Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Dakesis – Fractures

At the end of March Dakesis released their latest album Fractures. As such this review is a bit overdue but I’m going to take the view that April didnt happen (if it did then surely we’d remember doing stuff), so that means the album has only been out a couple …

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Canedy – Warrior

Carl Canedy is probably best known for being the drummer of The Rods but things are about to change as he releases his solo album Warrior with his side band Canedy, available now digitally and on streaming platforms with CD and vinyl formats available in August on Sleazy Rider Records. …

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Capra – Self Titled

Violent fun with a vital message – a succinct summary of fresh faces Capra from Lafayette, southern Louisiana. With only two releases under their belt, they’ve already made waves in their immediate surroundings, and it’s clear why. Their metallic hardcore twist is infectious, bursting with creativity and vigor as though …

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Born to Destruct – Book of Destruction Rock n Roll EP

Born to Destruct a four piece Punk band from Cambridge have just released an eight track EP Book of Destruction Rock n Roll alongside album Destructageddon which follow 2018 release God of Destruction. Read a detailed bio here. If you look back at the previous album titles over the years …

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Constance Tomb – Constance Tomb album review

Constance Tomb was the brain child of Washington based multi-instrumentalist Tony Reed who originally wrote and recorded these tracks in 1988.  Originally the songs were recorded using two track tape to tape overdubbing which resulted in the songs having a lot of hiss.  Thirty two years later Tony has re-recorded …

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Baleful Creed – The Lowdown

  No lows, just highs on this bruising new album The Lowdown from Belfast based Baleful Creed. Currently available on their bandcamp page, these ten songs hit hard and heavy as opener ‘Mr.Grim’ is far from grim as it lumbers along on a steadfast stoner stomp and wailing wah-wah solos …

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Hooligan – Dublin City Rockers EP

Irish Street Punk band Hooligan formed in Dublin back in October 2009. Fast forward ten years and they have released their sixth and latest 7″ EP Dublin City Rockers via Advance Records on vinyl. The more observant amongst you may recognise frontman David Linehan as guitarist in The Blue Carpet Band. …

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The Abyss Stares Back – Split EP

The Abyss Stares Back Split EP brings together three underground acts from Birminghams Punk scene: Twelve Twelve, SUE and The Butters Aliens. Each band was tasked with writing a song within the theme of Cosmic Horror, resulting in three unique interpretations that will have your feet stamping and your blood …

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Bad Touch – Kiss The Sky

Since their beginnings in Dereham, Norfolk 2010, Bad Touch have consistently released impressive music and that work ethic sees them on another high with their soon to be released fourth studio album Kiss The Sky via Marshall Records on June 19th 2020. Available on white vinyl, CD, or digital download …

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Gypsy’s Kiss – Heat Crazed Vole : Re-Tailed EP

  Gypsy’s Kiss are back! Who you may ask? But a fair few Iron Maiden fans will know of them. Formed in late 1973 by lead vocalist/guitarist David Smith and Steve Harris on bass guitar (yes, that Steve Harris), they were known then as Influence but changed their name in …

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The Order – Supreme Hypocrisy

        Swiss hard rock exponents The Order return with their sixth and most powerful album to date, in the shape of Supreme Hypocrisy   As you look back and reflect on how many Rock and Metal bands you must have listened to over the decades, sometimes you …

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Spidervayne – Sundance (single)

On May 1st 2020, Essex based metallers Spidervayne release their latest single ‘Sundance’ via Roulette Records and digitally distributed by Cargo Distribution. It’s a great appetizer for a forthcoming studio album as it eases in on laid back guitar lines and a haunting vocal drawl. The lyrics are very thought …

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Burnt Out Wreck – Positive (single)

For sheer ballistic riffing, the This Is Hell album from Burnt Out Wreck released in November 2019 rocked on all levels. Fast forward to 2020 and they’ve just released ‘Positive’, the second single taken from it. It’s one of the more laid back tracks on the album but the grooves …

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Bloodyard – Orchard Of Corpses

I first fell in love with Bloodyard at Hammerfest 2019 in Prestatyn. Towards the end of night 3,drained and withered from the rigours that media does to you during a festival. The interviews, the photographing and of course, the beer. I stood alone at a table just catching five minutes …

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Ty Morn – Compliments Of The Wolf (single)

  Ty Morn, described by founder member Aron Biale as “A golden age metal project with worldwide guest musicians” have released a brand new single ‘Compliments Of The Wolf’ from the curiously titled forthcoming studio album Last Villain Testament. From the off it blazes a trail of proto power metal …

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Axel Rudi Pell – Sign Of The Times

Already this is a contender for my album of 2020! Looking at the name I expected it to be peppered with a shitload of guitar solos and no songs but I could not be more wrong! Axel Rudi Pell will release Sign Of The Times via SPV/Steamhammer on May 8th …

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Robert Jon And The Wreck – Last Light On The Highway

According to a quote in the latest Classic Rock mag by You In The Future, Last Light On The Highway, the latest studio album by Robert Jon & The Wreck is “The best fucking album I’ve heard for ages”! I would not go that far but after hearing it I’ll …

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Sam Millar – Radio Gouda EP

He’s back! Proving that his debut EP Holy Sass in 2019 was no flash in the pan, Sam Millar bounces back with his latest EP Radio Gouda, due for release on June 5th 2020. It could not have come at a better time with gigs postponed/cancelled as brief opener ‘Radio …

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Second Cities – Oceans (Elemental Hero Bubbleman) (single)

Oceans

Second Cities – Oceans (Elemental Hero Bubbleman) (single) Describing them themselves as melodic hardcore, Birmingham based Second Cities release a new single on April 20th 2020, curiously titled ‘Oceans (Elemental Hero Bubbleman)’. An accompanying video of them playing it in their various houses during lockdown highlight their frustration of cancelled/postpones …

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Paradise Lost – Obsidian

Since their 1988 formation in Halifax, Paradise Lost have consistently flown the flag for gothic metal and it’s at the top of the pole for their sixteenth studio album Obsidian. Released on May 15th 2020 via Metal Blade Records, the masters of morose deliver nine songs whose titles reflect the …

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