Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

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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Dio – Holy Diver Live

Dio’s “Holy Diver live” has long been out of print. The 2006 release has now been remastered and is being released with new cover art. It’s available in digital formats as well as 2CD deluxe mediabook and on vinyl. A limited edition vinyl version features lenticular 3D art. The album …

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Solid Liquid – Never Mind! (single)

I suppose with a band named Solid Liquid you can’t really expect any or no sanity from them and my gut feeling was right after the first of many plays of their recent single ‘Never Mind!’ This German based band are hard to categorize as these frantic four minutes are …

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Arielle – Peace Of Mind (single)

On Friday May 7th 2021 American guitarist Arielle releases her latest studio album Analog Girl In A Digital World and from it she has just released a single taken from it, ‘Peace Of Mind’. It’s a heavenly four minutes of guitar driven blues rock, recorded in one take with her …

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Inglorious – We Will Ride

Inglorious

If there is such a thing as The Fantastic Four then here comes The Fantastic Fourth album We Will Ride from Inglorious! Released today via Frontiers Music SRL, a change of line up sees them hit a rich vein of songwriting, point proven by these eleven finely crafted hard rock …

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Stony Sugarskull – Lioness Album review

Stony Sugarskull

Stony Sugarskull, the Berlin artist brings you a feline mix of psychedelic, sugar-surf- edgy punk rock on her debut album Lioness In case you missed it Lioness is the debut album project from Monika Demmler aka ‘Stony Sugarskull’. Music Teacher by day and songstress by night. The Berlin artist brings …

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Underking – Shadow I’ve Become (single review)

2021 sees the return to Earth of starship Underking, piloted by space cadet Mad Maxwell Jeffries, jettisoning their latest single, the recently released ‘Shadow I’ve Become’. Multi instrumentalist Stoke-On-Trent based stormtrooper Max handles all duties and channels his inner nerd for a Star Wars based song inspired by Darth Maul, …

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Joanna Connor – “4801 South Indiana Avenue”

Now this is the real deal as Chicago based slide guitar virtuoso and singer/songwriter Joanna Connor releases her upcoming studio album “4801 South Indiana Avenue” on February 26th 2021 via Joe Bonamassa’s new independant blues record label Keeping The Blues Alive. Even more thrilling is that Joe plays on every …

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The Swamp Born Assassins – The Lockdown Sessions (acoustic)

The Swamp

The Swamp Born Assassins will give them a good seeing to and they do so with ease to the four songs featured on their ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ (Acoustic) EP. Released on the 8th of February 2021. Now then, now then, now then, if any band should have an acoustic punt …

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Spam Javelin – The Three Chords Of The Apocalypse

Spam Javelin are like a fine wine. The older they become, the better you digest them. I wasn’t sure previous release ‘The Crack Whores Of Betws Garmon ‘ could be beaten, especially not for political anger and everyday piss-me-offs, but it has, it’s been smashed. Guitarist and vocalist Neil Crud …

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Sacred Reich – The Re-Issues

After releasing their first record in twenty three years last year in the form of ‘Awakening ‘, Arizona thrash veterans Sacred Reich will re-release their early back-catalogue on 12th February 2020. ‘Ignorance ‘, ‘Surf Nicaragua ‘ (EP) and ‘The American Way ‘ are all re-introduced in what can only be …

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The Dying Lights – Crash (single)

On February 5th 2021, Cheshire based noisemongers The Dying Lights stick a big middle finger up to Covid-19 by releasing their slightly unhinged new single ‘Crash’. In just under four minutes they summon up some spine chilling inner demons. Formed in 2017 by guitarist Derek Holmes, several line up changes …

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Michael Schenker Group – Immortal

Michael Schenker

Michael Schenker celebrates his legacy and 50th anniversary as a musician by reforming MSG to release their eleventh studio album, the aptly titled Immortal and he announces that “I’m 65 now but still 16 in my head”. The album has just been released by Nuclear Blast Records and all ten …

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