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Hooligan – Teenage Rebel EP (featuring Christy Dignam)

Irish Street Punk band Hooligan formed in Dublin back in 2009, to date they have released four EPs. Teenage Rebel is their fifth EP released via Reekus Music Ireland Ltd in Autumn 2017. The lead track is a cover of (Justa Nother) Teenage Rebel by Belfast Punk band The Outcasts which was released in …

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Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown

They may never have reached the heady heights of some of the other bands that formed in the eighties, but Corrosion of Conformity have always enjoyed continued success and love in what is now a career spanning over 35 years. Members have come and gone over the years but three …

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Bleeding Gods – Dodekathlon

So early into 2018 and Utrecht, Netherlands based Bleeding Gods have set the bar high for death metal with their latest studio album Dodekathlon. Formed in 2012 by guitarist Ramon Ploeg their musicianship is very impressive. Currently available via Nuclear Blast Records its twelve tracks are based on the twelve …

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Pretty Boy Floyd – Public Enemies

  Pretty Boy Floyd have just released their fourth studio album Public Enemies via Frontiers Music s.r.l., their first full length studio release since 2004. Cast your mind back to the late eighties, when hair was high, and trousers were so tight that voices were even higher! Hollywood, 1987, enter Pretty Boy …

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Emerald Sunday – Emerald Sunday

What a great start to 2018 for British rock music with this self titled release by Dundee based Emerald Sunday. Nine well crafted songs with more hooks than a fishing match! The phrase “All killer no filler” certainly applies here as the full on grunge main riff of opener ‘City …

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Tankard – Hymns For The Drunk

My first album review of 2018 and what better way to start by a stupendous beer related seventeen track best of album called Hymns For The Drunk by German thrash metallers Tankard. The tracks were taken from five albums they recorded with AFM Records between 2002-2010 proving their rightful place …

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Leaves Eyes – Sign of the Dragonhead

One thing I’m never keen on is comparing a band’s current singer to previous singers, but it’s something that a lot of music fans seem to be obsessed by, and with this being the first full Leaves Eyes album since the departure of long time singer Liv Kristine, then fans …

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Magnum – Lost on the road to eternity

Magnum release their 20th studio album in January. There aren’t many bands that reach that figure, even after a 40 year career but Magnum are a band that are always busy writing, recording and touring. Most singers seem to suffer from their voice deteriorating over the years, but Bob Catley’s …

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Young states – Past truths present lies

Young states are a punk rock band that met while studying at music school in Norwich. Formed as an all-female band, they’re inspired by alternative rock bands such as Mallory Knox or Kids in glass houses rather than punk bands such as Sex Pistols, and that shows in their music …

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Typhoon – Offerings

“Offerings” is the fourth album from Indie rock band Typhoon. Unusually rather than releasing a song as a single, they’ve released what they describe as the first movement from the album which is made up of the first four songs on the album. Check it out here… That will give …

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The bad flowers – Starting gun

The Bad Flowers have been making a name for themselves since releasing their debut EP in 2016 and putting in a string of great live shows since then. Now they’re gearing up for the release of their debut album – Starting gun. Ahead of the album release they released their …

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Night Demon – Darkness remains (expanded edition)

Following the release of their “Darkness remains” album in early 2017, Night Demon are kicking off 2018 with the release of an expanded edition of the album. I have to say I’m not a fan of this sort of strategy since it penalises the dedicated fans who bought the album …

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Damnation’s Hammer – Unseen Planets, Deadly Spheres

A phrase I’ve used once before and certainly applies to Unseen Planets, Deadly Spheres by Damnation’s Hammer is “Riff after riff after motherfucking riff!”. The power they create is breathtaking, bringing to mind a fusion of Paradise Lost and Burn My Eyes era Machine Head, will be released via Massacre …

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Vandenberg’s Moonkings – MKII

Former Whitesnake guitarist, Adrian Vandenberg formed Vandeberg’s Moonkings a few years ago, releasing their debut album four years ago. Now they’re back with their second album, the rather unimaginatively named “Mk II”. Thankfully the lack of effort coming up with a decent album title is the only area of the …

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Carousel vertigo – Revenge of rock and roll

For some reason French rock and metal bands don’t seem to get the attention they deserve elsewhere in Europe. Sometimes it’s because they sing in French, but with some bands it’s hard to understand why they aren’t well known around Europe. One such band is Carousel Vertigo who come from …

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Heavatar – Opus II – The Annihilation

Stefan Schmidt is the mastermind behind acapella metal band Van Canto and also Heavatar. Unlike Van Canto, Heavatar is a more conventional band with instruments rather than acapella, but once again he’s tried to do something a little different. Heavatar fuse classical music and metal music. OK they’re far from …

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Galactic cowboys – Long way back to the moon

Younger metal fans won’t remember the last time Galactic cowboys released an album – that was way back in 2000. Having released six albums and an EP between 1991 and 2000 the band split, and apart from a couple of very brief reunions have been silent for the last seventeen …

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Destruction – Thrash Anthems II

By the title you may think this is a covers album but German thrash metallers Destruction have not remastered some of their finest songs, they have re recorded them and to say they have breathed new life into them is an understatement! Thrash Anthems II was originally a pledge music …

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Reuben Archer’s Personal Sin – Petrolhead

Reuben Archer, the Peter Pan of hard rock without a shadow of a doubt has released one of my highlights of 2017 with his studio album Petrolhead from his band Personal Sin. Released by Toxic Records his songwriting suss with Lautrec, Lionheart, Wild Horses and Stampede was pure gold and …

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Trespass – Footprints In The Rock

2018 is already looking to be a good year for heavy metal as NWOBHM legends Trespass release their brand new studio album Footprints In The Rock via Mighty Music Label and distributed by Target. Formed in Sudbury, Suffolk in 1979 by Mark Sutcliffe, the front man still flies their flag …

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