Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

The Boogiemen inc. – Rocket surgery

Norwegian band The Boogiemen inc. started their careers in the early nineties as a purist Blues and Rhythm and Blues band, but ove the years they have evolved to more of a rock band in the vein of Rolling Stones or The Faces.  They take influences from a range of …

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The Southern Experience Band – Where I’m from

The Southern Experience Band released their debut EP (Beginnings) in 2011 and are back with their debut album. Brief comments on a few of the songs The album kicks off with a short intro before the first proper song, “Where I’m from”.  It’s got a real Southern feel to it …

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Violet Gibson – American circus

Violet Gibson are an Italian band that formed in 2007 under the name “Last vegas”.  After a lineup change the band changed their name to Violet Gibson.  They spent the next year writing and recording their album “American Circus” and it was released in Italy in April 2012, before they …

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Livin Garden – Where I can breathe

Livin’ Garden is a four piece band from Curitiba, Brazil which was formed in 2006.  According to the band the name ’Livin Garden’ is a metaphor that means the connection between human beings and nature. Despite being an unsigned band, they’ve managed to play some big gigs supporting bands including …

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SickTrust – SickTrust

Sicktrust were formed in 2010 in Philadelphia by four veterans of the local heavy metal community..  In August 2011 they released their self titled debut album. Listening to the album, my first thought is that whoever did the mixing really didnt do a very good job – the sound is …

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Moore Street band – Moore street band

Moore street band was founded by Tony Chiarchiaro, Ken Tsuchiyama and Norman Mezey after their band Heritage broke up.  They brought in guitarist Ed Krzyzaniak to complete the lineup. They have a sound that stresses three and four part harmonies, and as the various members have considerable experience working with …

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ASHES YOU LEAVE – The Cure For Happiness

Croatia’s best exporters of Doom return with an album to fuel your blackened souls. Formed in 1995, Ashes You Leave have certainly come up the hard way, living in war torn Croatia certainly must have fuelled the bands vision and musical direction, putting them firmly in the Doom genre. ‘The …

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Jetbone – Jetbone

Jetbone formed in 2008 and take their sound from bands such as KISS, The faces, the Rolling Stones as well as jackson Browne and 90s Scandinavian Garage/Punk. Brief comments on a few of the tracks The album kicks off with “Dancin’ on your grave” and I have to say, it’s …

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Junkfoxx – Smokey red EP

Junkfoxx formed in late 2011, and this is their debut EP.  They are an unsigned rock band from Wickford in Essex with three members, two of whom do the vocals.  As such you get some songs with male lead vocals and others with female lead vocals. It’s a great EP …

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Jeerk – Famous

Jeerk are a very unusual band – they are a rock band, a rhythm group and a tap dance act.  Yes that’s right, the band members are all tap dancers as well as musicians.  They formed Jeerk in 2002 and toured Sweden in 2004 for a whole year.  They’ve toured …

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Kaisas – Unify

Kaisas is a hard rock band formed by Greek musician Babis Kaisas and Shy/TNT vocalist Tony Mills.  The album was recorded by the three members individually as they all live in different countries.  Once recorded the album was mixed and mastered in Wolverhampton (UK) at the M2 studio, by Mark …

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Circle 7 – In between

Circle 7 are a hard rock band from San Diego, California.  It was formed by Daniel Cease and Ryan Holliday who first met in school and since then have been involved in several bands and projects.  In 2006 they formed Circle 7, and three years later they released their first …

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3 Doors Down – Greatest Hits

It’s always difficult to review a greatest hits album.  You’re reviewing a band and their music that has been around a good while, in 3 Doors Down’s case since 1996, and whose music is also well loved enough that they can spawn a greatest hits album.  Fans ignore the review …

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H.I.M. – XX: Two Decades of Love Metal

Compilation albums have always divided response in two. To some, they are simply monetary releases that are brought out whenever a band or artist needs a little injection of funds in the kitty. To others though, they are the perfect entrance into discovering a well-established act for the first time …

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Trail of murder – Shades of art cd

Trail of murder – Shades of art Having never heard of Trail of Murder before I dug a little deeper as the first track kicked in. It seems I knew more about the band than I first realized, as all the members at one time or another have all been …

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WORLD FIRE BRIGADE Spreading My Wings cd

WORLD FIRE BRIGADE is a new modern hard rock group featuring ‘Fuel’s’ Brett Scallions, ‘Smile Empty Soul’s’ Sean Danielsen and producer Eddie Wohl. After a brief intro, the title track “Spreading My Wings” really opens this opus up. We get to discover if this new band is in fact new, …

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Black Metal – Beyond The Darkness (Black Dog Publishing)

“Nobody burns churches anymore.” So begins the introduction to this latest literary investigation into the phenomenon from which this well presented tome takes its title. Many attempts have been made to document the rise of black metal and the motives of its proponents. Most of them have tended to be …

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AC/DC – Live At River Plate

The wait is over as arguably the greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll band the world has ever known bring the Rock ’N’ Roll train extravaganza steaming into your stereo and park it right up your buffers. The album represents AC/DC’s first official live album release since ’Live’, a mere twenty years …

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Rainbow – On Stage (Deluxe edition)

Rainbow are one of the legendary names of Rock and featured some amazing members including Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell, Roger Glover, Don Airey, Graham Bonnet, Joe Lynn Turner and more. “On stage” was the bands third album and was recorded live over several dates and then spliced …

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Rainbow – Long Live Rock’n’Roll (Deluxe edition)

Rainbow are releasing a Deluxe edition of “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll”.  It was the band’s third studio album and was released in 1978. It was Rainbow’s last album to feature Ronnie James Dio on vocals.  Rainbow are one of the legendary names of Rock and featured some amazing members …

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