Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Amaranthe – Manifest

By now I’d imagine most metal fans have heard Amaranthe at some point. The band have ben going for a decade, releasing their self titled debut album in 2011, and have been busy touring ever since, either on headline tours, support slots or festivals. They stand out from the crowd …

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Smogg – Entertaining Evil – Part 1

One man Manchester mutha Smogg returns with the first part of a double header entitled ‘Entertaining Evil ‘, and it’s brutal. As soon as opener ‘Sulphur-Exhaled ‘ begins you’re battered with speed, ferocious drumming and Pantera style riffage. It’s relentless. It’s unforgiving, and ‘Damned In Exile ‘ holds no mercy …

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Thirteenth Sign – The Ashes Of A Treacherous Silence

They’ve been around a while have these guys. Since 2006 in fact, when their first EP ‘Oracles Of Armargeddon ‘ announced itself. One EP and three full length albums since that debut release, comes latest offering ‘The Ashes Of A Treacherous Silence ‘. Inspired by Queensryche‘s classic concept album ‘Operation …

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Virus – Evilution Apocalypse

Since forming in 1986, it seems ok to label Virus a veteran thrash metal band and after all these years, they are still raging away like lunatics, point proven by current album Evilution Apocalypse, released via Combat Records. They like to stretch these songs out, many of which are over …

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BlitZ – Fight To Survive

It’s not very often I use the phrase “Riff after riff after motherfu**ing riff” but this Nottingham based trio called BlitZ, formed in 2015 have easily garnered that accolade with their second studio album, the stadium rock of Fight To Survive. ‘One In A Million’ is a ballistic opener and …

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Sander Cohen – Channelling Hank

This first EP from UK quartet Sander Cohen, is short, sharp, and straight to the point……and bloody good as well. Take a mixture of Nirvana and possibly Mudhoney and you have Sander Cohen. Opener ‘F**k You And Everything You Stand For ‘ is full of heavy guitars and screaming vocals …

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Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts – Nowhere To Go But Everywhere – review

Ryan Hamilton

  Our favourite Texan rocker Ryan Hamilton and his UK based band The Harlequin Ghosts have just released their second album Nowhere To Go But Everywhere via Stevie Van Zandt’s ‘Wicked Cool’ label. The distance nor the presence of Covid19 and its restrictions has hindered  Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin …

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Rory Gallagher – The Best Of Rory Gallagher

Back in the day, my introduction to rock music was to buy live albums, so for me to discover Rory Gallagher, essential purchases were Irish Tour 74 and Stage Struck and that was all I bought so I’ve jumped at the chance to review the upcoming The Best Of Rory …

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Dropdead – Dropdead

Dropdead finally present their long awaited third album in an incredible thirty year career.The band state on Bandcamp: “Musically, this album is a bit different from previous recordings, style-wise and vocally, with the latter being delivered so the words have an impact more so than just raw screaming.With 23 songs …

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The Pineapple Thief – Versions of the Truth

What is the truth? A difficult question to both ask and answer in a society where facts are disposable commodities and the accepted reference point for truth has made way for a contentious ‘post-truth’ era.  The latest installment from the British-prog rockers, ‘Versions of the Truth’, attempts to address just …

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Airforce – Strike Hard

When the NWOBHM genre started to get into the music magazines like Sounds, Kerrang etc and bands of that ilk were getting played on the Friday Rock Show, it was a very exciting time for me in my late teens. I bought as much as I could at the time …

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Napalm Death: Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism

Let’s be honest, 2020 has been a sh*t year. From the Australian bush fires, to the explosion in Lebanon, and of course the plague that’s swept world and caused nearly one million deaths worldwide. It’s like the world is in a never ending state of grieving. And one of those …

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Kid Klumsy – The Faces Don’t Fit – review

Kid Klumsy

Kid Klumsy have released their lastest epic EP ‘The Faces Don’t Fit‘ which boasts seven kick-ass tracks including a cover or two.   2020 sees the third CdEp release from Kid Klumsy on STP Records, following on from 2018’s Spit Your Dummy Out and 2019’s Singing Our Souls, the bands …

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Raven – Metal City

Well stone the crows! NWOBHM legends Raven have really upped their game with new studio album Metal City. Brothers Mark and John Gallagher remain from the original line up formed in Newcastle Upon Tyne 1974. For many years I’ve said this is where NWOBHM started and I still do. Released …

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Ward XVI – Metamorphosis album review.

WARD XVI

Metamorphosis, the follow up album to the debut The Art Of Manipulation seems to be taking longer to arrive than the Scorpions depart on their farewell tour! Second albums can be strange things when they have to follow a groundbreaking debut which is what Ward XVI, the Preston based lunatics …

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Thundermother – Heat Wave

Thundermother

Thundermother, a new band to me and another that has slipped past my radar, even though this all female four piece founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 2010. Heat Wave is their fourth studio album currently released by AFM Records. It’s an absolute banger of an album which wears its heart …

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Elmsfire – Wings Of Reckoning

The stars seem to have aligned once more, as Elmsfire release their long awaited new album , ‘Wings Of Reckoning’ Formed over 20 years ago now, the band has seen a few line up changes along the way but the core of guitarists, Doro and Germano remain. Now with a …

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Crapsons – Clotheslined By A Nun

Well, well, well. Wirral’s finest junk punk wailers return with a brand spanking new EP. With acclaimed singles ‘You Don’t Know When You’re Going to Die ‘ and ‘Who’ll Babysit the Goths? ‘ included here, the duo back these hits up with new single ‘Clotheslined By A Nun ‘(the first …

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Viscula – Alien Milk (single)

‘Alien Milk’, another strong single release from London based indie rock band Viscula is a captivating little earworm to say the least. To these ears I was getting the quirkiness of John Otway or The Divine Comedy by its off the wall vibes. An almost deadpan vocal delivery from John …

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Elimination – Of Gods & Beasts

This is a relatively short EP from Suffolk metallers Elimination. However I feel a little sold short here as the Amazon version contains three live tracks which I haven’t received!! Nevertheless the three I have received are indeed welcomed with open arms in what is a bloody enjoyable EP. Formed …

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