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WHITE WIDDOW-SERENADE cd.

The first thing that hits you when you first hear the new white widow cd, is how much bigger the songs sound, compared the the debut, released a little over a year ago,. The songs are better written, but it’s the production that sets this one apart, Grand Design main-man …

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Seven Thorns – Return to the past

[media-credit id=4717 align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit]Seven Thorns are a Danish power metal band that were formed in 1998.  This is their second album – their first being the 2007 release “Glow of  dawn”, although legal issues that affected it’s release mean that the band describe this new album “Return to the past” …

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Sacred Legacy – Undying Heart (CD)

Sacred Legacy have crammed as many genres of metal as possible into this offering. Although described as Death/Thrash Metal, you can easily throw in equal quantities of Metalcore, Powermetal and Melodic, as well as some good old piano-ivory-tinkling on the instrumental ‘Black Velvet Part.1’. To the stuck-in-the-mud purist, all this …

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UNEARTH – Darkness In The Light (CD)

“Charging out of the late 90s Massachusetts underground in a storm of thunderous riffs and focused aggression, in 2011 Unearth proudly stand at the forefront of modern metal. With Darkness In the Light, their fifth full-length, the quintet have delivered their most honest, powerful, and compelling statement to date, driving …

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Voodoo Highway – Broken Uncle’s Inn

[media-credit name=”voodoo highway” align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit]Voodoo Highway are a new band from Italy.  Only formed in Spring 2010, they’ve already released an EP and now this their debut album, the oddly named “Broken Uncle’s Inn”.  Voodoo Highway play very 70’s feel hard rock in fact listening to the album you can …

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Lechery/in fire cd

I had assumed Lechery were a German band, their sound emanates from that old school of German rock which brought us the mighty Accept, Victory and The scorpions, its not until you dig a bit deeper that you discover a few surprises, Number one is the fact that they hail …

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Tormenta – Tormented Souls (CD)

This EP captures the root sound of Tormenta. “Tormented Souls” defines the first take of Tormenta’s work to bring about new age thrash metal into the world. Ranging from old school heavy thrash to new age brutality, the music has a way to reminisce the feeling of how the songs …

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Shadows Lie Within – Ranks of the Damned E.p (CD)

  [media-credit id=3032 align=”aligncenter” width=”701″][/media-credit]  Shadows Lie Within are a five peace band hailing from the picturesque town of York. With sounds reminiscent of the mighty Malefice their music is brutal yet somehow almost melodic in places. Superbly crafted musicianship mixed with high intensity metalcore vocals pretty much sums up …

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Deadend in Venice – See you on the ground

“See you on the ground” is the debut album from German melodic death metal band, Deadend in Venice. Deadend in Venice have stuck to the standard formula for vocals for bands with death metal influences and who have a female singer – the female singer sings clean vocals with screams/grunts/growls …

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Various Artists – Melody & Malice (CD)

Always wanted to know more about Female Fronted Metal but were afraid to ask? Then this could be just the ticket. This two disc set is available now to pre-order from www.femmemetalstore.com with a general release due on September 26th, with the added bonus of supporting the N.S.P.C.C. The album …

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Achren – The Forgotten King CD review

The world has been waiting too long for a debut album from Scottish death metal heads; the mighty Achren, and now, two demo’s and a DVD down the line, we have been given the mother of all death metal albums, the queen of the BRUTAL, the insane new album The …

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All Else Fails – The Oracle: What Was, Is and Could Have Been

All Else Fails have gathered a certain amount acclaim across Canada and around the globe. They have appeared on tour with the likes of Threat Signal, Fear Factory, and Suffocation, amongst others. The band are front man and guitarist Barrett Klesko, bassist Seedy Mitchell, lead guitarist Mike Sands, and drummer …

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Slytract – Existing Unreal (CD)

These headbangers from Hungary were established in 2005 May, after Gábor B. Melegh’s previous band disbanded. Months later Tamás Galántay joined the band as the new drummer and the band really started to get noticed. After 2 EP’s they released their debut album ‘Explanation: Unknown in Vienna‘ in 2008.  Szabolcs …

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Van Canto – Break the silence

[media-credit id=4717 align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit]If you’ve never come across Van Canto before then you could be in for a shock – Van Canto do what sounds at first like a crazy idea that couldn’t possibly work, but somehow they make it work.  The old saying goes “There’s a fine line between …

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Old Corpse Road/The Meads of Asphodel – The Bones of The Land Are Not Speachless/English Black Punk Metal (CD)

          [media-credit id=3032 align=”aligncenter” width=”553″][/media-credit]  Split ep’s are always an interesting subject where you get unlikely combinations of bands combining together to put out professionally done eps. In this case you have got black folk metalers Old Corpse Road combining with none other than The Meads …

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Achren – Impaled at Bloodstock 2010 DVD review

I actually had this DVD passed onto me by Planet Mosh’s own David Farrell who described this DVD as a god awful racket. But all I can say is: “David, thank you for passing this stunning disk full of death metal mayhem onto me”. This is Achren at their very …

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Neonfly – Outshine the Sun CD review

  Outshine the Sun is the highly anticipated album from London’s own AOR/Power metal heroes the mighty Neonfly, and if you though this debut album was going to be a good album then you are very wrong…….. It is amazing, one of the best albums of this year in fact. …

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Serpentine/Living and Dying In High Definition cd.

Described by the press as ‘one of the most impressive new names on the melodic rock radar’ this young, rock quintet are riding a resurgence in AOR/Melodic rock, and what a resurgence it is, there are so many good bands out there at the moment, and Serpentine are one of …

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Deadly Circus Fire – Demo EP review

First of all, ignore the fact that Deadly Circus Fire look like Insane Clown Posse, because they don’t sound a thing like them. These London progressive metal bruisers have so much going on in their music it sends you insane in the brain. With industrial tinged ambient musicianship, dark and …

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August Burns Red – Leveler CD review

August Burns Red are the kings of the breakdown, and thankfully; new album Leveler is chocked full gut wrenching, bouncy, killer, groove infested breakdowns that when they hit makes the listener think that Armageddon has arrived. With sixteen great metalcore anthems which total over an hour of fun filled, metal …

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