Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

AC/DC – Pwr Up

    Just when we all thought that the Rock n Roll Train had finally come off the rails, the world’s biggest Rock band return fully charged and ready to go, with their latest album Pwr Up The well documented, less than ideal end to the Rock Or Bust world …

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When Rivers Meet – We Fly Free

Appearances can be deceiving sometimes, point proven by the cover of the debut album We Fly Free from husband and wife duo When Rivers Meet. I was expecting something laid back but could not be more wrong as they bring the noise with gusto. They are a new band to …

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Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons – We’re The Bastards

Releasing an album on Friday 13th? In Covid-19 ridden 2020? With 13 songs on it? What could possibly go wrong? The answer is absolutely nothing as Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons give a big middle finger to any doubts with We’re The Bastards released on Nuclear Blast Records! The …

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L.A. Guns – Renegades

I have seen L.A. Guns with most of their various line-ups throughout the years, a handful of times in Hollywood and a dozen or so times in the UK so I was really excited to hear Renegades, the debut album from the Steve Riley / Kelly Nickels / Scotty Griffin …

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Cats in Space – Atlantis

Cats in Space

Cats in Space are back with their fourth studio album, Atlantis. Their fans are clearly excited about it - when the presale started, the vinyl copies and limited edition bundles sold out in 48 hours.

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Them – Return to Hemmersmoor

Them are a band with German and American members with a strong King Diamond influence. Their new album, “Return to Hemmersmoor” is the third part of a supernatural trilogy which started with “Sweet hollow” and “Manor of the se7en gables”. To that end, the first track is an intro which …

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Evildead – United States of Anarchy

Back in the late 80s when California and New York were spawning the thrash bands that went on to dominate the genre – Metallica, Exodus, Anthrax etc, one California band, Evildead was formed. Their first gig was alongside Dark Angel, Cryptic slaughter and Possessed in 1987 and they released an …

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Twister – Cursed And Corrected

Now I’m of a certain age with over forty years of listening to and watching bands so it takes a lot to really impress me but here is my album of 2020 from one of the most exciting debuts I’ve heard for a long time. Channelling the audacity of early …

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Wyrmhaven – Delirium

I don't know what else I can say but please give this band 16 mins of your life and you won't regret it. The album is now 3 months old and it is criminally underrated. And being unsigned the band don't have the funds to promote themselves the full. Do you like Metal and Headbanging? Well so do they and trust me when I say they made an EP worth Headbanging to.

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The Midwich Affair – Hard (single)

Staffordshire based The Midwich Affair in just under four minutes power out a song that straddles the line between indie and hard rock with latest single ‘Hard’. It lives up to its title with a no holds barred delivery that burst through my headphones as lead vocalist Vicky Travis channels …

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King King – Maverick

You know that feeling when you play an album for the first time and one song jumps out at you so you keep going back to it? After the first spin of Maverick, the new studio album from Glasgow based King King, I got chills after at least three of …

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CARCASS – Despicable – EP Review

Carcass

Despicable is a bellicose march of death, the drums pound harder than a cement drill to the skull, with brutal lyrics and venomous explosions of blistering riffs and melding solos!

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Dismal – Quinta Essentia

Italian female fronted, symphonic goth band Dismal are celebrating 25th years of activity.  Their new album Quinta Essentia mixes classical symphonic music with doom metal, darkwave, neofolk and waltz creating a wonderfully relaxing gothic fairy tale. The first pounding sounds of Gold Leviathan Part I,II brings to mind an image …

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Autopsy – Live In Chicago

Recorded at Reggie’s Rock Club on 7th March 2020, and just about squeezed in prior to the Covid lockdown (which one, I hear you ask), thrash metal legends Autopsy bring us their first official live album. With just over an hour of classis tracks from over the last thirty years …

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King Creature – Set The World On Fire

It’s been a long time coming, but Cornish crunchers Creature are finally back with their second album. Volume One was nothing short of stupendous, so this latest release is properly highly anticipated. And deservedly so. I’ll be honest, I took a gulp of unimaginable air as the opening verse to …

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DevilDriver – Dealing With Demons I

I’m always excited to get my hands on a new DevilDriver album, having been a big fan of the band since their early releases ‘The Fury Of Our Makers Hand’ / ‘The Last Kind Words’, and this latest offering from the Californians was no exception. ‘Dealing with Demons I’ is …

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