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Dennis Jarman

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

Stallion – Slaves Of Time

2020 has got off to a thrashtastic start, courtesy of German lunatics Stallion with their third studio album Slaves Of Time. Due to be released by High Roller Records on Feb.28th, ten tracks of rabid thrash metal are dished up here. Formed in the Lake Constance area in 2013, the …

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Izengard – Angel Heart

The heart of Izengard beats strong with their latest studio album Angel Heart. Released on Massacre Records, it’s a colossal piece of music boosted to great heights by the mixing and mastering of Paul Hume. ‘Demon Of The Night’ is a gripping opener as sparse chords and keyboards ease in …

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Inferiem – Burning Gold (single review)

This furious five piece band came to my attention when they were first band on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2019, drawing a very impressive crowd at 10.30am on a Saturday morning! Six months on sees Inferiem releasing a brain rattling new single called Burning Gold. …

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Troyen – Anthology (1981/2019)

Well here is a great blast from the past and a nod to the future courtesy of NWOBHM band Troyen with this Anthology (1981/2019) album. Released via Classic Metal Records, this double CD contains everything the band have recorded. CD 1 contains a four track demo from 1981, one track …

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Wolf Jaw – The Heart Won’t Listen

A band name change from The Bad Flowers to Wolf Jaw sees them bloom into a band now barking at the moon, point proven by current studio album The Heart Won’t Listen, released via the aptly titled Listenable Records label. I’d seen the band twice before hearing this album and …

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Revolution Saints – Rise

2020 will start off strongly for fans of melodic rock as Revolution Saints release their third studio album Rise via Frontiers Music S.R.L on January 24th. The supergroup trio of Deen Castronovo on drums/lead vocals, Jack Blades on bass guitar/vocals and Doug Aldrich on guitar have strengthened the promise shown …

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Burning Witches – Wings Of Steel EP

Since their formation in Brugg, Switzerland 2015, all female band Burning Witches have wasted no time in getting their music out to the masses with their self titled debut in 2017 and two albums in 2018, the Burning Alive live album and Hexenhammer studio album. They end 2019 with the …

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Anvil – Legal At Last

When one of your favourite bands gets in touch to ask for an early review of their forthcoming album, proclaiming “It’s gonna rock your ass”, it had better be good. Good? With their eighteenth studio album Legal At Last in the can, Toronto based Anvil have certainly walked the walk …

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The Wildhearts – Renaissance Men

God bless The Wildhearts! Rising from the ashes like a hard rock phoenix, not only have they reformed with my favourite line up, they have returned to the studio, have recorded and released Renaissance Men, my album of 2019! A Google search of renaissance translates to “A revival of, or …

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Anvil – Nabbed In Nebraska (Single Review)

February 14th 2020 sees the new decade open heavily with Legal At Last, the 18th studio album from those Canadian crushers, the mighty Anvil on AFM Records, but prior to that they have just released ‘Nabbed In Nebraska’, the first single taken from it. It has a gloriously grinding main …

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Small Town Saviours – Cry (Single Review)

Small Town Saviours

From the ashes of The Black Bullets we have the Newbury based the Small Town Saviours to banish our blues away, point proven by their latest single ‘Cry’, an ear warming breath of fresh air power pop. It rushes in with the sugar sweet chorus and a gritty lead vocal …

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Voluntas – Walk To Hell

A winning performance at the Bristol leg of the M2TM 2019 resulted in Voluntas securing a slot on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival. I’ve been to the last ten and as long as they keep booking bands like Voluntas then I’ll keep on returning! Their debut …

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The Wildhearts – The Tivoli, Buckley.

Wildhearts

When is a gig not a gig? When it’s an event and I can honestly say that every Wildhearts gig I’ve been to since the early 90’s has been an event as they are a rare breed of band who have never let me down. I’ve always wondered how they …

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Grand Slam – Hit The Ground

Grand Slam

 Grand Slam, formed as a solo band in 1983 (that included Magnum keyboard player Mark Stanway) by Phil Lynott that took on the name when Thin Lizzy had completed their farewell tour the same year. A revolving line up included ex Stampede guitarist Laurence Archer who joined in 1984 but …

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Tygers Of Pan Tang – Ritual

Currently blazing a trail around Europe promoting their latest studio album Ritual, NWOBHM legends Tygers Of Pan Tang are showing that they are wildcats not to be messed with, point proven by these eleven songs here. Formed in Whitley Bay 1978, band leader Robb Weir still exists from the original …

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Praying Mantis – Keep It Alive!

Only a few years from their 50th anniversary since forming in London 1973 by brothers Chris and Tino Troy, melodic hard rockers Praying Mantis prove they are still a force to be reckoned with judging by this performance for the Keep It Alive album, due for release on Dec.6th 2019 …

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Marisa And The Moths – Marisa And The Moths

  The self titled debut album from Reading based Marisa And The Moths is a bakers dozen of tunes that totally captivate from the pile driving opener ‘Needy’ to the haunting closer ‘Everything Is Going Swimmingly’. Fronted by the honey coated vocals of Marisa Rodriguez, it commands your total attention …

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Salem UK – Win Lose Or Draw

  NWOBHM stalwarts Salem UK return to the studio to hedge their bets with their latest studio album Win Lose Or Draw. Released via Dissonance Productions, their brand of hard rock is of a very high standard as opening track ‘The Wraith’ crackles with energy throughout. Bullying riffs are the …

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