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Savoy Brown – City Night

Savoy Brown are a rare band – one that has been going constantly for over fifty years. Formed in 1965 as the Savoy Brown blues band, the lineup has changed many times over the last 54 years with singer/guitarist Kim Simmonds being the only remaining original member. Over the years …

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JOANovARC – JOANovARC

JOANovARC release their new album at the end of May. The self titled album is their fourth album and follows several EPs and debut album “Ride of your life” as well as “Live in the studio” and their covers album “Under the covers”. Formed in 2004 as a trio, the …

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Axel Rudi Pell – XXX anniversary Live

The title of this album is fairly self explanatory – it’s a live album to mark 30 years since German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell released his first solo album. In the last 30 years he’s released 17 studio albums, various compilations and four live albums (6 if you include DVDs). …

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Deiphago – I, The Devil

Founded in 1989, Costa Rican thrashers Deiphago return with another onslaught of insane thrash, ‘I, The Devil’,  their fifth full length album. Fuelled by incomprehensible speed and accuracy, these guys remind me of when Napalm Death introduced themselves with their classic debut ‘Scum’  in 1987. To say this album is …

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Hollowstar – Hollowstar.

Once again another bunch of young upstarts prove that rock isn’t dead, but is well and truly alive and kicking, with the self titled debut album by Hollowstar! The St.Ives based quartet have been causing a bit of a stir on the live circuit playing support slots and all this …

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George Benson – Walking to New Orleans

I have to admit I never expected to review an album by legendary guitarist George Benson. Why? That’s because he’s a jazz guitarist and that’s not a genre Planetmosh covers, but this isn’t a Jazz album – it’s actually more of a Rock and roll album. George Benson pays tribute …

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Erja Lyytinen – Another world

Finnish guitarist Erja Lyytinen is back with a new album – Another world. It comes two years after the release of her previous album, “Stolen hearts”. Known for her slide guitar playing, she also sings and is not just limited to slide-guitar, but is an all-round talented guitarist. I had …

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The Room – Caught By The Machine

Judging by the strength of Caught By The Machine, the third album by The Room, I’m looking forward even more to their set at Rockforce Festival on May 5th. Ten songs of crafted melodic rock have just been released on White Star Records make it an essential purchase for me …

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Contrarian – Their Worm Never Dies

This is the third album by this bunch of progressive death wizards. Featuring on vocals and drums George Kollias of Nile fame. From the very start this is high octane jawdropping musicianship straight from the school of Death and Atheist.  That is where the comparison ends to an extent. The …

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Belzebubs – Pantheon Of The Nightside Gods

Hailing from the abysmal forests of the mystic North, Belzebubs have possessed a stealthy, cult status throughout their existence. Originally formed in 2002, the band has succeeded in creating a thrilling blend of melodic blackened death metal, guttural growls and whimsical solos, forged with progressive twists and cinematic soundscapes. Accompanied …

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Queensryche – The Verdict

Queensryche need little introduction and it is great to see them continuing an excellent run.  The media hype around the big rift with Geoff Tate at last seems to be subsiding and giving both parties the chance to get on with what they do best. “The Verdict” sees another original …

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Falling Eden – Our Time Is Coming

Our Time Has Come sums up Falling Eden perfectly now they have released their debut album that has taken a few years to see the light of day. The Crewe/Stoke On Trent based 5 piece have penned 9 songs that hit hard due to a very in your face production. …

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Through The Noise – Dualism

Through The Noise  are a five piece Hardcore Metal band from Malmo in Sweden. Formed in 2013, the band boast a unique raw and aggressive sound, very similar to Linkin Park and Sworn Amongst, a band who I recently reviewed their latest release ‘Reclamation’. Dualism is the second album from …

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Mad Spanner – Life Absurd

There must be something other than water in the River Severn as it flows through the normally sedate Shropshire town of Shrewsbury to addle the brains of Mad Spanner when they came to write their latest album, the aptly titled Life Absurd as it seems to have turned them into …

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Six Sins Till Sunday – Masks

Six Sins Till Sunday  are an unsigned / independent Southern/Groove Metal outfit from Plymouth releasing this their debut album. Formed in 2012, they released an EP in each year of 2013, 2014 and 2015 titled ‘Six Sins Til Sunday’,  ‘Nex Ratio’,  and ‘Time To Kill’  respectively. Having not heard any …

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Gasoline Outlaws – Light Up The World.

Gasoline Outlaws are the second band this year that have until now slipped under my radar. Latest studio album Light Up The World should have been released on April 5th but for a problem not of their own but from their Pledge campaign means it won’t see the light of …

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Dead Man’s Whiskey – Under The Gun – Reloaded

Released a couple of years prior, Dead Man’s Whiskey have now reissued this their debut album as an expanded version. The whole thing has been re-mastered and has also introduced two new songs, ‘Raising Hell’  and ‘Racing Bullet’. These guys are another band that sit outside the comfort of my …

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Atorc – Under The Raven Banner

Formed in 2012, the battle-hardened folk-metal warriors of East Anglia have become a force to be reckoned with on the UK metal circuit, sharing stages with the likes of Evil Scarecrow, Whispered, Manegarm and Grimner, and received praise for their diverse sound and powerful live show.  The group have now released …

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Left For Red – Human Complex

    Left For Red show their primary colours with the release of this impressive album ‘Human Complex’ I guess it was a kind of conformation of the quickening of time as you get older moment, when it suddenly dawned on me that this bunch have been in existence for …

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Sworn Amongst – Reclamation

Sworn Amongst have returned to the studio, having signed to L.A’s Famined Records and released what I can only describe as a mercy-less onslaught of Groove Metal. Well, I say Groove Metal, but there’s something different here. There’s an element of Melodic Death Metal too. These guys ooze passion and desire. …

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