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Grand Illusion/Prince of Paupers cd

A year after the release of “Brand New World”, it’s time for the 6th Grand Illusion studio album and which this time is titled, Prince of Paupers. On this release, the Grand Illusion core trio consists of Anders Rydholm, Peter Sundell and Per Svensson who are joined by Steve Lukather …

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Grand Design – ‘Idolizer’ cd

Grand Design’s debut ‘Time Elevation’ was way to much like Def leppard’s ‘Hysteria’, for my liking, so is “Idolizer” any different?. Well the short answer is yes, and no. lol The Grand Design “sound” is still in evident, and yes, they still sound like Def Leppard, however there is a …

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BUSH/The Sea of Memories CD

Ten years ago, Bush released “Golden State”; it was a commercial failure, and it would be the last that we would really hear from Bush for the rest of the decade. Since then, Gavin Rossdale formed “Institute”, which only cut one album. He then released a solo record, which also …

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DYLATH-LEEN “CABALE” REVIEW (CD)

Dylath-Leen return with their superb new offering ‘Cabale’. ‘Cabale’ follows the bands 2008 release ‘Semion’ and whilst the wait has been far too long the result is well worth it. From the opening track ‘Never Rising Sun’ the tone is set for an all out assault on the senses with …

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King Mob/Force 9 cd

King Mob, a new group featuring ex-Sex Pistol bassist Glen Matlock, has released their debut album force 9 The group is a departure from Matlock’s punk rock background, instead focusing on classic rock and roll and listing their influences as wide ranging as Duke Ellington and Jimmy Page. Glen is …

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Diamond Head – Lightning To The Nations *deluxe edition*

  Deluxe edition is certainly an understatement of this dbl cd digipack which also includes a 16 page booklet charting Diamond Head’s history to the present day written by Dave Everly with comments by guitarist Brian Tatler,one of the founder members and the only one remaining in the current line …

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BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION/”Live Over Europe”DVD.

This two-DVD live set was filmed with 14 HD cameras and 5.1 Surround Sound during the band’s debut tour in the summer of 2011. Over three nights, playing to packed venues in the German cities of Hamburg, Munich and Berlin, hardly Europe that lol, still it does sound better than …

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Batman: Arkham City Soundtrack cd

This companion soundtrack to the latest Batman Video game has been well thought out, featuring such bands as Panic at the Disco, Coheed and Cambria, The Duke Spirit, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Blaqk Audio, Raveonettes, to name a few. This is not the score to the game (which is also …

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GIRLSCHOOL/Hit and Run – Revisited

GIRLSCHOOL/Hit and Run – Revisited is the twelfth studio album by  Girlschool. The album is a re-recording of the 1981 album “Hit and Run”, considered by most critics, a classic of the NWBHM, and certainly, the most commercially successful for Girlschool. This new album celebrates the 30th anniversry of the …

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Fallstaf – Bastard sons of a pure breed

Fallstaf is a unique band – they play Brass metal – or Trombone metal to be more precise.  While this sounds like an oddity, its no more strange than Apocalyptica playing metal on Cellos, or Van Canto doing A Capella metal.  Other bands have used various unusual instruments – Chthonic …

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Blasphemist – Shadowtorned World.

From their beginnings as Zodiac in Furstenfeld,Austria,the signing to Noisehead Records earlier in 2011 prompted a name change to Blasphemist to fit a new musical direction.The 6 piece band play technical/melodic/death metal and considering this is their debut album,they now have an arsenal of excellent material for future gigs. Considering …

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Autumn – Cold Comfort

“Cold Comfort” is the fifth album from Dutch heavy rock band Autumn.  Autumn are a band that I’ve heard about regularly but for some reason I’d never got round to listening to them till now.  After listening to the album a few times I wish I hadnt put off listening …

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Behemoth – Demonica.

Behemoth fans are in for a treat with this release. Demonica is a 2xcd 23 song compilation box set compiled from demo’s,unreleased and re-recorded songs.Only 10,000 are for sale and include an A5 digipack,slipcase and a 44 page book with rare photos and lyrics. The bulk of Demonica comes from:- …

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Martyr – Circle Of 8.

Well this is a true phoenix rising from the flames story!Dutch metal band Martyr,formed in 1982 in Utrecht,Holland but disbanded in 1987 are now a full time band again.Circle of 8 is released via Metal Blade Records on November 8th.Martyr were also featured on the Metal Massacre VI compilation also …

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Agincourt – Angels of Mons

  Agincourt.Even by the name of the band,one can conjure up what is in store here.Classic hard rock/ metal played by experienced musicians.To my ears it is unashamedly NWOBHM.Big riffs,catchy hooks/choruses,no ott guitar solos,just written to fit the mood of the song and a lung busting vocalist.The vocalist here is …

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Lord Volture – Never Cry Wolf.

From the riff that heralds the opening of the title track to the breakneck ending of closer The Wolf At Your Door,Lord Volture have created a heavy metal monster of an album.Released on Nov.11th, Never Cry Wolf contains 11 epic tracks. Epic is the only way to describe it as …

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The Dirty Youth – Red light fix

It’s not long since young South Wales rockers The Dirty Youth released their debut single, Fight, and they’ve quickly followed it up with their debut album – Red light fix. A quick look at the publicity photos will instantly conjure up comparisons with bands such as Paramore, but once you …

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CHICKENFOOT/III cd

In 2009, the rock world got a kick up it’s collective butt, by a Supergroup by the name of Chickenfoot, not the worlds best band name, more of a working title, that never got changed. And so in 2011, they are back with their 2nd album, which no doubt will …

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Torture Garden – Dead Romantic

If Torture Garden do not take this comment the wrong way then their 2nd release Dead Romantic could be the soundtrack for the armageddon.It is so crushingly overbearing the listener feels like the weight of the world is on their shoulders.It would be unfair to dismiss it as a doom …

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