Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Towards Atlantis Lights – Dust Of Aeons

        Doom Metal supergroup Towards Atlantis Lights take us on a dark historical journey deep into the past with ‘Dust Of Aeons’ With only four tracks but coming in at just under the hour mark, the first of which, ‘The Bunker Of Life’ lasting a mind boggling …

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Sterling Ball, John Ferraro and Jim Cox – The mutual admiration society

This album is billed as Sterling Ball, John Ferraro and Jim Cox present the mutual admiration society. It features a host of guests including Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Steve Lukathor, Steve Morse and Albert Lee. That’s a great talented lineup, and it all started from two friends wanting to make …

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Loudness – Rise to glory

Loudness were formed in Japan in May 1981 and have been a prolific band releasing around 30 albums since then including live albums and English versions of their Japanese language albums. In 1983 they did their first US and European tours and signed a record deal with Atlantic records, in …

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Alestorm – Captain Morgans revenge 10th anniversary edition

It’s hard to believe but it’s been ten years since Alestorm’s first album, “Captain Morgan’s revenge” was released. Since then they’ve released four more studio albums and are still singing about alcohol, women and piracy, and show no sign of stopping. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of …

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Laurence Jones – The Truth

Fans of Laurence Jones’ previous album Take Me High beware. The Truth, Jones’ fifth studio outing, is something of a departure from that which you might expect. A step away from the more rugged sound which has seen the Liverpool born, Warwickshire raised bluesman soar ever skyward, The Truth is …

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Luke Appleton – How Does It Feel To Be Alive?

Somehow between fulfilling his duties with Absolva and Iced Earth, Luke Appleton has written and recorded a four track EP titled How Does It Feel To Be Alive?, due for release via Rocksector Records on March 3rd 2018. Produced by his brother Chris Appleton at their studio in Manchester it …

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Saxon – Thunderbolt

Like a fine wine, Saxon mature to its finest age, although I expect lead vocalist Biff Byford,one of two original members from the bands beginnings in Barnsley 1977 (the other being guitarist Paul Quinn), he would probably prefer a mug of Yorkshire tea! Recently released new album Thunderbolt, number twenty …

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Cats in space – Cats alive!

Cats in space are a band I only saw live for the first time late last year, opening for Deep Purple, and they really impressed me, both on stage, and in their attitude with them coming out to the merch stand at an arena show as soon as they finished …

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Die so fluid – One bullet from paradise

2016 was a year that saw the death of Die so fluid drummer Al Fletcher. After the death of their friend, the remaining members, Grog and Mr Drew stepped back to consider the future of the band. They eventually decided to make a new album. Before Al’s death a number …

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Koch Marshall Trio – Toby arrives

The Koch Marshall Trio is Greg Koch, a guitarist described by Joe Bonamassa as “scary good”, Dylan Koch on drums, and organist Toby Lee Marshall on the Hammond B3. In terms of vocals, well, there are none – yes it’s an instrumental album. By now 90% of people reading have …

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Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons – The Age Of Absurdity

This certainly takes good parenting to the next level as guitarist Phil Campbell has three of his sons in his band Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons. Todd on guitar, Dane on drums, Tyla on bass guitar and they are all joined by Neil Starr on lead vocals. Their self …

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Dan Patlansky – Perfection Kills

There’s a warmth and integrity to Dan Patlansky’s ninth studio offering Perfection Kills. A kind of confidence and assuredness that is positively infectious.  That the South African is a consummate guitar play is unquestionable but, here, it is also clear that his songwriting is keeping apace, with ten tracks of …

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Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Black Coffee

The dynamism and at times mind-boggling enthusiasm Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa display laying down the ten covers that comprise Black Coffee – in just five days, it should be noted – is quite mesmerising. Their first studio album in four years this might be, but man-oh-man has it been worth …

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Michael Schenker – A Decade Of The Mad Axeman

Recently released via Inakustik Records, A Decade Of The Mad Axeman is a glorious best of double album covering Michael Schenkers’ four studio and two live albums between 2007-2016 covering the Michael Schenker Group and the Temple Of Rock line ups where he amassed an impressive array of musicians that …

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Hooligan – Teenage Rebel EP (featuring Christy Dignam)

Irish Street Punk band Hooligan formed in Dublin back in 2009, to date they have released four EPs. Teenage Rebel is their fifth EP released via Reekus Music Ireland Ltd in Autumn 2017. The lead track is a cover of (Justa Nother) Teenage Rebel by Belfast Punk band The Outcasts, which was released in …

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Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown

They may never have reached the heady heights of some of the other bands that formed in the eighties, but Corrosion of Conformity have always enjoyed continued success and love in what is now a career spanning over 35 years. Members have come and gone over the years but three …

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Bleeding Gods – Dodekathlon

So early into 2018 and Utrecht, Netherlands based Bleeding Gods have set the bar high for death metal with their latest studio album Dodekathlon. Formed in 2012 by guitarist Ramon Ploeg their musicianship is very impressive. Currently available via Nuclear Blast Records its twelve tracks are based on the twelve …

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Pretty Boy Floyd – Public Enemies

Pretty Boy Floyd have just released their fourth studio album Public Enemies via Frontiers Music s.r.l., their first full length studio release since 2004. Cast your mind back to the late eighties, when hair was high, and trousers were so tight that voices were even higher! Hollywood, 1987, enter Pretty Boy Floyd …

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Emerald Sunday – Emerald Sunday

What a great start to 2018 for British rock music with this self titled release by Dundee based Emerald Sunday. Nine well crafted songs with more hooks than a fishing match! The phrase “All killer no filler” certainly applies here as the full on grunge main riff of opener ‘City …

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Tankard – Hymns For The Drunk

My first album review of 2018 and what better way to start by a stupendous beer related seventeen track best of album called Hymns For The Drunk by German thrash metallers Tankard. The tracks were taken from five albums they recorded with AFM Records between 2002-2010 proving their rightful place …

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