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Sarah jezebel Deva – The Corruption of Mercy

Sarah Jezebel Deva should be a well known name to a lot of metal fans. She was backing singer for Cradle of filth for 14 years and has sung on almost all their albums and she’s also been a member of Therion and Mortis. She also had a solo project, …

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No Guerra – Ahonikenk (CD)

  I stumbled across the band the other day and was quite literally blown away by what I heard, so much so I actually asked them for a copy of the album to review (I was that impressed). No Guerra, meaning No War, was formed back in 2000 in Buenos …

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Winds of Plague – Against The World (CD)

The Southern California purveyors of pain are going to quickly change the landscape of heavy music upon the release of their much anticipated release, “Against The World”, which is a perfect metallic assault of angst ridden fury. The group went back to their roots channelling the basic, urban hardcore elements, …

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Black Stone Cherry – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (CD)

”Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea”, is the third studio album from Kentucky natives Black Stone Cherry. It is by far the bands most commercial release, but that isn’t to say the band has lost any of their southern rock groove. In fact the band have progressed both …

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Williams/ Friestedt / Williams/ Friestedt cd

If your not familiar with Joseph Williams & Peter Friestedt, you will certainly have heard them individually, Joseph has sung with Toto on the Fahrenheit record from 1986 and The Seventh One from 1988. Peter, the acclaimed guitarist/songwriter has written and played with Chicago and Steve lukather amongst other AOR …

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Idiom – We Can’t All Be Superheroes EP (CD)

This EP kicks off to a powerful start with “Beast of Bodmin” in metal-rap with a great groove style. Its catchy and distinctive. “True Story” and ” Can’t Be” have a more Rage Against The Machine feel to them. All the tracks are filled solid guitar & bass riffs, driving …

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Rival Sons – Pressure and Time (CD)

Rival Sons, play blues-infused rock, but added to the mix are touch’s of Motown, soul and a heap load of Californian swagger. This 2nd full length outing for the band, (The first being Before The Fire, was self-released last year to a very strong response, as was the Self-titled EP …

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Cerebral Bore – Maniacal Miscreation (CD)

Ultra brutal Death Metal topped by female vocalist Som playing no-nonsense sick Death Metal in the vein of Decapitated, Cannibal Corpse all the way to Devourment. This album serves up some fantastic death metal lyrics screams & growls from Som. Along with in your face brutal guitars and powerful drumming. …

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MaYaN – Quarterpast (CD)

In early 2010 versatile musician Mark Jansen (Epica) started a project together with keyboardist Jack Driessen and guitarist Sander Gommans (both ex-After Forever) to produce some heavy and technical death-metal combined with Jack’s trademark symphonic arrangements. After writing some music together, Sander couldn’t find the time to go for it …

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Katana – Heads Will Roll (CD)

Dig out the spandex, fluff out your hair and dust off that denim cut off as we have another Swedish NWOTHM band. With sounds reminding you of the best of the late 70s and early 80s NWOBHM scene Katana’s debut album is released. This is a back to basics old …

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Dr AIDS – Drive Me To Kill You E.P (CD)

Liverpool based Dr AIDS are rapidly gathering a cult underground following thanks mainly to their highly infectious live shows which have got to be seen to be believed. Describing themselves as being “lads who get pissed and have a laugh playing hardcore punk”  these are a band you will either …

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Chrome Division – 3rd Round Knockout (CD)

Formed in 2004 by Dimmu Borgir front man Shagrath, Chrome Division’s line up consists of some of Norway’s finest. In 2009 Susperia’s Shady Blue, also known as Athera, took over the vocals from Eddie Guz taking Chrome Division to another level. With his vocal style, Shady has made this album …

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Hammerfall – Infected (CD)

Hammerfall – Infected This is Hammerfall’s eighth studio album. After almost ten years of working together Charlie Bauerfield didn’t produce this album. ”We took this step heavy-hearted, but it was inevitable in our opinion”, guitarist Oscar Dronjak explains. ”Because after such a long time of collaboration, routine was about to …

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While Heaven Wept – Fear Of Infinity (CD)

While Heaven Wept – Fear Of Infinity Virginia, USA-based metal act WHILE HEAVEN WEPT used to be one of the best-kept secrets of the underground – at least til they released „Vast Oceans Lachrymose“ in 2009 which gained mastermind Tom Phillips and co a huge cult following! Especially since the band …

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Attica Rage – Road Dog [CD]

If there where ever to be a N.W.O.B.H.M. then this band would be leading the charge down your local high street, kicking down doors and smashing windows. This is British rock at its best, tight infectious grooves, blistering metal riffs and just balls out total rock. Attica have taken all …

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Dirty Rose – Demo ep

It’s always nice to get a press pack through the post with a difference; this one came with a lighter. This would have been ideal, however I stopped smoking on New Years day, so I gave it to my mate, he likes it. Since forming in 2007 Dirty Rose have …

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Populationfour – This town will drag you down ep

Hailing from Preston they have been around since late 2007 and after winning a local battle of the bands, have been making all the right noises ever since. Their energetic stage performance is just storming, a band who are better live than on cd, they have the crowd on their …

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Knock Out Kaine – Kandykaine EP (CD)

Knowing where to start describing Knock Out Kaine is the key to this three track EP. So I’ll start in the 80’s with Aerosmith , Waynes World, Mott the Hoople , Twisted Sister, WASP, early Guns N Roses and dare I say even ACDC. That’s what this band sounds and …

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Tokyo Blade – Thousand Men Strong (CD)

I have formed the opinion that NWOBHM is having another golden age and this opinion is gaining strength when a band such as Tokyo Blade reforms with 80% of it’s original line up. Imagine then if this band was to release an album which is equal in quality to the …

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Hellfighter – Damnations Wings (CD)

HELLFIGHTER “Damnation’s Wings”     HELLFIGHTER origins can be traced back to UK Metal band Xentrix, who were at the forefront of the European thrash metal scene in the 1990s.  They released three albums and toured Europe extensively with bands such as Testament, Sabbat and Tankard, receiving widespread critical acclaim. They …

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