Tag Archives: album review

The Pineapple Thief – Versions of the Truth

What is the truth? A difficult question to both ask and answer in a society where facts are disposable commodities and the accepted reference point for truth has made way for a contentious ‘post-truth’ era.  The latest installment from the British-prog rockers, ‘Versions of the Truth’, attempts to address just …

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Airforce – Strike Hard

When the NWOBHM genre started to get into the music magazines like Sounds, Kerrang etc and bands of that ilk were getting played on the Friday Rock Show, it was a very exciting time for me in my late teens. I bought as much as I could at the time …

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Raven – Metal City

Well stone the crows! NWOBHM legends Raven have really upped their game with new studio album Metal City. Brothers Mark and John Gallagher remain from the original line up formed in Newcastle Upon Tyne 1974. For many years I’ve said this is where NWOBHM started and I still do. Released …

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Ward XVI – Metamorphosis album review.

Metamorphosis, the follow up album to the debut The Art Of Manipulation seems to be taking longer to arrive than the Scorpions depart on their farewell tour! Second albums can be strange things when they have to follow a groundbreaking debut which is what Ward XVI, the Preston based lunatics …

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Thundermother – Heat Wave

Thundermother

Thundermother, a new band to me and another that has slipped past my radar, even though this all female four piece founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 2010. Heat Wave is their fourth studio album currently released by AFM Records. It’s an absolute banger of an album which wears its heart …

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Blue Oyster Cult – 45th Anniversary – Live In London

Back in the day before the internet, I discovered rock bands through Sounds magazine. My album purchases then in the mid 70’s were live albums as they were more or less a greatest hits release. So my first ever live album was On Your Feet Or On Your Knees, a …

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Jim Kirkpatrick – Ballad Of A Prodigal Son.

The lead off single in July which is also the title track showed plenty of promise for the upcoming solo album from Jim Kirkpatrick. Due for release on Sept.4th 2020 via US One Records, you don't really need a crystal ball to guess the quality of the rest of the eleven tracks here.

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Constance Tomb – Constance Tomb album review

Constance Tomb was the brain child of Washington based multi-instrumentalist Tony Reed who originally wrote and recorded these tracks in 1988.  Originally the songs were recorded using two track tape to tape overdubbing which resulted in the songs having a lot of hiss.  Thirty two years later Tony has re-recorded …

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Nightwish – Human :II: Nature

I’ve always felt there is something Tolkienesque about Nightwish. With their blend of operatic, folk, power and Celtic metal. The vocals from Floor Jansen are as close to an angelic angel as can exist in this mortal realm. That is not to say her style is always heavenly, more a …

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Five Finger Death Punch – F8

Proprietors of the coolest band name in  music since Congratulations On Your Decision To Become A Pilot,  Las Vegas finest Five Finger Death Punch return to the ring with album number eight, and one that comes on the back of a tough personal journey. In 2017 when performing in Tilburg, …

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Absolva – Side By Side

When the likes of Iron Maiden, Saxon and Judas Priest eventually decide to hang up their leathers, the position of being one of the superpower’s of British Heavy Metal will be up for grabs. Enter Absolva, a bruising fourpiece from Manchester who are armed with all the credentials potent enough …

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Syteria – Reflection

Yorkshire based Syteria have been making a name for themselves on the live circuit since their formation in 2015, playing a number of festivals including Call Of The Wild and Hard Rock Hell.  Their debut album Rant-O-Bot was released in 2017 and they are now set to return with their …

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The Burning – British Lion

Mr Steve Harris, bass player with Iron Maiden is a busy fella. After finishing a lengthy tour he has released an album with his side project British Lion, and booked a mini UK tour followed by loads of dates in the US. British Lion has been a project he’s been …

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Shakra – Mad World

Despite celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, Switzerland’s Shakra are a band who have never truly got near to dining at the top table of rock ‘n’ roll. Sharing stages with heavyweights like Iron Maiden and Guns ‘N’ Roses gave them a wee snifter of how the other half live, …

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Paul Di’Anno – Hell Over Waltrop-Live In Germany

Whatever remains in Paul Di’Anno‘s topsy turvy career, the one thing that will never change is that the Londoner is one of the most important figures in the history of Heavy Metal. Famed for his four year tenure fronting a fledgling Iron Maiden, the two albums he rammed his vocals …

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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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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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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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