Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Second Cities – Like A Moth (single)

Second Cities return with latest single ‘Like A Moth’ but these Birmingham based oiks sound more like a bat out of hell as they thrash out a brutal bludgeon. It’s not all noise for noise sake as there is a lot more to their oeuvre from the lead vocals of …

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Accept – Too Mean To Die

Accept

Formed in 1976 in Solingen, West Germany, Accept are still flying the flag for German heavy metal, point proven by their upcoming studio album Too Mean To Die. Whether it’s frustration from Covid (which has delayed the album release from Jan 15th till the 29th due to a pressing plant …

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Ward XVI – Unplugged And Sedated EP

As somebody a lot wiser than me once proclaimed, “Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast”. Point proven by the Unplugged And Sedated EP currently available by Preston based macabre metallers Ward XVI. Throughout the pandemic in 2020 they managed to release the over the top studio album Metamorphosis …

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The Senton Bombs – Dwelling In The Past (single)

Hey ho, let’s go as The Senton Bombs open their plan for World domination in 2021 with one big shit kicking get the fuck out of my way single called Dwelling In The Past now available to purchase from Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music. Right from the off it’s …

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Ashen Reach – Homecoming

My first review of 2021 and what a way to start the year with the quite astonishing debut album Homecoming from Merseyside based Ashen Reach. Currently available via all digtal outlets, for such a young band these 11 songs show early maturity in their songwriting. Opener ‘Fighting For My Life’ …

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Iced Earth – Iced Earth (30th Anniversary Edition)

Iced Earth go back in time to their self titled released in 1990 debut album which has been remixed and remastered from the original 2″ tapes. Formed in Tampa Bay, Florida 1984 I’ll admit to being late on the scene for them, not checking them out until the 2011 release …

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Death Dealer – Conquered Lands

Ross The Boss is back with a vengeance as he unleashes Conquered Lands, the third studio album from Death Dealer via AFM and Steel Cartel Records. The quality shown from previous releases Warmaster and Hallowed Ground continues throughout these songs mainly from the astonishing drumming from Steve Bolognese as his …

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Iconic Eye – Back From Behind The Sun EP

Midlands based Iconic Eye return with a brand new five track EP titled Back From Behind The Sun and back with a new lead singer Janey Smith. Released on December 4th 2020, the band came to my attention from fan Robert Dyer who I’m very greatful to. The title track …

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Red Spektor – Heart Of The Renewed Sun

Welcome back Red Spektor! It seems a helluva long wait since their self titled debut crushed us four years ago but they are back with a vengeance with a new line up and new studio album Heart Of The Renewed Sun. Their stoner rock if anything has got even more …

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The Swamp Born Assassins – Gates Of Hades (single)

Welcome back to The Swamp Born Assassins! It’s been over 18 months since I reviewed their Dead Man’s Train album and they’re back and firing on all cylinders with their latest single ‘Gates Of Hades’ available now from Google Play, Amazon, i Tunes,Deezer,Applemusic, Spotify and from the band website. Since …

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The Wildhearts – ’30 Year Itch : Live’

 So do we need yet another Wildhearts live album? Phuq yeah we do and it just so happens that 30 Year Itch : Live is not just my album of 2020, it’s also one of the most intense live albums I’ve heard for many years! Wildhearts gigs are a lot …

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Impavidus – Justice

Impavidus have just released a new single Justice. This is a track you might just get hooked to on your first listen. I know I did. If they carry one producing tracks of this quality they have just got themselves a new fan. Line up: – Michelle Adamson – Vocals …

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Son Of Shinobi – Lemon Spit (single)

What the phuq! Four years seems a helluva long wait since I’ve had chance to review new material from Crewe based Son Of Shinobi but with a new line up (Mark Ames on guitar) they return with a rip roaring single called ‘Lemon Spit’, available on all digital platforms. Thankfully …

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John Diva and the rockets of love – American Amadeus

One of the best bits of reviewing albums isn’t reviewing albums by bands you love, it’s finding new bands you havent listened to before. This album came to me to review and not having listened to the band before I had no expectations, good or bad. I always prefer to …

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Magnum – Dance of the black tattoo

On a live album or compilation album (and this is both), the track listing is always going to be a matter of debate – put 100 fans of any band in a room and ask them to come up with a list of tracks and you’ll never get them all …

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Edenbridge – The chronicles of Eden part 2

“The chronicles of Eden part 2” is as the name suggests, the follow up to the 2007 release “The chronicles of Eden”. That was a “Best of” featuring material from the first 5 years of the band. The new album is anothe “Best of”, this time featuring material from the …

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CORMAC NEESON – White Feather Deluxe – review

Cormac Neeson

CORMAC NEESON (The Answer) White Feather Deluxe – review Third times a charm and good luck have finally prevailed for Cormac with his re-release of White Feather (Deluxe). The long-awaited album has had quite the adventure from its limited run via Pledge music back in 2018. The album was originally …

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Straight to you Live

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will release their first live DVD at the end of November. There was a live album released a decade ago but not a DVD, and even if you prefer albums to DVDs, a new live release is definitely long overdue Kenny Wayne Shepherd says “People …

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George Benson – Weekend In London

Jazz icon George Benson has just released a new live album. It was recorded at an intimate show at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club in London in 2019. Produced by Joe Bonamassa’s producer, Kevin Shirley it’s a great intimate live album. George Benson really shows why he’s such a legendary jazz …

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