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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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3 Headed Snake – 3 Headed Snake E.P

When a new band on the scene features two members of Ministry, you know it’s going to be a bit special. 3 Headed Snake is the brainchild of guitarist Sin Quirin on guitar joined by fellow Ministry member Derek S Abrams on drums. Aided by Johnny Ray on vocals and …

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Eva Bartok – Self Titled

Post-punk merchants Eva Bartok release their self-titled debut EP this Friday 23rd August, and I have to say this feels like a very risky EP, in all the right ways of course.  Clocking in at just over ten minutes, this EP comes and goes within the blink of an eye. …

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Kim Jennett – Psycho (single).

Earlier this year I saw a performance by the tour de force ball of energy Kim Jennett at the Waterloo Music Bar in Blackpool. Her set flew by as she delivered with being on as well as offstage and ‘Psycho’, her opening song that day is her brand new single. …

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Detherous – Hacked To Death

Canada’s Calgary based thrash quartet Detherous embrace us with their debut full length album, ‘Hacked To Death ‘.  Formed in 2014, they released an initial demo in 2017, and followed this with a live album last year. This is actually a breathe of fresh air for me and it’s very …

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Mob Rules – Beast over Europe

Last year German melodic metal/Power metal band Mob Rules released their latest studio album, “Beast reborn”. Since then they’ve toured in suport of the album and several shows on the tour were recorded and have been used to create this new live album, the band’s fist live album for 14 …

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Ark ascent – Downfall

While covering Bloodstock festival we were given CDs by several bands who were either playing or just using the event as a promotional opportunity to reach a lot of press in one place. One of those CDs was from Ark Ascent, and while editing photos from the weekend I picked …

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Lordi – Recordead Live – Sextourcism In Z7

Finnish horror rockers Lordi have a new album/DVD – Recordead live – Sextourcism in Z7. As the title suggests, it was recorded on the Sextourcism tour at the Z7 venue in Pratteln, Switzerland. It’s a live CD/DVD package (also available as digital download) and contains the entire show (minus a …

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New Model Army – From here

Nearly 40 years after the band was formed, New Model Army are still going strong and have a very loyal fanbase. They tour regularly and their live shows are always great. Happily they’ve also consistently released new music over the years and are about to release their latest album – …

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Runrig – The last dance – farewell concert

Runrig celebrated their 45th anniversary in 2018. Their long career saw them release 14 studio albums and several live albums over a 40 year period. Now though it’s drawing to a close. The band played their final shows in August 2018 and the live album that was recorded at those …

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Krysthla – Worldwide Negative

Northampton extreme metal group Krysthla, release this their third album, and the follow up to 2017’s critically acclaimed ‘Peace in Our Time’  album. Having not heard any previous material from these guys, I’m reviewing this album with new ears. Album opener ‘Negative ‘  is right up my street. If you …

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Rat Face Lewey – The Fall of Man Album Review

London based alt-rock band Rat Faced Lewey’s sophomore album The Fall of Man is drenched with passion and melody. Catchy simple clear lyrics are repeated to make perfect sing-along choruses. Slow intricate intros give birth to energising glorious bouncy fun. First track Tell Your Friends About Me is reminiscent of …

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Scarlet Rebels – Show Your Colours

Fourteen tracks is a brave move for an album, let alone a debut as the listeners attention may start to waver but this is not the case for this absolute stunner from South Wales based Scarlet Rebels with Show Your Colours.  Early promise was shown when I caught their set …

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