Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

State Of Deceit – Retribution

Cardiff based thrashers State Of Deceit have released their first EP recently after only a year together. To be fair, for a year they’ve come a long way. But I also get the impression from this EP that there’s a long way still to go yet. These guys are attempting …

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Opposition Party – Tales To Horrify

Singapore’s longest living Thrash punkers Opposition Party return with this new four-track EP ‘Tales To Horrify ‘. Blink and you’ll miss it. This dirty sounding EP is my type of sound, literally. Not only does it pulsate Slayer-style tones mixed with Exodus-esque vocals, it oozes a filthy production that makes …

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Small Town Saviours – Cry (Single Review)

Small Town Saviours

From the ashes of The Black Bullets we have the Newbury based the Small Town Saviours to banish our blues away, point proven by their latest single ‘Cry’, an ear warming breath of fresh air power pop. It rushes in with the sugar sweet chorus and a gritty lead vocal …

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Dirty Rats – End in Tears

The Dirty Rats have just released their second full length album End in Tears. Formed in 1982 and originally a five piece rock band, active in the pub rock scene in Melbourne, Australia from the mid to late 1980’s. Fast forward over 30 years and the Rats are back, as …

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Slash – Living the dream tour

Slash – Living the dream tour or to give it the full title, “Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the conspirators – Living the dream tour” is the new live release from Slash and Myles Kennedy. As the name suggests, it was recorded on the tour that followed the release of …

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The Cure – 40 live – Curaetion-25 – Anniversary

This is a two DVD release that could easily have been released as two separate DVDs. The first DVD, CURÆTION-25: From There To Here | From Here To There, was filmed at the Royal Festival Hall on 24th June 2019, the tenth and final night of the 25th Meltdown festival …

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Voluntas – Walk To Hell

A winning performance at the Bristol leg of the M2TM 2019 resulted in Voluntas securing a slot on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival. I’ve been to the last ten and as long as they keep booking bands like Voluntas then I’ll keep on returning! Their debut …

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Grand Slam – Hit The Ground

Grand Slam

 Grand Slam, formed as a solo band in 1983 (that included Magnum keyboard player Mark Stanway) by Phil Lynott that took on the name when Thin Lizzy had completed their farewell tour the same year. A revolving line up included ex Stampede guitarist Laurence Archer who joined in 1984 but …

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Tygers Of Pan Tang – Ritual

Currently blazing a trail around Europe promoting their latest studio album Ritual, NWOBHM legends Tygers Of Pan Tang are showing that they are wildcats not to be messed with, point proven by these eleven songs here. Formed in Whitley Bay 1978, band leader Robb Weir still exists from the original …

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Praying Mantis – Keep It Alive!

Only a few years from their 50th anniversary since forming in London 1973 by brothers Chris and Tino Troy, melodic hard rockers Praying Mantis prove they are still a force to be reckoned with judging by this performance for the Keep It Alive album, due for release on Dec.6th 2019 …

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Dan Reed Network – Slam & Dan Reed Network remasters

In the late 80s Dan Reed Network came on the scene and immediately stood out with their funk laden songs. The band’s first two albums , 1988’s self titled debut and 1989’s “Slam” are now being reissued which coincides with the 30th anniversary of “Slam” and comes ahead of the …

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Turbokill – Vice world

Turbokill are a new band from Germany formed by Stephan Dietrich, former vocalist with Alpha Tiger. The band released their dfebut EP last year and after signing to Steamhammer/SPV they’ve now got their debut album out. It’s an album which draws on classic heavy metal for it’s sound. the album …

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Sodom – Out of the frontline trench

It’s been three years since the release of the last Sodom album, and there’s still more waiting required as the next album has yet to be formally announced or given a release date. There is however some good news, Sodom are about to release a 5 track mini-album “Out of …

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Running Wild – Crossing the blades

German pirate-metal band Running Wild are releasing a new 4 track EP ahead of their next album (due for release Summer 2020). The title track “Crossing the blades” will be on the new album, the album will feature a different version of the song, re-recorded and with a number of …

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Marisa And The Moths – Marisa And The Moths

  The self titled debut album from Reading based Marisa And The Moths is a bakers dozen of tunes that totally captivate from the pile driving opener ‘Needy’ to the haunting closer ‘Everything Is Going Swimmingly’. Fronted by the honey coated vocals of Marisa Rodriguez, it commands your total attention …

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Warsenal – Feast Your Eyes

Canadian trio Warsenal bring us their second full length album ‘Feast Your Eyes ‘ and it’s like warping back in time to the early 80’s for me as this is so similar to very early Iron Maiden material. I’m talking Maiden’s self titled debut and ‘Killers ‘. It has the …

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Cro-Mags – From The Grave

I’ve not listened to cro Mags for a long time, I bought “Best Wishes” back in the day. With it’s cool looking cover art and the bands intense logo I thought these guys were the epitome of hardcore coolness. That album inspired me to check out other bands that were …

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Salem UK – Win Lose Or Draw

  NWOBHM stalwarts Salem UK return to the studio to hedge their bets with their latest studio album Win Lose Or Draw. Released via Dissonance Productions, their brand of hard rock is of a very high standard as opening track ‘The Wraith’ crackles with energy throughout. Bullying riffs are the …

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Angel Witch – Angel Of Light

Since their formation in 1976, Angel Witch albums are as rare as Halleys Comet as latest release Angel Of Light is their fourth studio since their self titled 1980 debut but the wait is definitely worth it! Released via Metal Blade Records the eight tracks here are all killer, no …

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Slayer – The Repentless Killogy

I’ve been a fan of Slayer way back since 1983 after buying their debut album Show No Mercy. 1985 saw Hell Awaits with the band playing a darn sight faster but the major game changer was Reign In Blood in 1986. For a measly £5.50 I got to see them …

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