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The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Tarja – From spirits and ghosts (Score for a dark Christmas)

Christmas albums (or even songs) from rock or metal acts are generally pretty awful with just a few songs becoming much loved classics. Tarja Turunen though is both a rock artist and a classical artist, so her Christmas album has the potential to be a success, especially as classical Christmas …

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Savage Messiah – Hands Of Fate.

It took a few spins of Hands Of Fate, the fourth studio album by Savage Messiah to get around their new change of direction, but it has still blown me away. Their heads down thrash metal has been honed down to a heavy metal groove with no loss of power …

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Black Aces – Anywhere But Here

  Black Aces a young hard rocking four piece from sunny Australia release their second album Anywhere But Here via Off Yer Rocka Recordings today followed by an appearance on the main stage at Hard Rock Hell XI tomorrow. Anywhere But Here is the follow up to their debut album Shot In …

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Ian Gillan – The voice of Deep Purple – The Gillan years

Ian Gillan has long been the voice of Deep Purple. While the band has had other singers over the years, Ian Gillan has been the vocalist for 34 years in total – the vast majority of the band’s life. Deep Purple are currently on their long goodbye tour so assuming …

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Appice – Sinister

In the world of rock the name Appice is well known as brothers Carmine and Vinny have between them played drums for bands including Vanilla fudge, Beck, Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent, Rod Stewart, Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, and Last in line. They played together for the 2014 album …

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Gary Moore – Blues and beyond

At the end of November, BMG will be releasing “Blues and beyond”, a new collection of songs from Gary Moore. It’s being released following a Pledgemusic campaign and comes in several versions. The most basic is a 2 CD package which contains a selection of songs from his career and …

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Trust – Hellfest 2017

When you think of all the rock and metal bands you listen to, a large amount will be from the US or UK, but when you look away from the English speaking countries then Finland, Sweden and Germany probably make up a large proportion. One country that is strangely under-represented …

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Jared James Nichols – Black magic

Jared James Nichols releases his new album, Black magic, on 27th October. The follow up to his 2015 album, “Old glory & the wild revival”, it’s an album that’s eagerly awaited by the fans. In the last few years Jared James Nichols has toured relentlessly, sharing stages with the likes …

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Kansas – Leftoverture live and beyond

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 1976 album “Leftoverture”, Kansas planned a 10 date tour that eventually extended to an 80 date tour. For the tour the band changed up their usual setlist and did a set that consisted of a hits type portion followed by playing Leftoverture in …

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Josh Todd And The Conflict – Year Of The Tiger

Year Of The Tiger is the new album from Buckcherry front man Josh Todd under the guise of Josh Todd & The Conflict.  Joining Josh are the Los Angeles trio of Steve Dacanay, Sean Winchester and Gregg Cash.  This album is rock and roll, hardcore, a bit punk but overall …

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Tankard – Zombie Attack / Chemical invasion / The Morning After / Alien (Reissues)

German band Tankard formed way back in 1982, and alongside Sodom, Kreator and Destruction are one of the big names of German thrash metal. They’re still going strong 35 years later, releasing their 17th studio album (One foot in the grave) earlier this year. They’re now re-issuing their first three …

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Mollie Marriott – Truth is a wolf

A great singing voice clearly runs in the family for Mollie Marriott – her father is Small Faces/Humble Pie singer/guitarist, Steve Marriott. It does mean that she’s got a lot to live up to, but I saw Mollie Marriott’s gig at the Borderline in London earlier this year and was …

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Saints of sin – Welcome to the circus

Rock band Saints of sin come from Christchuch on England’s South coast. Formed in 2013, they’re now getting ready to release their debut album, and having heard it I can say it’s definitely well worth the wait. Too many bands release their first album before they’re in a position to …

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Annihilator – For The Demented.

When a band announces that with their next album that they are “Going back to their thrash metal roots” it can be taken with a pinch of salt but when I heard Jeff Waters, founder member of Annihilator in 1984 say it on the Bloodstock Open Air Festival main stage …

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KYNGS – Three track EP.

When attending gigs I’ve always stuck with the same rule and that is to watch the opening bands. At the end of the day, that’s how the headliners started out so give them a chance, you may be pleasantly surprised and I certainly was when I caught Manchester based band …

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Devils Henchmen – Control EP.

Once again, the youthful trio Devils Henchmen deliver another high quality EP titled Control that follows their debut 2016 release of EP Hatred. The Liverpool based trio are coming on in leaps and bounds, fronted by lead guitarist/lead vocalist and chief songwriter Joseph Doolan. First track ‘Control’ surges in on …

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Spreading The Disease – Insurrection.

Well this is a bit of an animal to say the least! Insurrection, the debut studio album from Kent based bruisers Spreading The Disease. Formed in 2014 by bassist Steve Saunders, their debut EP Viral showed a lot of promise which has now been fulfilled when the album is released …

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VUUR – In This Moment We Are Free – Cities

VUUR is a purely magical experience for fans of The Gathering, Gentle Storm and her work with the incredible Devin Townsend. Anneke van Giersbergen formed VUUR in 2016, Anneke decided for the sake of clarity to narrow her musical focus, choosing to go in an acoustic direction as a solo …

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Fallen Mafia – Asylum

  Fallen Mafia, a hard hitting female fronted, four piece from the North East (of England) were formed in 2011 and have played with big names like Y&T, Michael Monroe and Crashdiet, to name but a few. Having toured relentlessly they have been quiet for a year or two, and …

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Pagan Altar – The Room of Shadows

Approaching what will be the last new music we will possibly ever hear from Pagan Altar with the enigmatic Terry Jones on vocals is not a task to be taken lightly. Formed in 1978 and virtually forgotten about until 1998 when their debut album (recorded in 1982) was finally given …

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