Album Reviews

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Deus Mori – Umbra Mortis

Manchester based Deus Mori are another new band to me, recommended by my brother Lee Beardall from Hardcore punk outfit Eye Licker,  and I thank him for this brilliant recommendation. Only two years old are Deus Mori, but there is no sign of a lack of experience within this EP …

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Shrapnel – Palace For The Insane

2020 is already looking a healthy year for thrash metal and Norwich based Shrapnel are adding a lot more muscle to it with their latest studio album Palace For The Insane. Due for release on May 15th via Candlelight Records it’s dizbusting dozen songs decimate from the off with the …

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Underking – Amongst The Dead

Now this takes some balls! When you form a band in November 2019 with two members. One on vocals, the other doing all of the instrumentation and you release two debut albums on the same day, April 3rd 2020. This is a review of one of them Amongst The Dead, …

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Thrashera – Nao Gosto!

Brazilian rumblers Thrashera release this their third full length studio album, ‘Nao Gosto! ‘ Formed in 2010, the band have oodles of releases to their name since they began, which surprises me that this is only their third studio album release in those ten years. It starts off well enough. …

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Viscula – Just Go (single)

Viscula

Viscula – Just Go (single) Viscula, a band I came across by chance, checked out their single ‘Just Go’ on Youtube and thankfully I did as it’s a very rewarding listen, a far cry from the rock/metal bands I normally review but it’s always good to check out new genres. …

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Shyyne – Go Your Own Way

SHYYNE

Shyyne – Go Your Own Way From the streets of Los Angeles to, erm Wolverhampton comes a dirty dozen of glitter covered glam metal tinged songs from the quietly rioting, potently poisoned, cruelly crued Shyyne on their devilishly second album Go Your Own Way. Released on April 4th 2020 on …

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Thirteen Stars – Finest Ramshackle Jam

Thirteen Stars

Thirteen Stars – Finest Ramshackle Jam Since releasing their debut album White Raven, the wait has seemed interminable for the follow up by Thirteen Stars but they’ve got into the studio and put down fifteen gold nuggets for Finest Ramshackle Jam. It’s being released by Rock People Management on June …

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Molly Karloff – Supernaturalation EP

Molly Karloff

Molly Karloff – Supernaturalation EP Molly Karloff, a new band to me, another UK trio and thankfully recommended by Peter Noble from Noble PR, come across with the smart talking suss of Therapy and the melodic leanings of Ash, point proven by the tongue twisting title of their latest EP …

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Miracle Flair – Synchronism

  The Swiss melodic metal band, Miracle Flair return with their third full length offering in the shape of ‘Synchronism’   Some albums, you just can not wait to get your hands on and dive into. From my perspective, this was surely one of them, previous release ‘Angels Cast Shadows’ …

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Hedra – Broken Bones (single)

Hedra

Hedra – Broken Bones (single) On March 21st 2020, Norwich based noisemongers Hedra announced “Hedra for Universal domination”. Just six days later on the 27th they may be on their way judging by the release of latest single ‘Broken Bones’. Is there such a thing as a melo industrial genre? …

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Hedra – Karma In Blood (single)

Hedra

Hedra – Karma In Blood (single) Norwich based bruisers Hedra do what they do best which is to create challenging music which they have certainly done with this single release Karma In Blood. It’s a phenomenal piece of work fitted into five feral minutes. Hate fueled lead vocals from Jim …

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Bang Bang Firecracker – Welcome To The Slaughterhouse

Bang Bang

Bang Bang Firecracker – Welcome To The Slaughterhouse   Yet another example of seeing a band for the first time that I’ve never heard of and being blown away which is why I always watch the support bands. Stoke based metal maniacs Bang Bang Firecracker played only their fourth ever …

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Testament – Titans Of Creation

Testament

Testament – Titans Of Creation Thirteen is allegedly an unlucky number but this is not the case for thrash metallers Testament as they unleash their thirteenth studio album Titans Of Creation via Nuclear Blast Records on April 3rd 2020. Their inclusion to the Big Four of thrash metal bands should …

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Bonfire – Fistful Of Fire

Bonfire

Bonfire – Fistful Of Fire Due for release on April 3rd 2020 via AFM Records, Fistful Of Fire is described by their founding member guitarist Hans Ziller as “One of the toughest Bonfire albums ever”, and this is no over confident brag as the fourteen tracks here do not outstay …

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Massive Wagons – In It Together

Rolling rolling rolling, keep those wagons rolling and Massive Wagons certainly have with ‘In It Together’, the opening track taken from forthcoming studio album House Of Noise released via Earache Records on July 17th 2020. I’ve heard this song twice in the last 18 months at gigs, it sounded impressive …

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Joe Satriani – Big Distortion (single)

Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani – Big Distortion (single)   Joe Satriani, the guitar maestro dazzles us again with Big Distortion, the latest single taken from his forthcoming studio album Shapeshifting, released on April 20th 2020 via Sony Music/Legacy Recordings. Even by his high standards, this song definitely whets the appetite for the …

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Bonfire – The Devil Made Me Do It (new single/video)

Bonfire

Bonfire – The Devil Made Me Do It (new single/video) Bonfire, a band who have slipped passed my radar since I saw them give Judas Priest a very hard act to follow on tour in 1988 have just released a brand new single/video ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’ from …

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Dio – The Studio Album Collection

Four Dio albums are being re-released in a newly remastered form. The albums are the studio albums from 1996 to 2004 – Angry Machines (1996), Magica (2000), Killing The Dragon (2002), and Master Of The Moon (2004). The albums have been out of print for a long time so for …

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King Solomon Hicks – Harlem

One thing I love about being asked to review a “Blues” album is the wide range that the blues genre covers meaning that I’m never sure what to expect from the album unless it’s from an artist I listen to regularly. This is the debut solo album from 24 year …

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The Unity – Pride

This is the third album from German/Italian band The unity. The band features former members of Firewind and Gamma Ray – former Gamma Ray members Henjo Richter (guitars) and Michael Ehré (drums) along with Gianbattista Manenti (vocals), Jogi Sweers (bass) and Sascha Onnen (keyboards). It’s a great blend of sounds. …

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