Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Black Coast – Ache (single)

Losing the speed of their last two singles but definitely not any of the power, Stoke speaker blowing noisemongers Black Coast have released their latest tune ‘Ache’ on Feb 28th 2021 making it not just a normal Good Friday but a GOOD F**KING FRIDAY! They manage to make you lose …

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Mike Ross – The Clovis Limit (Tennessee Transition)

The Clovis Limit (Tennessee Transition) recently released on Taller Records sees Mike Ross a very busy man as his last release The Clovis Limit Pt.2 saw the light of day in October 2020. This latest album is acoustic, just one man and his guitar delivering four songs from The Clovis …

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The Big Dirty – Under The Crimson Moon (Single)

Back in the day before The Big Dirty came to be, two then well behaved members who never swore, rescued cats from trees, helped old ladies across the roads etc. recorded an EP that was not released. One of these songs was ‘Under The Crimson Moon’ which The Big Dirty …

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Troy Redfern – Waiting For Your Love (Single)

As somebody much more wiser than me once said, “Never judge a book by its cover”. With a song title of ‘Waiting For Your Love’, I was expecting some easy listening but how wrong was I as it’s barroom boogie at its beer swilling, pool playing best, point proven by …

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Avarus – Vultures (Single)

So how do Blackpool based metal maniacs Avarus follow their previous single ‘In Disbelief’? Well maybe an equally over the top one should do the trick and they’ve fulfilled their ever growing potential with the recently released ‘Vultures’ It’s a touch more melodic but could still stop a charging rhino …

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Candlemass – Green Valley (Live)

Candlemass

Not even Covid -19 could halt the doom metal of Candlemass as they live streamed their only gig of 2020, a lockdown show on Friday, July 3rd that resulted in this magnificent double album titled Green Valley (Live) recently released by Peaceville Records. Formed in Stockholm 1984 they pioneered the …

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RICKY WARWICK – When Life Was Hard & Fast – album review

Ricky Warwick

When Life Was Hard And Fast (WLWHAF) is the stunning second solo album from Ricky Warwick. Put together with a group of killer guests ranging from Joe Elliot, Luke Morley, to Andy Taylor, Dizzy Reed and Keith Nelson.  The album showcases Ricky’s musical prowess, with a slight lean towards Americana …

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SUMO CYCO – Initiation

What you’ve never heard of Sumo Cyco? Well you will do so soon. They have been around for 10 years now, have released two albums and have a loyal fanbase. What they have been lacking, up to now, was a major record label. Well no more, their new album has …

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Cannibal Corpse – Violence Unimagined

Cannibal Corpse

Cannibal Corpse, conceived in Buffalo New York 1988 have unleashed their fifteenth studio album Violence Unimagined to the World via Metal Blade Records. Love em or hate em they have consistently raised the bar high with their uncompromising approach to how death metal should be played and this new release …

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Evile – Hell Unleashed

Evile

Welcome back Evile! And what a return this is with their stunning new album Hell Unleashed, released via Napalm Records. It’s their fifth studio release and an eight year wait since the 2013 Skull album but it’s worth it. Line up changes see the Huddersfield based band recruit Adam Smith …

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Eye Licker – Another Dose Of Madness

So, you may ask me, what is Eye Lickers new release like? The title may give a hint "Another Dose of Madness". It is most definitely madness. Madness for the world being like it is, madness we have to live in it and madness rolling around in the guise of great music.

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Trucker Diablo – Tail End Of A Hurricane

Trucker Diablo

Trucker Diablo has always reminded me in the past of a British Black Stone Cherry. I thought the Northern Ireland quartet was a little one dimensional but always great live and a lot of fun. With Tail End Of A Hurricane, they show a real variety; the southern sounding rock …

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The Damn Truth – Now Or Nowhere

To be honest I’m a bit late arriving to the table for Montreal rockers The Damn Truth after reviewing their latest single ‘This Is Who We Are Now’ only a month ago which completely blew me away. It’s taken from their third studio album Now Or Nowhere, due for release …

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Blaze Bayley – War Within Me

If I had only one word to sum up Blaze Bayley, it would be PASSION! I’ve been a fan for many years, from early Wolfsbane gigs, the two albums he recorded with Iron Maiden (both of which fare better than some of the Bruce recordings) up until his solo career …

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Black Coast – Vodka Smile (single)

Stoke based Black Coast stoke up the fire and the flames of Hell with their recently released single ‘Vodka Smile’. This gnarly nugget is definitely 100% proof and not 37.5% especially from the vocal rant of Charlie Hewitt with a real lung shredding delivery. From the off they take no …

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Arielle – Inside And Outside (single)

Two pieces of good news arrive from Arielle to whet our appetites for her forthcoming studio album Analog Girl In A Digital World on Friday May 7th 2021. She has just released another single taken from it titled ‘Inside And Outside’ and will undertake four Livestream sessions on May 13th, …

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Massive Wagons – Changes

To borrow a song title of ‘Feel Good Hit Of The Summer’ from QOTSA, with their brand new single ‘Changes’, Massive Wagons have brought the summer vibes a few months early and it’s more than welcome to say the least! They’ve dedicated it as “This one is for the fans”, …

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Capra – In Transmission

Oh I’ve been waiting for this one for what seems a very long time since Capra’s self titled 2 x tracker hit me last May. From Southern Louisiana, these guys are re-writing hardcore rules with ease and branching their own take on how hardcore should be played, bringing a more …

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Arielle – Analog Girl In A Digital World

After hearing and reviewing the ‘Peace Of Mind’ single by Arielle in February 2021 I took the bait due to the quality of the song but now I’ve fallen hook, line and sinker with her ninth studio album Analog Girl In A Digital World due for release on May 7th. …

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Thunder – All The Right Noises

I’ve been following Thunder since the very start. I was one of two young lads. No money. No job. Armed with only a packet of fags and a ‘Buckley Boys On Tour ‘ banner which Danny proudly held aloft on stage at Manchester International 2 on their ‘Back Street Symphony …

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