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The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers live at the Fonda theatre 2015

When you’re a band like The Rolling Stones with a career spanning several decades you’re likely to have countless hours of studio and live recordings sitting in a vault never being heard. Happily The Rolling Stones are releasing some of those recordings as their “Rolling Stones, From the vault” series. …

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Vardis – First three album reissues/remasters.

I’ve been a fan of Vardis for a long time, well over thirty five years. Bought 100MPH, The World’s Insane and Quo Vardis on vinyl back in the day so the grumpy old man side of me raised his eyebrows when I saw the press release for these reissues but …

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Black Stone Cherry – Black to Blues

At first glance, it might seem a little odd that Black Stone Cherry have chosen a sextet of blues standards for their next outing. Fear not though, because what the Kentucky rockers have done with the classics from Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Freddie and Albert King is nothing short …

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Kinasis – Pariah

Another week and another amazing underground band discovered. Bridgewater, Somerset based Kinasis have created a crushing four track EP titled Pariah, due for release on September 29th 2017. From the off it’s straight in your face with the mighty riffs and Hellish vocal growls in opener ‘Red Earth’. It builds …

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Lonewolf – Raised On Metal

      Lonewolf come howling from your speakers with new album ‘Raised On Metal’   If it’s one thing Lonewolf know how to do, it’s how to write a classic metal tune. ‘Raised On Metal’ represents the bands ninth studio album, and is a rip roaring, no holds barred …

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Crematory – Live insurrection

German gothic metal band Crematory released their first studio album way back in 1993. Their 13th was released last year, so it’s safe to say that they’ve got plenty of material to choose from for their live shows. Before the release of their last album, Monument, their clean-vocals singer Matthias …

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Ace Frehley – Anomaly (Deluxe edition)

Ace Frehley’s fifth solo album, Anomaly, was released in 2009. It’s now being reissued. The album has been remastered for this reissue, and comes wth three bonus tracks. One of these has been released previously but not on CD (it was an itunes exclusive bonus track) while the other two …

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King creature – Volume one

We keep hearing that rock is dead, and maybe the days of it being a way for bands to make lots of money are over, but rock is most certainly not dead – just look how many great young bands there are around as proof. One such band is King …

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Ten years after – The albums 1967 – 1974

To mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Ten Years After album in 1967, Chrysalis records are releasing a very special box set – “The albums 1967 – 1974”. As the name suggests it includes the nine albums released in that time period, and it also contains …

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Arch Enemy – Will To Power.

After witnessing a crushing set by them last month at Bloodstock Open Air Festival, expectations were high when I came to review Will To Power, the tenth studio album from Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. Since joining the band in 2014, lead vocalist Alissa White-Gluz has made them …

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Walter Trout – We’re All In This Together

Walter Trout’s We’re All In This Together really should have one of those health warning stickers attached to its front because this is an album consisting of 14 tracks clearly engineered to blow your mind! Why? Well not only are all of the cuts exquisitely produced by Eric Corne and …

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Gamma Ray – Alive ’95 (2017)

2017 is definitely a goood year for fans of Kai Hansen. Earlier this year we had the release of two live albums – Unisonic’s “Live at Wacken” and Kai Hansen and friends “Thank you Wacken”. We’ve also got another release from Kai Hansen due for release at the end of …

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Gamma Ray – Land of the free (2017)

2017 is proving to be a goood year for fans of Kai Hansen. Earlier this year we had the release of two live albums – Unisonic’s “Live at Wacken” and Kai Hansen and friends “Thank you Wacken”. Now we have another release from Kai Hansen. In this case it’s a …

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Motorhead – Under Cover

Released via Motorhead Music on September 1st 2017, Under Cover, as the title suggests is a studio album of cover songs from  Motorhead. A few of these tracks are previously available on earlier albums but with this release they are all together and features a previously unheard song. All eleven …

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Epica – The Solace System

Epica fans who loved the last album (The holographic principle) are in for a treat as Epica release “The solace system”. It’s a six track EP made up of songs that were recorded as part of the Holographic Principle sessions but which didn’t make it onto the album. Does this …

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Black Country Communion – BCC IV

When the news broke last year that Black Country Communion were back together and working on a new album, the fans were definitely happy. It’s not surprising really – Black Country Communion are a band packed with talent – Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian. As a …

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H.E.A.T – Into the great unknown

It feels like far more than three years since H.E.A.T last released an album but that’s just a sign of how good they are that their absence has been so noticeable. The fact that the band haven’t played a live show for 2 years has also made the wait feel …

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Gizmodrome – Gizmodrome

Gizmodrome will be a new name to you but some of the members are extremely well known. To start with you have the drummer from The Police – Stewart Copeland , who also does most of the lead vocals for Gizmodrome. On bass you have Level 42’s mark King. Rounding …

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Alvin Gibbs – Some weird sin: On tour with Iggy Pop

UK Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs spent the best part of a year as part of Iggy Pop’s band on the Instinct tour following the release of the album of that name. This book is about that time, from when he first got the call to meet Iggy Pop through to …

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Jonny Lang – Signs

When Jonny Lang’s first album for four years, Signs, dropped through the door the immediate thought was: “Blessed!” This proved a more than accurate reaction. Signs is an album of contrast, light and texture with a pulsating, nerve shredding opening five numbers finally cooling and growing mellower and more heartfelt …

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