Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

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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Firewind – Few against many

“Few against many” is the new album from Greek band Firewind.  Perhaps best known to many music lovers for their extremely talented guitarist, Gus G, who as well as playing in Firewind is also guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne.  That connection means Gus G has had a busy time recently as …

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Neverstar – When Dreams Come True (cd)

Neverstar are a female fronted Symphonic Metal/Hard Rock band who has been delivering high energy music and live performances since 2009. Their songs are a combination of various styles which includes symphonic metal, pop rock and nu metal. The band’s signature sound is inspired by classical and symphonic tones mixed …

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Nightmare – The Burden of God CD review

Nightmare are a French power metal band who have recently celebrated their long and bountiful 30th anniversary, by releasing an astounding live CD and DVD entitled, One Night of Insurrection via AFM Records. Now, in 2012, Nightmare is back with their 8th full studio album entitled, The Burden of God …

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The Murder of My Sweet – Bye Bye Lullaby CD review

Branded as Cinematic Rock, The Murder of My Sweet is a female fronted four piece from Stockholm, Sweden who has just released their second album entitled, Bye Bye Lullaby via AFM records. Jammed to the brim full of alternative, melancholic, verging on gothic metal anthems, Bye Bye Lullaby is an …

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Steel Threads – Timing is Everything EP review

Coventry based Steel Threads aren’t your typical run of the mill rock band. Their eclectic mix of folk instrumentation and melodic interweaving choruses really sets them apart from any other band out there at the moment. Being branded as “Power-folk”, this three piece signed to the infamous and ever growing …

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Swanee River – Smoking Jacket CD review

Recently the UK has been somewhat replenished of good old fashioned hard rock bands that actually make an impact and sound decent. Irish rockers, Swanee River on the other hand are a band who through balls out, foot stomping guitar riffs, soaring vocal lines and catchy AC/DC like choruses, prove …

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Bull-Riff Stampede – Scatter the Ground CD review

First of all the name, Bull-Riff Stampede, has to be one of the coolest names for a metal band ever, and it’s quite a suited name for their death metal influenced style of crushingly heavy thrash. Scatter the Ground is Bull-Riff Stampede’s debut album, a 46 minute epic made up …

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Dirty Rose – Pestilence and Revelations CD review

Dirty Rose is a straight up hard rock band from West Lothian. Their groovy guitar riffs, punchy choruses and towering vocal lines, form a wall of sonic power that will knock you off your feet the moment the first track kicks in. This is Dirty Rose’s first EP entitled, Pestilence …

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Black Wolf – Taking Root e.p

  Taking Root, the debut e.p by Bristol based band Black Wolf was recorded in March 2012, released in April and is a very impressive piece of hard rock/metal. 1st track  Stairway Ticket begins with a   ” one, two lets go ” with Scott Sharp sounding like a higher ranged …

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X-UFO Vol 1 : The Live Files CD

Right from the off, im going to say that X-ufo are not a covers band, the name comes from the fact that all the members have played in UFO at some point or another, with only Bass playing Rocky Newton never having played in UFO, he did however play UFO …

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Havok – The Point Of No Return EP

On the 14th May Havok will release ‘Point of No Return’, an EP consisting of two brand new tracks and two classic thrash covers, just one year after putting out the fantrashstic collection of bangers known as ‘Time Is Up’ via Candlelight Records. One of the cover songs from ‘Point …

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