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Healthy Junkies – Box of Chaos

London based Punk Rock band Healthy Junkies were formed in 2010 by UK born guitarist and singer Phil Honey-Jones and French singer Nina Courson. They quickly became a regular fixture on the British punk scene and have played with some big names including The Damned, The Boomtown Rats and UK …

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Twisted Sister – Metal Meltdown

You really do have to admire the tenacity of the members of Twisted Sister over the last forty years. From the apathy of record companies in their beginnings to the loss of their drummer A.J Pero. The Metal Meltdown DVD’s released by Loud And Proud Records consist of a concert …

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Heart – Beautiful broken

“Beautiful Broken” is the new album from Heart. On paper it’s their first new album for four years, but look a little closer and it’s not quite as you’d hope.  Of the ten tracks on the album, only three are actually new songs – the rest are just new versions …

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Circle of Reason – Faith or Theory

Faith or Theory is the new album from Southampton based Circle of Reason.  They’ve been getting played on Kerrang! TV and Scuzz TV, so there’s a good chance that if you watch those channels you’ll have heard something from Circle of Reason. Faith or theory in my view sits somewhere …

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The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back – Malice E.P

Dublin based quartet The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back have created a sound that brings to mind the industrial thud of early Fear Factory with the velocity of The Berzerker on their latest E.P Malice. Due for release on October 1st 2016 it contains a production that hits hard but …

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Son Of Shinobi – The Silent Fury

A last minute mad dash to the Son Of Shinobi album launch for The Silent Fury chose to be a very wise decision as they turned a packed out White Horse pub in Nantwich into a sauna whilst hammering it out. It was that good I just had to review …

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Gojira – Magma

When it comes to my own personal music taste I wouldn’t normally put bands like this on my list, however, after witnessing French metal titans Gojira live, my whole world was turned upside down. For nearly two decades they have dominated the metal genre from musical masterpiece after musical masterpiece …

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Skillet – Unleashed

Twenty years after they formed, Skillet show no signs of slowing down. The Christian rockers might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the fact that they are still performing to adoring fans and packed venues across the world speaks volumes about their staying power and legacy. On August 5th, the …

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Blackfoot – ‘Southern Native’

To be brutally honest, as I sit down to write this review, I am struggling to know where to begin…after all, Blackfoot is one of the bands who, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, turned me on to the energy of loud rock ‘n’ roll.  They also were the …

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Palace of the King-Valles Marineris

Following on almost immediately from their debut album White Bird/ Burn The Sky, which has received much critical success, Australian Rock sextet Palace of the King have now released Valles Marineris, which has moments of high quality and also – on occasion – Bad Newsesque clichedom. Let’s get the good …

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Sari Schorr-A Force of Nature

Chance may well have brought Sari Schorr to the attention of esteemed – not to say legendary – producer Mike Vernon, but what they and their happy band of cohorts have managed to create with Schorr’s damn near eponymously named debut album, A Force of Nature, is nothing short of …

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Tony Wright-Tony Wright

Tony Wright, Terrorvision’s enigmatic frontman is back with his second solo album, strangely this time around it’s a self-titled effort, that honour normally reserved for the first solo release. Most people only know Terrorvision for that one song (tequila) but there is much more to the band, and indeed Tony. His …

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Seek Irony – “Tech N’ Roll”

Tech N’ Roll is the debut album from Seek Irony, originally from Tel Aviv, but now relocated to Austin Texas. Founding members and brothers Kfir and Rom Gov relocated to join forces with Grammy Nominated guitarist Alex Campbell, bassist Adam Donovan and multi-talented Mikael Oganes (Pianist, Keyboardist, DJ). Tech and …

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Uriah Heep-The Classic Rock Years DVD boxset

This 6 disc boxed set (3 CD/3 DVD) pulls the band’s annual “party” bashes which are either themed or feature special guests/former band members, which have all been previously released into one complete box set. The dawn of the new millennium saw the band get stripped down for the appropriately …

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Van Zant – ‘Red White & Blue (Live)’

The name Van Zant is synonymous with the development of American southern rock.  The oldest of three brothers who make up what has been described as the south’s “first family” was, of course, the late Ronnie Van Zant, frontman of the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd – the band who singularly put …

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Attica Rage – Warheads Ltd

It’s been a long wait for fans of the Scottish Metal band but finally the new album Warheads Ltd is out on the shelves to much critical acclaim. Main songwriter Jonny Parr is a (sometimes frustratingly) perfectionist if ever there was, indeed, opening track ‘Beyond The 45’ had been kicking …

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Blues Pills – ‘Lady In Gold’

The self-titled debut album by psyched-out retro blues rockers Blues Pills understandably made a huge impact on its release two years ago.  Not only was it one of the few albums of its kind to genuinely coalesce all its constituent elements into a strong, powerful and cohesive manner which did …

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Steven Tyler – We’re All Somebody From Somewhere

Even before the release of Aerosmith’s 2012 album, ‘Music From Another Dimension’ which featured guest vocals from country superstar Carrie Underwood, there were rumors of Steven Tyler branching out of the Aerosmith musical juggernaut, since then there have been several well choreographed clues as to which direction the new music …

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Jupiter Way-Catch Fire E.P

London based Jupiter Way consisting of Kevin Thomas (guitar, vocals), Jullian Vuitton (lead guitar), James Collymore (keyboard), Alex Walls (bass) and Sebastien Solsona (drums) are, if nothing else, an interesting listen. The band’s debut EP, Catch Fire, is available now and what you’ll get, above all else, is a sound that …

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Dare – ‘Sacred Ground’

Dare, a melodic rock band hailing from Manchester and formed in 1988, have just today (Friday 15 July) released their seventh studio album – a highly anticapted release for all their fans.  I had the privilege of seeing them live when they last played Belfast, and they put on a fantastic …

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