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Mystica – Oratorio

Bulgaria holds great memories for me. I go there most years to Sunny Beach for my holiday, and I know that there is some great talent over there. So when a review request came through for Mystica, I jumped at the chance. Amazingly, Mystica have been around for some twenty …

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Dig Lazarus – Figured It Out EP.

Currently available from the band and major streaming sites, this tasty four track EP titled Figured It Out should have you not taking too much time to figure out why it is well worth £5 by Nuneaton based trio Dig Lazarus! Opening track immediately sets a high standard with the …

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Reaper – Death Games.

My first impression of Liverpool based metallers Reaper was definitely not a grim one as they tear into current single ‘Death Games’ available now from their bandcamp page. The single thrashes and slashes akin to vintage Exodus as twin guitar mayhem from Daniel Moran (whose lead vocal sounds he gargles …

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Stormrider – What Lies Within EP

“The Gods made heavy metal and they saw that it was good. They said to play it louder than Hell, we promised that we would”. Those Manowar lyrics perfectly sum up the attitude that Stormrider have conjured up once again with their brand new EP, What Lies Within and what …

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Parasitic Twins / The Carnival Rejects – Parasitic Rejects

The press release’s opening paragraph for this release states: ‘Just under a year since firing their debut EP “All That’s Left To Do Now Is Sleep With Each Other”,  Hull’s scariest kids Parasitic Twins are back with a split EP alongside crust punk mob The Carnival Rejects; “The Parasitic Rejects”.  …

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Troyen – A New Dawn EP

Recently released EP A New Dawn from NWOBHM band Troyen is aptly titled due to the addition of new bass guitarist Mark Nortley and by the superhuman recovery from a triple heart bypass operation undertaken by lead guitarist/vocalist Steve McGuire, one of two original members since their formation in 1980, …

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CRO-MAGS – Don’t Give In

Hardcore Punk legends Cro-Mags have just signed with Victory Records (and Arising Empire Records in Europe) to release a three track EP ‘Don’t Give In’. Their first release since the ‘Revenge’ album’ in 2000! They head out on tour supporting the Misfits on several shows in the USA before heading …

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Spreading The Disease – Mindcell EP.

I very much doubt that Spreading The Disease will ever record anything acoustic as they continue to batter us into submission once more with the Mindcell EP. Currently available on their webpage for £8 it certainly hits hard and heavy. Opener ‘Obsession’ is a full on rant from the off. …

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Blind Haze – Red Light Fever EP

I can remember Leeds based nutters Blind Haze play a hangover curing set at Bloodstock Open Air Festival a few years ago and it’s good to see they have still got that fire as they hit the ground running with their latest EP Red Light Fever. It’s currently available for …

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Vader – Thy Messenger EP

Vader, a band I’ve heard of but criminally have heard nothing by until now and I have certainly got a lot of catching up to do judging by the quality of soon to be released EP via Nuclear Blast called Thy Messenger. Formed in 1983 in Olsztyn, Poland, they open …

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Takeaway Thieves – This Is Rocknroll EP

Formed just over a year ago, I’ve seen early promise a few times from the Takeaway Thieves at the Waterloo Music Bar in Blackpool and they have carried that vibe with them into the studio for their debut EP This Is Rocknroll ,currently available on CD and digital music sites …

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Kicking Seagulls – Demonstration

I don’t normally take too kindly to seagulls landing on my desk, but with these North Wales kickers I’ll make an exception, and a very big one at that. Hailing from sunny North Wales, just a stone’s throw from my gaff, it’s always nice to review a local band’s efforts. …

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Bloodyard – Darker Rage

Continuing my reviews of recorded releases from bands that performed at Hammerfest 2019 that I covered, it’s the turn of the awesome Bloodyard. Whilst stood at the corner of the bar at Stage 2 on the Saturday evening, catching ten minutes ‘me’ time after an all day effort of watching, …

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Sworn Amongst – Reclamation

Sworn Amongst have returned to the studio, having signed to L.A’s Famined Records and released what I can only describe as a mercy-less onslaught of Groove Metal. Well, I say Groove Metal, but there’s something different here. There’s an element of Melodic Death Metal too. These guys ooze passion and desire. …

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Torqued – The Coup de Grâce EP.

There must be something in the water (or scrumpy) in Postbridge, Devon for Torqued to create the totally unhinged recently released The Coup De Grâce EP. The trio of Marc Cleave, Kurt Johnson and Rimmy Sinclair have created some of the heaviest music I’ve heard in quite sometime as they …

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Some Time Today – Slip Hazard

Introducing…….Some Time Today. The Pop Punk four-piece outfit from Burscough in Lancashire. Influences which include Blink 182 and Green Day, the band released their first album ‘Better Late Than Never’ in 2017 and have made several radio appearances including BBC’s ‘Introducing’. I first heard of Some Time Today when my previous …

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Rozu – A Rose Will Bloom (Singles)

This review is slightly different to my normal reviews. Having been asked personally to check these guys out, it appears there are currently only three songs available, and it isn’t clear as to whether these are part of an EP or are separate singles. So, for the element of doubt, I have collated …

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Fractions – Soundness Of Mind (Single)

Jeez, how have I not heard of Fractions before? A band that slipped past my eagle eyed radar who will be releasing a rather excellent single called Soundness Of Mind on January 29th 2019, free to download on all digital outlets featuring stunning artwork from Andy Pilkington at Very Metal …

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P.O.D – Circles

90’s nu-metal band P.O.D are back with a new album – Circles. A Christian metal band, Payable on Death (abbreviated to P.O.D), they’ve had remarkably few lineup changes, with the current lineup being the same as the band had in 1994. For this album P.O.D teamed up with L.A. production …

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The Black Bullets – When The Devil Comes Knocking.

On November 16th, The Black Bullets assault the airwaves with their brand spanking new single ‘When The Devil Comes Knocking’. I heard it first live at one of their gigs a few weeks ago at Percys in Whitchurch and the power it created there has been captured in the studio! …

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