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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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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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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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FM – The Italian Job

Now flying the flag for AOR for thirty five years now, FM fly it even higher on their latest album The Italian Job, a live recording from their appearance at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan on April 29th 2018 that features seventeen songs and a bonus DVD released on …

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The Webb – Truth Delay.

To say reviewing an electronica album is out of my comfort zone is a bit of an understatement but after seeing a gig by The Webb a few months ago at Percy’s in Whitchurch, I was kindly given a copy of their second album Truth Delay by them after passing …

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Shadows Of Violence – Revolt

Leeds based thrashers Shadows Of Violence hit hard and heavy with Revolt, due for release this summer. Formed in 2007 their chops have been honed as the title track, a brief news report skit tells about the band rioting across the UK. ‘Words Unchained’ is a surefire call to arms …

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Jonestown – Dyatlov

So after a two year gap between Aokigahara, the debut album by Brighton lunatics Jonestown, those trusting people at Long Branch Records have removed their straitjackets and let them loose in the studio for an even more disturbing follow up titled Dyatlov. It really is hard to define them in …

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Tygers Of Pan Tang – Hellbound, Spellbound (Live 1981).

Nostalgia can be a good or a bad thing with some bands but this is not the case for Tygers Of Pan Tang with Hellbound, Spellbound (Live 1981), a gem of an album recorded at Nottingham Rock City. It reaffirms my opinion that the NWOBHM movement was best represented in …

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Bloody Times – On A Mission.

The aptly titled On A Mission album from Bloody Times available now from Rock N Growl Promotion sees the core trio of John Greely on lead/backing vocals, Raphael Saini on drums and Simon Pfundstein on bass guitar/backing vocals joined by an array of guest artists including ex Manowar guitarist Ross …

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Wasted Life – World War Zero

Wasted Life. Punk rockers. The real deal, not the watered down shit that passes for punk rock that creeps ever higher at Download Festival every year. With their latest studio album World War Zero they have managed to do what Slayer did with Reign In Blood and that is to …

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Greenmailer – Greenmailer

South Wales grunge band Greenmailer return with this their second album release. Formed in Swansea in 2014, their debut album ‘Scattered On The Mile’ achieved critical success from the underground music press across the UK. This self-release will please many grunge fans, particularly fans of Smashing Pumpkins, as opener ‘Play It …

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Soilwork – Verkligheten

Soilwork are a Swedish metal band from Helsingborg, signed to Nuclear Blast records. On 11/01/19 they release their 11th full length studio album, Verkligheten, which also coincides with the guys starting an extensive European tour, hitting London’s Electric Ballroom on 4th February. They also have a date with Bloodstock the weekend …

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The Heretic Order – Evil Rising

  As someone much wiser than me once said, “Never judge a book by its cover” and this certainly rings true with my first impression of The Heretic Order before I had heard any music from Evil Rising released via Massacre Records. Photos of the band and song titles suggested …

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Nailed To Obscurity – Black Frost

The German Doom Metallers, Nailed To Obscurity (NTO), return with their fourth full length album and their first on the Nuclear Blast label, and I have to say I’m not disappointed. There’s a nice eerie start to this album in the form of the title track. Drums, slowly followed by …

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Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters – Show Me Your Teeth.

Sometimes you have to knock on a few doors to get on in the music business but with Show Me Your Teeth, the second studio album from Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters to be released on 25th January 2019, these twelve songs are taking a demolition ball to the whole …

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Plague Years – Unholy Infestation

Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Plague Years are an unsigned Thrash / Death Metal outfit who are unleashing their first full length album upon us. Released at the end of October in the US, we British have had to wait until 4th January to grab a copy of this album which follows 2017’s …

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Raven – Screaming Murder Death From Above : Live In Aalborg

In my opinion, the NWOBHM movement started in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Raven burst onto the scene when they signed to local label Neat Records in 1980 and released their classic single ‘Don’t Need Your Money’. They still play with the same verve, point proven on this warts and all …

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Flotsam And Jetsam – The End Of Chaos

If you Google Flotsam And Jetsam the answer you get is “Useless or discarded objects” which is way off the mark as they return with heads held high for their thirteenth studio album The End Of Chaos. Released on January 18th 2019 on AFM Records with stunning artwork from Andy …

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Midnight Prophecy – Midnight Prophecy

One of the most impressive debut albums I’ve heard in 2018 comes from Midnight Prophecy as their self titled nine track opus has more gallops than the Grand National and more cheese than Wallace and Gromit could ever eat! On a more serious note they have raised the bar high …

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