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Beneath the divine – Disciple

“Disciple” is the debut EP from South Wales metal band Beneath the divine. It’s a five track EP, with the first track, “Disciple” being more of an intro than a normal song, but at 2 minutes long it’s longer than an average album intro.  A philosophical spoken voice track with …

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System of Hate – Insanity EP

.@louelladeville_ @PlanetMosh review of .@systemofhateuk self titled EP System of Hate were formed in 2012 from the remnants of Barnsley Punk band Total Confusion, with former members Pat, Paddy and Sutty joined by drummer Carl and former Danse Society drummer Martin on keyboards to give the Hard-core Punk sound we hear …

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Massive Wagons – Red Dress (Single & Bonus Tracks)

.@louelladeville_  @PlanetMosh reviews .@MassiveWagons new single Red Dress and bonus tracks released via .@OffYerRocka on 23rd June 2014. Carnforth rockers Massive Wagons released Red Dress, their first single from new album Fight the System on 23rd June 2014. Red Dress starts as it finishes with the words Red Dress hence, …

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Psycho Kiss – Bloodbath at the disco

“Bloodbath at the disco” is the second album from South Wales rock band Psycho Kiss.  Like Triaxis (also from South Wales), they have a classic rock/metal sound, although whereas Triaxis are more classic metal, Psych Kiss are more classic hard rock. Like Triaxis they have a talented female singer with …

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Flight 49 – That smell of sweat and sin

Flight 49 are a four piece hard rock band from Llandudno in North Wales.  Formed in 2011, they started work on their debut EP in 2013 and it’s now finally here – That smell of sweat and sin. Brief comments on a couple of tracks… “Rage” opens with a piano …

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The Starling Radicals – The World Outside

The Starling Radicals are a fairly new band from South Wales, who only formed a year and a half ago, but who have already released their first mini-album, The World Outside.  The plan is for them to release a full album soon which will contain the six tracks from this …

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Vanity BLVD – Wicked Temptation

Swedish Rock band Vanity BLVD released second album Wicked Temptation via Noiseheadrecords earlier this year. Fronted by Anna Savage, with a powerful voice similar to Sally Cato from Smashed Gladys. A fantastic second album, worth a listen for fans of Eighties Glam Rock. The opening track Dirty Rat reminded me …

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Dot Legacy – ‘Dot Legacy’

Dot Legacy Album Artwork

One of a reviewer’s favourite dreams – and, in equal measure, worst nightmares – is to occasionally stumble across a band who are difficult, if not downright impossible, to categorize. Such an outfit are Parisien quartet Dot Legacy, and this eclectic self-titled debut, which veers between post-rock synchopation, stoner, ambient …

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Black Gremlin – ‘ Rock And Raw’

Black Gremlin Artwork

This debut album from upstart Italians Black Gremlin certainly lives up to its name, in that it’s raw – not surprising, since the quartet recorded its seven songs live in one day, and using a traditional 8-track reel-to-reel tape deck. The result is a heady little collection of songs that …

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Haerken – …Of Warriors and Kings

Haerken are a new European band, and their ten-song debut album, …Of Warriors and Kings, released in 2014, is a fresh face on the monolith that is extreme music. (At least for Latin, the ‘ae’ is pronounced “i”.) Modern, technical, crunchy, and fairly dry, the band’s sound could be described …

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The King Lot – Until My Dying Day – Single

The King Lot are a three piece Hard Rock and Roll band from West Lothian, Scotland who I have never heard much about until now! The band members have been friends for many years, and have written and recorded in various bands and projects together as well as achieving commercial …

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Osian – Rhizome

Osian is an alternative metal band from southern Italy, formed during the birth of the genre in the mid 90s. The band’s latest offering, Rhizome, is a six song disc that pays obvious homage to popular alternative music of that era: bands like Depeche Mode, Type O Negative, Ministry, The …

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Scream Maker – Livin’ In The Past

Appropriately titled, Livin’ In The Past by Poland’s Scream Maker is the band’s war cry and answer to the genre of power metal. With the help of star producer Alessandro Del Vecchio, they’ve nailed it: versatile, nicely ranged, fairly operatic, and genre-appropriate vocals matched to staccato archetypal guitar riffs, supported …

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Avelion – Liquid Breathing

Industrial music influenced Italian metallers Avelion released a three-song EP, titled Liquid Breathing, in November 2013. Highly focused on electronic or digital sounding instrumentation, the band incorporates a lot of different keyboard sounds, mixed with digital “djenty” guitar. Avelion, who revamped their lineup in 2013, describes themselves as melodic progressive …

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Aventus – Valley Of The Kings

Another contender in the overcrowded, glutted digital music revolution, Scotland’s Aventus put their spin on rock and roll with their latest disc, called Valley of the Kings. The recording has a warm, analog feel to it, and is nicely balanced and enjoyable. The band mix doomy, sludgy riffs with more …

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Colma Wolves – Orphaned

Edinburgh’s Colma Wolves have released a three-song EP, Orphaned. Songs begin slowly with distorted bass guitar, almost drone-like. The quality of Orphaned is best described as “basement practice room on an old four-track”, demo or hardcore-collector quality “only”. The recording is fairly muddy, and lacks the depth that would benefit …

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Babylon A.D. – The Lost Sessions, Fresno CA 93

Formed in 1988, Babylon A.D. hail from San Francisco, California. Former Arista recording artists, they dredged up at EP’s worth of previously-unreleased material. Titled The Lost Sessions, Fresno CA 93, and released on Perris Records, this EP serves as the band’s ‘appearance at the final UK Firefest’ teaser. The material …

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Moloch – Verwüstung

With Moloch, a true and grim underground black metal band has emerged, with most of their releases available as strictly limited editions! Hailing from dark, frozen Ukraine, Nocebo Records released an eight-song picture disc of Moloch’s material, titled Verwüstung. All lyrics are in Ukranian, but the song titles are in …

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Four Nights Gone – Resilience

Staten Island, New York’s Four Nights Gone recently released Resilience, a 5-song EP. This is the band’s second studio effort, professionally recorded at Vudu Studios with producer Mike Watts. Nicely mixed, clear and crisp, Resilience seems to be fairly straightforward, vanilla modern melodic rock: like fellow bands you’d hear on …

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Skinlepsy – Condemning the Empty Souls

Downtuned, digital, distorted, and defiant. That’s the first impression of Brazil’s Skinlepsy, who released their debut, Condemning the Empty Souls, on Shinigami Records. Nicely balanced, the recording is listenable even at low volume, but packs more punch “cranked up” a bit. This nine-song (with one intro) full-length album is nothing …

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