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Corpsessed – Impetus of Death

Finland’s finest Doom/Thrashers Corpsessed release their second full length album ‘Impetus of Death’. The first ‘Abysmal Thresholds’ was released back in 2014 and was well received. However, with ‘Impetus Of Death’ Corpsessed have tuned their sound somewhat differently, in that it now sounds cleaner and more ‘live’. I prefer this …

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Rush – Hemispheres (40th anniversary edition).

Hemispheres, the sixth studio album by Canadian trio Rush celebrates its 40th anniversary with four different formats, one of which is this 2xCD deluxe edition. The first CD is a remaster of the album and the second CD features a live set from the Pink Pop festival on the 4th …

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Tantrum – Melt It Down

Scottish Metallers Tantrum, through a support pledge project, have released their debut album ‘Melt It Down’. They asked fans to help fund the release by pre-ordering the album and pledging certain amounts of money in return for exclusive gifts. The more you pledged, the bigger the gifts. For example, pledge …

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Deus Mori – And From The Trenches Bore Darkness EP.

It’s great being old sometimes especially when the lead singer from Deus Mori asks you if you like black metal, would you like to review their debut EP And From The Trenches Bore Darkness and you can reply with “I saw Venom in 1985 so yes it would be a …

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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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Tyla’s Dogs D’Amour – In Vino Veritas album review, album out now

Tyla’s Dogs D’amour – INVINO VERITAS  – album out now Back on the juice or is that just irrelevant?!  In Vino Veritas is the latest album from Tyla’s Dogs D’Amour.  But as we know  Tyla J Pallas has been a hard-working underdog since becoming part of The Dog’s D’amour and …

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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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Those Damn Crows – Murder And The Motive.

Once in a while an album comes out to reaffirm that rock is not dead (so that’s a big middle finger in the air to Billy Corgan and Gene Simmons) as Bridgend based Those Damn Crows do it with ease on the release of their debut Murder And The Motive. …

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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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Twisted Illusion – I Have Music, I Have Life! (live)

On December 21st Twisted Illusion will self release their first live album I Have Music, I Have Life!. Recorded on their debut headlining tour on February 2nd 2018 at the B2 in Norwich, its sound quality took me back to my tape trading days when sometimes I was lucky enough …

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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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Creedence clearwater revival – The complete studio albums (Half speed master vinyl)

It’s hard to beleive that Creedence Clearwater Revival only existed for a few short years – in the period from 1968 to 1972 they managed to record and release seven studio albums. These weren’t low quality albums just rushed out – they include plenty of fantastic songs that have stood …

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Def Leppard – The Story So Far – The Best Of Def Leppard

Ahead of their UK tour, Def Leppard are releasing a greatest hits album – “The Story So Far – The Best Of Def Leppard”, due for release on 30th November It will be available in multiple configurations: a 2-CD set comprised of 35 tracks, 1-CD comprised of 17 tracks, 2LP …

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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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