Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Avarus – Parallels (EP)

Well this is a classic example of Groundhog Day as TWO Blackpool based bands, both with Rock People Management have recently released their debuts, the first being Avarus with their Parallels EP. Made up of seven seismic tracks it hits the ground running with opener ‘Plight’ as a quickfire rant …

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Takeaway Thieves – 9

After one listen to 9, the debut album from Blackpool based Takeaway Thieves, you’ll be ringing 999 for an ambulance to check your vital signs after being blown away by the attitude of these 9 songs, point proven by album opener ’13 Feathers’. It’s not unlucky 13 for the listener …

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When Rivers Meet – Testify (single)

I first came across When Rivers Meet in November 2020 when I was asked to review their debut album We Fly Free and its eccentricity got them an easy 5/5 rating from myself. So fast forward to 2021 with ‘Testify’, the first single taken from forthcoming studio album Saving Grace …

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Troy Redfern – Stone (single)

Taking a step back from his usual guitar histrionics, Troy Redfern shows a softer side to his repertoire with recently released ‘Stone’, the 4th single taken from the highly impressive The Fire Cosmic album. A lilting intro sets the scene perfectly with dreamy guitar lines and a heart melting vocal …

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Bad Touch – Twenty-Five Miles(single)

Not content with resting on their laurels from recently releasing a monstrous cover of ‘Cant You See’ by The Marshall Tucker Band, the self proclaimed “Norfolk Rock And Roll” band Bad Touch belt out their latest single ‘Twenty-Five Miles, a force of nature cover of the 1968 Edwin Starr soul …

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The Wildhearts – 21st Century Love Songs

The Wildhearts

Is it my 58-year-old ears playing up or is 21st Century Love Songs the heaviest album created by The Wildhearts? Recently released on Graphite Records, it’s an absolute monster, to say the least! It races along in the fast lane as the rabble-rousing intro to the title track heads off …

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Takeaway Thieves – Spider (single)

It’s a busy Bank Holiday Weekend for Blackpool terrors Takeaway Thieves as they release their second single ‘Spider’ today that’s taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘9’ due for release on September 17th 2021 via Rock People Management. On Saturday they spread their rollicking rock and roll onto the main …

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Nunslaughter mean business on new album release

Nunslaughter

Now here is a name you *should* have heard of if you enjoy filthy, raw, black metal. And trust me Nunslaughter mean business on their new album release. It’s called “Red Is The Color Of Ripping Death” so if you are expecting ballads and progressive stuff, I can guarantee this …

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Sodom – Bombenhagel (EP)

Defying trends since forming in Gelsenkirchen, Germany in 1981, Sodom are not just still flying the flag for Teutonic thrash metal, they are flying it from the highest flagpole! This is proven by the release today of a raging three track EP titled Bombenhagel on Steamhammer/SPV Records. It kicks off …

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Ward XVI – Burn The Witch (single)

Even by the standards that Ward XVI set with their 2017 debut album The Art Of Manipulation they forged ahead with giant steps for the follow up Metamorphosis released in 2020 on Metal Rocka Recordings and one of my major highlights from it, ‘Burn The Witch’ has recently been released …

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Bad Touch – Can’t You See (single)

It takes some balls to take on a song of this magnitude and come out with your heads held high as Bad Touch step up for their version of ‘Can’t You See’ from The Marshall Tucker Band, first released in 1973. The original was sublime and credit is due to …

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The Gypsy Pistoleros – The Mescalito Vampires

The Gypsy Pistoleros "the ideal house band for the Titty Twister bar of Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn!" (their words, not mine, see here), a band with a long and colourful history have just released their new album The Mescalito Vampires via Off Yer Rocka. The current line-up sees the return of Gypsy Lee Pistolero, on vocals, and the addition of a brass section with Kris Jones on trumpet.

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Troy Redfern – Sanctify (single)

Troy Redfern

‘Sanctify’, the third single taken from the no holds barred recently released album The Fire Cosmic is four minutes of boisterous barroom boogie driven along by snare drums that snarl and snap at your ankles. A midway slide guitar solo from Troy flies off his fretboard like bolts of lightning …

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Joanne Shaw Taylor – Let Me Down Easy (single)

A very quick review could come from “How to have your heart broken in 5 minutes” from ‘Let Me Down Easy’ by Joanne Shaw Taylor but such brevity would not convey the sheer magnitude of this song. This recently released song comes from her upcoming studio release The Blues Album …

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Robert Jon And The Wreck – Shine A Light On Me Brother

Robert Jon

April 2020 saw me having my reviewing skills tested to the max by an album which blew me away on first play. That album was Last Light On The Highway by Robert Jon And The Wreck. I like a bit of Southern rock but this also had elements of country …

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Bernie Marsden – ‘Kings’

The constant work ethic of Bernie Marsden sees him release ‘Kings’, his first solo album in 7 years via Conquest Music and Bernie Marsden’s Little House Music. The album is the first of the ‘Inspirations Series’ as Bernie pays tribute to his peers. The idea came out in 2018 when …

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Joe Bonamassa – Notches (single)

A more than welcome return from Joe Bonamassa sees him release a brand new single ‘Notches’ taken from a forthcoming studio album later on in 2021 and this strong song to say the least bodes well for it. These fiery four minutes are built on a laid back barroom boogie …

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Bastette – Exposed (EP)

Bastette, another band that have come my way via the NWOCR various artists album impress highly with their 5 track Exposed EP due for release on September 17th 2021 on RPM Records. Opening track ‘Stand Back’ has soothing keyboards and snappy snare work in the verses giving off a 1980’s …

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