Dennis Jarman

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

Blanco Diablo – Attack the Fire.

Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, 3 piece blues rock band Blanco Diablo have penned 12 hard hitting numbers on their 3rd full length studio album Attack The Fire and when you have the legendary producer Chris Tsangarides in the driving seat then you can do no wrong! Attack The …

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The Wildhearts – Manchester Academy 1, 5/4/2013.

Is there such a thing as a perfect gig? Well after going to them for over 30 years then this one was as close as you can get. A packed venue, a near perfect setlist ( The Wildhearts played the whole of their debut album Earth Vs The Wildhearts for …

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Pyrithion – The Burden Of Sorrow 3 track single.

I would be very surprised if the studio that the debut single by American band Pyrithion was recorded in is still standing judging by the 11 minutes of apocalyptic metal on show here as it crashes and thrashes at phenomenal speed. The studio is owned by Pyrithion vocalist Tim Lambesis, …

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M.A.I.R – Ear Ape Age ep.

 M.A.I.R was formed in Glasgow, August 2010. Their 1st ep followed a year later and since then one line up change with bassist Miranda Bradshaw being added brings us to the present day and the current release of 2nd ep Ear Ape Age. Available on digital download via iTunes it …

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The Self Titled – ‘Defaced’

To say that Kent based metal band The Self Titled have had line up problems is a bit of an understatement. They re-formed in 2010, recorded and recently released their debut album Defaced but the line up that recorded it has undergone 2 losses since then. Lead vocalist Mark Campbell …

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Antari – Symbolic Revolver (single)

Symbolic Revolver is a taster from the forthcoming studio album Campaigns Of Misinformation due in 2013 from St.Austell based metallers Antari. After numerous line up changes since their formation in November 2010 they are now ready to forge ahead and judging by the anger shown on Symbolic Revolver, it would …

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A Million Miles – What’s Left Behind

Whats Left Behind, the debut album from Hamburg based band A Million Miles is a very very impressive piece of work to say the least, containing 11 tracks of varying styles but with their own stamp firmly in place. The vocals of Mona Miluski give the band an edge similar …

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Sodom – Epitome Of Torture.

Formed in 1982, Sodom have rightfully earned their place in the top 3 German thrash metal bands along with Destruction and Kreator. Destruction released Spiritual Genocide in Nov.2012 and Kreator preceded that with Phantom Antichrist in June. Both albums showed they were still on top form so it is left …

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Lets Play God – Survival Of The Twisted ep

There must be something in the water in Glasgow judging by the recording of the Survival Of The Twisted ep by Lets Play God. 4 short, sharp pieces of feral metal are delivered with utter conviction. It will be released on March 14th 2013 and can be pre-ordered from LetsPlayGod.NET/Store. …

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Nightfall interview with Efthimis Karadimas – February 2013

I recently  emailed Efthimis Karaimas,founder member of Nightfall to discuss the band and their latest studio album Cassiopeia.     Can you introduce Nightfall to the readers, please? Hello Dennis and thanks for your time mate. Nightfall is an artistic vehicle running for about 22 years now, or 8,000 days …

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Hatriot interview – February 2013

 I recently had the opportunity to email interview Nick,Cody and Kosta from the thrash metal band Hatriot fronted by Steve Souza,ex vocalist from Testament and Exodus. For a debut album Hatriot sound very tight. Are you pleased with how the album turned out? Thank you very much.  We are very …

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Dio – Dream Evil (Deluxe Edition)

Dream Evil, the 4th solo album by Ronnie James Dio has been given the deluxe edition treatment by Universal Music as they did last year with Ronnie’s 1st 3 solo albums Holy Diver, Last In Line and Sacred Heart. To some it may seem like a cash in as Ronnie …

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Jokers Hour – The Commercial Hotel,Wheelock,8/2/2013

From the ashes of Black Snake Moan come Jokers Hour, formed in March 2012 and  based in Winsford/Macclesfield. They are a 5 piece hard rock/blues band in their early to mid 20’s and at The Commercial Hotel in the quiet village of Wheelock in Cheshire last Friday they had the …

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Enforcer – Death By Fire.

Death By Fire has its roots set so deep in the 80’s it should come with a free pair of white open topped trainers and drainpipe jeans! The 3rd full length studio release by Stockholm based metallers Enforcer is a short,sharp shock  of over the top metal mayhem. It reminds …

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Hatriot – Heroes Of Origin

Steve Souza is back and  with a vengeance to show the young thrash metal upstarts how thrash metal should be done! At the ripe old age of 48 he has lost none of his venom and to use a song title from one of his previous bands,he still truly sounds …

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Nightfall – Cassiopeia.

To say that Cassiopeia, the 9th studio album from Greek metallers Nightfall is busy is an understatement as it jumps from symphonic metal to death and thrash in the blink of an eye. Its dominated by the one dimensional but compelling aggressive bark of vocalist  Efthimis Karadimas. Efthimis formed Nightfall …

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Bob Katsionis – Rest In Keys.

To say that I approached this album with trepidation is an understatement. Bob Katsionis plays keyboards for Outloud but is probably known more for his work with Firewind. I must admit I expected a Rick Wakeman style instrumental  opus but was knocked out after the 1st minute of album opener …

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Black Rose at The Jolly Tar Inn, Nantwich, Cheshire, 22/12/2012.

Well Xmas certainly came early to the punters who turned up for Black Rose’s final gig of 2012. We were treated to over 2hrs of Thin Lizzy classics with a few obscure album tracks thrown in for the diehards. The evening was split into 2 sets giving the band a …

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Destruction – Spiritual Genocide.

When it comes to snarling, intense thrash metal then German bands always rise to the challenge. Over the last 30yrs,  3 of the most influential are certainly Sodom, Kreator and Destruction and the latest studio album Spiritual Genocide  from Destruction shows they have no sign of mellowing out. Old fans …

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The Sword – Apocryphon.

Austin, Texas based metal band The Sword have certainly matured on their 4th studio album Apocryphon. Even though they have penned some of their heaviest riffs to date there is a more melodic approach to some of the songs. The word Apocryphon comes from the Greek word apocrypha meaning “hidden …

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