Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Entombed A.D – Dead Dawn

With the ten-track Dead Dawn, Sweden’s death metal behemoth Entombed A.D has returned to a scene the members helped to form, offering its second album under this moniker. Two closely related questions in most fan’s minds seem to be ‘where does Dead Dawn hit stride, and does it measure up …

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Third Sovereign – Perversion Swallowing Sanity

Formed in India in 2003, death metal band Third Sovereign, certainly have their genre down to a refined art which can easily compete on the world stage. Opening with the time honoured tradition of eerie intro, the band are straight down to business with the raging ‘Grave of Humanity’. This …

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Wendy James – The Price Of The Ticket

If I mention the name Wendy James to any hot blooded male of a certain age the reaction ranges from Cor to Phwoar!!! Usually with a reference to the iconic video for I Want Your Love by Transvision Vamp. Wendy did indeed have the good looks to rival Marilyn Monroe …

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Eric Bell – ‘Exile’

The word legend is one which is often, and even more frequently inappropriately, bandied about. But, it is a description which definitely does apply to one man: a guitar player from the humble back streets of east Belfast whose name is cemented in the mythos of the Irish, and subsequently …

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Primal Fear – ‘Rulebreaker’

For almost two decades now, Primal Fear have been one of the cornerstone acts of the European power/speed metal scene, standing alongside the likes of Accept and Helloween and certainly matching both of them in terms of both artistic contribution and musical pedigree. While they may not have enjoyed the …

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The Rebelles – All the young dudes

The Rebelles are three female singers – Tracie Hunter, Elizabeth Westwood and Phoebe White.  Tracie has already released three solo albums and toured extensively; Elizabeth formed Westworld with Generation X guitarist Bob “Derwood” Andrews; Phoebe has worked with a number of blues musicians and is currently a soloist in the …

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Killit – Take the power

Killit are a London based rock/metal band, although the band members orginate from Hungary, Israel, Angentina and the UK, so a pretty diverse group.  “Shut it down” was the first single from the band and has racked up over 90,000 views on youtube since it’s release.  They’re now releasing their …

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Big Boy Bloater & The Limits – Luxury hobo

This album from Big Boy Bloater may get listed as a Blues album, but I think it’s more rock and roll than Blues.  It’s got a sound that draws from fairly equally both Blues and Rock’n’Roll, so there’s plenty to appeal to quite a wide range of people.  The gravelly …

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The Treatment- ‘Generation Me’

The Treatment’s first two albums and I have never really got along, we have had our moments of course, but ultimately I was never satisfied with what was on offer, each song seemed to sound like any other, just re-arranged a bit, and nothing really stood out, so eventually they …

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The White Buffalo – Love and the Death of Damnation

Last week saw the release of ‘Love and The Death of Damnation’, from the South California-bred Country style singer / songwriter, The White Buffalo, also known as Jake Smith. From past releases, Jake has been known for his diverse storytelling abilities through the medium of music. This new album is …

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Diamond Head – Diamond Head

The name Rasmus Bom Andersen may not be familiar with most rock/metal fans but since joining legendary NWOBHM band Diamond Head in 2014 as their lead singer, his debut European tour with them fired up the band enough to want to work on a new studio album, their 7th since …

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Convulse – Cycle Of Revenge

      Convulse return to the forefront with ‘Cycle Of Revenge’, which incredibly is only their fourth album since surfacing in the early 90’s, an extended hiatus for many a year contributing heavily to that statistic of course.   As with most promo blurb Planetmosh receives along with any …

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Colour of Noise – Colour of Noise

Colour Of Noise are a classic rock band from Brighton, England! In their own words ‘We are steeped in the spirit of the late 60’s British Blues Boom and early 70’s Stadium Rock, but cannot escape the urge to deliver songs with a steam-powered intensity.’ At the tender age of eleven …

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Petrol Girls – Some Thing EP

Up for review today is the upcoming EP Some Thing by Petrol Girls; a post-hardcore four piece London based feminist band. The Petrol Girls write about the problems they face upon their lifetime and the struggles we have had to face which they portray very well throughout their varied tracks …

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Abracadabra – Ulan Bator

Quite why a French duo decided to name themselves after the capital of Mongolia is anyone’s guess, but over twenty years later Ulan Bator are still going strong, even if founding bass player Olivier Manchion left at the turn of the milennium. Remaining member Amaury Cambuzat has valiantly continued on …

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Anvil – Anvil Is Anvil

Anvil Is Anvil. Not just the title of their forthcoming 16th studio album but a statement of intent. Due for release on February 26th 2016 via Steamhammer Records it shows the Canadian power metal trio in a rich vein of songwriting form carried on from their resurgence which resulted in …

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The Cult – Hidden City

After a renowned career spanning over three decades, The Cult have released their tenth studio album, Hidden City, which hit the shelves yesterday (Friday 4th February 2016). Hidden City is the final chapter in The Cult’s rebirth trilogy, which includes Born into This and Choice of Weapon. As I embarked …

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Obscura – Akroasis

Germany’s Obscura has released Akroasis (which means “hearing” or “listening” in Greek), a modern, technical death metal disc with plenty of progressive overtones. Firmly rooted in darkness, overall, the sound has a distinctly European flair, invoking early Behemoth to mid-period Vader or later Centurian with blasts of speed, precision, and …

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Lost Society – ‘Braindead’

If ever you needed proof that the future of thrash metal is safe in the hands of the younger generation of bands seeking to re-invigorate the genre, then this third album from madcap Finns Lost Society is it. The young quartet first emerged into the collective metal conscience with their …

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Avantasia – Ghostlights

Avantasia are back with their new album.  As always it’s done on a grand scale with a whole host of guest singers and musicians, with guests this time including Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation), Marco Hietala (Nightwish), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) and Geoff Tate (Queensryche).  Check out the full list …

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