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Letheria – Death Principle

Letheria are a hardcore thrash band from Finland. Formed in 1998 these guys have released seven demo’s, three E.P’s and now finally a full length album, Death Principle, only the 20 years later! At first I’m finding it hard to work out what it is Letheria are about. The first …

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P.O.D – Circles

90’s nu-metal band P.O.D are back with a new album – Circles. A Christian metal band, Payable on Death (abbreviated to P.O.D), they’ve had remarkably few lineup changes, with the current lineup being the same as the band had in 1994. For this album P.O.D teamed up with L.A. production …

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Jason Becker – Triumphant hearts

In 1987 Jason Becker released his first album, Speed metal symphony as part of the duo Cacophony with Marty Friedman. They released a second album before breaking up and Jason Becker then went on to release several solo albums. Then in 1996 he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) …

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Molars – Tight, But Not Groundbreaking

Based in Nottingham, United Kingdom, Molars are a Midwest Emo/Pop-Punk trio formed in 2018. Their debut EP Tight, But Not Groundbreaking will be released on 14th December. For fans of Tiny Moving Parts, Taking Back Sunday, American Football, and The 1975. What band they fail to add to this impressive …

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Lacuna Coil -The 119 Show – Live In London

The passage of time becomes very apparent  when sitting down with this sprawling cd set. It is strange to hear thank-you for 20 years, I would not have pegged it at anything like that much time. Admittedly I lost touch with Lacuna Coil around the Karmacode album during their ascent. …

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Aria – Curse Of The Seas

Aria, formed in 1985, was the first Russian Heavy Metal band to break through to mainstream media and commercial success. The media dubbed these guys the ‘Russian’ Iron Maiden. Interestingly enough, most of the bands lyrics are written by professional poets. Mixed by Roy Z and mastered by Maor Appelbaum, this …

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Radiant – Radiant

      Germany’s latest exponents of classic Hard Rock, Radiant announce themselves with a rip roaring self titled debut   Formed in Northern Germany in 2014, Radiant have been busy assembling an album of so many fist pumping Rock anthems, that it’s in danger of becoming an instant classic. …

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Dirge – Lost Empyrean

      French sonic landscape gardeners Dirge return to the fore with a new album entitled ‘Lost Empyrean’   Some bands are just simply born with it, flowing through their very DNA, things just seem to click into place so easily. Dirge fall into that category, making the most …

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Homicide Hagridden – Effect Lucifero

Slayer may be all but finished but this Italian quartet will be keeping their memory alive in what is their third full length album in incredibly 14 years. This is actually a re-release from 2016. Only difference is a bonus track, ‘Black As War’. This album could easily be a …

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Def Leppard – Hysteria – The Singles

Def Leppard are really ending the year with a bang. Not only are they touring the UK playing the Hysteria album in full, but they’re also releasing a “best of” compilation album with tracks spanning most of their career. That’s not all though – they’re also releasing “Hysteria – The …

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Gang – All For One

Once again it’s time to bang our heads with the five French lunatics Gang and their latest studio release All For One, recently released via Underground Investigation. The press release statement of “Old school heavy metal” is reinforced by the CD inlay of “The flame of heavy metal is still …

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Anneke van Giersbergen – Symphonized

In May 2018, Dutch singer Anneke van Giersbergen performed two very special shows with an orchestra – Residentie Orkest The Hague. Since making her mark as the singer in The Gathering, Anneke van Gierbergen has been a very influential singer and is cited by singers suchas Nightwish’s Floor Jansen as …

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Little Red Kings – Callous

Norwich band Little red kings are a Norwich based band, who have recorded this, their new album, at their own studio (Goat pen studios). Little red kings play music that’s primarily roots rock with alternative rock and blues influences. If that seems like it’s not a particularly helpful description then …

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The Last Band – Hisingen

There’s something unreserved about post-hardcore rock outfit The Last Band, who hail from Gothenburg Sweden. Hisingen their third album is accomplished but there’s a rawness to the 11 tracks which are brutally honest about the world as they see it, and they want to share that with you, ‘animals of …

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