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JANUS STARK Angel In The Flames album review

Janus Stark

JANUS STARK Angel In The Flames album review There’s a lot to be said on Angel In The Flames. Each track has its own story to tell and to the listener, they could be interpreted in many ways. Janus Stark has included a fabulous lyric sheet to describe the meaning …

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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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Sylosis – Cycle Of Suffering

Sylosis return with their fifth full length album and my word what a belter as they certainly make up for lost time after their four year snooze!! The energy here in every track is raw, blinding, and has a point to prove. You can feel it. Taste it. From the …

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H.E.A.T – H.E.A.T II

Way back in the 80s when you said “Stadium rock”, the name that came to most people’s minds was Bon Jovi. Sadly it’s been many years since they made any great new music, and live shows have declined too. Happily there are bands making great stadium rock music today, and …

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Outlaws – Dixie Highway

When it comes to Southern rock, The Outlaws are a band whose history dates back over 45 years – this is a band that counts Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker band and The Allman brothers as their contemporaries. They’re best known for songs on their 1975 debut album including “There …

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Albert Cummings – Believe

“Believe” is the eighth studio album from Blues rock guitarist Albert Cummings. It features songs such as the blues classic “Red rooster” (also called “Little red rooster”), Van Morrison’s “Crazy love”, Freddie King’s “Me and my guitar” and more. The album was recorded at Muscle shoals studio – a studio …

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Butcher – 666 Goats Carry My Chariot

With a title like this, you tend to have an inkling as to what sort of genre you’ll be entertained by here. And, yep, you’re right! A thumping of classic 80’s thrash / metal. Early Iron Maiden / Metallica / Helloween flattened and rolled into one meaty pie. So, where …

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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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Syteria – Reflection

Yorkshire based Syteria have been making a name for themselves on the live circuit since their formation in 2015, playing a number of festivals including Call Of The Wild and Hard Rock Hell.  Their debut album Rant-O-Bot was released in 2017 and they are now set to return with their …

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The Burning – British Lion

Mr Steve Harris, bass player with Iron Maiden is a busy fella. After finishing a lengthy tour he has released an album with his side project British Lion, and booked a mini UK tour followed by loads of dates in the US. British Lion has been a project he’s been …

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Shakra – Mad World

Despite celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, Switzerland’s Shakra are a band who have never truly got near to dining at the top table of rock ‘n’ roll. Sharing stages with heavyweights like Iron Maiden and Guns ‘N’ Roses gave them a wee snifter of how the other half live, …

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Anchor Lane – Casino Album Review

Anchor Lane have been making a name for themselves as a young, upcoming New Wave of Classic Rock act over the last few years and have performed at a number of festivals including Isle of Wight, Download and Hard Rock Hell.  They have also toured with the likes of Temonti, …

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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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GraveReign – The Road To Acheron (single track review)

GraveReign, the brainchild of guitarist David Shankle (ex Manowar, DSG and Feanor) along with vocalist Tony Engel (ASC and Veilside) have joined forces. Simply put as “A studio project of two friends who finally got around to writing together”. A studio album is currently planned and the first result is …

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Paul Di’Anno – Hell Over Waltrop-Live In Germany

Whatever remains in Paul Di’Anno‘s topsy turvy career, the one thing that will never change is that the Londoner is one of the most important figures in the history of Heavy Metal. Famed for his four year tenure fronting a fledgling Iron Maiden, the two albums he rammed his vocals …

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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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