Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Learn To Lie – Cloud 9 (single)

Learn To Lie, a new band to these ears embrace the vibe of early nu-metal with a modern twist for their latest single ‘Cloud 9’. Formed in Stafford in 2017, the self proclaimed alt rockers kick out the jams hard and heavy. A sugar sweet vocal from Jake Regan with …

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Ace Frehley – Origins vol 2

In 2016 Ace Frehley released an album of cover versions – “Origins vol. 1”. It featured songs by acts as diverse as Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Steppenwolf, and Led Zeppelin plus some KISS songs. Now he’s back with a second covers album, “Origins vol. 2”. This time there …

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Kiss the gun – We see you

Kiss the gun formed in 2016 in Salisbury and in 2017 released their debut album, Nightmares which is a great album, particularly for a debut from a small band. In 2018 they replaced their singer with Abigail Austin, and now two years on they’re releasing their second album (the first …

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Mad Max – Stormchild rising

Formed in 1983, German hard rock band Mad Max have a brand new album. Their last album (35) was released in 2018, 35 years since the band formed. Thankfully the new album isnt called 37, it’s Stormchild rising. One thing it does have in common with it’s predecessor is that …

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Vicious Rumors – Celebration decay

Vicious Rumors come from the Bay area, home to many of metal’s greats over the years, and have been around for a long time now having released their debut album in 1985. Despite that they’re nowhere near as well known as some of the other bands from the bay area …

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Savoy Brown – Ain’t Done Yet

“You Can’t Kill Rock And Roll” and “You Can’t Stop Rock And Roll” proclaimed Ozzy Osbourne and Dee Snider some years ago. So “Ain’t Done Yet” is the statement added to them by Kim Simmonds, lead guitarist and vocalist for blues-rock band Savoy Brown and is also the title of …

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Master Charger – Origins Of The Lugubrious

The Midlands Sludge Sloths return with their first album in over four years but my god it’s been worth the wait. There’s a sense of maturity and completeness spread all over this album giving me the impression that Master Charger have not rushed into this one little bit, it feels …

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Inception of Eternity – Into Darkness

Inception Of Eternity is the new project from German gothic artist Thorsten Eligenhausen. He has written and produced a great selection of tracks with the addition of American vocalist Ken Pike. Their debut album Into Darkness is set to be released on German label darkSIGN records on 21.08.2020.

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Dygora – All Power To The People (video single)

‘All Power To The People’, the second of three single releases by Dygora from their upcoming EP release Ghetto Spiritual due out on Sept.3rd 2020 sees them once again smashing out some doom laden death metal. Judging by the delivery I’d be surprised if Omar Swaby has any voice left …

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Sanity Control – War On Life

Polish Thrashers Sanity Control introduce themselves with this rather brilliant debut album. The Warsaw based quartet were formed in 2018 and release this album independently. Opener and title track ‘War on Life ‘ parallels itself with early 80’s thrash. There’s hints of Slayer and Exodus (always welcome). But the production …

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NO :IR – Vanity (single)

Back in the day, a lot of the nu metal genre bands did absolutely nothing for me, but fast forward to the present day as Bristol based band NO :IR have relit a fire that went out many years ago with their single ‘Vanity’. Vocals are rapped, clean and blood …

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Homicide – Left For Dead

This is a reincarnation of epic proportions. ‘Left For Dead ‘ is only Homicide’s second album. The first being released in 1995. That’s right. 1995. So it’s with great interest that I review this. Homicide are from Montreal, Canada and have a great history. They’ve shared stages with the likes …

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Blue Oyster Cult – 45th Anniversary – Live In London

Back in the day before the internet, I discovered rock bands through Sounds magazine. My album purchases then in the mid 70’s were live albums as they were more or less a greatest hits release. So my first ever live album was On Your Feet Or On Your Knees, a …

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Takeaway Thieves – Find My Way Home (acoustic single)

Party animals Takeaway Thieves show their serious side with latest single ‘Find My Way Home’ due for release on Aug.7th 2020. They strip the song to its bare bones as lead vocalist Peter McLoughlin delivers some powerful vocals over acoustic guitar lines that could melt a glacier. An example being …

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Jim Kirkpatrick – Ballad Of A Prodigal Son.

The lead off single in July which is also the title track showed plenty of promise for the upcoming solo album from Jim Kirkpatrick. Due for release on Sept.4th 2020 via US One Records, you don't really need a crystal ball to guess the quality of the rest of the eleven tracks here.

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Drollery – Caerbannog

If you like your songs short, hard and fast then Drollery fit the bill with their ten minute debut Caerbannog. Can't understand a word of it but I don't need Google translate to know a good tune when I hear it!

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Dygora – Ghetto Spiritual (video-single)

Something wicked this way comes, courtesy of dynamic death metallers Dygora with just-released video-single Ghetto Spiritual by Southside Records It took a few plays to get my head around these four minutes of rage that flails wildly on a shroud of doomy dirge. A cathartic vocal is one of the …

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New Device – Karoshi EP

It’s been a few years since I’ve seen or heard anything from London based New Device, the last time I think was Rockwich Festival. So their new 6 track EP Karoshi is a welcome return for me. Currently released by ND Records it opens heavily with ‘Burn Out The Sun’. …

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