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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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LIONSEX ‘Get iT’ cd.

I had thought this cd was never going to turn up, I first heard the song “Nobody Said It Was Gonna Be Easy” back in October 2010, and I just loved it, I loved Jeff’s vocals on it, totally different from anything i had heard before, with a glorious melody …

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Zergoth – Psychological Defence.

Well this is an interesting concept.A metal album created over the internet by 2 musicians who did not meet up until after the album was finished.Vocalist Brandon Hoover from North Michigan USA searched the internet site Compose to assemble a band.He came across a guitarist Carlos Enriquez from Florida who …

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HateskoR – Paint My Fear CD

HateskoR is a Melodic Death Metal band from Madrid, Spain formed in 2010 by the young guitarist Alex Skorza (Ex-Muro),  Satisfied with the results of a few live shows and the response of the people, they decided to start recording what it would become their first album. They recorded “Paint …

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Coilguns and Kunz – Split EP

Hailing from Switzerland Coilguns features three members of The Ocean, treat us to a in your face controlled technical, deathy, punk riffargy feast. All the tracks have complex mechanisms combined with growl and shout demand you attention. By definition “Coil gun: A projectile accelerator which utilizes electromagnetic coils to discharge …

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Lo! – Look And Behold.

As usual,when reviewing an album,i listen to it before i read up on the band so i dont know what to expect.Look And Behold,the debut album from Sydney,Australia based band Lo! begins with the instrumental Hath.It sounds like an intro for a death metal band but surprisingly segues into Deluge(Carrnivorous …

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Cheerleader – Vegas or Bust cd.

SWEDISH hard rockers Cheerleader formed in 2009, when brothers Joel and Niklas Elk met up with Joan Vieru and Andreas Westerlund, over a few beers in a bar. So fast forward to 2011, and this is the result, Vegas or Bust is their debut album, and it’s pretty good. It’s …

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Noctem – Oblivion.

Phew,this is intense stuff to say the least and definitely not for the faint hearted.I can honestly say that when i played this it was like hearing Slayer’s epic Reign In Blood for the 1st time.So basically if you like gutteral vocals,buzzsaw rhythm guitars with searing solos topped off by …

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Hammers Of Misfortune – 17th Street.

In my rough notes the 1st thing i jotted down after hearing the album was “bonkers but brilliant”!The name of the band suggests they are a thrash metal band but that is not the case.I can hear a lot of nwobhm in here with Deep Purple style keyboards thrown in …

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