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The Picturebooks – Home is a Heartache

After more than two years on the road touring their debut album, The Picturebooks have returned with their new album, Home is a Heartache, which made its official release on 10th March 2017. Much like their first record, this German duo continue to provide an eclectically rare sound, whilst still …

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Illimitable Dolor – Illimitable Dolor

      Illimitable Dolor release an amazing self titled album which is a wonderful tribute to former musician and fellow The Slow Death band member Greg Williamson, who sadly passed away a while ago   Penned by Stuart Prickett (Guitar/Keys and Vocals) these four monumental tracks are as fine …

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Eternal Fear – Killing Time

      Sweden’s Eternal Fear return with their fifth studio album release “Killing Time”, an opus that sees them continue on an upward spiral.     Fashions come and go, fads hit the spotlight, only to fade away as time marches on but that classic Metal riff never fails …

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Hanoi Rocks – Reissues

Dissonance are releasing three reissues from Finnish legends, Hanoi Rocks.  The three releases are their first two studio albums, “Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks” and “Oriental beat” along with their 1984 live album “All those wasted years”.  Hanoi Rocks combined punk and glam rock and were making a big …

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Girlschool – Reissues

Dissonance records are reissuing the first three albums from Girlschool – “Demolition”, “Hit and run” and “Screaming blue murder”, dating back to the 1980-1982 period.  Fans of Girlschool will tell you these are classic albums by the band, and that’s certainly reflected in the fact that if you go and …

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Black Mirrors – Funky Queen

Funky Queen is the debut EP from Belgian garage rock band Black Mirrors, released 3rd March via Napalm Records.  The band are a three piece from Brussels comprising frontwoman Marcella Di Troia on vocals, Pierre Lateur on guitar and Gino Caponi on bass.  They cite Janis Joplin, Jack White, Anouk, Nirvana and …

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The Devil In Faust – Come Apart EP

The Devil in Faust, Come Apart EP is eventually here and it has been a long wait.  After being impressed with their video single for Dark Places back in December 2014 it has seemed like forever for this EP to appear.  The two further singles released in 2015 (Forsaken and So Clever) only added to …

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The Devil Wears Prada – Transit Blues

The band’s most emotionally fraught release to date, The Devil Wears Prada are sharing the serenity and trauma of their ‘Transit Blues’. Six albums into their career, The Ohio set stand firm to share their incredible evolution at the hands of time and the ‘Transit Blues’, a byproduct of their …

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The Charm The Fury – The sick, Dumb & Happy

The Charm The Fury are a Dutch metal band fronted by singer Caroline Westendorp.  One or two of you may now be thinking – Dutch band with female vocals – they’re bound to be symphonic metal, and to be fair the Netherlands have produced a fair few bands that fit …

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Zeal & Ardor – Devil is Fine

Lots of things make perfect sense when put together.  Fish and chips, salt and vinegar.  Some things seem totally incongruous, like cats and dogs, Trump and the Presidency.  And there are other things you would just never even consider pairing up.  Cheese and chocolate, PlanetMosh and boy bands.  The new …

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Firewind – Immortals

Its been a five year wait for Immortals, the latest studio album released via Century Media Records from Greek power metallers Firewind but the wait is well worth it as founding member Gus G leads from the front with guitar heroics throughout its nine tracks. Founded in Thessaloniki in 1998, …

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Our Hollow Our Home – Hartsick

Hartsick is the debut album from Southampton based band Our Hollow Our Home.   With the album due out on 3rd March, Connor Hallisey – Vocals, Tobias Young – Guitar/Vocals, Josh White – Guitar, Bobby Brooks – Bass and Nick Taliadoros – Drums have produced a great slab of British metalcore that brings the genre back to its basic elements. The album has …

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Crystal Viper – Queen of the witches

It’s been a few years since Crystal viper released an album as the band went on hold in 2013 due to health issues with the singer Marta Gabriel.  Happily though the silence is over and the band are back.  At a time when there are countless symphonic or gothic metal …

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Battle Beast – Bringer of Pain

Finnish band Battle Beast are a tricky one to describe.  On a first listen, depending on which songs you listened to, you might say they’re traditional heavy metal with female vocals, and that’s certainly a large part of their sound, but then you come across some of their other songs …

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Gary ‘Guitar’ Lammin – Gary ‘Guitar’ Lammin

With some musicians who release a solo album, it’s not really very different to the stuff they do in the band they’re part of and you wonder why they bothered, but in this case I was expecting the album to sound nothing like Bermondsey Joyriders since Gary “Guitar” Lammin has …

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Courtesans – Better Safe Than Sober

Courtesans kick off 2017 by unleashing their original brand of Doom/Pop upon us with new EP ‘Better Safe Than Sober’.  Courtesans are one of my favourite bands out there currently, it’s been great watching them grow over the last few years, having seen them put on jaw-dropping live performances at …

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Annihilator – Triple Threat

Triple Threat, the new release from Annihilator is so named as it consists of a live set played at the 2016 Bang Your Head Festival, an Unplugged : The Watersound Studio sessions and a live DVD of the Bang Your Head Festival set. Currently released by UDR Music, it highlights …

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Sanctuary – Inception

Hailing from the US Sanctuary are a classic metal band from Seattle, who alongside the likes of Queensrÿche and Metal Church helped to forge a scene of different sounding and intelligent metal from the Washington area. With choppy riffs, a damn solid rhythm section and distinctive soaring vocals the band …

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Wille & The Bandits – Steal

With three lauded self-releases already, your first label release – as is the case with the latest Wille & The Bandits release Steal –­­ the impulse to play it safe may be tempting. Not enticing enough apparently. Steal is an out-and-out rocker of an album that’s been spliced, diced and spiced …

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Kreator – Gods Of Violence

Since their formation in Essen 1984, Kreator have consistently delivered an impressive caustic catalogue of thrash metal, proving that the Germans do it better than anyone else and Gods Of Violence their fourteenth studio album shows they are still at the forefront of that genre. Currently available on Nuclear Blast …

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