Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

The Magpie Salute – High Water I

The Magpie salute was formed by Black Crowes gutiarist Rich Robinson and includes fellow former Black Crowes members Sven Pipien and Marc Ford. With a ten piece lineup, they have toured performing Black Crowes songs, Rich Robinson solo material and cover versions, and released their debut album last year – …

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Mike Vernon and the mighty combo – Beyond the blues horizon

Mike Vernon may be a new name for many but he’s been in the music industry for many years, having founded Blues record label Blue Horizon which released singles and albums by acts including Rory Gallagher, Paul Kossoff, Christine McVie and Peter Green. As well as running the record label …

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Mad Max – 35

German hard rock band Mad Max release their new album “35” on the 10th August 2018. Why “35” as the title? Well it’s 35 years since the band formed, so it seems like a suitable title. It’s been five years since their last album (Interceptor) was released, but Mad Max …

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Ward XVI – The Art Of Manipulation

Up for review today is the rather interesting concept album called The Art Of Manipulation from our fellow freaks on Ward XVI. They have come together to tell the tale of a female psychopath who has been locked away in a high security asylum whom, through exploring her past, develops …

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Resin – The cycle of need

“The cycle of need” is the second album from Leicester band Resin. Musically they’re hard rock with a healthy dose of Grunge, with the vocals in particular having that 90’s Seattle band sound. It’s a great sound that takes the best of both styles. One surprise is the addition of …

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Theia – The Ghost Light

Burton Upon Trent based Theia have shown great promise with the studio album releases of Back In Line and Take The Pill but it has been fulfilled by the latest opus The Ghost Light. Out now on WDFD Records with eye catching artwork from Andy Pilkington at Very Metal Art …

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Airrace – Untold Stories

It’s a return flight for me with Airrace as I first saw them support Ted Nugent at the Hammersmith Odeon in Feb 1984 and here I am today reviewing their executive class new studio album Untold Stories, released by Frontiers Music Srl on August 10th 2018. Laurie Mansworth returns with …

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Man with a Mission – Chasing the Horizon

Man with a Mission (MWAM) release their new album Chasing the Horizon on August 10th 2018. Japanese super alt rockers Man with a mission bring an eclectic mix of musical styles. Not afraid to experiment, their sound veers from post hardcore, industrial Goth, to heavy rock, to happy dance, and drum …

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Daughtry – Cage to rattle

American rock band Daughtry have released four studio albums, had four US number 1 hits and 4 Grammy nominations. They’ve sold over 8 million albums and 16 million singles, as well as selling out concerts around the globe. Their last album, “Baptized” was released in 2013, so it’s been a …

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Hell’s Gazelles – ‘Take Your Medicine’

It’s been two years since Hell’s Gazelles introduced themselves with their self titled debut EP.  Leaping on to the music scene, the Oxford based quartet have had quite ride so far playing Bloodstock and Hard Rock Hell. Their music has elements of 70’s hard rock, 80’s heavy metal and 90’s …

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Massive Wagons – Full Nelson

Even by the standards Massive Wagons have set by their three previous studio albums they have raised the bar higher with Full Nelson, due to be released via Earache Records on August 10th 2018. Featuring ten brand spanking new tracks and two from previous album Welcome To The World added …

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U.D.O – Steelfactory

U.D.O, the band founded and led by former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, is back with a new album. The band has been fairly quiet in the last couple of years as Udo has toured under his own name playing Accept songs with the intention of drawing a line under that …

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Night Demon – Live Darkness

Night Demon released their second album “Darkness remains” and it was a damn good album. Despite being a modern band, their music is very much based in the NWOBHM era. Planetmosh gave it a 4 star review, and they got great reviews around the world. Earlier this year they toured …

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Scream for me Sarajevo

“Scream for me Sarajevo”, is a film about a concert by Bruce Dickinson and his band Skunkworks in 1994. If you’re not a fan of Bruce or Iron Maiden it doesnt matter – you still need to watch this film as this is a concert film like no other you’ll …

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Mob Rules – Beast reborn

German power metal band Mob Rules release their ninth studio album, “Beast reborn”, in August. Their last album, 2016’s “Tales from beyond” deservedly got great reviews, so they’ve got a tough job on their hands to make sure the new album lives up to the expectations set by “Tales from …

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Halestorm – Vicious

Having been a fan of Halesform for many years, having first seen them play live 8 years ago, I was looking forward to hearing the new album. I really love their first two albums (particularly the 2nd album “The strange case of..”, but wasnt so keen on the last one …

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Crystal viper – At the edge of time

Polish Metal band Crystal Viper disappeared from the scene for a few years due to the health problems of frontwoman Marta Gabriel, but returned last year with live shows and the excellent new album “Queen of the witches”. They’ve now followed up with a 5 track EP – At the …

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Graham Bonnet Band – Meanwhile Back In The Garage

At the ripe old age of 70 Graham Bonnet can still belt it out with aplomb, point proven by current studio album Meanwhile Back In The Garage released by Frontiers Music Srl. At fourteen tracks long it’s a challenging listen in one go but the results are well worth it as …

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Ancient Lights – Ancient Lights

            Ancient Lights bestow an epic debut album upon the world in the form of the self titled ‘Ancient Lights’. Such was the depth of material available to the band, that a double album format was deemed necessary, as well as others. The Doom genre …

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The Rolling Stones – From the vault: No security San Jose ‘99

Most bands that have been around for a while will have stuff that’s not been released – whether it’s songs that didn’t make an album, live videos or audio, or whatever. When you’ve been around as long as the Rolling Stones then you’re bound to have a ton of stuff …

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