Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Re-Armed, ‘Worldwide Hypnotise’, cd review.

There must be something in the Finnish air that makes it one of the most prolific Metal producing countries on the planet. Latest export Re-Armed carry on that tradition with this debut release via Massacre Records. The band’s roots can be traced back to 2001 with acclaimed demo tapes filling …

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4Bitten – Delirium

Hailing from Athens, 4Bitten have been around since 2002 but this release must surely be the highlight of their career so far. 11 blues based Hard Rock tracks of serious quality, played with an obvious passion and panache which would put many other bands to shame. From opening track ’Burning …

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Epica, ‘Requiem For The Indifferent’ cd review.

Ever since bursting on to the Metal scene in late 2002, Epica have always strived to create thought provoking and technically intricate compositions culminating in their previous release ’Design Your Universe’, which many thought would be the pinnacle of their career. To their immense credit the band haven’t rested on …

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T.Rex-Electric Warrior ( Deluxe Edition )

The word genius surely applies to Marc Bolan ( Mark Feld ),best known as founder/lead singer/lead guitarist for T.Rex but also a successful solo artist. He also had his own television show,a feat that many so called glam rock artists of today cannot aspire to! He had the diversity to …

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The Popes ‘New Church’ cd

The Popes return with their new album in March 2012 the follow up to the 2009 critically acclaimed ‘Outlaw Heaven’. ‘New Church’ is the bands strongest album to date. Shane MacGowan formed The Popes to record his album ‘The Snake’ in 1994 after leaving The Pogues. The band released two …

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Gypsy Pistoleros – Forever Wild, Beautiful and Damned cd

‘Forever Wild, Beautiful And Damned’, the new greatest hits cd from Gypsy Pistoleros is a 14 track bundle of Latin flavoured Flamenco Glam, Sleaze, and Rock n Roll. The Gypsy Pistoleros are one of those few bands that can claim to be truly unique, a statement firmly proven on this …

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Davidian – ‘Our Fear Is Their Force’. CD review.

Blessed as I am to get to listen to many great albums whilst reviewing for Planetmosh there occasionally comes along an offering of such monumental and brutally bludgeoning power that I’m lifted and thrown across the room, this my friends is that offering. Formed in late 2003 and quickly followed …

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Chthonic – The Final Battle at the Sing Ling Temple DVD review

After Chthonic’s astounding 2011 release, Takasago Army, it seems only right that these Taiwanese melodic death metal heroes should hold a huge metal concert in one of Taiwan’s most historic buildings and release it on DVD and CD. This is The Final Battle at the Sing Ling Temple, Chthonic’s 3rd …

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Amputated – Gargling With Infected Semen

Bristol based extreme death metal band, Amputated, have made a name for themselves in the metal world in two very different ways. Firstly from their rather obscene, repulsive and downright sick minded song titles and themes and secondly by their appearance on the cheesy BBC Three, fly on the wall …

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Skarlett Riot – Villain CD review

If you want a female fronted rock band who aren’t your typical Paramore wanabee band. A band whose lyrics have so much aggression, anarchy and passion jammed into them. Then Lincolnshire based Skarlett Riot are a band you need to have in your life and their new EP entitled Villain …

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OSI – Fire Make Thunder

“Fire Make Thunder” marks the fourth undertaking for the collaborative duo known as OSI. Formed in 2002 by Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, former Dream Theater keyboardist), OSI is a long distance partnership, both musicians typically writing and recording alone and sending song ideas back …

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HellXhere – HellXhere

The French heavy metal scene isn’t known for its international impact – personally, and without the aid of Google or Wikipedia, I can count less than a handful bands who have made any sort of significant impact outside their homeland: Trust, of course, who in turn give us the living …

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Nightqueen – ‘For Queen And Metal’ cd review.

Born from a vision by guitarist and songwriter Rex Zeco, Belgium’s Nightqueen have been in existence since 2004 but by their own admission the early years were tough, with personnel changes a plenty hampering any proper development musically. Once stability had been found the band forged ahead with writing material …

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Arrayan Path – Ira Imperium

In times of desperation and trouble, people often look to their history and heritage for inspiration, recalling past glories to give them a positive outlook on the travails currently facing them, drawing upon that which has gone before to drive them forward to face up to the challenges before them. …

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Furyon – Gravitas

Hailing from Brighton, Furyon have been gaining much critical acclaim since 2009 throughout the UK and beyond and we’re finally about to see why with the release of their debut album, Gravitas, at the tail end of March. I love albums that start with a bang and right from the …

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DYS – ‘(We Are) The Roadcrew’ (single)

Cover versions are awkward beasts. Often they take a well-loved favourite tune, mangle and distort it beyond all recognition, to the point where you want to vomit just at the thought of hearing it again. Often, they add a fresh new twist that has you looking at that old song …

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Elmsfire – ‘Thieves Of The Sun’, cd review.

Hailing from Dusseldorf Germany, Elmsfire’s nucleus started back in 1999 with guitarists Germano and Doro deciding to forge ahead and create a band that would feed their passion for all things Metal. It took a while but following a few line up changes and a couple of demos (Horizons in’05 …

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Cold Rush – Disclosing The Vicious Seeds

Though no release date has been published, Cold Rush, an electro-industrial metal band from Germany will soon to release their second album ‘AmoKKoma’.  Their first album, ‘The Illness’ was release in 2009 and since then the band has undergone a change in line up with the addition of a new …

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Battle Beast – Steel

The phrase “heavy metal as it should be” is one of those throwaway expressions that seems to be pretty de rigeur at c’est moment du temps. Which beggars the question: just how should heavy metal be played? Except loud? And heavy. Fortunately, this Finnish six piece have veered away from …

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