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Curse of Lono – 4am and counting

I saw Curse of Lono on tour supporting Samantha Fish and while they were very good I wasn’t quite won over, which may have been that they’re very different musically to what I’d expected from a support on that tour, but I always think it’s good to give a band …

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Rantanplan – Rudeboys von der Reeperbahn

Rantanplan released their latest album “Stay rudel stay rebel” at the beginning of the year and are now following it with a 6 track EP. Rantanplan are a German ska-punk band. Formed in Hamburg in 1995 they have ten albums to their name. As a ska-punk band you’ve got that …

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JBO – Wer lässt die Sau raus

German band JBO aren’t very well known outside Germany (or German speaking countries anyway). It’s not just the fact they sing in German – Rammstein have proved that isnt an obstacle for international success, it’s more the fact they’re a comedy band and so not understanding the lyrics takes a …

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H.E.A.T – Live at Sweden Rock Festival

Swedish band H.E.A.T release their second live album on 26th July 2019. It’s their second live release but the previous one was only a live album (Live in London) so this is their first live DVD. As the name of the release tells you, this was recorded and filmed at …

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Sue – It Will Never End

Sue are a Noise Rock/Post-Punk/Punk Rock band from the West Midlands. Known for their wild performances and scratchy punk sound, they have been parading around their local scene with confidence and an obvious passion for what they do. ‘It Will Never End’  could have easily been called ‘It had Never …

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Supersonic Blues Machine – Road Chronicles: Live!

Supersonic Blues Machine have released two studio albums and are now releasing their first live album. It was recorded during their show in Brugnera, Italy on 20th July 2018 and the band were unaware that it was being recorded, so what you hear here is just how they played every …

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Alpha Omega – Alpha Omega.

At Bloodstock Open Air Festival, Saturday, August 12th 2018 on the Jagermeister Stage, Norwich based trio Alpha Omega played one of the most intense and loud sets I’ve heard in the ten years I’ve been going there. The Orange amps must have been made of sterner stuff than my hearing …

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The Odious – Vesica Piscis

If ever an album would cause confusion in one’s mind, ‘Vesica Piscis’  is that album, the highly anticipated follow up to The Odious’ late-December 2012 debut album ‘Joint Ventures’. You cannot pin this down to a single genre, no chance. First single from the album ‘Repugnant‘  which follows intro ‘Scape‘,  …

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MoLD – Horrors

Swedish band MoLD release their debut album, Horrors, in July. It’s an album that had a difficult start – early in the recording process Johan Liljeberg managed to set his amp on fire which resulted in several weeks of delay. Then halfway through the recording process their basement studio was …

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The Rods – Brotherhood of metal

The Rods were formed in 1980 by David Feinstein who had previously been a member of Elf with his cousin Ronnie James Dio. The band lasted till the late 80s and released several albums before eventually splitting. In 2008 the band reformed with the lineup from their 1982 album – …

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Gwyn Ashton – Sonic Blues Preachers

Born in Wales, Gwyn Ashton moved to Australia as a child in the 1960s, and has been playing guitar since an early age. For five years he fronted Band of Friends, the Rory Gallagher tribute act with Gerry McAvoy. The acts he’s toured with or supported over the years include …

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Hammerfall – Dominion.

As Queen once said, “You know it’s time for the hammer to fall” and it will on August 19th as Swedish power metallers Hammerfall unleash their eleventh studio album Dominion via Napalm Records. They hit hard and heavy from the off as ‘Never Forgive, Never Forget’ bludgeons with big powerchords …

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Words That Burn – Pyres

‘Pyres’ landed on my desk only last week so I’m a little late in reviewing this one as I do like to get reviews out a week prior to release, but not to worry. We’re here now and lovely too. Words That Burn are a four piece unit from Dundalk …

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T.O.W.E.R.S – Towers

Nottingham has always been synonymous with forests but could this be soon replaced with talk of ‘T.o.w.e.r.s’ This energetic young band have managed to simultaneously create an album with the sweet, nostalgic sound of the 80s hard rock (with a female twist) movement whilst also maintaining their own stylistic values; …

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DeWolff – Live & Outta sight II

Dutch psychedelic-blues band DeWolff released their latest studio album in May last year and now they’re following it up with a new live album – Live & Outta sight II. As the name suggests, it’s their second live album, with the original “Live & Outta sight” having been released in …

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Sons Of Liberty – Aged In Oak

If I had to describe Sons of Liberty as a drink they would defiantly be a bottle of Jack Daniels or Jim Beam. From the outset their new EP Aged in Oak oozes out heavy country infused riffs straight from the planes of Texas. The first track “If it ain’t …

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Gloryhammer – Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex

Gloryhammer are back with their third album – Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex. It continues the story of Angus McFife from the first two albums. It doesnt seem that long since Gloryhammer first appeared on the Power Metal scene after Alestorm’s Chris Bowes decided to see how many power …

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Death Angel – Humanicide

‘Humanicide’ is incredibly only Death Angel’s ninth full-length studio album spanning a thirty six year career since their initial demo ‘Heavy Metal Insanity’  in 1983. Agreed, they did have a fourteen year hiatus between 1990 & 2004. I’ve not listened to them for years. In fact, not since my late …

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Spreading The Disease – Mindcell EP.

I very much doubt that Spreading The Disease will ever record anything acoustic as they continue to batter us into submission once more with the Mindcell EP. Currently available on their webpage for £8 it certainly hits hard and heavy. Opener ‘Obsession’ is a full on rant from the off. …

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Headsticks – Kept In The Dark

Headsticks, a band who describe themselves as ‘revolutionary punk roots rock’n’roll’  hail from the world capital of ceramics Stoke-on-Trent. These ‘Potters’ were assembled in 2012 from pieces of Tower Struck Down and Jugopunch. They released their third album Kept In The Dark earlier this year via STP Records. The album …

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