Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Alcest – Les Voyages de L’Ame

    Translation ”The Journeys of The Soul “ Since their groundbreaking 2005 debut the e.p “Le Secret”, Alcest have created quite a stir amongst the black metal scene, creating their own unique brand of gothic themed doom laden sounds utilising the many talents of Neige. Opening track “Autres Temps” …

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Max Pie – Initial Process CD review

Belgium based Max Pie are a progressive metal act that are only just getting the credit they deserve. Since forming in 2005, the band have gone on numerous tours, played numerous festivals, but unfortunately only waited until 2011 to record their debut album. Now in 2012, Max Pie have finally …

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Therapy? – A Brief Crack Of Light

You always want to fight the corner of your hometown heroes, be it your local football team or a band that have helped to put your part of the world on the musical map. You want to stand, as one, with ‘your boys’ and, shoulder to shoulder, take on all …

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Def-Con-One – Def Con One CD review

If you ever wanted to know what a nuclear bomb sounds like when it tears an entire city to bits, then look no further than the new EP by Def-Con-One. Based on the theme of warfare, this self titled EP from London’s finest metal heads will not only blow your …

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Inner Fear – First Born Fear CD review

Formed by Marthus (the ex machine behind the drums of Cradle of Filth) in 1997, Inner Fear are back after a long hiatus with their first album in nine year. First Born Fear is a ten track, power house of a gothic metal album, bringing together atmospheric keyboard effects, lightning …

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Royal Hunt – Show Me How to Live CD review

Denmark’s own progressive rock heroes Royal Hunt are back with their great new album Show Me How to Live, and for those who don’t know of the mighty Royal Hunt……. Go out and shoot yourself. No, only joking, go out and buy this album because this is the best starting …

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Baleful Creed – Buried Beneath (CD)

Hailing from Northern Ireland Baleful Creed are a classic rock influenced four-piece that also take a nod at the stoner rock section of the genre. With a growing number of well-received gigs and guest spots under their belts Baleful Creed are now finding themselves in what is undoubtedly their zone …

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The Amorettes – Haulin Ass (CD)

Girls in rock bands are always a welcome sight to see. The majority of rock fans may be male (although that may be debatable when you factor in the male/female breakdown at some of 2011’s rock festivals) but that doesn’t mean the vast proportion of guys don’t want to see …

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Black Messiah – The Final Journey

February 24th sees the release of Black Messiah’s fifth album The Final Journey.  Founded in 1994, this band originally paid tribute to their black metal idols, but over the years have developed their own pagan metal style.  Though the band has seen many changes in membership over the years, one …

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Savage Outlaw – EP (CD)

Us entertainment reviewers are lucky guys and girls you know, after all we quite often get to attend gigs for free, we receive countless promo CDs and merchandise items, and if we are very lucky we even get to meet some of our heroes along the way. Whilst these perks …

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Rebels By Nature – Blood & Whiskey (CD)

It’s nice sometimes to stumble upon a band you have always wanted to see and hear and yet due to circumstances beyond your control you have missed. For this reviewer Northern Irish rockers Rebels By Nature were one such band until not so long ago. These guys (and girl) were …

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Xerosun – Absence Of Light

This debut offering from Dubliners Xerosun actually came out in their Irish homeland back in 2010, to great acclaim on both sides of the border, but now has been picked up, re-packaged and given a worldwide release by Rising Records. And much deserved the development is, as this is – …

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PYTHIA – ‘THE SERPENT’S CURSE’ CD REVIEW.

Pythia’s 2009 debut ‘Beneath The Veiled Embrace’ certainly created musical ripples upon the sea of Female Fronted Metal and heralded a hard touring ethic which saw the band headline the Sophie Stage at Derby’s Bloodstock Festival and grab a slot at the prestigious Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgium. The …

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Therapy? – Living In The Shadow Of The Terrible Thing (Single)

Seminal Irish three piece rockers Therapy? have been around since the early 90’s, and have been there done that and got the t-shirt for most things. Sadly misplacing their form with the release of the Suicide Pact album, I was somewhat cautious when there was news of a new album …

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Freedom Call – Land of the Crimson Dawn CD review

Since their 6th studio album Legend of the Shadowking, which was released in 2010, German power metal heroes Freedom Call have been working their asses of touring, writing and generally kicking ass in any way possible. Now in 2012, Freedom Call have once again blessed the world wide heavy metal …

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Ecliptica – Journey Saturnine CD review

When you though symphonic metal couldn’t get any better, you discover a new band who raises the barrier once again. Introducing Ecliptica, an Austrian based metal band who really know how to put the power in power metal. Made up of six extremely talented musicians, Ecliptica combine: Chugging power chord …

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Anvil – Strength Of Steel and Pound For Pound and Worth The Weight (re-releases) [3-in-1]

For many people, Anvil were not known until  their  dvd, Anvil-The Story Of Anvil, was released  in 2009. Also a lot of rock/metal fans may only be familiar with their 3 classic album  releases, Hard And Heavy, Metal On Metal and Forged In Fire from 1981,1982,1983 and their 2 most …

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Nephelium – “Coils of Entropy” CD

The history of Nephelium traces itself back to the late 1990s in the small Arabian city of Dubai. There, guitarist Alex Zubair and drummer Alan Madhavan had a vision of a band with equal amounts of brutality and complexity, which stayed true to the roots of old-school Death Metal yet …

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Kyrbgrinder- Cold War Technology cd

Surfacing from a band who have carved their own route in the heavy metal genre is an album immersed in juddering riffs and formidable sounds. Kyrbgrinder have produced a raw amalgamation of tracks that are a landmark of their best sounds yet, the frontman Johanne James exercises his unrelenting vocals …

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Lacuna Coil – Dark Adrenaline

“Dark Adrenaline” is the sixth album from Lacuna Coil For anyone who’s been living in a cave somewhere for the last 15 years or so and doesnt know who Lacuna Coil are, they’re an Italian hard rock band with two vocalists, one male (Andrea Ferro) and one female (Cristina Scabbia).  …

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