Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

The HU – The Gereg.

Metal music comes in many different forms. Heavy, thrash, black, death, hair, glam etc, so here comes Mongolian metal from The HU on their mindblowing debut album The Gereg, released by Seven Eleven Music. They first came to my attention when Planet Rock played ‘Yuve Yuve Yu’ and the instrumentation …

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Cvlt Ov The Svn – Luna In The Sky Forever E.P.

Finnish band Cvlt Ov The Svn describe themselves as Occult Murder Pop. Although I can see where they are coming from with that description, what I hear is a modern goth band, and a very good one at that. The four songs on this E.P. are musically luscious and are …

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PSOTY – Sunless

PSOTY, formally known as Pet Slimmers Of The Year, are a 4 piece heavy rock band from Peterborough, releasing this their 2nd full length album after 2014’s ‘Fragments Of Uniforms ‘. They play dark, heavy anthems that suck you into another world and I just love albums like this. For …

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Soldier – Storm Rider EP.

It’s been a bit quiet on the Soldier front since the release of the Defiant album in 2015 but they are back with all guns blazing for new EP Storm Rider. Founded way back in 1979 by Ian Dick, this three track EP released on Starhaven Records sees them battling …

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Thirteen Stars – Running So Long.

New single ‘Running So Long’ from Cumbria based rockers Thirteen Stars is a bit special for many reasons. Not only is it a country tinged musical tour de force, it was written by lead singer/guitarist Hoss Thompson as a dedication to the sadly departed Tom Petty. It’s a heart wrenching …

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Fallen Mafia – Awaken

As I write this, Fallen Mafia are preparing for the launch of their first full album. Having previously released 4 EP’s ( Leather, Lipstick & Cigarettes, How the Story Ends, Asylum and Fallen if you’re interested). This then is, no doubt a labour of love and, the highlight of their …

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THE AGONIST – Orphans

In September The Agonist return with a new album Orphans. One of Canadas finest exports (second maybe to Maple Syrup) this is their sixth studio recording and the third with singer Vicky Psarakis. This is a band with history which I won’t go into here, but it is sufficient to …

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Destruction – Born To Perish.

Deservedly still in the Big Four of German thrash metal, Destruction have no intention of losing that position with their fifteenth studio album Born To Perish, released via Nuclear Blast Records. As if the band were not already heavy enough, they have bolstered their attack even more with two new …

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Phobia – Generation Coward

Phobia have been with us since the early 90s grinding heads in worldwide. Grindcore is a genre that that has bands which have massive back catalogues which are near on impossible to complete. Phobia are no exception and this is a release in a long line of albums, eps and …

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Sons Of Apollo – Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony

Many “supergroups” fail to live up to the hype, but one that does is Sons of Apollo. Featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, bassist Billy Sheehan, keyboard player Derek Sherinian and drummer Mike Portnoy it’s one hell of a lineup but more importantly it’s a lineup that …

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Ivory Tower – Stronger

    Ivory Tower return to the fore with their fifth offering titled ‘Stronger’, and boy does it pack a hefty punch   Fancy a riff fest?, then climb the stairs of this ivory tower to the very summit of what melodic hard hitting Metal has to offer. Powering in …

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Robert Randolph & The family band – Brighter days

Robert Randolph grew up playing Gospel music on the pedal steel guitar, an instrument with a distinctive (and beautiful) sound. He’s backed by the family band – and that’s not just a name, they are members of his family. Visit mysunrise to get more from the band. The album opens …

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Kris Barras Band – Light it up

Kris Barras released his last album, “The divine and dirty” in March 2018 with a small show at Thousand Island (formerly known as Upstairs at the Garage) in London. Just a few dozen people were there. Since then his career has exploded as he’s played several headline tours with the …

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Danny Bryant – Means of escape

It was only last year that Danny Bryant released his last album, Revelation, but he’s already back with another album. On “Revelation”, he was joined by the big band he did a tour with and that made the album something a bit different but now he’s back to working with …

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Blackrain – Dying breed

Newly signed to Steamhammer/SPV, French sleaze tock band Blackrain are set to release their new album (their sixth) in September. Formed in 2006 the band have toured playing their own headline shows as well as supporting bands including Europe, Papa roach, Alice Cooper, Ugly kid Joe and Steel panther. Earlier …

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Saltwater Injection – You Don’t Know Nothing About

Saltwater Injection Press-release: Originally formed to create the soundtrack for a film that was never released.  After years of legal wrangling, the band will finally be able to release that soundtrack. The film, which cannot be named due to legal reasons, was banned before it even reached the screens. However …

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Next Year – Waterfalls

Next Year are a 4 piece pop punk unit from Loughborough and were formed in late 2017. Similar in vein to the likes of Sum 41, Good Charlotte and Blink 182 etc, they have enough in their music to make their own identity stand out to the forefront. ‘Waterfalls ‘ …

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Swamp Coffin – Flatcap Bastard Features

Not to be confused with an Australian band from Melbourne with the same name, Rotherham Sludgers Swamp Coffin deliver us an EP of pure doom and gloom all rolled into thirty four minutes of depression. Musically, it’s not much different to the Sludge kings already out there in the form …

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Cruickshank – Cruickshank

Canadian Sludgers Cruickshank hit us with their debut self-titled album, and it’s a strangely clever one. There’s a mixture here of Sludge and doom riffs, and expect the unexpected when it comes to drumming, demonstrated perfectly in album opener ‘Clouded ‘. Sporadic surges of speed litter this track but it …

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The Drippers – Action Rock

The Drippers formed in Sweden in 2016 a three piece action rock band. One guitar, one bass, one drummer, two vocalists. Two vocalists? Doesn’t that make five? Not in this case as Viktor and William share the lead vocal duties. The band have just released their debut album Action Rock. …

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