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Apparition – For Vengeance and For Love

“For vengeance and for love” is the new album from UK Gothic metal band Apparition.  They released their debut album ‘Drowned in Questions’ in 2006, then in 2009 released  ‘Ghosts of The Past’ – a compilation of new, old and demo’s songs.  This then is their second “proper” album.  The …

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Mike Paradine Group – Death in the family

Mike Paradine, drummer with ArcticFlame, has released his first solo album “Death In The Family”. The album is a collection of personal songs, the subject matter consists of his on going feud with certain family members, growing up in the late 70’s, early 80’s in Bayonne, New Jersey, 9/11 and …

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Modern Day Escape “Under the Gun” Review

Riding on the teen rock wave of success of fellow label mates Black Veil Brides, Modern Day Escape have released their 2nd album ‘Under the Gun’ at what is poised to be either an exciting year ahead or to be named as the twin band to BVB. Unfortunately Modern Day …

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Anvil – Plugged In Permanent and Absolutely No Alternative + Speed Of Sound and Plenty Of Power (re-releases) [2-in-1]

                                                                                                                                                    Following the re-releases of Strength Of Steel,Pound For Pound and Worth The Weight at the end of 2011, Steamhammer/SPV Records will be re-releasing the  4 Anvil albums that followed them, once …

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Ministry – Relapse CD review

Ministry have an untarnished legacy, having released some of the finest industrial metal albums of all time as well as being fronted by one of the words greatest front men Mr Al Jourgensen – who still has one of the most distinct and gnarliest voices in the metal world despite …

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Emmure – Slave to the Game CD review

After last year’s awesome release entitled Speaker of the Devil, it’s hard to think how Emmure could top such a mind-blowing hardcore album. Now in 2012, this New York five piece are back with their best album to date. Presenting Slave to the Game – a commanding and imposing hardcore …

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Job For a Cowboy – Demonocracy CD review

Job For a Cowboy have only recently been accepted by the extreme metal community thanks to the killer Metal Hammer Destroyers of the Faith tour, wiping the grins off the loyalists faces as they smashed through a set of tight and lashing death metal anthems. After their last two mediocre …

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Fuckhammer – Hammered to Fuck CD review

With a name like Fuckhammer you automatically presume that these Northern Islanders are going to be a grindcore band and how right you would be.  Bands like Wormrot and Bolt Thrower and Terrorizer are all unique and genre defying bands that put this “controversial” and “extremely brutal” genre on the …

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Rage – 21 (cd)

  Rage formed in 1984 under the name, Avenger. After releasing their debut album Prayers of Steel and their Depraved to Black EP in 1985, the band changed their name to Rage because there was another band inEnglandthat also carried the moniker. Originally the new name was to be Furious …

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The Sticky Boys – This is Rock’n’roll

The Sticky Boys are a French rock band that was formed in 2008 when when Tom (drums) and Alex ( guitar/ vocals) decided to put an end to all their ongoing musical projects and to give France something that has been lacking for a long time – a genuine rock …

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Katana – Storms of war

Swedish heavy metal band Katana had a very busy 2011.  They released their debut album (Heads will roll), they toured with bands including  “Where Angels Suffer”, featuring Chris Holmes and Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P.) and American metal legends Lizzy Borden. They also entered the studio to record their second album, “Storms …

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Moonloop – Deeply from the earth

Founded in Barcelona in 2001, Spanish Metal band Moonloop play progressive death metal (think Gojira and early Opeth).  Unusually these days, Moonloop are a band who have kept their lineup unchanged since forming ten years ago.  Their name comes from the album Moonloop, by prog band Porcupine tree, which gives …

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Hard Riot – Living on a Fast Lane (cd)

    “Turn On The Lights… Ready To Rock!” – That is the heart and soul of Hard Riot. They elate their audience with heavy riffs, a powerful stage performance and a stunning, electrifying voice and songs that will strike you like thunder. In the year 2006, a new rising …

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Skam – It’s Come to This…cd

I first heard Skam on the latest The Answer/The Union tour when it hit Manchester, and what I heard was good, I had missed a lot of their set as I was Interviewing Paul from The Answer with a colleague. So I was eager to hear the cd, and what …

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Legion Of The Damned – Malevolent Rapture,In Memory Of.

This is not a new release by Dutch band Legion Of  The Damned but a re-release of their debut album  Malevolent Rapture  ( they had 5 albums released  under their previous name Occult ) as a tribute to their ex- bassist Twan Fleuren who took his own life in May …

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Blood Loss – The Struggle CD review

In this day and age there are so many bands trying to sound like bands such as: As I Lay Dying, All That Remains and Shadows Fall and the truth is you have to be something really special and have that spark about you to make it big in the …

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Lionheart “Undisputed” Review

 At some point during the recording of this album the band must have took a step back and thought wow, this is something special. ‘Built to Struggle’ is the second album by Lionheart, the title itself gives an indication of what to expect, and those who are aware of debut …

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Zero Degree, ‘Surreal World’ cd review.

  Being a big fan of the Melodic Death Metal genre I was really looking forward to hearing this debut offering from one of Germany’s most promising bands for some time, and boy I am suitably impressed. A stunning collection of songs of the utmost brilliance that I honestly find …

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Les Discret, ‘Ariettes oubliees…’ CD Review.

  With roots going as far back as 2003,the band was formed as a companion and vehicle of expression for the art of guitarist/singer/composer Fursy Teyssier. Although no concrete releases came until 2009 with the appearance of a split EP which was followed in 2010 with the bands first full …

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