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CD Review: Rise Of The Heraldic Beasts by Jaldaboath


If upon hearing this band you are not overcome with a wave of joy, you may wish to consult your GP. A bombastic fusion of medieval melodies and low-fi metal madness, Rise Of The Heraldic Beasts sings tales of valiant knights, fair maidens and tyrannical barons with a gleeful pomposity. There has clearly been a lot of love put into these songs, despite what appear to be financial shortcomings. The somewhat muddy production reveals what was likely a very limited budget, but the ambition and creativity that went into the song writing makes the cheapness a non-factor. Like a Monty Python sketch or a Japanese monster movie, the low budget is overshadowed by how entertaining the material is, and this album is chock-full of riotous tunes fit for charging into battle to. It’s not a hugely progressive or thought-provoking piece by any stretch. It’s a comedy record made by a bunch of blokes with a lot of fun ideas and not lot of money, and really that’s all it needs to be.


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Dane Pavitt

As a university fresher in the big world, curiosity brought me to the local rock & metal bar, where for the first time I heard the likes of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Pantera and Slayer. Since then I’ve played as a rock DJ across the midlands, hosted my own radio show, seen dozens of bands at concerts and festivals, and become an entirely better person because of the influence of music, as my library continues to expand and diversify. Other favourites include Black Sabbath, Dio, Queen, David Bowie, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, The Who, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Depeche Mode, The Prodigy, Nightwish, Danzig, Brendon Small, Devin Townsend, Testament, Emperor, Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Neil Diamond and countless others, though I’ll listen to anything that sparks an opinion.

Cheers and horns up!