an ever-present theme with Bring Me‘s music and this new addition to their dysfunctional family is no different.

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Lyrics with intent accompanied with a mammoth pack of intoxicating instrumentals – it’s all come full circle back to the Bring Me The Horizon we all know and love. Chaos inhabited with the devil, DiE4u is the next abbreviating tone from Bring Me – and is the next chapter post-POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR in 2020.

A bellowing Sykes screech matched with throttling synth and devastating drum kits kick off an adventurous return to a world of hope and anguish that was … actually not too dissimilar to POST HUMAN that was really, all about finding out when is it we’re free and that desirable itch for the cure.

Despite being a long way from the likes of Suicide Season, I do personally enjoy the direction the band took since That’s The Spirit in 2015. Although it careens the band away from the sovereign genres of hardcore and “heavy” metal (use heavy in the loosest of terms), it is still an emphatic turn of events that has drawn in a huge fanbase that do swoon over anything they create.

Oddly simply but all-the-more satisfying, I’m looking forward to more from the blood-sodden Sheffield quintet.

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Metallica: 20 Years On – The Black Album

After 20 years on from its initial release in 1991, Metallica’s The Black Album is seen as the prophecy to metal.

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With the record holding phenomenal magnitude and depth to the band’s creative journey, the Black Album has become an integral part of history in metal and rock music.

With anything deemed as a “classic” or a “phenomenal record”, I always think that the record at first release was shunned and dismissed. The Black Album was no different. But over time, the 1991 creation not only re-sparked those once lost in the plethora of otherworldly genres, but also revitalised the band themselves.

“Vulnerable” soft ballad Nothing Ever Matters is an intermittent metal classic that is now iconic in every way. The thicker and starker approach they took plundered those not into rock, eventually into rock.

To celebrate, some of the industry’s finest have come together in a collaborative feast of feats. In where restrictions are ultimately nullified, the album sees the likes of Elton John, Royal Blood, Sam Fender and Alessia Clare, record beautiful interpretations of the record collection.

The Metallica Blacklist can be listened to NOW.

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Sorely Missed: The Work of Joey Jordison

Owing my drum career and music fascination to Slipknot’s initial work, I thought it was important to bear a worthy mention to the drumming legend of Joey Jordison. Ferocious, formidable and horrendously evil when it came to producing drumming doubles, he will be sorely missed within the metal drumming community. Especially with his founding work with Slipknot. A band that were – and still are – one of the biggest and greatest metal band in the world.

Regardless of the downfall he may have undertook due to health issues, the sheer icon he portrayed whilst in the eyes of us on stage is overwhelming. When I first heard the news last night, I was shocked to my very core. With me thoroughly devastated and him – a sorely missed family member of the drumming community.

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Sleep Token – ‘Sundowning’ Album Review

Eternally divinine, Sleep Token are one of the most unique new underground acts in the heavy rock and progressive metal heading to leave its quarters of worship and share its beauty with us.

Definitive, powerful and expertly put together, Sundowning is one of my favourites that I just keep coming back to, simply to relive. I implore everyone else to do the same.

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But, don’t be put off by the glorious display of devil-like incarnations, this album is not to be trifled or spited with. Like inhabited spirits, they simply create abounding music – and simply worship those creatives before them.

Like carefully aligned pieces of music, for me, the album invokes a masterpiece – and I love it. Beautiful melodic performances, a sorrowful vocalist, the precisely-timed chaos of the arching drums, and the illusion and mystery that invokes such a piece is enough to upkeep conversations going about just how strong the progressive-metal scene is in the UK.

The sheer anonymity of the British collective just adds further to the mystery, too. Songs such as, The Offering, Dark Signs and The Night Does Not Belong to God are somewhat showing their worship to an ancient deity that can only be identified by ‘Sleep’, who appeared to the band’s lead singer, ‘Vessel’, in a dream.

I know about it just as much as you do, but you’ve got to admit it’s pretty darn cool. But where frantic progressive-metal reins in their expressiveness, moments of fleeting beauty appear so softly in the ambient tranquil of such songs like, Levitate and Give.

The album does not begin to falter though, with elements of rage – maybe due to the lack of worshipping to their inhabitants – driving us straight into Gods and Say That You Will. The full 12-listing of the album ends with a beauty that I can’t stop repeating – Blood Sugar. A chorus of melodic piano, a hymn of vocals and progressive rhythmic art, it’s a worthy contender to end it right.

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If they’re planning on delighting the Gods with this as The Offering, the Vessel, and his collaborative collective, should be mightily satisfied with their efforts.