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SKILLET – VICTORIOUS new album out now

Skillet Victorious

One of the best selling rock bands Skillet is back with their new tenth studio album Victorious. If you like your nu-metal hard and heavy and have a penchant for bands like Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold and Linkin Park then Skillet is the band for you. The four-piece from Memphis is …

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Saxon – The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live)

When I was asked to review The Eagle Has Landed 40 (Live) by NWOBHM legends Saxon, I thought it was a re-issue of their 1982 live album but this is not the case as it’s a triple CD release of forty live songs chosen by their lead singer Biff Byford. …

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Freedom Call – M.E.T.A.L.

German Power metal/melodic metal band Freedom call celebrate their 20th anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate than to release a new studio album? It’s their tenth album, and is called “M.E.T.A.L.” which frontman Chris Bay says is tongue in cheek, adding “After all, everybody knows that we …

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Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin stones – Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin stones

This self-titled release is the third album from Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin stones. It was actually released at the start of 2018 and is only now receiving a very belated UK release. The band is fronted by Hannah Wicklund, a 22 year old from South Carolina who has moved …

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Domination inc – Memoir 414

Domination inc are a Greek thrash metal band that formed in 2012 as Domination (the change to Domination inc is more recent due to legal issues with the name). They released their debut album “Infants of thrash” in 2014, and now five years on, they’re ready to release their second …

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Graham Bonnet Band – Live In Tokyo 2017.

Graham Bonnet, still kicking out the jams at the ripe old age of 71, point proven on this very impressive Live In Tokyo 2017 album, released on Frontiers Music S.R.L. Out of its sixteen tracks, it weighs heavily on Down To Earth, the album Graham made with Rainbow. It divided …

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The Dead Daisies – Locked and loaded

Billed as “The covers album”, locked and loaded is exactly what the cover says – a collection of cover versions. Excluding their debut album the band’s subsequent releases have all come with a couple of cover versions included, and this release takes those 6 covers and adds 4 more. So …

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Mystica – Oratorio

Bulgaria holds great memories for me. I go there most years to Sunny Beach for my holiday, and I know that there is some great talent over there. So when a review request came through for Mystica, I jumped at the chance. Amazingly, Mystica have been around for some twenty …

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Dig Lazarus – Figured It Out EP.

Currently available from the band and major streaming sites, this tasty four track EP titled Figured It Out should have you not taking too much time to figure out why it is well worth £5 by Nuneaton based trio Dig Lazarus! Opening track immediately sets a high standard with the …

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Reaper – Death Games.

My first impression of Liverpool based metallers Reaper was definitely not a grim one as they tear into current single ‘Death Games’ available now from their bandcamp page. The single thrashes and slashes akin to vintage Exodus as twin guitar mayhem from Daniel Moran (whose lead vocal sounds he gargles …

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Rotten Hate – Stabbing The Masses

Chilean Death-Metal outfit Rotten Hate hit us hard with their first full length album, and it’s not bad at all. Hailing from a place I’ve never heard of (and I’m sure you haven’t either!) called Puerto Montt and currently signed to Australis Records. Intro ‘Abyss’  leads us into ‘Church‘,  a …

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Stormrider – What Lies Within EP

“The Gods made heavy metal and they saw that it was good. They said to play it louder than Hell, we promised that we would”. Those Manowar lyrics perfectly sum up the attitude that Stormrider have conjured up once again with their brand new EP, What Lies Within and what …

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Cropsy Maniac – Carnage

The eight cuts of grindcore and death-grind from Cropsy Maniac on this E.P. pack a lot into their short running time, with no track lasting more than two and a half minutes Carnage is a frenzied, brutal and rewarding listen. Cropsy Maniac is a goregrind band with members hailing from …

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Plague Of Carcosa – Ocean Is More Ancient Than The Mountains (EP)

Plague Of Carcosa – Ocean Is More Ancient Than The Mountains (EP) – This Filthy Lovecraftian Doom will have Cthulhu himself banging his head and smiling! As a real-life Cthulhu Cultist, Plague of Carcosa‘s new E.P Ocean Is More Ancient Than The Mountains, had me drooling and uttering R’Lyehan chants …

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The New Roses – Nothing But Wild

How has a band this good slipped passed my radar? The New Roses, formed 2007 in Wiesbaden, Germany, will release their fourth studio album Nothing But Wild on August 2nd 2019 via Napalm Records. Vocally they come across like prime time era Cinderella and musically they impress with early Guns …

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Twisted Illusion – Excite The Light : Part 2

Excite The Light : Part 2, is the second album of the trilogy by Twisted Illusion. Now that the sensible intro is out of the way, the best analogy I can describe this band with and the way they evolve is similar to the creature in The Thing by John …

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Fahran – V-a-p-o-u-r-s

To say that Fahran have come on in massive leaps and bounds with latest album V-a-p-o-u-r-s  since their self titled debut and follow up Chasing Hours would be it likened to a kangaroo on steroids! Produced and mixed by guitarist Jake Graham, it sounds huge and features stunning artwork from …

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Parasitic Twins / The Carnival Rejects – Parasitic Rejects

The press release’s opening paragraph for this release states: ‘Just under a year since firing their debut EP “All That’s Left To Do Now Is Sleep With Each Other”,  Hull’s scariest kids Parasitic Twins are back with a split EP alongside crust punk mob The Carnival Rejects; “The Parasitic Rejects”.  …

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Piston – Piston

British rock’n’roll band Piston will release their debut self-titled album in September. Before that though they’ve got an appearance at Ramblin Man festival to look forward to. Judging by the strength of this album then I’ve got no hestitation in recommending that anyone going to Ramblin Man should make time …

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Samantha Fish – Kill or be kind

Samantha Fish is back with a new album – Kill or be kind. it comes two years after a year in which she released not just one album but two – “Belle of the west” and “Chills & fever”. Those two albums were very different from each other with one …

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