Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Virus – Evilution Apocalypse (single)

Dundee based thrashers Virus who formed in 1986 show no signs of slowing down, point proven and driven home by Evilution Apocalypse, taken from their forthcoming album of the same name. A sizzling six minutes start with a calm before the storm acoustic intro, followed by a melodic guitar piece …

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Second Cities – Love And War (single)

Snapping at the heels of their last single ‘Oceans (Elemental Hero Bubbleman)’ comes the riff-heavy monster ‘Love And War’ from Birmingham based ragers Second Cities. This song does all it needs to do in just over three minutes of grooves that writhe and churn around thumping drum patterns and a …

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Ward XVI – Imago (single)

If you thought that The Art Of Manipulation, debut album from Ward XVI was insane, then just wait until the follow up Metamorphosis hits the street on Sept.25th 2020.

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Jim Kirkpatrick – Ballad Of A Prodigal Son (single)

Jim Kirkpatrick, best known for being guitarist in FM, also Rhino's Revenge and Bernie Marsden returns to his solo work with new single 'Ballad Of A Prodigal Son', a taster for a twelve track album of the same name to be released on Sept. 4th 2020.

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U.D.O and the Musikkorps der Bundeswehr – We are one

In just a few weeks time it should have been Wacken Open Air, and one of the acts that was due to perform was former Accept frontman, Udo Dirkschneider with his band U.D.O performing a special set with the Musikkorps der Bundeswehr (the concert band of the German armed forces). …

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Goldray – Feel The Change

I’ve loved Psychedelic rockers Goldray since the day I heard debut album ‘Rising ‘. An album that accompanied me on my walk to and from work for a good couple of months until, that is, I was handed a pre-release of this absolute monster of their second album ‘Feel The …

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The Big Dirty – The Sex

With a band name like that and a debut album title to, don’t expect to use too many brain cells for The Sex, from Northampton based knobbers The Big Dirty! They’ve certainly put a spurt on in the studio to knock up these eleven leering songs that contain more double …

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The HU – The Gereg (deluxe edition)

In September 2019 I was asked to review what was to be my then most challenging album, The Gereg. It was by Mongolian band The HU, it blew me away and changed my views towards songwriting. Formed in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, they sing in their native tongue using khoomei (throat …

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The Miser – The Miser

Something heavy is coming this way so strap yourselves in, put on your headphones and crank up the self-titled four-track EP by The Miser! It features their singles, the latest one ‘Numb’ will be out on July 22nd 2020, as will a free download of the EP on their Bandcamp …

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The Big Dirty – Sensual Lover

The Big Dirty, another band in the ever-growing saga “why have I not heard of these before?”. Formed three years ago in Northampton, their latest single ‘The Big Dirty’, is the third taken from upcoming studio album The Sex, due for release on July 17th 2020. ‘Sensual Lover‘ has a …

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Carol Hodge – Savage Purge – album review

Carol Hodge

Savage Purge is the second album from Huddersfield based singer/songwriter and pianist Carol Hodge. Carol gained notoriety working and touring with Crass founder Steve Ignorant, and was the lead vocalist of his band Steve Ignorant’s Last Supper. Hodge also plays keyboard and is an active member of Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin …

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Mike LePonds Silent Assassins – Whore Of Babylon

Somehow in between playing with the Ross The Boss Band and Symphony X, Mike LePond has written all the music and lyrics for Whore Of Babylon, the third album from his band Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins and for good measure, he’s even produced it! Currently released via Silver Lining Music, …

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Thirteen Stars – Keep Calm And Carry On (single)

Taken from their latest album Finest Ramshackle Jam, Thirteen Stars tug at our heart strings with their latest single ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’. It comes with a fan featured video who sent photos and videos to accompany the band performing. It’s one of the more laid back tracks on …

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Found Missing? – Now I’m Awake (single)

Merely a year since forming, Colchester based quartet Found Missing? have certainly found their groove with their latest single ‘Now I’m Awake’, currently available to stream and download on all major platforms. First impression I got was of early Deftones but with more prominent bass guitar lines and you’re halfway …

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Hellucination – Do Ut Des (video)

I’ve never come across an Italian death metal band before and Hellucination from Rome have made me glad that I’ve done so with ‘Do Ut Does’, taken from their Multiverse album, and a quick review would read “brutally brutal”. A much more well deserved appraisal starts with the mind boggling …

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Def Leppard – Hysteria at the O2

If like me, you remember “Hysteria” being released then you’re officially old – it’s over 30 years ago. It’s an album that saw Def Leppard’s popularity explode and they were constantly in the charts and on TV as the album spawned seven singles. To celebrate the 30th anniversary in 2017 …

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Aleah – Aleah

Aleah is a heartfelt and fitting tribute to a beautiful soul I was genuinely struggling as to how to approach reviewing this album, I’m a great believer in that music should stir the emotions, and this album certainly does that. To lose such a shining talent at the ridiculously young …

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Poltergeist – Feather Of Truth

Thrash Titans Poltergeist return to wreak havoc with their fifth Metal offering titled ‘Feather Of Truth’ The importance and longevity of the Thrash genre to the Metal world can not be over emphasised, whilst it may have dipped in popularity in the late 90’s, early 2000’s, its resurgence over the …

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Underking – The Throne (single)

Underking returns chomping at the bit with The Throne, a teeth-gnashing single that highlights the more melodic side to them but it’s powerful enough to keep the headbangers busy! All music and lyrics come from head honcho Maxwell Jeffries. Vocals are delivered with angst that the subject matter deserves, musically …

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Small Town Saviours – No Rats, No Snakes, No Second Takes (single)

Lockdown lethargy is kicked up the arse by the latest single release of ‘No Rats, No Snakes, No Second Takes’ from the Newbury based nutters, Small Town Saviours. They don’t mess around here, just plug in and let rip with some 24 carat, unrelenting rock and roll delivered with a …

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