Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Massive Wagons – Changes

To borrow a song title of ‘Feel Good Hit Of The Summer’ from QOTSA, with their brand new single ‘Changes’, Massive Wagons have brought the summer vibes a few months early and it’s more than welcome to say the least! They’ve dedicated it as “This one is for the fans”, …

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Capra – In Transmission

Oh I’ve been waiting for this one for what seems a very long time since Capra’s self titled 2 x tracker hit me last May. From Southern Louisiana, these guys are re-writing hardcore rules with ease and branching their own take on how hardcore should be played, bringing a more …

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Arielle – Analog Girl In A Digital World

After hearing and reviewing the ‘Peace Of Mind’ single by Arielle in February 2021 I took the bait due to the quality of the song but now I’ve fallen hook, line and sinker with her ninth studio album Analog Girl In A Digital World due for release on May 7th. …

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Thunder – All The Right Noises

I’ve been following Thunder since the very start. I was one of two young lads. No money. No job. Armed with only a packet of fags and a ‘Buckley Boys On Tour ‘ banner which Danny proudly held aloft on stage at Manchester International 2 on their ‘Back Street Symphony …

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James P M Phillips – Bones

James Phillips is a very well known and respected guy from North Wales. He’s probably put more gigs on as a promoter than I have ever been to. His love for music, especially live music is to be respected in the highest manner. But he does play himself in his …

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Sky Valley Mistress – Acoustic Sessions EP

It’s been a while since I’ve had chance to review any new material by Sky Valley Mistress as it’s just over year since I did a piece for their stunning debut studio album Faithless Rituals. So fast forward to 2021 for their four track Acoustic Sessions EP. It’s the first …

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Enforcer – Live By Fire II

Enforcer

Even the more famous live albums are not 100% the real deal with parts added and/or deleted before they hit the shelves but Live By Fire II from Enforcer seems to be a warts and all performance from 2019 in Mexico City. The South Americans sure do love their metal, …

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3 Doors Down – The Better Life (20th Anniversary)

Today, 3 DOORS DOWN release a re-mastered, 20th Anniversary Edition of The Better Life album along with the nine-song “Escatawpa Sessions” as a box set on high-quality 3LP vinyl. The “Escatawpa Sessions,” recorded in the band’s Mississippi hometown in 1996, features seven demo versions from The Better Life, as well …

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The Treatment – Waiting For Good Luck

The Treatment

I have always liked The Treatment, especially as a live act. They always come out all guns blazing and win the audience quickly. With their 5th album Waiting For Good Luck they demonstrate a real ability for writing quality, sleazy, hard rock n roll and sound as hungry as ever. …

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KREEK – Kreek album review

Kreek

KREEK – Kreek album review It’s been some years since I’ve heard from Antony Ellis on the music scene. August 9th 2015 to be precise when he was lead vocalist for the now defunct Bigfoot when they delivered an incendiary set at Bloodstock Open Air Festival. Fast forward to 2021 …

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The Sweet – Set Me Free (single)

Sweet

Rewind 47 years to when I was 10 years old at a Woodside Primary School disco in Oswestry, standing in the corner eating a Jammie Dodger washed down with watered down orange squash. All of a sudden I hear an air raid siren, then a huge riff and the unmistakable …

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The Senton Bombs – Aerial Threat

Aerial Threat

So 2021 brings us new hope and some of it comes from Blackpool bawlers The Senton Bombs with Aerial Threat, their sixth studio album released on March 27th via Regolith Records. The title could be to do with their “bombs bombs bombs away” catchphrase or even the dangers of washing …

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Black Coast – Paradise (single)

A double celebration is on the menu here for Stoke On Trent based metal monsters Black Coast as they release their latest single ‘Paradise’ and sign up with Blood Blast Distribution Nuclear Blast. This raging song is a bonafide skull crusher. They are not reinventing the wheel here but theirs …

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When Rivers Meet – Walking On The Wire (single) review

When Rivers Meet

I’m not sure whether the lack of gigs in 2020 has anything to do with it but with my writing, I looked beyond rock/metal for new horizons and one band that really caught my attention were the husband and wife duo of When Rivers Meet. In November I reviewed their …

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Epica – Omega

It’s certainly been an eventful year or so for the music industry with live music put on hold and any return still months away. While some bands have split or have parted ways with members, and others have gone on hiatus while the members take other work to survive. Some …

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Black Tree Vultures – III EP

Formed in 2017, UK based heavy rockers Black Tree Vultures release their third EP simply titled III. It’s my first introduction to their music and these four songs are of the highest order! Currently available to buy, a statement of intent arrives early with opening track ‘The Unforeseen’. There is …

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Molly Karloff – She Said (Romesh Mix)

molly karloff

Oxfordshire based power trio Molly Karloff power up with new single ‘She Said (Romesh Mix)’ as well as donating all proceeds to the aid of UK mental health charity “Oxfordshire Mind”. Band frontmanSimon Gee explains that “Lockdowns are bad for mental health. It’s a serious issue and that’s why we’ve …

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Dio – Evil or Divine: Live in New York City

Evil or Divine: Live in New York City was recorded in 2002 and released on DVD the following year and on CD a further two years on. As with the other live release being reissued (Holy Diver Live) this month the album has been remastered and sounds great. The setlists …

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