A MONTH IN REVIEW: January 2015

Hello and welcome to DEAD PRESS!’ first Month in Review. January has seen some impressive releases from both sides of the pond but sadly there just isn’t enough time in the day to listen to them all. That’s why we have highlighted the top three releases of the month that are simply essential listening. So in no particular order, let’s dive right in.

 

SYLOSIS – DORMANT HEART

 
 

Release Date: January 12th, 2015
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Website: www.sylosis.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sylosis
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sylosis

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British riff kings Sylosis make a welcome appearance on this round up with their fourth album ‘Dormant Heart‘. Described by our own Jack King as “a graceful walk of the line between 90s-00s heavy thrash and melodic death metal”, ‘Dormant Heart‘ is a must listen for any metalhead. While their past releases have been nothing short of exemplary, Sylosis have massively upped their game with album number four granting them the global recognition they truly deserve.

Review:
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PERIPHERY – JUGGERNAUT ALPHA/OMEGA

 
 

Release Date: January 26th, 2015
Label: Sumerian Records
Website: www.periphery.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/peripheryband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/peripheryband

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Not exactly known for doing things half assed, guitar wizards Periphery have knocked all previous expectations out of the fucking park with their mammoth double album ‘Juggernaut‘. They have achieved the impossible, twice, by a) creating a double album that is in no way long winded or drawn out and b) made experimental prog metal accessible and even radio-friendly in the case of ‘Alpha’. Make sure to read our review below and find out more about ‘Juggernaut‘, and for the love of god, go and see them support Devin Townsend on his UK tour, you will NOT regret it.

Review:
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MARILYN MANSON – THE PALE EMPEROR

 
 

Release Date: January 19th, 2015
Label: Cooking Vinyl / Hell, etc.
Website: www.marilynmanson.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/marilynmanson
Twitter: www.twitter.com/marilynmanson

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It’s been a long time since Marilyn Manson has done anything noteworthy, however his latest release ‘The Pale Emperor‘ proves that he has still plenty to offer. Now that MTV’s go-to king of shock is nearing the half a century benchmark, his music reflects that, as album number nine takes a more mature and subdued approach. Manson has often collaborated with acclaimed director and infamous nut-job David Lynch who is a big fan of music, with bluesy/jazz being his genre of choice. ‘The Pale Emperor‘ adapts the stripped-back, toe-tapping, moodish blues often found on Lynchian soundtracks while still slapping you around the head with some heavier numbers also. This new direction is laced in nostalgic bites from the ‘Holy Wood‘ era and shows the world that the God of Fuck is far from dead.

Review:
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Written by Andy Roberts (@sassensquatch)