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Metal Review Round Up III: Rebel Wizard, Lift the Medium, Holy Grail,

It’s been a while since I did a round up post, but here ya go. Point to note, if you wish to leave me feedback you can leave a comment below or email hevykevy@unappreciatedscholars.com – don’t look for me on Twitter, ’cause I ain’t there no more! Enjoy! Rebel Wizard: “Invocation of the Miserable Ones” I have a lot of respect for anyone that can put together a one person band. The times we live in makes it easier than ever, given the technology available. However, nothing can substitute having a second pair of ears to act as a critique […]

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Unappreciated MiniCast 20: Please Don’t Die in a Volcano

My love for The Cowards Choir has been no secret. The band are currently working on the upcoming full length album Name the Fear and they’re running a PledgeMusic campaign to get it all moving. I stand fully behind The Cowards Choir, having been following the works of Andy Zipf for over 10 years now. Check out what all the fuss is about and preorder if you like what you hear. The second part of the show involves Steven not being able to easily pronounce Icelandic words. New Icelandic outfit Katla have provided a teaser track for what will hopefully […]

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Review: Novallo II

In an age where metal has more sub genres than there are styles of music, Novallo is one of those rare bands that can’t really be pigeon holed. There’s a wealth of influences on show here from Faith No More, through Tool, with some jazz, synth and Tom Morello thrown into the mix. The simplest way to define it is just “metal”, but it’s the kind of metal that people you know that don’t generally listen to metal would enjoy, thanks to a combination of crisp radio friendly production and some massive hooky choruses. First thing to note, as I […]

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Bowie.

I’m not going to write some kind of elaborate obituary for arguably one of the most influential musicians of our time. This isn’t going to be an exhaustive career retrospective. There’s people who are far bigger fans of his than I, and there are people that possess a better way with words and are more qualified than I to do those kinds of pieces. I’m also not going to lie to you and say I have most, if not all of his records. I don’t. I have one, possibly two “best of” or “singles collection” albums kicking around. So now we’ve […]

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Album Review – ctznshp All Things To The Sea

Soft synth notes start. They breeze into a quick, but subtle drumbeat. Add in leading guitar and what can only be described as the vocal love child of Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and The Cure’s Robert Smith… …Wait. Is there a John Hughes movie on? Nah, I’m just listening to ctznshp’s 2015 album, All Things To The Sea. Oddly enough, even though things start out with a pop like feel, I first heard their song “New Brave” in an early episode of USA’s Mr. Robot. (If you’ve watched the show, you know how dark it can get. If you haven’t seen […]

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Ease Into 2016 With These Auditory Treats

Some new years party their way in, rocking around the clock with joyous tunes. Others don funereal garb and drink into the wee hours. But most of them come to a screeching halt that first week after the holiday break, with early alarms and stunned faces trying desperately to remember what it was they were supposed to be working on. We have the cure for that rude shock: three new or recent short releases full of the twinkling lights, snow-sparkling ambience, and peaceful days on the couch you’re missing from December. The first is the first-of-the-year single from Southern Voyagers. […]

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Review: Gama Bomb – “Untouchable Glory”

Nordie (that’s Northern Ireland for those not familiar) thrash merchants Gama Bomb have been on the go for quite a while at this stage, but with their kung fu inspired new album “Untouchable Glory” I feel they’ve finally hit the highs that they’ve been striving for. Not to diss their previous releases, but this record feels more focused and is produced in such a way that the quality of the songs are really shown in their best possible light. Not only that, but the cover art is killer to boot. Gama Bomb are pretty much a two speed band. Fast, […]

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The Unskippables: 6 Underground

I’ve always had a soft spot for songs that have an air of sleaze about them. Not the ostentatious boastings of hip hop (although that can be an artform unto itself) but a song that sends a tingle down the spine and leaves the listener feeling a little bit dirty for having listened to it, something that skirts around the darker edges of society and can tantalise and tease with its subject matter or delivery. “Stupid Girl” by Garbage is a perfect example of this, as is “King of the kerb” by Echobelly and the headline act of this edition […]

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The Future of the Unappreciated MiniCast

Greetings, dear readers and listeners. I’m sad to announce that our time on Aggro Driver ’81 has come to an end. Because of the politics of music in the United States in 2015, the Aggro Driver ’81 streaming radio channel is going away as of December 31, 2015. But fret not, because both Aggro Driver ’81 and the Unappreciated MiniCast will continue to live on in other ways. Aggro Driver ’81 will live on as The Justice Code – follow on Twitter @thejusticecode. Dan has curated some excellent Spotify playlists that can be heard for free on the Spotify app. […]

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