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Farseer – Chthonic Visions EP review

There have only been a hand full of UK based power metal bands that have been able to rival/better the bands ever spawning forth from the Euro power metal scene. Now in 2012, Glasgow based melodic metal heads Farseer have released their new EP, Chthonic Visions which is the finest …

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Waylander – Kindred Spirits CD review

Celtic folk music and heavy metal have always been a weird combination, but a band called Waylander from Ireland that really does make the odd coupling it work. It’s odd really how two genres at the opposite end of the musical spectrum fit so well together, but it seems to …

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The Iniquity Descent, “The Human Apheresis” cd.

  This album represents the bands full length debut, having formed in 2009 and released two critically acclaimed E.P.’s, the timing was obviously right to unleash “The Human Apheresis” onto a worldwide audience following signing to Massacre Records. Hailing from Finland the band fall firmly into the Black Metal genre …

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Emina – Take #1

Emina is a female rock singer who has formed her own band and released this, her debut album.  Her biography on her website is fairly vague – she moved to Europe (from somewhere unspecified, but presumably the USA as her home town was into folk and line dance).  So really …

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Zebedy “This Is My City” E.P.

  Zebedy are one of North Wales’s best kept secrets, building a solid reputation as one of the area’s slickest live acts. Hopefully this will now change with the release of their E.P. “This Is My City”, a collection of first rate Progressive Rock/Metal that really makes you sit up …

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Ewigheim – Bereue Nichts. cd.

  This release heralds the German bands third full length offering and their first since 2004’s “Heimwege”. A long gap it must be said but the wait has definitely been worth it, ten tracks of beautifully dark electro tinged Metal to both stimulate and sooth the soul. Tracks such as …

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5 Star Grave – Drugstore Hell

  The Italian mob return with a storming second album. Produced by none other than Tobias Lindell, who’s credits include Europe, Hardcore Superstar,and Crashdiet amongst others, it’s obvious that the band have gone full tilt this time to launch a worldwide assault on the worlds ears. The vocals of Claudio …

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Motorhead – 6 album box set.

On June 11th 2012, Sanctuary Records via Uniiversal Music  will be releasing Motorhead’s 6 albums originally released via Bronze Records between 1979/1983. They are the original masters in gatefold wallets with the original artwork, housed in a compact box.   1st release of the 6 is Overkill and is easily …

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Fear Factory – The Industrialist (cd)

  When you think of Fear Factory your mind automatically conjures images of mechanical, hardcore industrial power fused metal. When the brothers of destruction, Mr Dino Cazares and Burton C. Bell were re-united in 2010 for the “Mechanize” album after spending ten long years apart, people wondered how long would …

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Disaffected “Rebirth” cd.

  If ever an album title could be deemed as apt for a band then this surely is it. Formed in Portugal in early 1991 Disaffected released a few demos whilst tinkering with the line up before releasing the full length album “Vast” in 1995, an album which still stands …

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Tricorn – Tricorn Album Review

Formed in 2008, and hailing from Portsmouth, Tricorn self-produced their self-titled debut album apparently in just six beer-drenched days and it is indeed a big old slab of southern stoner groove that comes across like the bastard love child of motorhead meeting monster magnet.  The opening track “Step Outside” epitomises …

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Bonfire – Cry 4 Help (e.p)

  The story of Bonfire actually started in 1972, at the West German town of Ingolstadt when the teen guitarist Hans Ziller, put together a rock band called Cacumen. Singer, Claus Lessmann, joined the band in 1978.  Then in 1986 the band became known as Bonfire and the rest is history. At the end …

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TesseracT – Perspective (E.P)

2011 was the year when UK progressive metallers TesseracT leaped from the internet underground to become the UK’s fastest rising international metal prospect. The debut album ‘One’, released in March, received a phenomenal response with music fans and the press alike, making many of the critics top albums of 2011 …

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Astralnaut – Back To The Bog

Arising from the ashes of local combos OceanFall, Third Harvest and Stoned Messiah, this five piece from the beautiful orchard county of Armagh have wasted no team in launching their debut four-track EP – clocking in at just shy of a mammoth 27 minutes (fuck, that’s longer than some albums!). …

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Unisonic – Unisonic Album Review

I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing Unisonic’s debut EP back in February and have been chomping at the bit since then to get my hands on the full debut album to review and finally I’ve managed to bend my ears around it and it has most definitely been worth …

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Gotthard – Firebirth

After the untimely death of original singer Steve Lee on that fateful autumn of 2010, it seemed to most that the band would hang up their gear and call it a day, as would many bands facing a similar situation. Which is why when I found out the news that …

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Daniel Trigger-Infinite Persistence cd

Daniel Trigger is an experienced hard rock artist from the Midlands UK, who has just released an album of original work called “Infinite Persistence”. It was in fact Europe that kick-started Daniel’s music career in 1989, where “The Final Countdown” was played during a laser light show at the London …

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Sacred Heart – The Vision (C.D)

  The 80s rock and new wave of British Heavy Metal explosion created a lot of successful bands on both sides of the pond be it Iron Maiden, Angelwitch, Def Leppard, Diamond Head etc in the UK or Bon Jovi, Great White, WASP, Skid Row etc in the US.  It …

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I Am I- Event Horizon.

  So mere weeks after Dragonforce release their new album with new vocalist Marc Hudson, their previous vocalist ZP Theart returns all guns blazing with his new band I Am I and an excellent debut album Event Horizon! I’ve always thought ZP was overlooked in Dragonforce as the guitar work …

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Green River Project – Green River Project e.p

  3 songs out of the 7 on the self titled e.p by London based Green River Project are instrumentals. That may seem excessive at 1st but on listening to the guitar histrionics by founder member Mick Priestley then its a bit of a no brainer.  Be it his gentle …

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