Dennis Jarman

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

Accept – Too Mean To Die

Accept

Formed in 1976 in Solingen, West Germany, Accept are still flying the flag for German heavy metal, point proven by their upcoming studio album Too Mean To Die. Whether it’s frustration from Covid (which has delayed the album release from Jan 15th till the 29th due to a pressing plant …

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Ward XVI – Unplugged And Sedated EP

As somebody a lot wiser than me once proclaimed, “Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast”. Point proven by the Unplugged And Sedated EP currently available by Preston based macabre metallers Ward XVI. Throughout the pandemic in 2020 they managed to release the over the top studio album Metamorphosis …

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The Senton Bombs – Dwelling In The Past (single)

Hey ho, let’s go as The Senton Bombs open their plan for World domination in 2021 with one big shit kicking get the fuck out of my way single called Dwelling In The Past now available to purchase from Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music. Right from the off it’s …

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Ashen Reach – Homecoming

My first review of 2021 and what a way to start the year with the quite astonishing debut album Homecoming from Merseyside based Ashen Reach. Currently available via all digtal outlets, for such a young band these 11 songs show early maturity in their songwriting. Opener ‘Fighting For My Life’ …

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Iced Earth – Iced Earth (30th Anniversary Edition)

Iced Earth go back in time to their self titled released in 1990 debut album which has been remixed and remastered from the original 2″ tapes. Formed in Tampa Bay, Florida 1984 I’ll admit to being late on the scene for them, not checking them out until the 2011 release …

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Death Dealer – Conquered Lands

Ross The Boss is back with a vengeance as he unleashes Conquered Lands, the third studio album from Death Dealer via AFM and Steel Cartel Records. The quality shown from previous releases Warmaster and Hallowed Ground continues throughout these songs mainly from the astonishing drumming from Steve Bolognese as his …

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Iconic Eye – Back From Behind The Sun EP

Midlands based Iconic Eye return with a brand new five track EP titled Back From Behind The Sun and back with a new lead singer Janey Smith. Released on December 4th 2020, the band came to my attention from fan Robert Dyer who I’m very greatful to. The title track …

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Red Spektor – Heart Of The Renewed Sun

Welcome back Red Spektor! It seems a helluva long wait since their self titled debut crushed us four years ago but they are back with a vengeance with a new line up and new studio album Heart Of The Renewed Sun. Their stoner rock if anything has got even more …

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The Swamp Born Assassins – Gates Of Hades (single)

Welcome back to The Swamp Born Assassins! It’s been over 18 months since I reviewed their Dead Man’s Train album and they’re back and firing on all cylinders with their latest single ‘Gates Of Hades’ available now from Google Play, Amazon, i Tunes,Deezer,Applemusic, Spotify and from the band website. Since …

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The Wildhearts – ’30 Year Itch : Live’

 So do we need yet another Wildhearts live album? Phuq yeah we do and it just so happens that 30 Year Itch : Live is not just my album of 2020, it’s also one of the most intense live albums I’ve heard for many years! Wildhearts gigs are a lot …

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Son Of Shinobi – Lemon Spit (single)

What the phuq! Four years seems a helluva long wait since I’ve had chance to review new material from Crewe based Son Of Shinobi but with a new line up (Mark Ames on guitar) they return with a rip roaring single called ‘Lemon Spit’, available on all digital platforms. Thankfully …

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Sodom – Genesis XIX

In just under an hour Sodom vehemently prove that they are still flying the flag high for German thrash metal with the release on Steamhammer Records of their sixteenth studio album Genesis XIX. Still fronted by founder member Tom Angelripper since 1981, his dedication to the cause is utterly commendable, …

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Samantha Martin And Delta Sugar – The Reckless One

If there is a positive that has come from 2020 and there is not many, are the blues albums that I’ve been asked to review which takes me out of my rock/metal comfort zone. The Reckless One album, recently released by Samantha Martin And Delta Sugar on Gypsy Soul Records …

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When Rivers Meet – We Fly Free

Appearances can be deceiving sometimes, point proven by the cover of the debut album We Fly Free from husband and wife duo When Rivers Meet. I was expecting something laid back but could not be more wrong as they bring the noise with gusto. They are a new band to …

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Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons – We’re The Bastards

Releasing an album on Friday 13th? In Covid-19 ridden 2020? With 13 songs on it? What could possibly go wrong? The answer is absolutely nothing as Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons give a big middle finger to any doubts with We’re The Bastards released on Nuclear Blast Records! The …

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Twister – Cursed And Corrected

Now I’m of a certain age with over forty years of listening to and watching bands so it takes a lot to really impress me but here is my album of 2020 from one of the most exciting debuts I’ve heard for a long time. Channelling the audacity of early …

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The Midwich Affair – Hard (single)

Staffordshire based The Midwich Affair in just under four minutes power out a song that straddles the line between indie and hard rock with latest single ‘Hard’. It lives up to its title with a no holds barred delivery that burst through my headphones as lead vocalist Vicky Travis channels …

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King King – Maverick

You know that feeling when you play an album for the first time and one song jumps out at you so you keep going back to it? After the first spin of Maverick, the new studio album from Glasgow based King King, I got chills after at least three of …

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Mike Ross – The Clovis Limit Pt.2

Mike Ross

  Casually listening to Wyatt Wendels show on Planet Rock radio a few weeks ago on my night shift my ears pricked up when ‘None Of Your Business’ by Mike Ross caught my attention. It had one foot in the blues and the other in a quirky Frank Zappa kinda …

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