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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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Newman/Under Southern Skies cd

Newman where formed in 1997 by Singer/Guitarist Steve Newman. He enlisted the help of Mark Mulholland (Drums) and William Marshall (Bass) for the first self titled album which was subsequently released in Germany that following year. In 1999 Newman signed to a British label for a four album deal which …

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Evergaze Eternity – Uninvolved (CD)

“Uninvolved” is the debut album for Gothic Metal project Evergaze Eternity, which consists of two stable members, Giovanni (keyboards) and Valeria (vocals). The album has been produced by Marco Ribecai (Eldritch/Node) at Syncropain Studios and mixed at Mastering Room AB by Goran Finnberg. It includes ten songs in a very …

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Basanos – Cracking The Sledge (CD)

Basanos were established at the end of 2007 in Vienna, Austria. After playing many successful shows across Austria, Basanos decided in summer 2009 to produce their demo “Kill The Master”. Full of new ideas and motivated by the positive feedback from national and international magazines, the band started to search …

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Arch/Matheos – Sympathetic Resonance

In 2010, Jim Matheos (Fates Warning & OSI) and John Arch (ex Fates Warning) teamed up to form the new progressive metal band, ARCH/ MATHEOS. The band -accompanied by the talented lineup of Joey Vera on bass, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar- began tracking the drums for their debut …

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What The Night Brings – Bound by Apathy (E.P)

[media-credit name=”What The Night Brings” align=”aligncenter” width=”425″][/media-credit]  Forming in Buckinghamshire in 2008 this brutal, hard-hitting metal fused hardcore act have gone from strength to strength, making the most of having their single “Sewn Shut” appear on a Metal Hammer sampler cd in October 2010, gaining support slots with bands such …

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Devin Townsend Project – Ghost CD review

Ghost is the fourth and final part to the epic album collection by the extremely talented guitarist and vocalist Devin Townsend and while Ghost takes a mellower and elegantly surreal path to the music, you can’t help but think it is far better than the crunchy, alternative mish mash of …

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