Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

James P M Phillips – Bones

James Phillips is a very well known and respected guy from North Wales. He’s probably put more gigs on as a promoter than I have ever been to. His love for music, especially live music is to be respected in the highest manner. But he does play himself in his …

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The Damn Truth – This Is Who We Are Now (single)

The Damn Truth

So here is yet another episode of “where have this band been all of my life?” as my love of Canadian rock/metal bands continue with Montreal based The Damn Truth. Their latest single ‘This Is Who We Are Now’ released on March 19th is taken from their upcoming studio album …

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Sky Valley Mistress – Acoustic Sessions EP

It’s been a while since I’ve had chance to review any new material by Sky Valley Mistress as it’s just over year since I did a piece for their stunning debut studio album Faithless Rituals. So fast forward to 2021 for their four track Acoustic Sessions EP. It’s the first …

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Enforcer – Live By Fire II


Even the more famous live albums are not 100% the real deal with parts added and/or deleted before they hit the shelves but Live By Fire II from Enforcer seems to be a warts and all performance from 2019 in Mexico City. The South Americans sure do love their metal, …

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3 Doors Down – The Better Life (20th Anniversary)

Today, 3 DOORS DOWN release a re-mastered, 20th Anniversary Edition of The Better Life album along with the nine-song “Escatawpa Sessions” as a box set on high-quality 3LP vinyl. The “Escatawpa Sessions,” recorded in the band’s Mississippi hometown in 1996, features seven demo versions from The Better Life, as well …

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The Treatment – Waiting For Good Luck

The Treatment

I have always liked The Treatment, especially as a live act. They always come out all guns blazing and win the audience quickly. With their 5th album Waiting For Good Luck they demonstrate a real ability for writing quality, sleazy, hard rock n roll and sound as hungry as ever. …

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KREEK – Kreek album review


KREEK – Kreek album review It’s been some years since I’ve heard from Antony Ellis on the music scene. August 9th 2015 to be precise when he was lead vocalist for the now defunct Bigfoot when they delivered an incendiary set at Bloodstock Open Air Festival. Fast forward to 2021 …

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The Sweet – Set Me Free (single)


Rewind 47 years to when I was 10 years old at a Woodside Primary School disco in Oswestry, standing in the corner eating a Jammie Dodger washed down with watered down orange squash. All of a sudden I hear an air raid siren, then a huge riff and the unmistakable …

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The Senton Bombs – Aerial Threat

Aerial Threat

So 2021 brings us new hope and some of it comes from Blackpool bawlers The Senton Bombs with Aerial Threat, their sixth studio album released on March 27th via Regolith Records. The title could be to do with their “bombs bombs bombs away” catchphrase or even the dangers of washing …

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Black Coast – Paradise (single)

A double celebration is on the menu here for Stoke On Trent based metal monsters Black Coast as they release their latest single ‘Paradise’ and sign up with Blood Blast Distribution Nuclear Blast. This raging song is a bonafide skull crusher. They are not reinventing the wheel here but theirs …

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When Rivers Meet – Walking On The Wire (single) review

When Rivers Meet

I’m not sure whether the lack of gigs in 2020 has anything to do with it but with my writing, I looked beyond rock/metal for new horizons and one band that really caught my attention were the husband and wife duo of When Rivers Meet. In November I reviewed their …

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Epica – Omega

It’s certainly been an eventful year or so for the music industry with live music put on hold and any return still months away. While some bands have split or have parted ways with members, and others have gone on hiatus while the members take other work to survive. Some …

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Black Tree Vultures – III EP

Formed in 2017, UK based heavy rockers Black Tree Vultures release their third EP simply titled III. It’s my first introduction to their music and these four songs are of the highest order! Currently available to buy, a statement of intent arrives early with opening track ‘The Unforeseen’. There is …

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Molly Karloff – She Said (Romesh Mix)

molly karloff

Oxfordshire based power trio Molly Karloff power up with new single ‘She Said (Romesh Mix)’ as well as donating all proceeds to the aid of UK mental health charity “Oxfordshire Mind”. Band frontmanSimon Gee explains that “Lockdowns are bad for mental health. It’s a serious issue and that’s why we’ve …

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Dio – Evil or Divine: Live in New York City

Evil or Divine: Live in New York City was recorded in 2002 and released on DVD the following year and on CD a further two years on. As with the other live release being reissued (Holy Diver Live) this month the album has been remastered and sounds great. The setlists …

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Dio – Holy Diver Live

Dio’s “Holy Diver live” has long been out of print. The 2006 release has now been remastered and is being released with new cover art. It’s available in digital formats as well as 2CD deluxe mediabook and on vinyl. A limited edition vinyl version features lenticular 3D art. The album …

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Solid Liquid – Never Mind! (single)

I suppose with a band named Solid Liquid you can’t really expect any or no sanity from them and my gut feeling was right after the first of many plays of their recent single ‘Never Mind!’ This German based band are hard to categorize as these frantic four minutes are …

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Arielle – Peace Of Mind (single)

On Friday May 7th 2021 American guitarist Arielle releases her latest studio album Analog Girl In A Digital World and from it she has just released a single taken from it, ‘Peace Of Mind’. It’s a heavenly four minutes of guitar driven blues rock, recorded in one take with her …

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Inglorious – We Will Ride


If there is such a thing as The Fantastic Four then here comes The Fantastic Fourth album We Will Ride from Inglorious! Released today via Frontiers Music SRL, a change of line up sees them hit a rich vein of songwriting, point proven by these eleven finely crafted hard rock …

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