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Luke Appleton – Snake Eyes.

Following on from the 2018 E.P release of How Does It Feel To Be Alive, Luke Appleton has carried on with his wealth of songwriting on his full length album titled Snake Eyes, currently available via Rocksector Records. He has a few guest appearances that include his brother Chris who …

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Kicking Seagulls – Demonstration

I don’t normally take too kindly to seagulls landing on my desk, but with these North Wales kickers I’ll make an exception, and a very big one at that. Hailing from sunny North Wales, just a stone’s throw from my gaff, it’s always nice to review a local band’s efforts. …

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Rammstein – Rammstein.

Rammstein

Rammstein  have most certainly divided opinion since their formation in Berlin 1994. Their latest self titled seventh studio album, released by Spinefarm/Universal has been a long time coming, 10 years to be precise but it’s well worth the wait! The cover is of an unstruck match which may be a …

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Bloodyard – Darker Rage

Continuing my reviews of recorded releases from bands that performed at Hammerfest 2019 that I covered, it’s the turn of the awesome Bloodyard. Whilst stood at the corner of the bar at Stage 2 on the Saturday evening, catching ten minutes ‘me’ time after an all day effort of watching, …

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Master Charger – Eroding Empires

I had the ultimate pleasure of watching, photographing, meeting and interviewing one of Nottingham’s finest at Hammerfest in March. Their set was full of Black Doom, galloping beats and low lighting. The three combined set the perfect aura for their set. I’ve been keen to review a studio recording of …

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Final Coil – The World We Left Behind For Others

Final Coil are a three piece unit from Leicester and are signed to WormHoleDeath Records. Combining elements of post-rock and progressive, the band’s acclaimed debut, Persistence of memory, drew comparisons to Tool & Pink Floyd. This, their second album, therefore has a lot to live up to. The album spawns …

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The Kenny Wayne Shepherd band – The Traveler

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd band release their new album, “The Traveler” at the end of May. UK readers will probably query the spelling of the album title as we’d write “The traveller” but as is so often the case, in the US they have a different spelling, so it’s not …

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Nine Shrines – Retribution therapy

Formed in 2014, Nine shrines released their debut EP in 2017 and it’s fair to say it went down well with metal fans with single “King of mercy” getting over a million streams on spotify. Now two years on, they’re releasing their debut album – Retribution therapy. The album is …

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Stray Cats – 40

“40” is the new album from Stray Cats. It came as a surprise for many fans as after a 26 year gap since their last album I doubt many people expected the band to ever record a new album, even after they performed their first live shows for a decade …

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Paul Gilbert – Behold electric guitar

Although to many he’s best known as the guitarist in Mr Big, Paul Gilbert has actually released far more solo albums than Mr Big albums. Following a recent move to Portland, Oregon, he set out to make a new solo album working with some of the other musicians in the …

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Savoy Brown – City Night

Savoy Brown are a rare band – one that has been going constantly for over fifty years. Formed in 1965 as the Savoy Brown blues band, the lineup has changed many times over the last 54 years with singer/guitarist Kim Simmonds being the only remaining original member. Over the years …

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JOANovARC – JOANovARC

JOANovARC release their new album at the end of May. The self titled album is their fourth album and follows several EPs and debut album “Ride of your life” as well as “Live in the studio” and their covers album “Under the covers”. Formed in 2004 as a trio, the …

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Axel Rudi Pell – XXX anniversary Live

The title of this album is fairly self explanatory – it’s a live album to mark 30 years since German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell released his first solo album. In the last 30 years he’s released 17 studio albums, various compilations and four live albums (6 if you include DVDs). …

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Deiphago – I, The Devil

Founded in 1989, Costa Rican thrashers Deiphago return with another onslaught of insane thrash, ‘I, The Devil’,  their fifth full length album. Fuelled by incomprehensible speed and accuracy, these guys remind me of when Napalm Death introduced themselves with their classic debut ‘Scum’  in 1987. To say this album is …

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Hollowstar – Hollowstar.

Once again another bunch of young upstarts prove that rock isn’t dead, but is well and truly alive and kicking, with the self titled debut album by Hollowstar! The St.Ives based quartet have been causing a bit of a stir on the live circuit playing support slots and all this …

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George Benson – Walking to New Orleans

I have to admit I never expected to review an album by legendary guitarist George Benson. Why? That’s because he’s a jazz guitarist and that’s not a genre Planetmosh covers, but this isn’t a Jazz album – it’s actually more of a Rock and roll album. George Benson pays tribute …

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Erja Lyytinen – Another world

Finnish guitarist Erja Lyytinen is back with a new album – Another world. It comes two years after the release of her previous album, “Stolen hearts”. Known for her slide guitar playing, she also sings and is not just limited to slide-guitar, but is an all-round talented guitarist. I had …

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The Room – Caught By The Machine

Judging by the strength of Caught By The Machine, the third album by The Room, I’m looking forward even more to their set at Rockforce Festival on May 5th. Ten songs of crafted melodic rock have just been released on White Star Records make it an essential purchase for me …

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Contrarian – Their Worm Never Dies

This is the third album by this bunch of progressive death wizards. Featuring on vocals and drums George Kollias of Nile fame. From the very start this is high octane jawdropping musicianship straight from the school of Death and Atheist.  That is where the comparison ends to an extent. The …

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Belzebubs – Pantheon Of The Nightside Gods

Hailing from the abysmal forests of the mystic North, Belzebubs have possessed a stealthy, cult status throughout their existence. Originally formed in 2002, the band has succeeded in creating a thrilling blend of melodic blackened death metal, guttural growls and whimsical solos, forged with progressive twists and cinematic soundscapes. Accompanied …

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