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Megadeth – Warheads on foreheads

It’s been 34 years since the first Megadeth album came out – and I’m sure that fact will make a few people reading this feel old as like me they remember the release of it. In that time we’ve had 15 studio albums, five live releases and half a dozen …

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Devin Townsend – Empath

On completing my first listen of Devin Townsend’s upcoming release Empath, I find myself at a loss for words.  Empath is a genre-bending masterpiece; from start to finish is a chaotic yet utterly blissful masterpiece.  I find myself trying to get my head around the writing, recording and even how …

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Usurper – Lords Of The Permafrost

Chicago based Usurper return with their sixth full length album, Lords Of The Permafrost. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, the band were formed in 1993 and share their name with another Death Metal band from Atlanta who split up around 1990. What hit me straight away in track opener ‘Skull Splitter’,  is …

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Downfall of Gaia – Ethic of Radical Finitude

Hailing from Germany and formed 2008, they present their 5th album. Downfall of Gaia are a melting pot of influences, taking pieces from many different genres and making them blend into a seamless onslaught which is full of unexpected twists and turns. There are several long pieces on this album …

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High Treason – Silver Bullets

Formed in the late 70s, High Treason released their debut single in 1980 and aside from a couple of tracks that appeared on a compilation album, that was their entire recording output despite the band touring until the late 80s. Many years later the Japanese band Gorgon covered one of …

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Robin Trower – Coming closer to the day

Robin Trower has had a long career so far – the 73 year old guitarist first found fame as a member of Procul Harum (he joined shortly after the release of “White shade of pale”, before starting to release music under his own name. He’s also worked with artists including …

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Gary Hoey – Neon highway blues

“Neon Highway Blues” is the 21st album from guitarist Gary Hoey. When you consider that his first albumw was released in 1991 (28 years ago), 21 albums is a seriously impressive work rate. It’s certainly not a case of quantity over quality either as anyone who’s listened to his albums …

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Reese Wynans and friends – Sweet release

Keyboard player Reece Wynans has a career that’s already spanned over 50 years. He was a member of Second Coming in the late 60s, he joined Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble in 1985 and remained with them till Stevie Ray Vaughan’s death. In more recent years he’s played with …

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At The Sun – Leave Before The Light

At The Sun

London based five-piece AT THE SUN (ATS) have just released their debut album Leave Before The Light. They started off with a Pledge Music Campaign then decided to open the merchandise store on their website, having agreed to honour all pledges. This album follows their debut 4-track EP which was released in …

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The Picturebooks – The Hands Of Time

German blues-rockers The Picturebooks returned to the studio to release this their fifth album. The band toured their last two albums over a three year period which mounted to an incredible 350 shows, and they have experimented with their sound here by adding new instruments such as tubular bells and piano and …

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Tesla – Shock

Here’s to a big welcome back for Sacramento, California based melodic rockers Tesla as they return from a five year studio hiatus with new album Shock, released by Universal Music Enterprises on March 8th 2019. Formed in 1985 they still feature four out of five original members as they come …

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Eat Me Fresh – MOB

Eat Me Fresh are a four-piece hardcore band from the Czech Republic. Formed in 2010, amongst their biggest achievements are supports slots with Trapped Under Ice on their European tour in 2017, Agnostic Front in 2015, Turnstile in 2015, a European tour with Swamps from USA in 2016, Broken Teeth ,Backtrack, Leeway, …

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Some Time Today – Slip Hazard

Introducing…….Some Time Today. The Pop Punk four-piece outfit from Burscough in Lancashire. Influences which include Blink 182 and Green Day, the band released their first album ‘Better Late Than Never’ in 2017 and have made several radio appearances including BBC’s ‘Introducing’. I first heard of Some Time Today when my previous …

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Quartz – Live Quartz

Now this is how live albums should sound! Dissonance Productions have raided the heavy metal vaults and dug out this 1980 Live Quartz album, of course by the band Quartz. Actually recorded on December 1st 1979 in their hometown of Digbeth, it sounds stripped down to its bare bones. Three …

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Quartz – Quartz

Those fine folk at Dissonance Productions have cranked up their time machine and unearthed the self titled debut from Quartz in 1977. Produced by Tony Iommi, they also supported Black Sabbath the same year and appeared at the prestigious Reading Festival (when it used to be rock/metal related) in 1977, …

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Born From Pain – True Love

Born From Pain are a Dutch hardcore/punk band releasing this, their eighth full length album. Formed way back in 1997 and known for their energetic shows, the band have toured far and wide in such countries as America, Mexico, Japan and Europe. In their time they have also supported such …

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M.A.D – Manente / Alonzo / DuBose

Power trio M.A.D released this their debut self-titled album on 17/01/19. Members hail from the United States and Brazil, and their songs are inspired by stories of insane individuals, scientists and priests. For me, this is a little different from my usual genre and I have to admit that these …

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Wretched Fate – Fleshletting

Swedish Death Metal outfit Wretched Fate release this, their debut album. This follows a two-track demo released last year. And I must admit a very good album it is too. It’s typically what you would expect from a Swedish Death Metal outfit. They have a Morbid Angel feel to them which suits …

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