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Backstabber – Conspiracy Theorist

Canadian thrashers Backstabber cross our palms with gold here with their debut album. Lets get this straight from the start. Get yourselves an pot, throw in Testament, Napalm Death, Anthrax, Pantera, Morbid Angel and Slayer, give it a good shake and you have Backstabber. After ‘Inaugural Address’, which is a …

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Live – Local 717 (EP)

A quarter of a century ago, I happened to be pottering around the living room of my one-bedroomed flat with MTV on in the background. There was some band on MTV Unplugged that I’d never heard of before, so I wasn’t really paying much attention to the TV. But it was …

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Imperia – Flames Of Eternity

It has been a long wait but Imperia finally return with their new album ‘Flames Of Eternity’ This latest Gothic Metal release represents the bands fifth full length album, and the first since 2015’s ‘Tears Of Silence’. Straight away, this record hits you as being one of pure quality, as …

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Tygers Of Pan Tang – Hellbound, Spellbound (Live 1981).

Nostalgia can be a good or a bad thing with some bands but this is not the case for Tygers Of Pan Tang with Hellbound, Spellbound (Live 1981), a gem of an album recorded at Nottingham Rock City. It reaffirms my opinion that the NWOBHM movement was best represented in …

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Massive – Rebuild Destroy

Massive have just released their third album Rebuild Destroy via Off Yer Rocka Recordings. According to their story here Massive were  “Assembled from parts lying around Melbourne in 2012” this description made me think of some freakish Frankenstein’s Monster of a band, but good things can be made from a few …

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Electrocution – Psychonolatry

Italian Gore gods Electrocution brings us only their third full length album in (incredibly) 26 years. Formed in 1990 in Bologna, ‘Psychonolatry’ shows us how far this band has come since their debut album ‘Inside the Unreal’, which many believe to be an all time Death Metal classic. Title track …

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Skunk Anansie – 25live@25

To celebreate their 25th anniversary, Skunk Anansie are releasing a 25 track live album – 25live@25. Of course a standard live album is a bit too normal and uninspired for Skunk Anansie so they’ve added their own twist to it. Rather than the album being recorded at a single show, …

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Chalice Of Suffering – Lost Eternally

        Atmospheric Doom Metal is incoming from the United States in the form of Chalice Of Suffering with their impressive second album ‘Lost Eternally’ If I had to summarise this album in one short word, then that word would be ‘diverse’. A conclusion I came to right …

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The Scars In Pneuma – The Path Of Seven Sorrows

Hailing from the City of Brescia in Italy, at the foot of the Alps, The Scars In Pneuma introduce themselves with this their debut album, ‘The Path Of Seven Sorrows’. Formed initially as a solo project in late 2016, vocalist, guitarist and bassist Lorenzo Marchello decided to make the project into …

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Il Vuoto – Vastness

    Il Vuoto release the hard hitting album ‘Vastness’ Emanating  from a single mind, this record is a deep and tortured offering. Revolving around the core theme of sorrow in its many forms, ‘Vastness’ is by its very nature an uncomfortable listen at times. Subject matters such as mental …

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Cats in space – Day trip to Narnia

Since bursting onto the scene in 2015, Cats in space have been busy. As well as touring with the lines of Deep Purple, Thunder and Status Quo, they’ve released three albums and are now preparing to release their fourth – Day trip to narnia. If you’ve never listened to them …

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Tara Lynch – Evil enough

Metal guitarist Tara Lynch releases her debut album at the beginning of March. She not only plays guitar on the album, she also sings – she also can also plays bass, drums and piano but has guest musicians on this album. She’s got some great musicians working with her on …

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Herman Frank – Fight the fear

Herman Frank has been part of the German metal scene for a long time now, first coming to people’s attention when he joined Accept in 1982. He only stayed with them a couple of years, but then when the band reformed in 2005 he rejoined the band and stayed with …

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Rantanplan – Stay rudel stay rebel

Rantanplan are a German ska-punk band. Formed in Hamburg in 1995, they’ve had various lineup changes over the years and now the only remaining original member is Torben Meissner (vocals/guitar). This is their tenth album. Prior to being sent this album to review I must admit I’d never heard of …

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Aaron Buchanan and the cult classics – The man with stars on his knees – special edition

In 2017 Aaron Buchanan and the cult classics released their debut album, “The man with stars on his knees”. Now, newly signed to Listenable records it’s being re-released, this time as a special edition with bonus tracks. Normally I’m not a fan of bands doing special editions of their albums …

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Beast in black – From Hell with love

Beast in Black was formed in 2015 by Anton Kabanen – guitarist, songwriter and founding member of Battle Beast. In many ways he’s continued with what he was doing in Battle beast – writing catchy power metal songs with some pop influences. I saw Beast in black live for the …

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Megadeth – The system has failed (2019 reissue)

Thrash legends Megadeth are re-issuing two of their albums on 15th February 2019. Both “The world needs a hero” and “The system has failed” have been remastered by Ted Jensen (Guns N’Roses, Mastodon, Machine Head and Trivium) and will be available on vinyl, CD and digital formats – the first …

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Megadeth – The world needs a hero (2019 reissue)

Thrash legends Megadeth are re-issuing two of their albums on 15th February 2019. Both “The world needs a hero” and “The system has failed” have been remastered by Ted Jensen (Guns N’Roses, Mastodon, Machine Head and Trivium) and will be available on vinyl, CD and digital formats – the first …

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Fugitive – The Awakening

For a reviewer personally speaking, ten tracks is fine, twelve is a challenge but come on Fugitive! Fourteen of them. FOURTEEN with new album The Awakening but I digress as I’m only joking as it’s a fine hard rock album to say the least. Due for release on April 5th …

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Avantasia – Moonglow

Tobias Sammet releases the next Avantasia album in February. As always it’s music on a grand scale featuring a lineup of top singers. Joining Tobias Sammet on vocals on this album are Hansi Kursch, Ronnie Atkins, Jorn Lande, Mille Petrozza, Candice Night, Geoff Tate, Eric Martin, Bob Catley and Michael …

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