Dennis Jarman

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

Thirteen Stars – Finest Ramshackle Jam

Thirteen Stars

Thirteen Stars – Finest Ramshackle Jam Since releasing their debut album White Raven, the wait has seemed interminable for the follow up by Thirteen Stars but they’ve got into the studio and put down fifteen gold nuggets for Finest Ramshackle Jam. It’s being released by Rock People Management on June …

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Molly Karloff – Supernaturalation EP

Molly Karloff

Molly Karloff – Supernaturalation EP Molly Karloff, a new band to me, another UK trio and thankfully recommended by Peter Noble from Noble PR, come across with the smart talking suss of Therapy and the melodic leanings of Ash, point proven by the tongue twisting title of their latest EP …

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Hedra – Broken Bones (single)

Hedra

Hedra – Broken Bones (single) On March 21st 2020, Norwich based noisemongers Hedra announced “Hedra for Universal domination”. Just six days later on the 27th they may be on their way judging by the release of latest single ‘Broken Bones’. Is there such a thing as a melo industrial genre? …

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Hedra – Karma In Blood (single)

Hedra

Hedra – Karma In Blood (single) Norwich based bruisers Hedra do what they do best which is to create challenging music which they have certainly done with this single release Karma In Blood. It’s a phenomenal piece of work fitted into five feral minutes. Hate fueled lead vocals from Jim …

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Bang Bang Firecracker – Welcome To The Slaughterhouse

Bang Bang

Bang Bang Firecracker – Welcome To The Slaughterhouse   Yet another example of seeing a band for the first time that I’ve never heard of and being blown away which is why I always watch the support bands. Stoke based metal maniacs Bang Bang Firecracker played only their fourth ever …

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Testament – Titans Of Creation

Testament

Testament – Titans Of Creation Thirteen is allegedly an unlucky number but this is not the case for thrash metallers Testament as they unleash their thirteenth studio album Titans Of Creation via Nuclear Blast Records on April 3rd 2020. Their inclusion to the Big Four of thrash metal bands should …

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Bonfire – Fistful Of Fire

Bonfire

Bonfire – Fistful Of Fire Due for release on April 3rd 2020 via AFM Records, Fistful Of Fire is described by their founding member guitarist Hans Ziller as “One of the toughest Bonfire albums ever”, and this is no over confident brag as the fourteen tracks here do not outstay …

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Massive Wagons – In It Together

Rolling rolling rolling, keep those wagons rolling and Massive Wagons certainly have with ‘In It Together’, the opening track taken from forthcoming studio album House Of Noise released via Earache Records on July 17th 2020. I’ve heard this song twice in the last 18 months at gigs, it sounded impressive …

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Joe Satriani – Big Distortion (single)

Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani – Big Distortion (single)   Joe Satriani, the guitar maestro dazzles us again with Big Distortion, the latest single taken from his forthcoming studio album Shapeshifting, released on April 20th 2020 via Sony Music/Legacy Recordings. Even by his high standards, this song definitely whets the appetite for the …

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Bonfire – The Devil Made Me Do It (new single/video)

Bonfire

Bonfire – The Devil Made Me Do It (new single/video) Bonfire, a band who have slipped passed my radar since I saw them give Judas Priest a very hard act to follow on tour in 1988 have just released a brand new single/video ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’ from …

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Disconnected Souls – Warring Elements

Disconnected Souls – Warring Elements In their biography, Chester/Manchester-based Disconnected Souls aim to achieve three great pillars of music. Electronic, classical and metal but not only have they created the pillars they have built a whole temple to with their very impressive debut EP Warring Elements. Seven tracks astound with …

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Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic

Still thrashing away since 1984, Canadian based metallers Annihilator show no signs of slowing down with their seventeenth studio album Ballistic, Sadistic. One of the two founding members, Jeff Waters is still putting his heart and soul into delivering old school thrash metal and the ten tracks on here show …

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Sky Valley Mistress – Faithless Rituals

  Sky Valley Mistress, one of the most exciting bands I’ve seen live over the last few years have finally finished their debut album Faithless Rituals which will be released on March 20th, 2020 via New Heavy Sounds/Cargo Records. The Blackburn based quartet have managed to create their live vibe …

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Anvil – Buckley Tivoli, 06/03/2020

I’ve been to many Anvil gigs since 1982, playing at festivals, support slots and as headliners. There has never been a bad one, some stand out more than others and another addition to the latter is the Buckley Tivoli gig last night. A pre gig interview with frontman Steve ‘Lips’ …

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Ross The Boss – Born Of Fire

  Ross The Boss, founder member of Manowar back in 1980 shows he still has the riffs in his metal arsenal with Born Of Fire, his fourth solo album released on AFM Records. These twelve monster songs are blazed out by his backing band of Marc Lopes on vocals, Mike …

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Collateral – Collateral.

Kent based quartet Collateral came to be in late November 2016. A well received EP ‘4 Shots!’ paved the way for two singles, ‘Lullaby’ and most recently ‘Merry Go Round’, both of which feature on their stunning self titled debut album, recently released by Roulette Media Records. They have been …

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Heavy Pettin – 4 Play

Heavy Pettin - 4Play

Not get enough foreplay on Valentines day? Well fear not as Glasgow hard rockers Heavy Pettin are here to the rescue courtesy of their just released 4 Play EP. Self produced by guitarist Gordon Bonnar, it bristles with pride throughout like a strutting peacock. Forming in 1981, they caused a …

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Those Damn Crows – Point Of No Return

It’s been a long time since I’ve been so excited waiting for the second album from a band. The first time was way back in 1980 for Iron Maiden when their self titled debut was followed by Killers and now Bridgend based Those Damn Crows have shown their full potential …

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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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