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Cypher16 – The Metaphorical Apocalypse (E.P)

Cypher16 are a young, talented new organic rock band, who fuse electronic and metal influences with hints of industrial to create their own unique musical mix. Having supported the likes of Mudvayne, In this Moment and Head P.E this 4 piece are rapidly rising through the masses of up and …

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Charred Walls Of The Damned – Cold Winds On Timeless Days.

When i review an album i play it before i look at any info so i can approach it with an open mind.So as soon as the opening track Timeless Days exploded through my speakers i thought “what a voice,this guy sounds just like Tim Owens”.So i played the album,looked …

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Amebix – Sonic Mass

Over 20 years ago Rob Miller turned his back on the world, settled in the remote location of the Isle of Skye, and against the rugged backdrop of the Cuillins, became a self-taught sword smith. History saw Amebix become a casualty of their cult success coupled with record company wrangling. …

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3 – The Ghost You Gave to Me

  According to Peter Griffin (Family Guy) then the bird is the word. Well, it has now been replaced by React. It is the 2nd track on 3’s new album The Ghost You Gave To Me and it is a bona fide classic. When the radio stations, youtube, etc pick …

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Scythia – …Of Exile

Scythia are a folk metal band from Vancouver, Canada. The band released their debut album “…of war” in 2009, and this, their second album – “…of exile” is due to be released on 23rd September 2011. The music has a strong folk influence, and at times a medieval sound, but …

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In Archives – Traitors (E.P)

  In Archives were formed in 2010 from the ashes of two well known local bands. After recording their debut EP ‘Traitors’ at Core Studio (heart of a coward, pay no respect) the band have built a name for themselves and are expanding their fan base at a rapid rate …

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Cornerstone – Somewhere In America (CD)

Hailing from Austria the band have been around in different guises for over 10 years, but only in the last few has the benefits of a stable line-up enabled Cornerstone to branch out and develop their brand of Female-Fronted AOR, culminating in this extremely catchy and melodic offering. Vocalist Patricia …

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Foreigner/Acoustique cd + Win a copy.

You had to feel sorry for Journey on their last uk tour, there they where playing most of their (not very good in my opinion) latest record, and the support band, Foreigner beat them hands down every night. Foreigner just played all their hits none stop, it was a bit …

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Black Country Communion/“Live Over Europe”

For one night only, on Tuesday November 1st at 7:30pm, participating Vue Cinemas will screen Black Country Communion’s debut concert film “Live Over Europe” in high definition and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. Black Country Communion is the Anglo-American rock group featuring the talents of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), …

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Steve Hackett/Beyond the Shrouded Horizon cd

Steve Hackett had dropped of my radar a long time ago, I think the last record of his I listened to was “Feedback 86”, and that was down as songs that should have been on the 2nd GTR album.We never fell out, I just picked up on other bands along …

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Ill Flower – Stigmata (E.P)

  Scunthorpe based rockers Ill Flower have been around since the early 1990s. Thoughout that that time they have had numerous band line-up changes which have led to this current incarnation of the band. After a break of three years they are now back on the scene, fully recharged and …

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Red Enemy – What We Are Contained In Is What We Are Worth (E.P)

Dublin based metalors Red Enemy have been around since 2008 and are often referred to as being one of Ireland’s best kept secrets among the metal underground scene. Following on from the success of their self-funded debut e.p “Outsiders” the band have enjoyed their biggest audiences to date playing countless …

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TRACER ‘Spaces In Between’ cd

I have to say, i had to pick up the cd cover to make sure I had the right cd in the player, as the press release says “Tracer” fall into the “grunge” category, I totally disagree, they are more classic rock, certainly more like Velvet Revolver, than Nirvana. A …

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Livarkahil – Signs Of Decay

If you need to release some tension by throwing back your head and screaming “woooarghhh” then this forthcoming album by Livarkahil will certainly help you do that.11 tracks of punishing metal starting with the Manowaresque call to battle chant of In Nomine Patris to the military drumming pounding through the …

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Imperial Vengeance – Black Heart of The Empire (CD)

  Imperial Vengeance are a symphonic black metal act formed in 2007 by C. Edward Alexander (Ex Cradle of Filth, Vocals, Guitars and Orchestration) and David Bryan (Bass, Lyrics) in an attempt to explore ideas and material firmly rooted in the glory days of the British Empire and presenting a …

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Glorior Belli – The Great Southern Darkness.

    My second Metal Blade review of the week and this was the most challenging.The album in question is The Great Southern Darkness by French metallers Glorior Belli.Due for release on Sept 27th it took a few plays to get my head around it.Vocally wise its roots are set …

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Rose Funeral – Gates Of Punishment

    [media-credit id=4727 align=”alignnone” width=”300″][/media-credit] Hailing from Cincinnati,Rose Funeral have raised the benchmark in 2011 for their latest release Gates Of Punishment, tho the word bellow is more fitting than hail judging by the ferocity shown over the 11 tracks on display here.To be released on Sept.27th,Gates Of Punishment …

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Zebedy – Exist (CD)

[media-credit name=”Zebedy” align=”aligncenter” width=”2048″][/media-credit] Zebedy are a 4 piece band from the Conwy area, combining the best of metal, indie and prog rock they are producing some of the most exciting sounds coming from North Wales right now. Sounding like a heavier, more metal version of the mighty Kings of …

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Lucky Thir 13n – March Of The Young

[media-credit name=”Lucky Thir 13n” align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit]Lucky Thir13n is an oddly named band from Greece. “Lucky Thirteen” would sound right but “Lucky Thir13n” just doesnt read right to me, so I’m not sure why they didnt just call themselves Lucky Thirteen. The band have supported bands including Crashdiet and WASP as …

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