Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Craig McDonald – Pies, Pasties and Rock’n’Roll (CD)

A lot of you will be thinking who is Craig McDonald and should I have heard of him? The answer is if you live in the North West of England you should have heard of Craig McDonald – as a founding member of the sadly disbanded NWOBHM hopefuls Sinner, who …

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Evile-Five Serpents Teeth cd

It is said that grumpy people come from Yorkshire, as well as Yorkshire Tea, and Yorkshire puddings, which is really not a Pudding at all, but a starter, or is it?. Some people in Yorkshire eat it as a starter, some as a main meal, and others as a sweet, …

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Rhode Island Red-Kerosene EP.

Rhode Island Red are a London-based classic rock band formed in late 2009 by guitarist songwriter Dave Garfield (ex-Hunting Cows) and vocalist Lyla D’Souza. Lyla is a London based rock/soul singer songwriter who has been performing across the UK, Europe and Australasia for the past eight years. Working with producers …

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BAI BANG-Livin My Dream cd

This is the 7th release (sixth if you exclude the 2006 “best of” album) from Swedish rock band BAI BANG and carries on nicely from their last outing, “Are you ready” released in 2009, that record was nominated for the best “Sleeze/Glam record” in the Swedish metal awards, and “The …

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OUTLOUD-Love Catastrophe cd

Formed in 2004, the band released their debut album “We’ll rock you to hell and back again” in 2009 and was voted “best album of the year” by braveworlds.com All the vocals are sung in English, so no worries there, in-fact if I hadn’t told you this band where from …

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Tornado – Amsterdamn Hellsinki

Tornado were formerly known as Nemesis Divina, but changed their name to avoid people wrongly assuming they were a black metal group (Nemesis Divina also being the name of an album by black metal band Satyricon).  This release is the bands first album.  The band have been described as “Slayer …

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Devils Tower – Rhythm Brutality (CD)

Stumbling across these Vancouver based Canadian guys the other day on the .net I thought I’d give their debut album a listen – I’m glad I did and it is very easy to see why they are enjoying a resurgence. With sounds reminding me of the days when Samson, Angel …

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David Mark Pearce/Strange Angels cd

A blood curdling scream opens up the intro to this album, followed by a soaring solo, and then its straight into 2Alone I cry” , its now time to take a breather, and to find out a bit more about David Mark Pearce. A guitarist, songwriter and producer from Penzance, …

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GMT – Raw-Live (CD)

GMT ~ a phrase most people associate this with Greenwich Mean Time however all of us in the know realise that this comes from the names Guy, McCoy and Torme which together form the old school super rock group who’s songs are so good they can literally make time stand …

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Sarah jezebel Deva – The Corruption of Mercy

Sarah Jezebel Deva should be a well known name to a lot of metal fans. She was backing singer for Cradle of filth for 14 years and has sung on almost all their albums and she’s also been a member of Therion and Mortis. She also had a solo project, …

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No Guerra – Ahonikenk (CD)

  I stumbled across the band the other day and was quite literally blown away by what I heard, so much so I actually asked them for a copy of the album to review (I was that impressed). No Guerra, meaning No War, was formed back in 2000 in Buenos …

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Winds of Plague – Against The World (CD)

The Southern California purveyors of pain are going to quickly change the landscape of heavy music upon the release of their much anticipated release, “Against The World”, which is a perfect metallic assault of angst ridden fury. The group went back to their roots channelling the basic, urban hardcore elements, …

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Black Stone Cherry – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (CD)

”Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea”, is the third studio album from Kentucky natives Black Stone Cherry. It is by far the bands most commercial release, but that isn’t to say the band has lost any of their southern rock groove. In fact the band have progressed both …

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Williams/ Friestedt / Williams/ Friestedt cd

If your not familiar with Joseph Williams & Peter Friestedt, you will certainly have heard them individually, Joseph has sung with Toto on the Fahrenheit record from 1986 and The Seventh One from 1988. Peter, the acclaimed guitarist/songwriter has written and played with Chicago and Steve lukather amongst other AOR …

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Idiom – We Can’t All Be Superheroes EP (CD)

This EP kicks off to a powerful start with “Beast of Bodmin” in metal-rap with a great groove style. Its catchy and distinctive. “True Story” and ” Can’t Be” have a more Rage Against The Machine feel to them. All the tracks are filled solid guitar & bass riffs, driving …

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Rival Sons – Pressure and Time (CD)

Rival Sons, play blues-infused rock, but added to the mix are touch’s of Motown, soul and a heap load of Californian swagger. This 2nd full length outing for the band, (The first being Before The Fire, was self-released last year to a very strong response, as was the Self-titled EP …

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Cerebral Bore – Maniacal Miscreation (CD)

Ultra brutal Death Metal topped by female vocalist Som playing no-nonsense sick Death Metal in the vein of Decapitated, Cannibal Corpse all the way to Devourment. This album serves up some fantastic death metal lyrics screams & growls from Som. Along with in your face brutal guitars and powerful drumming. …

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MaYaN – Quarterpast (CD)

In early 2010 versatile musician Mark Jansen (Epica) started a project together with keyboardist Jack Driessen and guitarist Sander Gommans (both ex-After Forever) to produce some heavy and technical death-metal combined with Jack’s trademark symphonic arrangements. After writing some music together, Sander couldn’t find the time to go for it …

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Katana – Heads Will Roll (CD)

Dig out the spandex, fluff out your hair and dust off that denim cut off as we have another Swedish NWOTHM band. With sounds reminding you of the best of the late 70s and early 80s NWOBHM scene Katana’s debut album is released. This is a back to basics old …

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Dr AIDS – Drive Me To Kill You E.P (CD)

Liverpool based Dr AIDS are rapidly gathering a cult underground following thanks mainly to their highly infectious live shows which have got to be seen to be believed. Describing themselves as being “lads who get pissed and have a laugh playing hardcore punk”  these are a band you will either …

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