Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Jim Kirkpatrick – Dead Man Walking (single)

Jim Kirkpatrick, mainly known for his current tenure of thirteen years playing lead guitar for FM is also no slouch with his solo material, highlighted by the Ballad Of A Prodigal Son album released in November 2020, receiving praise from Blues Matters of “England’s equivalant to Joe Bonamassa”. High praise …

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Cradle of Filth – “Existence Is Futile” album review

Soundtrack to a failing world… Cradle of Filth never fail to divide opinions, but new album Existence Is Futile may narrow the divide some. Eschewing the all out Gothic horror that has been their mainstay over their long history, real life horror is now brought in. To quote from Dani …

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When Rivers Meet – Saving Grace

November 16th 2020 saw me tackle one of the hardest albums I’ve had to review, in a good way of course as that’s When Rivers Meet released their debut We Fly Free on One Road Records courtesy of the husband and wife duo of Aaron and Grace Bond. Guitar and …

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Joe Bonamassa – Time Clocks

Joe Bonamassa

With the release of the Time Clocks album will the real Joe Bonamassa please stand up? Mainly known for being an accomplished guitarist over the last few of his releases he’s also become a fantastic vocalist to, point proven on these ten stunning tracks. Released via Provogue/Mascot Label Group he …

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Bad Touch – Midnight Rider (single)

Bad Touch seem to also have a magic touch as they once more delve into their musical archives and release another single prior to their November/December 2021 tour, aptly titled the ‘Better Late Than Never Tour’. This time they cover what I think is their hardest song to date, the …

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KK’s Priest – Sermons Of The Sinner

Before I start my review of KK’s Priest debut album Sermons Of The Sinner, here’s my view of the current scenario. “KK Downing left Judas Priest, they carry on with Ritchie Faulkner and KK forms a new band with Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens on lead vocals, also an ex Judas Priest …

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Dig Lazarus – Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time

13 tracks? THIRTEEN tracks to review on the debut album Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time from Nuneaton based trio Dig Lazarus! How dare they! I’m only joking as this very impressive release via Rock People Management kept my full attention from start to finish. ‘Sermon’ is a curious …

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Vardis – Out Of The Way (live lyric video)

Rewind over 40 years to when I was about 17/18 before the internet came to be, so any music info came via magazines or The Friday Rock Show on Radio 1. Sounds magazine was my musical bible and in the late 70’s there was an upsurge of up and coming …

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Joe Bonamassa – Time Clocks (single)

To these ears Joe Bonamassa transcends from just being a guitar hero into a storyteller with a lead vocal to match on his latest single ‘Time Clocks’, the title track of the album of the same name due to be released on October 29th 2021. It’s the third single taken …

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Massacre”Resurgence” album review

New Massacre album “Resurgence” is certainly that – a return to the values of old school American Death Metal…to be Released October 22 via Nuclear Blast Records Best known for the awesome HP Lovecraft inspired 1991 album “From Beyond”, Massacre released 2 more studio albums in 1996, and 2014. Neither …

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Black Coast – Mental (single)

Normally November is a nondescript month but fear not for 2021 as Stoke On Trent nutters Black Coast release another single ‘Mental’ from their forthcoming studio album Outworld on the 19th. An added bonus is the album launch at The Underground in Stoke the same day. The song certainly lives …

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Joanne Shaw Taylor – The Blues Album

Recently released on Joe Bonamassa’s independent KTBA (Keeping The Blues Alive) Records, also produced by Joe and Josh Smith, Joanne Shaw Taylor releases her seventh studio record The Blues Album. These 11 tracks of blues covers originally released by Albert King, Peter Green, Little Richard, Magic Sam, Aretha Franklin, Little …

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Ichor – “The Black Raven” album review

Australian Black Metal band Ichor have just released their second full length album “The Black Raven” Though they formed back in 1993, it was not until 2018 that Ichor released their first full-length album. Hosting six tracks of icy cold slow to mid-paced BM, nevertheless, it was a solid piece …

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Thirteen – Ego Trap (EP)

You can’t keep a good band down, point proven by Edinburgh based noisy bastards Thirteen, showing that sometimes 13 can be a lucky number with their latest EP Ego Trap released today on October 1st. I’ve seen them at a few rock/metal festivals over the years and their punk rock …

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Zeromancer – “Orchestra of Knives”

Norwegian industrial rock band Zeromancer release “Orchestra of Knives” – their first studio album since 2013’s “Bye Bye Borderline” First things first, for those not acquainted with Zeromancer, they have been releasing their blend of industrial electronica and rock since 2000. Orchestra of Knives will be their 7th studio album …

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The Damn Truth – Tomorrow (single)

One of my major highlights of 2021 has come from mindblowing Montreal party starters The Damn Truth and you could certainly bet that they would be the last to leave! Their third studio album Now Or Nowhere was unleashed on April 25th and a go for the throat nine songs …

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Dead Man’s Whiskey – Breakout EP

Only two months after releasing their ‘Breakout’ single, London based five piece band Dead Man’s Whiskey follow it up with a five track EP of the same name. Due for release on Friday, October 21st 2021, the Breakout EP makes giant strides point proven by opener ‘Sleep When I’m Dead’. …

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Blaze Bayley – War Within Me (lyric video)

Blaze

I’ve been a fan of Blaze Bayley since he sang for Wolfsbane in 1984 -1994 and subsequently when he joined Iron Maiden from 1994 – 1999, releasing two fantastic albums X Factor and Virtual XI with them, then up until the present day he has embarked on a successful solo …

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Avarus – Parallels (EP)

Well this is a classic example of Groundhog Day as TWO Blackpool based bands, both with Rock People Management have recently released their debuts, the first being Avarus with their Parallels EP. Made up of seven seismic tracks it hits the ground running with opener ‘Plight’ as a quickfire rant …

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Takeaway Thieves – 9

After one listen to 9, the debut album from Blackpool based Takeaway Thieves, you’ll be ringing 999 for an ambulance to check your vital signs after being blown away by the attitude of these 9 songs, point proven by album opener ’13 Feathers’. It’s not unlucky 13 for the listener …

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