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Def Con One – Warface.

  Def  Con One (Defence Readiness Condition) is a warning that nuclear war is imminent and the debut album Warface by the band Def Con One could be the soundtrack to it! For example the drumming alone by ex-Venom member Antton Lant could be described in one of the album …

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Firewind – Few against many

“Few against many” is the new album from Greek band Firewind.  Perhaps best known to many music lovers for their extremely talented guitarist, Gus G, who as well as playing in Firewind is also guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne.  That connection means Gus G has had a busy time recently as …

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Neverstar – When Dreams Come True (cd)

Neverstar are a female fronted Symphonic Metal/Hard Rock band who has been delivering high energy music and live performances since 2009. Their songs are a combination of various styles which includes symphonic metal, pop rock and nu metal. The band’s signature sound is inspired by classical and symphonic tones mixed …

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Nightmare – The Burden of God CD review

Nightmare are a French power metal band who have recently celebrated their long and bountiful 30th anniversary, by releasing an astounding live CD and DVD entitled, One Night of Insurrection via AFM Records. Now, in 2012, Nightmare is back with their 8th full studio album entitled, The Burden of God …

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The Murder of My Sweet – Bye Bye Lullaby CD review

Branded as Cinematic Rock, The Murder of My Sweet is a female fronted four piece from Stockholm, Sweden who has just released their second album entitled, Bye Bye Lullaby via AFM records. Jammed to the brim full of alternative, melancholic, verging on gothic metal anthems, Bye Bye Lullaby is an …

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Steel Threads – Timing is Everything EP review

Coventry based Steel Threads aren’t your typical run of the mill rock band. Their eclectic mix of folk instrumentation and melodic interweaving choruses really sets them apart from any other band out there at the moment. Being branded as “Power-folk”, this three piece signed to the infamous and ever growing …

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Swanee River – Smoking Jacket CD review

Recently the UK has been somewhat replenished of good old fashioned hard rock bands that actually make an impact and sound decent. Irish rockers, Swanee River on the other hand are a band who through balls out, foot stomping guitar riffs, soaring vocal lines and catchy AC/DC like choruses, prove …

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Bull-Riff Stampede – Scatter the Ground CD review

First of all the name, Bull-Riff Stampede, has to be one of the coolest names for a metal band ever, and it’s quite a suited name for their death metal influenced style of crushingly heavy thrash. Scatter the Ground is Bull-Riff Stampede’s debut album, a 46 minute epic made up …

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Dirty Rose – Pestilence and Revelations CD review

Dirty Rose is a straight up hard rock band from West Lothian. Their groovy guitar riffs, punchy choruses and towering vocal lines, form a wall of sonic power that will knock you off your feet the moment the first track kicks in. This is Dirty Rose’s first EP entitled, Pestilence …

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Black Wolf – Taking Root e.p

  Taking Root, the debut e.p by Bristol based band Black Wolf was recorded in March 2012, released in April and is a very impressive piece of hard rock/metal. 1st track  Stairway Ticket begins with a   ” one, two lets go ” with Scott Sharp sounding like a higher ranged …

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X-UFO Vol 1 : The Live Files CD

Right from the off, im going to say that X-ufo are not a covers band, the name comes from the fact that all the members have played in UFO at some point or another, with only Bass playing Rocky Newton never having played in UFO, he did however play UFO …

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Havok – The Point Of No Return EP

On the 14th May Havok will release ‘Point of No Return’, an EP consisting of two brand new tracks and two classic thrash covers, just one year after putting out the fantrashstic collection of bangers known as ‘Time Is Up’ via Candlelight Records. One of the cover songs from ‘Point …

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The Terraces – The Terraces

Hailing from England and the working class suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, The Terraces are a no-nonsense punk rock act fronted by one of the legends of the punk era itself. I had the pleasure of reviewing their first single, “Union”, a few weeks back on the site and having now …

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Winter’s Verge – ‘Beyond Vengeance’ cd.

  Cyprus may not have a massive Metal scene but Winter’s Verge are as good as it gets in the Melodic Power Metal genre. ‘Beyond Vengeance’ marks the bands third and without doubt most impressive release to date . Not far short of an hours worth of thundering, technically complex …

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Catamenia, ‘The Rewritten Chapters’ cd.

  This is actually the bands 11th full length release believe it or not, in a career that spans some 16 years and having had more than their fair share of line up changes. This latest release however is more than just a run of the mill, treading water, label …

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Insain – Spiritual Rebirth CD

Spiritual Rebirth was mixed and mastered at Hertz Studio by Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawski and the artwork is by Xaay on Deviant Art. This album was re-released on March the 26th by Kaotoxin Records. I’m quite interested in this album as the name suggests a deep meaning. Really impressed so …

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Sonata Arctica – ‘Stones Grow Her Name’ cd.

  Ladies and Gentlemen, please be upstanding for the 7th album from Finnish Symphonic Power Metal heroes Sonata Artica, two years in the making and the result is an excellent , if not somewhat eclectic mix of foot stomping tracks with more riffs than a raff and with buckets of …

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Zodiac N Black – The Aftermyth

“The Aftermyth” is the debut album from London hard rockers Zodiac N Black.  The band cite influences including Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, and Black Sabbath. Comments on a couple of the tracks… The album opens with a heavy track, Bastinado (Useless trivia – apparently Bastinado is …

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Winter In Eden – ‘Echoes Of Betrayal’

  Britain’s female fronted symphonic metallers deliver an absolute belter of an album. A collection of a neat round dozen of orchestral laden Gothic tinged songs led by the hauntingly beautiful vocals of Vicky Johnson which captivate from start to finish. The album combines both ‘radio friendly’ catchy tracks such …

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Villa Rise/Wastelands E.P

Hailing from Australia, Hardcore punks Villa Rise upped sticks and relocated to England, to make their mark on the uk scene, and with the release of Wastelands, coupled with some high profile shows, the gamble seems to have paid off. This 6 track ep is rather different from a standard …

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