Dennis Jarman

Full time downtrodden album/gig reviewer and part time rock God!

Airforce – Strike Hard

When the NWOBHM genre started to get into the music magazines like Sounds, Kerrang etc and bands of that ilk were getting played on the Friday Rock Show, it was a very exciting time for me in my late teens. I bought as much as I could at the time …

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Raven – Metal City

Well stone the crows! NWOBHM legends Raven have really upped their game with new studio album Metal City. Brothers Mark and John Gallagher remain from the original line up formed in Newcastle Upon Tyne 1974. For many years I’ve said this is where NWOBHM started and I still do. Released …

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Ward XVI – Metamorphosis album review.

Metamorphosis, the follow up album to the debut The Art Of Manipulation seems to be taking longer to arrive than the Scorpions depart on their farewell tour! Second albums can be strange things when they have to follow a groundbreaking debut which is what Ward XVI, the Preston based lunatics …

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Dygora – By Any Means (single review)

Well it’s finally here! ‘By Any Means’, latest single from Dygora is also the final cog in the wheel for the Ghetto Spiritual EP. They have saved the best till last as a lengthy intro of a glorious grind of riffing and kick drums that are like mini trip hammers …

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Thundermother – Heat Wave

Thundermother

Thundermother, a new band to me and another that has slipped past my radar, even though this all female four piece founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 2010. Heat Wave is their fourth studio album currently released by AFM Records. It’s an absolute banger of an album which wears its heart …

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Viscula – Alien Milk (single)

‘Alien Milk’, another strong single release from London based indie rock band Viscula is a captivating little earworm to say the least. To these ears I was getting the quirkiness of John Otway or The Divine Comedy by its off the wall vibes. An almost deadpan vocal delivery from John …

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Learn To Lie – Cloud 9 (single)

Learn To Lie, a new band to these ears embrace the vibe of early nu-metal with a modern twist for their latest single ‘Cloud 9’. Formed in Stafford in 2017, the self proclaimed alt rockers kick out the jams hard and heavy. A sugar sweet vocal from Jake Regan with …

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Savoy Brown – Ain’t Done Yet

“You Can’t Kill Rock And Roll” and “You Can’t Stop Rock And Roll” proclaimed Ozzy Osbourne and Dee Snider some years ago. So “Ain’t Done Yet” is the statement added to them by Kim Simmonds, lead guitarist and vocalist for blues-rock band Savoy Brown and is also the title of …

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Dygora – All Power To The People (video single)

‘All Power To The People’, the second of three single releases by Dygora from their upcoming EP release Ghetto Spiritual due out on Sept.3rd 2020 sees them once again smashing out some doom laden death metal. Judging by the delivery I’d be surprised if Omar Swaby has any voice left …

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NO :IR – Vanity (single)

Back in the day, a lot of the nu metal genre bands did absolutely nothing for me, but fast forward to the present day as Bristol based band NO :IR have relit a fire that went out many years ago with their single ‘Vanity’. Vocals are rapped, clean and blood …

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Blue Oyster Cult – 45th Anniversary – Live In London

Back in the day before the internet, I discovered rock bands through Sounds magazine. My album purchases then in the mid 70’s were live albums as they were more or less a greatest hits release. So my first ever live album was On Your Feet Or On Your Knees, a …

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Takeaway Thieves – Find My Way Home (acoustic single)

Party animals Takeaway Thieves show their serious side with latest single ‘Find My Way Home’ due for release on Aug.7th 2020. They strip the song to its bare bones as lead vocalist Peter McLoughlin delivers some powerful vocals over acoustic guitar lines that could melt a glacier. An example being …

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Jim Kirkpatrick – Ballad Of A Prodigal Son.

The lead off single in July which is also the title track showed plenty of promise for the upcoming solo album from Jim Kirkpatrick. Due for release on Sept.4th 2020 via US One Records, you don't really need a crystal ball to guess the quality of the rest of the eleven tracks here.

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Dygora – Ghetto Spiritual (video-single)

Something wicked this way comes, courtesy of dynamic death metallers Dygora with just-released video-single Ghetto Spiritual by Southside Records It took a few plays to get my head around these four minutes of rage that flails wildly on a shroud of doomy dirge. A cathartic vocal is one of the …

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New Device – Karoshi EP

It’s been a few years since I’ve seen or heard anything from London based New Device, the last time I think was Rockwich Festival. So their new 6 track EP Karoshi is a welcome return for me. Currently released by ND Records it opens heavily with ‘Burn Out The Sun’. …

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Dead Demons – Mortuus Daemonia (EP)

Yorkshire based yellers Dead Demons rise up with this frantic four-song EP, Mortuus Daemonia, due for release on August 14th 2020, to rattle your bones and not just your ears! It’s NWOBHM tinged which is fine by me as they open with ‘Dead Demons‘. Its creepy grooves capture the vibe …

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Häxan – White Noise

Häxan

 Häxan is the second Welsh artist I’ve reviewed in two days, highlighting the wealth of talent there. Their debut album White Noise is an absolute belter from this female trio! The Cardiff based band certainly kick out the jams with this nine-song noisemonger, kicking off literally with ‘Damned If You …

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The Senton Bombs – Lake

This is a change of direction for Blackpool based The Senton Bombs with ‘Lake‘ the third single taken from their new album. It took a while to fathom it out but repeated plays fished out hidden depths that captured me hook, line and sinker! It’s a hunting tale of a …

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Laura Evans – Running Back To You (EP)

Laura Evans, a new artist to me that’s been highly recommended and all the accolades are well deserved after the first listen to her latest EP Running Back To You released on July 31st 2020. It’s not normally the genre of music I listen to but these 5 songs are …

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