Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Empires of Eden – Channelling The Infinite

Conceived and orchestrated by Australian shredding maestro Stu Marshall (ex-Dungeon), Empires of Eden once again brings together some of the most influential voices in metal.  With each track, the vocalists have had complete freedom to write the lyrics and melodies, bringing a tour de force of power metal to your …

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Slander – Get ‘Em Slandered (E.P)

  Originally forming on the crest of the rock explosion of the late 80’s Blackpool based Slander quickly made a name for themselves with there no frills brand of post nwobhm classic rock sounds. Having returned after a break of 15 years only to have to change their singer within …

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Sabaton – Carolus Rex

With six studio albums in their arsenal through the period of well over a decade, Swedish power metal kings Sabaton show no sign of relenting. They continue on the subject of war, this time focusing on their homeland and the biographical tale of Gustavus Adolphus Magnus (The Lion Of The North), and Charles …

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Fury – Fury (EP) & ‘Burn The Earth’ Review

The first time I heard of Fury was at Hammerfest IV earlier this year when they were added to the bill at short notice.  I absolutely loved their set in Wales and with Hammerfest fading into memory I was only too happy to review their two offerings; Fury (EP) and …

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General Surgery – A Collection of Depravation

Legendary Swedish goregrind outfit General Surgery have recently re-signed to Relapse Records and their first offering is this compilation featuring a uber 30 tracks titled ‘A Collection Of Depravation’ which was released on the 27 March 2012 ‘A Collection Of Depravation’ a collection that assembles nearly two decade’s worth of …

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Spawn Of Possession – Incurso

Spawn Of Possession’s third album ‘Incurso’, their Relapse debut as well as first new record in over five years has a lot to prove. It was released on 13th March 2012 via Relapse Records. ‘Incurso’ starts off to the sounds of ‘Abodement’ and short sweet instrumental opener that lead us straight …

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Dyscarnate – And So It Came To Pass

The Sussex three-piece death metal band Dyscarnate released their highly anticipated sophomore album ‘And So It Came To Pass’ on 27 February 2012 via Siege Of Amida Records.  If ‘Enduring The Massacre’ announced their arrival as a fresh force to be reckoned with on the international death metal scene, then …

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Driver/Countdown cd

Driver formed from the ashes of M.A.R.S. (A “supergroup” consisting of guitarist Tony MacAlpine, drummer Tommy Aldridge, singer Rob Rock and bassist Rudy Sarzo), who released a 5 song demo EP that never really got the recognition it deserved. The band split and Rob Rock went on to record with …

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A Fable For The Curious – Ruled

For all its many inherent faults, the internet, and especially social media, is a wonderful tool for those of us in the music business who are always on the hunt for new bands, new experiences and new sounds. So, when this quartet from Teesside contacted PM via our Facebook page …

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Line Of Fire – Hear Me Scream EP

Hear Me Scream is a 4 track EP from Line Of Fire who are a Nottingham based band.. The band was formed by Paddy along with Rod and Dave from Head Hung Low, which had disbanded. The three of them jammed for a few years and finally completing the line …

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Collisions – Believe In This EP

What do you get if you mix Skindred and Pendulum, with the Prodigy?, the answer is ‘Collisions’. Electro-metal fusionists Collisions are set to explode onto the underground scene with the release of their electrifying ‘Believe In This’ EP. Since forming in 2011, the Brighton four-piece have been filling dance-floors across …

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As Gods – Crystalline

As Gods have been around since 2008 and as their “about me” states they have gone a different route to a lot of bands which seem to obsessed with being the loudest and fastest band on the planet by going a more progressive, technical route. Opening track ”Crystalline” sets the …

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Kreator – Phantom Antichrist

Phantom Antichrist is the thirteenth album from German thrash legends Kreator.  If you’re thinking that after 30 years they might have softened and started to mellow then you couldnt be more wrong – Phantom Antichrist is just as hard, heavy and angry as ever. The album’s title relates to Osama …

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Hel – Das Atmen der Erde (cd)

  Hel was founded in 1994 by Valdr, and became one of the first German Metal bands dealing with mythologic themes in their lyrics and music.  In 1997 Skaldir joined the band.  Two demos later, the first album Orloeg was released. In 2004 they released the long awaited follow up …

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Grand Magus – The Hunt

The Hunt is GRAND MAGUS’ sixth studio album and their first for Nuclear Blast. The band has managed to pick up where 2010’s “Hammer Of The North” left off. The trio from Stockholm has always followed its own path of evolution without leaving behind what has gone before. Their trademark …

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The Wretched End – Inroads.

  Norwegian based The Wretched End, formed in 2008 by ex Emperor/Zyklon member Samoth and ex Mindgrinder member Cosmo along with drummer Nils Fjellstrom have certainly released one of the most claustrophobic albums you may hear this year. It is their 2nd full length release after their 2010 debut Ominous. …

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Deride, ‘The Void’ cd.

  Hailing from Norway this is the bands first release since deciding to take a break following 2003’s ‘First Round Knockout’. Having originally burst through on the crest of the Nu-Metal wave, thankfully they had the sense to take a step back and take stock of their career, rather than …

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Spit Like This – Normalityville Horror (cd)

Having played at the likes of Wacken, and had three consecutive main-stage appearances at the Hard Rock Hell festival in the UK. As well as playing the inaugral Hard Rock Hell Road Trip in Ibiza and headlined the Saturday night at the 6th Chaos Festival in the Channel Islands. Spit …

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Rush – Clockwork angels (first impressions)

Last week as Planetmosh’s resident Rush expert was unfortunately stuck working a night shift in Crewe then I was one of a small group of very privileged music journalists to be invited to a recording studio in London to listen to the new Rush album being played.  Rather than sending …

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Def Con One – Warface.

  Def  Con One (Defence Readiness Condition) is a warning that nuclear war is imminent and the debut album Warface by the band Def Con One could be the soundtrack to it! For example the drumming alone by ex-Venom member Antton Lant could be described in one of the album …

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