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The Allman Betts band – Down to the river

Devon Allman’s father, Allman brothers legend Gregg Allman died in 2017, and later that year Devon Allman arranged a tribute concert to him at the Fillmore in San Francisco. That concert featured Devon’s new band – The Devon Allman project. Alongside him in the band was Duane Betts, son of …

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Troyen – A New Dawn EP

Recently released EP A New Dawn from NWOBHM band Troyen is aptly titled due to the addition of new bass guitarist Mark Nortley and by the superhuman recovery from a triple heart bypass operation undertaken by lead guitarist/vocalist Steve McGuire, one of two original members since their formation in 1980, …

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Scott Stapp – The Space Between The Shadows

I’ve always been a big fan of Creed, all throughout their career. I loved their style, melodic chorus’ etc, so it was with arms wide open (see what I did there) that I accepted to review ex-frontman Scott Stapp’s first album release in six years. On a personal level, it’s …

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Sabaton – The Great War

Sabaton are back with a new album. As always it’s about miltary history and they’ve chosen to write about the first World War for this album. It’s the war that was known as “The great war” and “The war to end all wars” and saw huge changes to the way …

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The Kingcrows – Brute Force and Ignorance

Leeds based Sleaze-Punk-n-Rollers The Kingcrows released their latest album Brute Force and Ignorance via Corvus Rex Recordings earlier this year. If you did Latin in school you may remember that the translation of Corvus is crow and Rex is King. I’ll leave you to work out for yourself whether it’s …

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Spam Javelin – The Crack Whores Of Betws Garmon

Beautifully designed by a crack whore from Betws Garmon, this album will nestle into your record collection between Spacemen 3 and Spandau Ballet, states Bandcamp. Never a truer word printed. Neil Crud never holds back if he has something to say, and why should he. He’s been a pioneer of …

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Bloodred Hourglass – Godsend

It’s easy to predict where this classy quintet hail from. Their Melodic Death / Thrash Metal genre oozes Finnish descendance. Godsend is the band’s fourth full length album, spanning a thirteen year career, and it starts off perfectly with ‘Waves Of Black’.  Crushing guitars fellow a brief melodic intro and …

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Schattenmann – Epidemie

When I was asked to review the new album by Schattenmann it was pitched to me as “if you like Rammstein you might like this”. So as the album starts I’m already prejudging. As if aimed to not disappoint the opening track Schattenland has the throbbing industrial guitar beat from …

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Quiet The Thief – The Fate Of Elision.

There are two points to consider on this fine EP The Fate Of Elision, the brand new release from Stoke based Quiet The Thief. One is what the title means and most importantly, who has spiked their oatcakes to get them to write heavier songs? This fierce five track opus …

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Empyre – Self Aware – album review

Empyre from Northampton has been steadily making waves for the last couple of years appearing at Breaking Bands, Wildfire festival and Hard Rock Hell AOR and Ibiza. Their modern intelligent rock has generated a lot of interest and after a collection of EP’s the band are about to release their …

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Hex – God Has No Name

Spain’s masters of the riff, Hex, return with a rib crushing offering in the form of new album ‘God Has No Name’ released through Transcending Obscurity records The Death/Doom scene has been ever expanding for a number of years now, and no one has been flying the flag higher or …

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Holocaust – Elder Gods.

Holocaust - Elder Gods

Since founding Holocaust in Edinburgh 1977, guitarist/lead vocalist John Mortimer has released some impressive music to say the least and the bar has been raised even higher with current studio album Elder Gods. The trio is completed by Mark McGrath on bass guitar/vocals and Scott Wallace on drums. A shift …

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The Swamp Born Assassins – Dead Man’s Train

Choo choo! Here come the mad Scots  The Swamp Born Assassins with their latest studio album Dead Man’s Train. Ten first class travel tracks kick off full steam ahead with the title track as it literally burns up the track as ear rasping harmonica from frontman Charlie Moffat add nuances …

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CRO-MAGS – Don’t Give In

Hardcore Punk legends Cro-Mags have just signed with Victory Records (and Arising Empire Records in Europe) to release a three track EP ‘Don’t Give In’. Their first release since the ‘Revenge’ album’ in 2000! They head out on tour supporting the Misfits on several shows in the USA before heading …

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Curse of Lono – 4am and counting

I saw Curse of Lono on tour supporting Samantha Fish and while they were very good I wasn’t quite won over, which may have been that they’re very different musically to what I’d expected from a support on that tour, but I always think it’s good to give a band …

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Rantanplan – Rudeboys von der Reeperbahn

Rantanplan released their latest album “Stay rudel stay rebel” at the beginning of the year and are now following it with a 6 track EP. Rantanplan are a German ska-punk band. Formed in Hamburg in 1995 they have ten albums to their name. As a ska-punk band you’ve got that …

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JBO – Wer lässt die Sau raus

German band JBO aren’t very well known outside Germany (or German speaking countries anyway). It’s not just the fact they sing in German – Rammstein have proved that isnt an obstacle for international success, it’s more the fact they’re a comedy band and so not understanding the lyrics takes a …

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H.E.A.T – Live at Sweden Rock Festival

Swedish band H.E.A.T release their second live album on 26th July 2019. It’s their second live release but the previous one was only a live album (Live in London) so this is their first live DVD. As the name of the release tells you, this was recorded and filmed at …

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Sue – It Will Never End

Sue are a Noise Rock/Post-Punk/Punk Rock band from the West Midlands. Known for their wild performances and scratchy punk sound, they have been parading around their local scene with confidence and an obvious passion for what they do. ‘It Will Never End’  could have easily been called ‘It had Never …

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