Dennis Jarman

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

Evocation – Illusions Of Grandeur.

The Illusions Of Grandeur, the 4th full length studio album from Gothenburg based melodic death metallers Evocation features a drum sound i’ve not heard since John Boecklin’s performance on Devildriver’s  album The Last Kind Words! As good as the rest of the band are, Evocation’s drummer Janne K.Boden puts in …

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Grand Supreme Blood Court – Bow Down Before The Blood Court.

Well this is an interesting concept. A 5 piece death metal band called Grand Supreme Blood Court by vocalist Martin Von Drunen whereupon each member takes on a name to match their court position and function within the court. So we have Magistrate, Judge, Prosecutor, Registrar and Executioner so with …

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Gamma Ray – Skeletons And Majesties.

My introduction to rock/metal came through buying live albums as they represent a band at their peak with their best songs on them so classics  like Double Live Gonzo by Ted Nugent, Live And Dangerous by Thin Lizzy, All The World’s A Stage by Rush, Alive II by Kiss, Loud …

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Lynchpyn – Drop The Blade 2 track single.

London based Lynchpyn,having only formed  in May 2012 are already looking to be a fine metal band judging by the quality of their new cd single Drop The Blade. An album is being recorded with a possible release in Feb. 2013 which should be one to definitely look out for! …

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Mortor – Shoot Em Up.

The war themed second studio album Shoot Em Up is not for the faint hearted as it careers along at breakneck pace for almost 50 minutes. The vocals of Yolin Lafreniere are pure death metal, a bit one dimensional but the aggression is needed for the ferocity of the music. …

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Sterbhaus – Angels For Breakfast,God For Lunch.

Formed in Stockholm in 2007, Swedish thrash/death metal band Sterbhaus should really be in straitjackets instead of being in a band as they sound truly demented on their second album Angels For Breakfast,God For Lunch. It was released via Kilhead Productions on Sept.18th 2012 and contains 12 tracks of twisted …

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Mob Rules – Cannibal Nation

Cannibal Nation is the 7th studio album from German melodic metal band Mob Rules and it sees them at masters of their craft. Formed in 1994 by current members, vocalist Klaus Dirks and Matthias Mineur in Oldenburg, Cannibal Nation raises the bar for others to improve on. It will be …

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KISS – Monster

Monday October 8th 2012 will be an important day in KISStory as New York’s finest, almost 40 years since they formed, release their 20th studio album titled Monster and it is an apt word to describe it! Released via the Universal Music Group it’s 13 tracks make up probably their …

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Soulstorm – Fall Of The Rebel Angels.

  Fall Of The Rebel Angels, the 3rd full length release from Canadian based metal band Soulstorm brings extreme metal to it’s next crushing level. Released on August 30th 2012 via Full Blast PR, Soulstorm have captured the sound of early Godflesh and Fudge Tunnel and brought it kicking and …

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Denim And Leather nwobhm Festival – Slade Rooms,Wolverhampton,29/9/2012

  September 29th 2012 was an important day for fans of nwobhm music  as the Denim And Leather festival staged 5 bands whose musical styles fit the bill. Gaskin, Praying Mantis, Weapon and Stampede were playing when the movement began in the late 70’s/early 80’s but opening band Agincourt, although …

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Serpentine Path – Serpentine Path.

  From the spoken intro explaining the meaning of 666 prior  to opening track Arrows and ending with hammer blow rhythms of closing track Only A Monolith Remains, the debut album from U.S based doom metal band Serpentine Path is a monstrous affair. It transcends the doom tag by being …

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Dad Maria – Sequences e.p

Hamburg based techno metal band Dad Maria have been around since 2001 and their latest release, the 5 track e.p Sequences sees them assaulting the senses with a frantic mixture of System Of A Down, The Prodigy and Moby. Sequences was released on 27th July 2012 and  is available on …

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Black Rose – Cure For Your Disease.

    So what do you get if you merge the spirit of nwobhm with the likes of AC/DC, Motley Crue, Wasp, Van Halen  and Y&T? The answer is Cure For Your Disease by Black Rose! It’s the sort of album to play before going to a gig to put …

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Soph Day from Alunah interview

I caught up with Soph Day, vocalist and guitarist in Alunah after I reviewed their album ‘White Hoarhound’,  to find out more about the band how they began etc, favourite bands/records and what their plans are and so on. Who formed Alunah and when? It kinda happened by accident, I was …

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Torger Neuhaus from Lofft interview

I had the privilege of catching up with Lofft’s vocalist Torger Neuhaus after I reviewed their debut album The Bitterness Of Life’,  to find out more about the band how they began etc, touring and what their plans are and so on.   When was Lofft formed? LOFFT was formed in …

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Gaskin – Edge Of Madness.

  In the late 1970’s a new breed of British metal bands were coming to the fore and the term nwobhm was born. That is New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. The best place for information was in a weekly music magazine called Sounds. The editor Geoff Barton was a …

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Alunah – White Hoarhound

“Doom with a difference” was my first impression after playing the 2nd full length studio album, White Hoarhound  by Birmingham based Pagan doom metal band Alunah. The reason for this is the haunting vocals of  female Soph Day. I have not come across a female fronted doom metal band before …

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Lofft – The Bitterness Of Life.

    Hamburg based hard rockers Lofft should really have a record deal by now judging by the quality of the 9 songs on their latest album, The Bitterness Of Life.It is currently available on cd directly from Lofft’s website  and digitally via major outlets  Amazon, iTunes,Spotify etc. Fans of …

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Bisongrass – Bisongrass.

A recent name change from Bison (uk) to Bisongrass has not deterred this hard hitting 5 piece metal band. Formed late 2010 in Aberdeen, Bisongrass have their self titled debut album available as a hard copy on September 15th via their own record label Sweaty Beef Records and digitally via …

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Ian Hunter & The Rant Band – When I’m President.

  The majority of my album reviews are heavy rock/metal but when i was asked to review Ian Hunter’s latest album, When I’m President  i was delighted as i grew up with early 70’s music , an era when his previous band  Mott The Hoople were in their heyday. After …

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