Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Mike LePonds Silent Assassins – Whore Of Babylon

Somehow in between playing with the Ross The Boss Band and Symphony X, Mike LePond has written all the music and lyrics for Whore Of Babylon, the third album from his band Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins and for good measure, he’s even produced it! Currently released via Silver Lining Music, …

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Thirteen Stars – Keep Calm And Carry On (single)

Taken from their latest album Finest Ramshackle Jam, Thirteen Stars tug at our heart strings with their latest single ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’. It comes with a fan featured video who sent photos and videos to accompany the band performing. It’s one of the more laid back tracks on …

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Found Missing? – Now I’m Awake (single)

Merely a year since forming, Colchester based quartet Found Missing? have certainly found their groove with their latest single ‘Now I’m Awake’, currently available to stream and download on all major platforms. First impression I got was of early Deftones but with more prominent bass guitar lines and you’re halfway …

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Hellucination – Do Ut Des (video)

I’ve never come across an Italian death metal band before and Hellucination from Rome have made me glad that I’ve done so with ‘Do Ut Does’, taken from their Multiverse album, and a quick review would read “brutally brutal”. A much more well deserved appraisal starts with the mind boggling …

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Def Leppard – Hysteria at the O2

If like me, you remember “Hysteria” being released then you’re officially old – it’s over 30 years ago. It’s an album that saw Def Leppard’s popularity explode and they were constantly in the charts and on TV as the album spawned seven singles. To celebrate the 30th anniversary in 2017 …

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Aleah – Aleah

Aleah is a heartfelt and fitting tribute to a beautiful soul I was genuinely struggling as to how to approach reviewing this album, I’m a great believer in that music should stir the emotions, and this album certainly does that. To lose such a shining talent at the ridiculously young …

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Poltergeist – Feather Of Truth

Thrash Titans Poltergeist return to wreak havoc with their fifth Metal offering titled ‘Feather Of Truth’ The importance and longevity of the Thrash genre to the Metal world can not be over emphasised, whilst it may have dipped in popularity in the late 90’s, early 2000’s, its resurgence over the …

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Underking – The Throne (single)

Underking returns chomping at the bit with The Throne, a teeth-gnashing single that highlights the more melodic side to them but it’s powerful enough to keep the headbangers busy! All music and lyrics come from head honcho Maxwell Jeffries. Vocals are delivered with angst that the subject matter deserves, musically …

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Small Town Saviours – No Rats, No Snakes, No Second Takes (single)

Lockdown lethargy is kicked up the arse by the latest single release of ‘No Rats, No Snakes, No Second Takes’ from the Newbury based nutters, Small Town Saviours. They don’t mess around here, just plug in and let rip with some 24 carat, unrelenting rock and roll delivered with a …

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Massive Wagons -House Of Noise

Massive Wagons

Full Nelson, the last studio album from Massive Wagons opened a lot of doors for them but the soon to be released follow up, House Of Noise on July 17th 2020 won’t just do the same, it’ll smash the windows to and blow the roof off! It’s a heavier album …

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Powerwolf – Best of the Blessed

Powerwolf release their first greatest hits album in July. Entitled “Best of the blessed” it’s a mixture of original versions and re-recorded versions of songs, and to make it even more appealing, the second disc is “The live sacrament” – a live album recorded on the Wolfsnächte tour in 2018, …

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Burnt Out Wreck – This Is Hell (video)

Far from being burnt out, Burnt Out Wreck unleash another video from their riff-tastic album This Is Hell. If you want riffs, you get em as the title track is an absolute monster, to say the least! Fronted by the razor sharp vocals of Gary Moat, the big riffs, the …

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Twisted Illusion – Excite The Light Part III

Twisted Illusion – Excite The Light Part III Mad Max? He’s nothing compared to Mad Matt, as Matt Jones, head guru of Twisted Illusion defies musical genres to baffle us with the brain mangling new studio album Excite The Light Part III. If you thought the first two were complex, …

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Beyond the black – Horizons

German band Beyond the black are back with a new album – Horizons. It’s their second release since a major lineup change in 2016 shortly after the release of their second album. Since that time though the band has gone from strength to strength and the linup has remained stable. …

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Vega – Grit your teeth

British band Vega have been around for over a decade now and have released five studio albums in that time as well as playing plenty of gigs and festivals. I first saw them live in 2011 and was very impressed, and their next album (What the hell) wasexcellent. Sadly for …

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Stevie R. Pearce And The Hooligans – Rip It Out (single)

Stevie R. Pearce And The Hooligans – Rip It Out (single)   They’re back! Stevie R. Pearce And The Hooligans are back with all guns blazing on upcoming single Rip It Out and they certainly do which makes it bode well for an upcoming studio album to. The single is …

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Avarus – In Disbelief (single)

Avarus – In Disbelief Avarus new single In Disbelief is free to stream from Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play and Deezer now! A bombastic blast of modern metal. I first saw Avarus at a festival at the Waterloo Music Bar in Blackpool a couple of years ago, they played …

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Cecil – FATHOM TIME Album review

Cecil

Cecil – FATHOM TIME During lockdown,  Cecil have mixed and mastered some never before heard tracks which we know you will love, so support these wonderful musicians during these desperate times by heading over to Bandcamp to pre-order their new 15 track album ‘FATHOM TIME’. Preview the song ‘Contender’  here …

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The Senton Bombs – Blue Sunset (single)

“Punks not dead” scream out The Senton Bombs with Blue Sunset, their second manic single of 2020. Released on Regolith Records, it will be available on all digital outlets from June 1st. They crank it up by showing off their heavier side as they pummel us for an unrelenting three …

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Chaos Over Cosmos – The Ultimate Multiverse

A multi-national collaboration between Poland and Australia has presented this interesting mix of progressive metal with touches of death metal and flourishes of sci -fi inspired keyboard madness. Opening track “Cascading Darkness” is full on straight out of the gate, chunky chugged guitars being complimented with melodic leads that are …

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