Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock – Volume 1


The last time I heard of a genre starting with The New Wave Of would have been in the late 70’s when the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) came to be. It was a very exciting period as bands sprung up from nowhere to give it a go, …

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Little Triggers – Yeh Man! (Single Review)

Liverpool’s Little Triggers have just released their new single Yeh Man! with an accompanying lyric video. The band allegedly wrote Yeh Man! after watching media coverage of businesses winning massive contracts to provide protective equipment for the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic, purely because of who they knew, not what …

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Queensryche – Operation Mindcrime / Empire Re-Issues

So much good music was released in the 80’s and 90’s, that we tend to forget just how special that era really was. One such evolvement from that time was the birth of the concept album. Yes, Floyd did it earlier, granted, but when it came to cranking the plate …

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Bang Bang Firecracker – See Evil (EP1)

Strangely enough, Stoke metallers Bang Bang Firecracker played at the last gig I went to before the first lockdown in March 2020 when they opened up for Syteria. They took to the stage and really kicked out the jams and they’ve lost none of that fire as they’ve just released …

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Black Coast – Stranger’s Skin (single)

‘Stranger’s Skin’ the fourth single taken from the upcoming debut album Outworld due for release on November 19th 2021 will surely make November reign for Black Coast! It’s a tantalizing teaser of what’s to come as a foundation of earworm slamming riffs pave the way for a languid lead vocal …

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Takeaway Thieves – Soothe Me (single)

Takeaway Thieves

Blackpool bruisers Takeaway Thieves far from soothe us with ‘Soothe Me’, first single taken from their debut album ‘9’ released on September 9th 2021 via Rock People Management as it’s one of the heaviest songs I’ve heard by them. Maybe the impending release date has fired them up! Stop start …

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Troy Redfern – Ghosts

Troy Redfern

Friday 6th August 2021 sees Troy Redfern unleash his sixth studio album ‘The Fire Cosmic’ via RED7 Records. An early taster came from the potent single ‘Waiting For Your Love’ and now a free download track ‘Ghosts’ is now available from it to. Both of these tunes bode well for …

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The Hot Damn! – Dance Around (single)

the Hot Damn

Goddamn here comes The Hot Damn! with their debut single ‘Dance Around’ released on July 2nd 2021 via Rock People Management. The four ladies are not just a super group but a super duper group consisting of Gill Montgomery (ex- The Amorettes), Josie O’Toole (ex-Tequila Mockingbird), Laurie Buchanan (Aaron Buchanan …

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Troyen – No Going Back (single)

For me in my late teens the NWOBHM genre was a very exciting time for rock/metal music. It threw up a variety of styles of bands, some made it, some didn’t but most importantly some decided to give it another go, one of those being Troyen. Formed in 1981 in …

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The Quireboys – 7 O’Clock (Single Review)

The Quireboys debut album A Bit of What You Fancy, originally released back in 1990, spawned some classic tracks which are still a firm favourite with gig goers today. Hey You (it's) 7 O'Clock (time for a) Sex Party! Fast forward over thirty years and the band have recorded an anniversary edition of this quintessential album due to be released on 16th July 2021 via Off Yer Rocka Recordings.

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Hoss Thompson And Verity White – When Push Comes To Shove (Single)

Here’s a little ditty from the Motor City, well to be precise, Cumbria and Gloucestershire as Hoss Thompson from Thirteen Stars and Verity White join forces to bring even more sunshine to an already blazing summer as they team up for ‘When Push Comes To Shove’, recently released via WDFD …

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Dazzle Rebel – Condor Leader

I’m a firm believer in not just listening to the music that the printed magazines want us to but to look further afield to bands who self release their own music point proven by Condor Leader, the debut solo album from Dazzle Rebel due to be released on July 23rd …

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Fear Factory – Aggression Continuum

Fear Factory

In 1995 the World of metal music was shaken to its very foundations when Los Angeles based Fear Factory unleashed their Demanufacture album to critical acclaim. Labelled as industrial metal, cyber metal, futuristic metal or whatever genre you wanted to throw at it, the album was a major game changer …

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Joe Bonamassa – “Now Serving : Royal Tea Live From The Ryman”

Joe Bonamassa

Strangely enough in over ten years writing for Planetmosh this is my first review of Joe Bonamassa, so what better way to start than for review number seven hundred to be for this quite spectacular album “Now Serving : Royal Tea Live From The Ryman”. Due for release on June …

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Flotsam And Jetsam – Blood In The Water – album review

No matter what you can’t keep a good band down, point proven by veteran thrashers Flotsam And Jetsam who really kick out the jams with their fourteenth studio album Blood In The Water. Formed in 1981 in Phoenix, Arizona, they’ve consistently released heavy material but new drummer Ken K Mary …

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Burning Witches – The Witch Of The North

Burning Witches

The first thing I do when reviewing an album is count the track listing. If it’s more than ten then it has to be good to keep my attention. The Witch Of The North, recently released studio album by Brugg, Switzerland based band Burning Witches on Nuclear Blast Records have …

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Black Coast – Ache (single)

Losing the speed of their last two singles but definitely not any of the power, Stoke speaker blowing noisemongers Black Coast have released their latest tune ‘Ache’ on Feb 28th 2021 making it not just a normal Good Friday but a GOOD F**KING FRIDAY! They manage to make you lose …

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Mike Ross – The Clovis Limit (Tennessee Transition)

The Clovis Limit (Tennessee Transition) recently released on Taller Records sees Mike Ross a very busy man as his last release The Clovis Limit Pt.2 saw the light of day in October 2020. This latest album is acoustic, just one man and his guitar delivering four songs from The Clovis …

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The Big Dirty – Under The Crimson Moon (Single)

Back in the day before The Big Dirty came to be, two then well behaved members who never swore, rescued cats from trees, helped old ladies across the roads etc. recorded an EP that was not released. One of these songs was ‘Under The Crimson Moon’ which The Big Dirty …

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