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Mark Paterson
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The Top XVI of 20XVI
There was a lot of quality music released this year, but probably most notable was the Great Thrash Metal Revival.  The year saw new albums from Testament, Megadeth, Anthrax, Death Angel and Metallica.  In fact, the only classic thrash acts that didn't rele...
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I'm just not that excited about the new Metallica album
It is Thrash Metal Thursday, just like every Thursday, so it seems appropriate to do a thrash metal column. Here's the thing - 2016 has been an awesome year for thrash metal.  Anthrax, Megadeth and Death Angel have all released excellent material and the fi...
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Throttlerod - Turncoat album review
Life isn't always fair.  Shit happens.  Effort doesn't always lead to reward.  Bands that have produced consistently good music and toured their asses off don't always get the recognition. I've always rated Throttlerod as one such band since I heard their a...
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Sevendust - the albums, ranked!
This Friday, Sevendust play their first ever headline gig in Auckland. While I’ve seen the band live once – they played a brutal six-song set at Soundwave a few years ago – I’m super-excited for this show, having never seen a Sevendust headline gig. Even ...
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Anthrax - For All Kings album review
Rewind 30 years to March 1986. Metallica has just released Master of Puppets . Megadeth are recording Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? in between trips to their drug dealers. Anthrax, on the back of breakthrough album Spreading the Disease are about to rec...
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2016, a very metal preview
We're not even 2 weeks into 2016, and already it seems like there is a ton of great new music to look forward to.  The old trend whereby Jan/Feb would be quiet for new releases because everyone targeted a Nov/Dec release window to maximise Xmas sales seems ...
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RIP Soundwave Festival
Up until yesterday, there had been a freaking amazing hard
rock / metal festival run in Australia for the past 9 years called Soundwave.  It was that good, I flew over to Sydney for
the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 editions. 
Thanks to Soundwave Festival...
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The Top XV of 20XV
As I sat down to write this post, I realised it’s my first
(possibly only) blog post for the year.   Life gets in the way, I guess.   In
a year that had its challenges, music played a bigger part than ever, and while
I may not have blogged much, I sure as h...
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The best XIV albums of 2014...
It's time, of course, for the obligatory year-end post.  2014 was always shaping up to be a good year from the outset, largely thanks to the number of big names with new releases planned.  What was interesting was that a lot of the highlights actually came ...
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Hellyeah - Blood for Blood album review
Hellyeah's fourth album, Blood for Blood, is a noticeably different affair to their first three albums.  They've still got the same distinctive, aggressive groove metal sound (mostly), but there's a newfound sense of maturity here. To be fair, that's not th...
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