The Skinny: The Middle East metal scene is throwing out bands of staggering quality, none more so than Dubai-based epic death metal crew Voice Of The Soul. Intelligent, well-crafted and faultlessly executed, their Catacombs album is an album that will alter the way you perceive this often lambasted genre.

Issued to critical acclaim in their home country last year, Voice Of The Soul are about to give Catacombs a full worldwide release and have given PureGrainAudio the full exclusive album stream. So, read our review of this awesome slab of heavy music RIGHT HERE, then give Catacombs a spin.

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.