Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Ray Wilson- Song for a Friend

If you are expecting something akin to Stiltskin’s 1990s monolith Mind’s Eye from the band’s front man Ray Wilson’s latest solo album Song for a Friend – or indeed something as multi-layered as his contribution to the Genesis catalogue, Station to Station – then you’re going to be in for …

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Rebecca Downes-Believe cd

That difficult second album,eh? It can be a bit of a bother but, apparently, that’s not the case as far as West Midlands blues artist Rebecca Downes is concerned. With her debut Back to the Start from 2014 still basking in the glow of positivity, along comes her second offering …

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Doro – Strong and proud – 30 years of rock and metal

German heavy metal legend Doro Pesch really knows how to celebrate an anniversary.  For her 20th and 25th anniveraries she put on special shows with a load of special guests.  They weren’t your typical 90 minute show either – the 25th anniversary show was well over 3 hours, and both …

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Black Nevada-Fragments EP

This six track EP from Shildon/ Bishop Auckland based Alt rock band Black Nevada impresses from the off, a glorious chunky riif kicks the first track, “Not Your Enemy” off in great style, a distinctive vox from Jordan Bailey delivers a controlled performance, powerful yet clear, the riff is ever …

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Dave Hanson- Almost Horizontal

Cool is probably the best way to describe Dave Hanson’s Almost Horizontal. With its multi-genre musical idioms appealing to lovers of a great many genres – funk, rock, soul and even an occasional nod towards electro-pop – at its heart lies the blues and there is no getting away from …

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Bella D – ‘The Crystal Ceiling’

Life is inevitable in its conclusion. No matter how we battle against it, it has only one end result.  It is how we meet that end that matters.  Do we go gently into the night?  Or do we face up to the light and ultimately face our fate with dignity …

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Elmsfire – Hour Of The Wolf

                                        A lot has been going on in the Elmsfire camp since their 2010 offering ‘Thieves Of The Sun’, wholesale line up changes can often signal the end of many a …

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Forgotten Remains – Morbid Reality

After listening to thrash/death metal for over 30 years it takes a lot to surprise me anymore but Chesterfield based band Forgotten Remains are a welcome breath of fresh (or even fetid) air into the genres with their 3rd E.P Morbid Reality. Produced and recorded by Russ Russell they are …

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The Wildhearts – Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung – PHUQ live’

Holy PHUQ! My album of 2016 has just blown me away. Never Outdrunk, Never Outsung – PHUQ live’ is the perfect example of how a live album should sound like, which is the feeling that you are at the show. In September 2015 The Wildhearts played 8 UK dates to …

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Monomyth – Exo

Exo opens with the fourteen minute epic Uncharted. It’s a bold move by Monomyth, but one that defiantly pays off. It’s a sprawling, unfolding drama of music that adds layers upon layers of texture, to create a world of its own possibilities. The track builds until around the ten-and-a-half-minute mark, …

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Wickman Road – ‘After The Rain’

Sweden seems to churning out new, young melodic rock bands quicker that IKEA can produce new ranges of insanely practical items of furniture – and Wickman Road are the latest example of this production line of acts who also possess one infuriatingly common characteristic:  they’re bloody good at what they …

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Featherstone – ‘Northern Rumble’

Swedish melodic rockers Featherstone trace their roots back to 2012. when  songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Rikard Quist decided that he had had enough of writing and playing for bands such as  Gypsy Rose, Don Patrol, Last Autumn’s Dream, White Wolf and Bangalore Choir and wanted to plough his own furrow.  Four years later, …

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The Rolling Stones “Totally Stripped” DVD

The original Stripped was a 1995 retrospective album where the Rolling Stones went back into the studio at the end of their world record breaking Voodoo Lounge tour. The Stripped project saw The Stones stripping back tracks from their back catalogue, complete with a couple of carefully chosen covers and …

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Volbeat – Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie

Danish and American hard rock band Volbeat has returned with Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie, its sixth full length studio album, produced by Jacob Hansen. The disc is thirteen songs of tight, clear, hard rock glory, built on and expanded from the successes gleaned from 2013’s Outlaw Gentlemen and …

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Tarja – The Brightest Void

Having been trying to patiently wait until August for the release of Tarja‘s upcoming album ‘The Shadow Self‘, I was very pleasantly surprised to hear she was also treating us to an extra Prequel album whilst we wait ‘The Brightest Void‘. Kicking off with No Bitter End leading in with …

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Scorpion Child – Acid Roulette

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Scorpion Child are bringing together psych and stoner Rock with a modernised twist. Since their self-titled debut album back in 2013, the band haven’t gone unnoticed, and have been involved in extensive worldwide tours alongside the likes of Monster Magnet, Clutch and Crobot, before announcing their …

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Destruction – Under Attack

Probably my favourite genre of rock/metal would be thrash for the sheer intensity it creates and Destruction are a fine example of this. Considered (and rightly so) to be in the top 4 of German thrash metal bands along with Kreator, Sodom and Tankard, their latest studio album Under Attack, …

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Theories Divide – The Outcast

The first sip of a perfectly poured pint of Guinness. The choreography of Riverdance. Sheamus’ Brogue Kick. The clash of the ash. Whatever way you look at it, Ireland packs a serious punch. Theories Divide can safely add themselves to the list. Formed in Dublin in 2008, the quartet have been …

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Albany Down – The Outer Reach

Albany Down are Paul Muir on Vox, Paul Turley on Guitars,  Billy Dedman on Bass and Donna Peters on Drums have just released album number 3, entitled ‘The Outer Reach’. Once again they have stuck with award winning producer Greg Haver, and once again they have delivered a very accomplished …

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The Answer – Rise: 10th Anniversary Edition

The Answer have certainly had a notable career to-date, and what better way to celebrate how it all started than with the re-release of their debut album, Rise, almost 10 years since it first hit the shelves. To this day, Rise remains the bands most successful album, selling over 100,000 …

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