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Michael Monroe – One Man Gang

Michael Monroe, the stage name of Matti Antero Kristian Fagerholm founder and frontman of the iconic glam punk band Hanoi Rocks, (formed when he was a teenager back in 1979) has just released his ninth studio album One Man Gang via Silver Lining Music. The talented Mr Monroe not only sings but …

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Down ‘n’ Outz – This Is How We Roll

Down ‘n’ Outz, the side project of Def Leppard‘s frontman Joe Elliott was founded back in 2009. Heavily influenced by Mott The Hoople the band also features a somewhat stellar cast with members of The Quireboys, Wayward Sons & Vixen. You can find out the history behind the project from …

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District 13 – Soma.

Caught this groovy three piece at a festival in the Waterloo Music Bar in Blackpool last April. First band on at 1pm since being on the road from 5am in London, District 13 tore the place apart so here they are now doing the same thing in the studio with …

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Babymetal – Metal Galaxy

For the uninitiated Babymetal takes a bit of explaining. There are things in this world that go together naturally like Strawberries and Cream. There are also combinations that should never be allowed like custard and fishfingers. However sometimes there is a fusion which, whilst it shouldn’t work, does. Babymetal may …

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Hellyeah – Welcome Home

Last year we lost one of our own when Vinnie Paul passed away. He had, as I’m sure you’ll agree, along with his brother been a pioneer in Metal and after Dimebag’s untimely death Vinnie had carried on within the Supergroup that was Hellyeah. He had though, before his untimely …

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GosT – Valediction Album Review

GosT

American GosT returns with his new album Valediction.  The constantly changing electronic landscape he creates includes many alternative musical styles.  For instance, black metal, brutal industrial, energetic dance music and catchy synth pop, all effortlessly flow from one genre to the other.  This results in a varied listen and most …

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The HU – The Gereg.

Metal music comes in many different forms. Heavy, thrash, black, death, hair, glam etc, so here comes Mongolian metal from The HU on their mindblowing debut album The Gereg, released by Seven Eleven Music. They first came to my attention when Planet Rock played ‘Yuve Yuve Yu’ and the instrumentation …

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Fallen Mafia – Awaken

As I write this, Fallen Mafia are preparing for the launch of their first full album. Having previously released 4 EP’s ( Leather, Lipstick & Cigarettes, How the Story Ends, Asylum and Fallen if you’re interested). This then is, no doubt a labour of love and, the highlight of their …

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THE AGONIST – Orphans

In September The Agonist return with a new album Orphans. One of Canadas finest exports (second maybe to Maple Syrup) this is their sixth studio recording and the third with singer Vicky Psarakis. This is a band with history which I won’t go into here, but it is sufficient to …

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Destruction – Born To Perish.

Deservedly still in the Big Four of German thrash metal, Destruction have no intention of losing that position with their fifteenth studio album Born To Perish, released via Nuclear Blast Records. As if the band were not already heavy enough, they have bolstered their attack even more with two new …

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The Drippers – Action Rock

The Drippers formed in Sweden in 2016 a three piece action rock band. One guitar, one bass, one drummer, two vocalists. Two vocalists? Doesn’t that make five? Not in this case as Viktor and William share the lead vocal duties. The band have just released their debut album Action Rock. …

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Graham Bonnet Band – Live In Tokyo 2017.

Graham Bonnet, still kicking out the jams at the ripe old age of 71, point proven on this very impressive Live In Tokyo 2017 album, released on Frontiers Music S.R.L. Out of its sixteen tracks, it weighs heavily on Down To Earth, the album Graham made with Rainbow. It divided …

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Cropsy Maniac – Carnage

The eight cuts of grindcore and death-grind from Cropsy Maniac on this E.P. pack a lot into their short running time, with no track lasting more than two and a half minutes Carnage is a frenzied, brutal and rewarding listen. Cropsy Maniac is a goregrind band with members hailing from …

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The New Roses – Nothing But Wild

How has a band this good slipped passed my radar? The New Roses, formed 2007 in Wiesbaden, Germany, will release their fourth studio album Nothing But Wild on August 2nd 2019 via Napalm Records. Vocally they come across like prime time era Cinderella and musically they impress with early Guns …

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Twisted Illusion – Excite The Light : Part 2

Excite The Light : Part 2, is the second album of the trilogy by Twisted Illusion. Now that the sensible intro is out of the way, the best analogy I can describe this band with and the way they evolve is similar to the creature in The Thing by John …

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Fahran – V-a-p-o-u-r-s

To say that Fahran have come on in massive leaps and bounds with latest album V-a-p-o-u-r-s  since their self titled debut and follow up Chasing Hours would be it likened to a kangaroo on steroids! Produced and mixed by guitarist Jake Graham, it sounds huge and features stunning artwork from …

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The Kingcrows – Brute Force and Ignorance

Leeds based Sleaze-Punk-n-Rollers The Kingcrows released their latest album Brute Force and Ignorance via Corvus Rex Recordings earlier this year. If you did Latin in school you may remember that the translation of Corvus is crow and Rex is King. I’ll leave you to work out for yourself whether it’s …

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Schattenmann – Epidemie

When I was asked to review the new album by Schattenmann it was pitched to me as “if you like Rammstein you might like this”. So as the album starts I’m already prejudging. As if aimed to not disappoint the opening track Schattenland has the throbbing industrial guitar beat from …

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Holocaust – Elder Gods.

Holocaust - Elder Gods

Since founding Holocaust in Edinburgh 1977, guitarist/lead vocalist John Mortimer has released some impressive music to say the least and the bar has been raised even higher with current studio album Elder Gods. The trio is completed by Mark McGrath on bass guitar/vocals and Scott Wallace on drums. A shift …

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