Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Evile – Hell Unleashed

Evile

Welcome back Evile! And what a return this is with their stunning new album Hell Unleashed, released via Napalm Records. It’s their fifth studio release and an eight year wait since the 2013 Skull album but it’s worth it. Line up changes see the Huddersfield based band recruit Adam Smith …

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Eye Licker – Another Dose Of Madness

So, you may ask me, what is Eye Lickers new release like? The title may give a hint "Another Dose of Madness". It is most definitely madness. Madness for the world being like it is, madness we have to live in it and madness rolling around in the guise of great music.

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Trucker Diablo – Tail End Of A Hurricane

Trucker Diablo

Trucker Diablo has always reminded me in the past of a British Black Stone Cherry. I thought the Northern Ireland quartet was a little one dimensional but always great live and a lot of fun. With Tail End Of A Hurricane, they show a real variety; the southern sounding rock …

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The Damn Truth – Now Or Nowhere

To be honest I’m a bit late arriving to the table for Montreal rockers The Damn Truth after reviewing their latest single ‘This Is Who We Are Now’ only a month ago which completely blew me away. It’s taken from their third studio album Now Or Nowhere, due for release …

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Blaze Bayley – War Within Me

If I had only one word to sum up Blaze Bayley, it would be PASSION! I’ve been a fan for many years, from early Wolfsbane gigs, the two albums he recorded with Iron Maiden (both of which fare better than some of the Bruce recordings) up until his solo career …

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Black Coast – Vodka Smile (single)

Stoke based Black Coast stoke up the fire and the flames of Hell with their recently released single ‘Vodka Smile’. This gnarly nugget is definitely 100% proof and not 37.5% especially from the vocal rant of Charlie Hewitt with a real lung shredding delivery. From the off they take no …

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Arielle – Inside And Outside (single)

Two pieces of good news arrive from Arielle to whet our appetites for her forthcoming studio album Analog Girl In A Digital World on Friday May 7th 2021. She has just released another single taken from it titled ‘Inside And Outside’ and will undertake four Livestream sessions on May 13th, …

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Massive Wagons – Changes

To borrow a song title of ‘Feel Good Hit Of The Summer’ from QOTSA, with their brand new single ‘Changes’, Massive Wagons have brought the summer vibes a few months early and it’s more than welcome to say the least! They’ve dedicated it as “This one is for the fans”, …

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Capra – In Transmission

Oh I’ve been waiting for this one for what seems a very long time since Capra’s self titled 2 x tracker hit me last May. From Southern Louisiana, these guys are re-writing hardcore rules with ease and branching their own take on how hardcore should be played, bringing a more …

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Arielle – Analog Girl In A Digital World

After hearing and reviewing the ‘Peace Of Mind’ single by Arielle in February 2021 I took the bait due to the quality of the song but now I’ve fallen hook, line and sinker with her ninth studio album Analog Girl In A Digital World due for release on May 7th. …

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Thunder – All The Right Noises

I’ve been following Thunder since the very start. I was one of two young lads. No money. No job. Armed with only a packet of fags and a ‘Buckley Boys On Tour ‘ banner which Danny proudly held aloft on stage at Manchester International 2 on their ‘Back Street Symphony …

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James P M Phillips – Bones

James Phillips is a very well known and respected guy from North Wales. He’s probably put more gigs on as a promoter than I have ever been to. His love for music, especially live music is to be respected in the highest manner. But he does play himself in his …

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The Damn Truth – This Is Who We Are Now (single)

The Damn Truth

So here is yet another episode of “where have this band been all of my life?” as my love of Canadian rock/metal bands continue with Montreal based The Damn Truth. Their latest single ‘This Is Who We Are Now’ released on March 19th is taken from their upcoming studio album …

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Sky Valley Mistress – Acoustic Sessions EP

It’s been a while since I’ve had chance to review any new material by Sky Valley Mistress as it’s just over year since I did a piece for their stunning debut studio album Faithless Rituals. So fast forward to 2021 for their four track Acoustic Sessions EP. It’s the first …

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Enforcer – Live By Fire II

Enforcer

Even the more famous live albums are not 100% the real deal with parts added and/or deleted before they hit the shelves but Live By Fire II from Enforcer seems to be a warts and all performance from 2019 in Mexico City. The South Americans sure do love their metal, …

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3 Doors Down – The Better Life (20th Anniversary)

Today, 3 DOORS DOWN release a re-mastered, 20th Anniversary Edition of The Better Life album along with the nine-song “Escatawpa Sessions” as a box set on high-quality 3LP vinyl. The “Escatawpa Sessions,” recorded in the band’s Mississippi hometown in 1996, features seven demo versions from The Better Life, as well …

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The Treatment – Waiting For Good Luck

The Treatment

I have always liked The Treatment, especially as a live act. They always come out all guns blazing and win the audience quickly. With their 5th album Waiting For Good Luck they demonstrate a real ability for writing quality, sleazy, hard rock n roll and sound as hungry as ever. …

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KREEK – Kreek album review

Kreek

KREEK – Kreek album review It’s been some years since I’ve heard from Antony Ellis on the music scene. August 9th 2015 to be precise when he was lead vocalist for the now defunct Bigfoot when they delivered an incendiary set at Bloodstock Open Air Festival. Fast forward to 2021 …

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The Sweet – Set Me Free (single)

Sweet

Rewind 47 years to when I was 10 years old at a Woodside Primary School disco in Oswestry, standing in the corner eating a Jammie Dodger washed down with watered down orange squash. All of a sudden I hear an air raid siren, then a huge riff and the unmistakable …

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The Senton Bombs – Aerial Threat

Aerial Threat

So 2021 brings us new hope and some of it comes from Blackpool bawlers The Senton Bombs with Aerial Threat, their sixth studio album released on March 27th via Regolith Records. The title could be to do with their “bombs bombs bombs away” catchphrase or even the dangers of washing …

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