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Ward XVI – The Art Of Manipulation

Up for review today is the rather interesting concept album called The Art Of Manipulation from our fellow freaks on Ward XVI. They have come together to tell the tale of a female psychopath who has been locked away in a high security asylum whom, through exploring her past, develops …

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Resin – The cycle of need

“The cycle of need” is the second album from Leicester band Resin. Musically they’re hard rock with a healthy dose of Grunge, with the vocals in particular having that 90’s Seattle band sound. It’s a great sound that takes the best of both styles. One surprise is the addition of …

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Theia – The Ghost Light

Burton Upon Trent based Theia have shown great promise with the studio album releases of Back In Line and Take The Pill but it has been fulfilled by the latest opus The Ghost Light. Out now on WDFD Records with eye catching artwork from Andy Pilkington at Very Metal Art …

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Airrace – Untold Stories

It’s a return flight for me with Airrace as I first saw them support Ted Nugent at the Hammersmith Odeon in Feb 1984 and here I am today reviewing their executive class new studio album Untold Stories, released by Frontiers Music Srl on August 10th 2018. Laurie Mansworth returns with …

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Man with a Mission – Chasing the Horizon

Man with a Mission (MWAM) release their new album Chasing the Horizon on August 10th 2018. Japanese super alt rockers Man with a mission bring an eclectic mix of musical styles. Not afraid to experiment, their sound veers from post hardcore, industrial Goth, to heavy rock, to happy dance, and drum …

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Daughtry – Cage to rattle

American rock band Daughtry have released four studio albums, had four US number 1 hits and 4 Grammy nominations. They’ve sold over 8 million albums and 16 million singles, as well as selling out concerts around the globe. Their last album, “Baptized” was released in 2013, so it’s been a …

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Hell’s Gazelles – ‘Take Your Medicine’

It’s been two years since Hell’s Gazelles introduced themselves with their self titled debut EP.  Leaping on to the music scene, the Oxford based quartet have had quite ride so far playing Bloodstock and Hard Rock Hell. Their music has elements of 70’s hard rock, 80’s heavy metal and 90’s …

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Massive Wagons – Full Nelson

Even by the standards Massive Wagons have set by their three previous studio albums they have raised the bar higher with Full Nelson, due to be released via Earache Records on August 10th 2018. Featuring ten brand spanking new tracks and two from previous album Welcome To The World added …

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U.D.O – Steelfactory

U.D.O, the band founded and led by former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, is back with a new album. The band has been fairly quiet in the last couple of years as Udo has toured under his own name playing Accept songs with the intention of drawing a line under that …

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Night Demon – Live Darkness

Night Demon released their second album “Darkness remains” and it was a damn good album. Despite being a modern band, their music is very much based in the NWOBHM era. Planetmosh gave it a 4 star review, and they got great reviews around the world. Earlier this year they toured …

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Scream for me Sarajevo

“Scream for me Sarajevo”, is a film about a concert by Bruce Dickinson and his band Skunkworks in 1994. If you’re not a fan of Bruce or Iron Maiden it doesnt matter – you still need to watch this film as this is a concert film like no other you’ll …

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Mob Rules – Beast reborn

German power metal band Mob Rules release their ninth studio album, “Beast reborn”, in August. Their last album, 2016’s “Tales from beyond” deservedly got great reviews, so they’ve got a tough job on their hands to make sure the new album lives up to the expectations set by “Tales from …

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Halestorm – Vicious

Having been a fan of Halesform for many years, having first seen them play live 8 years ago, I was looking forward to hearing the new album. I really love their first two albums (particularly the 2nd album “The strange case of..”, but wasnt so keen on the last one …

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Crystal viper – At the edge of time

Polish Metal band Crystal Viper disappeared from the scene for a few years due to the health problems of frontwoman Marta Gabriel, but returned last year with live shows and the excellent new album “Queen of the witches”. They’ve now followed up with a 5 track EP – At the …

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Graham Bonnet Band – Meanwhile Back In The Garage

At the ripe old age of 70 Graham Bonnet can still belt it out with aplomb, point proven by current studio album Meanwhile Back In The Garage released by Frontiers Music Srl. At fourteen tracks long it’s a challenging listen in one go but the results are well worth it as …

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Ancient Lights – Ancient Lights

            Ancient Lights bestow an epic debut album upon the world in the form of the self titled ‘Ancient Lights’. Such was the depth of material available to the band, that a double album format was deemed necessary, as well as others. The Doom genre …

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The Rolling Stones – From the vault: No security San Jose ‘99

Most bands that have been around for a while will have stuff that’s not been released – whether it’s songs that didn’t make an album, live videos or audio, or whatever. When you’ve been around as long as the Rolling Stones then you’re bound to have a ton of stuff …

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Devildriver – Outlaws ’til the end vol 1

Outlaws ’til the end, the new album from Devildriver isn’t a typical Devildriver release. For a start, it’s an album of cover versions. Not just any cover versions though…these are all Country songs. Yes that’s right, Devildriver playing Country music. By now some of you are probably thinking WTF? and …

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Tarja – Act II

Following the success of Tarja’s “Act I” live DVD, she’s now releasing Act II. The DVD was filmed on her Shadow shows tour, and consists of two very different shows. In the same way she released two albums with contrasting titles and themes, the shows filmed are very different. On …

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P.H.O.B.O.S. – Phlogiston Catharsis

P.H.O.B.O.S. arrive with an eight track album ‘Phlogiston Catharsis’ that will tear up the rule book as regards defining genres in Metal The concept of Industrial Doom becoming a happy bedfellow with Black Metal is certainly an intriguing one, and P.H.O.B.O.S. have succeeded in ensuring that nuptials did indeed take …

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