Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

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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SKILLET – VICTORIOUS new album out now

Skillet Victorious

One of the best selling rock bands Skillet is back with their new tenth studio album Victorious. If you like your nu-metal hard and heavy and have a penchant for bands like Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold and Linkin Park then Skillet is the band for you. The four-piece from Memphis is …

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Saxon – The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live)

When I was asked to review The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live) by NWOBHM legends Saxon, I thought it was a re-issue of their 1982 live album but this is not the case as it’s a triple CD release of forty live songs chosen by their lead singer Biff Byford. …

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Freedom Call – M.E.T.A.L.

German Power metal/melodic metal band Freedom call celebrate their 20th anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate than to release a new studio album? It’s their tenth album, and is called “M.E.T.A.L.” which frontman Chris Bay says is tongue in cheek, adding “After all, everybody knows that we …

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Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin stones – Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin stones

This self-titled release is the third album from Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin stones. It was actually released at the start of 2018 and is only now receiving a very belated UK release. The band is fronted by Hannah Wicklund, a 22 year old from South Carolina who has moved …

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Domination inc – Memoir 414

Domination inc are a Greek thrash metal band that formed in 2012 as Domination (the change to Domination inc is more recent due to legal issues with the name). They released their debut album “Infants of thrash” in 2014, and now five years on, they’re ready to release their second …

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