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Lyria – Catharsis

Lyria are a Symphonic Alternative Metal from Brazil that was founded by singer and songwriter Aline Happ.  After a crowdfunding campaign in 2014 they released their debut album, Catharsis. So, what can you expect from the album?  Well for a start you have the beautiful mezzo soprano vocals from Aline.  …

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Defy All Reason – Bad Blood (radio edit).

To be released mid/end of January 2015 and to be included on their full length debut album The Road Ahead at the end of March, ‘Bad Blood’ is probably the heaviest song I’ve heard from Defy All Reason but has enough hooks to make it widely accessible. It rolls along …

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Spiders – Shake electric

Swedish band Spiders have a retro sound – it’s more 1970’s than 2014, and that’s certainly not a bad thing given how many great bands were around in the 70s.  This album is the second album from the band – their debut album, “Flash point” was released in 2012.  Musically …

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One – New Life [single]

“New Life”, by Warsaw native One (name: Adam Malicki), is a random find from a boredom-trawl on Twitter that asks for your attention. Freshly released, this single is a guitar-heavy instrumental track that opens with a waltzing, cracked funhouse flair. Rapidly shifting gears to synth-laden blues rock, and then to …

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Sky valley mistress – Rivals, hounds & rebel sisters

Sky valley mistress are a rock and roll band from Blackburn that has just released their latest EP – “Rivals, hounds & rebel sisters”. There’s a strong Blues influence in the music, and you might detect influences such as Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath but what hits you immediately is …

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Foul Body Autopsy – ‘So Close To Dehumanization’

Foul Body Autopsy artwork

Foul Body Autopsy is one-man extreme metal maverick Tom Reynolds, who describes himself as being “armed with an iPod, guitar and a desire to crush skulls” and to date has producedroughly an EP per annum during his four-year career.  Now, he has followed that tradition with this brain-shredding two-track EP, …

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Captain Bedderz – Confessions of a Working Class Tosser

@louelladeville_ @ planetmosh review of @CaptainBedderz Confessions of a Working Class Tosser. On his Facebook Page Captain’ Bedderz is described as a ‘never been’ punk rock guitarist, bassist, singer & songwriter with 20 years of experience in the music industry. His first solo album ‘Confessions of a Working Class Tosser’ …

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Carl Verheyen – Mustang Run

And now for something different, and decidedly non-metal, in metal-land! Guitarist Carl Verheyen, of Supertramp fame, released his fantastic solo album, Mustang Run, on August 1. Verheyen has a short tour of the UK lined up to support the release. The 11 tracks (ten instrumental) presented here are a wonderful …

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Abigor – Leytmotif Luzifer

Dissonant, fast, unsettling, and brutal, Austrian veteran black metal band Abigor‘s 2014 disc, Leytmotif Luzifer, is everything a purist black metal fan should want. Leytmotif Luzifer contains seven original songs, with no excesses, no poor recording or bad sound, just pure Satanic splendor and bleakness. Focusing on the seven “temptations …

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A Tower of Crows – Livewire (Single Review)

A Tower Of Crows are a Coventry based Rock/Doom/Stoner band who started in 2013. Initially with just three members, Jay Hughes, Wayne Turner and Lea Cross before they were joined by Sam Clay and Steve Hands later the same year. Three months after their very first gig they were signed …

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Sylo- Monuments Of Nothing E.P

North American Metallers, Sylo, have recently released their Monuments Of Nothing E.P. They manage to pack a punch in six tracks.   Monument of Nothing, the title track sets the pace of this record. My first initial thoughts were that these guys are very reminiscent of early Slipknot. There’s aggression …

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The Pineapple Thief – Magnolia

Magnolia is the tenth album from The Pineapple Thief.  For a band that started 15 years ago that’s a pretty consistent and impressive rate of work – after all so many bands take two or three years between albums whereas The Pineapple Thief average a new album every 18 months.  …

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Rainbows Are Free – ‘Waves Ahead Of The Ocean’

Rainbows Are Free artwork

This second album from Oklahomans Rainbows Are Free immediately wins the PlanetMosh award for THE best song title of the year (if not possibly ever?), in the form of opening track ‘Speed God And The Rise Of The Motherfuckers From A Place Beyond Hell’.  It’s a title, and indeed a …

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Winter in Eden – Court of Conscience

Winter in Eden are a symphonic metal band from the North East of England.  The band has released two very good albums in the last few years, and are now ready to release their third album.  For the new album the band have pulled out all the stops – they …

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Aonia – Sunchaser

Aonia are a band from the East Midlands who play metal with female operatic vocals.  They are unusual though in that instead of having a single classically trained vocalist either by themself of paired with a male singer doing growls, Aonia have two classically trained (i.e. operatic style) female vocalists. …

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Bad for Lazarus – Life’s A Carnival, Bang! Bang! Bang!

Brighton based band, Bad for Lazarus, have a lineup that includes former members of bands including The eighties matchbox B-line disaster, Unkle and Nine inch nails, so you probably expect these different musical backgrounds to lead to an interesting combination, and you aren’t going to be disappointed. I’m not sure …

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The Ghost Wolves – ‘Man Woman Beast’

The Ghost Wolves

The Ghost Wolves are a married duo hailing from Austin, Texas. They released their debut album ‘Man Woman Beast’ on May 27th 2014 through Plowboy Records. This album was recorded at Arlyn Studios and mastered by Howie Weinberg. The first track ‘Shotgun Pistol Grip’ swings through the speakers with a …

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Kilmara – Love Songs and Other Nightmares

Barcelona’s Kilmara have released their third full-length disc, Love Songs And Other Nightmares, an 11-song sojourn into melodic metal. Very nicely recorded, mixed and mastered, the album doesn’t have a raw “demo” sound that many acts seem to foster lately. Pleasant and paced well, the disc’s tunes don’t seem to …

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Specter – Life Rearranged

Dublin band Specter’s mini EP is a preview of what this band has to offer the Irish metal scene. Life rearranged is the first track of two. While there are elements that are admirable such as vocals and groovy riff, the track is not easily differentiated from Unwhole, the second …

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