recent from Signed Bands Anuryzm – Worm’s Eye View
  Good things come to those who wait. It’s an old cliché that rarely can be applied to the music industry. We waited for Chinese Democracy. It was terrible. We waited for Time I. It wasn’t that good. However, that’s the audience waiting. When the band...
recent from Unsigned Bands Burn The Water – Eschatological
I love the internet. It’s just brilliant, isn’t it? For a start, it’s a repository of almost limitless information. If you want to know about something, no matter how random or niche, the internet can help you find it. In recent years, it’s also become a platform for musicians. More and more small...
recent from Live Shows Devin Townsend Project – Northumbria Uni Student Union 23/10/12
For quite a few years I’ve been a big Devin Townsend fan. In fact, since I first heard Ziltoid The Omniscient, I’ve been captivated by his particular brand of progressive metal with a twisted sense of humour. However, over the years I’ve never been ale to see him live. Not for the lack of...
recent from Albums You Should Own Wintersun – Wintersun
There’s precious few albums that I’ve heard over the years which have made me prick up my ears, turn my head to the source of the sound like a cat and ask “Who the fuck is that and why haven’t I heard them before?” Off the top of my head the only ones I...

Anuryzm Interview

One of the brightest stars of the middle eastern metal scene, Anuryzm came out as a huge surprise to the western world last year. Their debut album, Worm’s Eye View, is equal parts enormous, equal parts stunning (if you don’t believe me, check out my review right here: http://mwdreviews.com/anuryzm-worms-eye-view/ ). To get a better perspective on the band and...

Anuryzm – Worm’s Eye View

  Good things come to those who wait. It’s an old cliché that rarely can be applied to the music industry. We waited for Chinese Democracy. It was terrible. We waited for Time I. It wasn’t that good. However, that’s the audience waiting. When the band has to wait it can bring forth refined brilliance. Anuryzm may have...

Top 10 of 2012

So here we go folks, it’s that time of year again. Time for me to run down my top 10 albums of 2012. It’s been a great year for music, that for definite. I’ve listened to some fantastic albums and been exposed to some amazing music from places I would never have expected. But i’ve done the decent thing and condensed my 10 favourite releases this year so...

The Algorithm Interview

As many of you may have noticed, I adored Polymorphic Code, the debut album from French producer/DJ/mentalist, The Algorithm. It’s a tour-de-force of bizarre mashups and genre twisting concepts all wrapped together in an insane electronica/progressive metal package. Frankly, it’s nuts, but at the same time it’s fucking brilliant. But what of the man...

Competition

Ho, ho, ho, yes it’s that time of year where the fat guy with the beard bestows among the nice people presents of immense worth. No, I’m not talking about that Santa imposter, no, I mean me! Yes, it’s that time of year where I bring forth the MWD Reviews Winter Competition! And what a competition we have for you this year folks. One lucky reader is going to...

The Algorithm – Polymorphic Code

Boots and cats, boots and cats. Normally, when someone mentions dance music, that’s what I think of. I’ve never been a huge fan of dance music and electronica as a matter of course. Not because I’m a narrow minded metalhead, but mostly because the mid to high tempo, straight 4/4, over produced, over compressed sound of dance...

The Great Ticket Robbery

I like going to gigs. It’s a simple sentiment, but it’s the truth. I enjoy putting my money into a band’s pocket while they get up on stage and let me witness their music in all it’s glory. It’s one of my favourite pleasures, as a music fan how could you not love it? It may have escaped your attention but in the next few weeks, the Rolling Stones...

Geoff Tate – Kings & Thieves

It was earlier this year when the music world was shaken by the news stories of the widening split within prog-metal legends Queensryche. Stories of band members pulling weapons on each other, threats of extreme litigation and a hell of a lot of bad blood finally came to a head when their vocalist of the last 30 or so years, Geoff...

Devin Townsend Project – Northumbria Uni Student Union 23/10/12

For quite a few years I’ve been a big Devin Townsend fan. In fact, since I first heard Ziltoid The Omniscient, I’ve been captivated by his particular brand of progressive metal with a twisted sense of humour. However, over the years I’ve never been ale to see him live. Not for the lack of trying but often when I’ve been trying to make arrangements to...

Burn The Water – Eschatological

I love the internet. It’s just brilliant, isn’t it? For a start, it’s a repository of almost limitless information. If you want to know about something, no matter how random or niche, the internet can help you find it. In recent years, it’s also become a platform for musicians. More and more small and large artists are using the internet as a new means to get music...

Between The Buried And Me, Periphery and The Safety Fire: O2 Academy 2, Newcastle

Tech metal can be like a drug. It really can be. If you don’t get an appropriate fix at a regular interval then all hell can break loose. You get sweats, shakes, you’re begging for a massive breakdown or a 16th diminished tapping lick just to get you through the day. It’s fine for those folks in London or Manchester, they can OD all they want on every little tech metal...

Muse – The 2nd Law

I’m a massive Muse fan. I have been ever since I saw the video for Muscle Museum on the Q music channel way back in 1999 (I think). Muse have always fuelled my intrigue, I’ve never been sure how they’ve managed to do what they do. They fuse progressive rock sensibilities with electronic music and somehow manage to get constant...

Opensight – The Voice Of Nothing

As music fans, we all experience those moments of sheer brilliance where a new band is introduced to you in the most innocuous of circumstances and they absolutely floor you. It happened to me last year when Enzo from Xternals randomly emailed me and asked for a review of their Fistful Of Infinity album. It also happened to me when...

Wintersun – Wintersun

There’s precious few albums that I’ve heard over the years which have made me prick up my ears, turn my head to the source of the sound like a cat and ask “Who the fuck is that and why haven’t I heard them before?” Off the top of my head the only ones I can think of are Iron Maiden’s Brave New World, Steve Vai’s Passion...

Steve Harris – British Lion

We all know Steve Harris. Yes, the bass player from Iron Maiden, that’s the one. Well it would seem that after 30 years of writing, recording and touring with Maiden he wants to break out and do something new. So ‘Arry has drafted in a collection of musicians to form a band for his debut solo effort, British Lion. Now, it’s...