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Toledo Steel – No Quarter

Toledo Steel - No Quarter

At last, the wait is finally over. Southampton based metallers Toledo Steel unleash their debut album No Quarter via Dissonance Productions on June 1st! Now back to a five piece the album opens up with ‘Behold The Machine’ but never mind the machine, behold these riffs that burst out of …

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Doomsday Outlaw – Hard Times

Back with their latest album Hard Times. Derbyshire powerhouse Doomsday Outlaw deliver a fantastic, dynamic, contemporary album with a twist. I say twist because the album is diverse whilst been true to their roots, the songs are varied in creativity that will have you rocking from it blues induced start to its …

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Rose Tattoo – Blood Brothers (2018 bonus reissue)

I bought the first four studio albums from Sydney, Australia based Rose Tattoo back in the early 80’s but I’m not sure how this blistering album Blood Brothers slipped past my radar in 2007 so thankfully it has been given another airing with an added bonus of six live tracks …

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The Sloths – Back From The Grave

The Sloths - Back From The Grave (Cover)

The Sloths have just released Back From the Grave in Europe via Eternal Sound Records. Who are The Sloths? You ask. What is a Sloth? You may ask. The Sloths were a garage rock band from Los Angeles, active for a short time in the mid sixties, playing covers of …

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Heartbreak Remedy – Memento Mori

Classed as an E.P but you get a whopping seven tracks on Memento Mori from Heartbreak Remedy! Available now from all major streaming sites it impresses on all levels. Now trimmed down to a trio opening track ‘Octane’ bursts in on a bluster of riffing from Luke Blair, snappy snare …

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Praying Mantis – Gravity

Praying Mantis - Gravity

Summer is almost here and what a way to herald the sunshine with Gravity, the brand new studio album from Praying Mantis! They have always been on the melodic side of the NWOBHM genre, point proven by the impressive 2015 release of Legacy and their song writing form is just …

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Anthrax – Kings Among Scotland

Anthrax - Kings Among Scotland

As live albums go this is as damn near as good as being at the gig itself as Anthrax thrash their hearts out to a vociferous crowd at the Glasgow Barrowlands Ballroom on this double CD Kings Among Scotland, due for release by Nuclear Blast Records on April 27th 2018. …

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Blitzkrieg – Judge Not


The NWOBHM movement throws up so many influencing bands, one of whom is Blitzkrieg, formed in 1980 with original vocalist Brian Ross still remaining. His haunting croon can be heard on their latest studio album Judge Not, released on Mighty Music on April 27th 2018 and will be celebrated by …

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Bulletboys – From Out of the Skies

Bulletboys a Rock n Roll band from Hollywood, California were founded in 1988 by former members of King Kobra and Ratt. Thirty years later with more former members (see here) than years service, including some famous names such as DJ Ashba, Steven Adler, Jason Hook and Chris Holmes, the band released their …

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Ross The Boss – By Blood Sworn

Ross The Boss - By Blood Sworn

Due for release via AFM Records on April 20th 2018, once again Ross The Boss takes no prisoners with the no punches pulled album By Blood Sworn. Best known for being one of the founder members of Manowar, a comparison I was trying not to use on this album but …

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Blaze Bayley – The Redemption Of William Black (Infinite Entanglement Part III)

If you could get an O.B.E for sheer determination then Blaze Bayley would have a drawer full by now. Currently on a fifty three date European tour, he has just released his tenth solo album The Redemption Of William Black (Infinite Entanglement Part III) via Blaze Bayley Recordings, the third …

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Cheap Tissue – Cheap Tissue

Garage Punk ‘n’ Roll band Cheap Tissue from Los Angeles, released their self titled debut album earlier this month via Lolipop! Records. Founded in 2015 when Andrew Taylor and Jesse Youngblood got together and decided to write songs, which they felt, most people wouldn’t like very much! They were soon …

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Twisted Illusion – Excite The Light Part One

Excite The Light Part One, the first of a soon to be released trilogy of albums by the cosmic Twisted Illusion shows that the song writing suss of Matt Jones has no bounds with another dazzling array of compositions. Six songs stretch out to just under the sixty minute mark …

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The Rocket Dolls – DeaDHeaD

DeadHead - The Rocket Dolls (Cover)

The Rocket Dolls, a three piece heavy rock band, from Brighton self release their second full length studio album on 6th April 2018. DeaDHeaD was recorded at British Grove Studios and produced and mixed by Mark Roberts. Since forming in 2008 The Rocket Dolls won the best new band at the Pure …

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Born To Destruct – God Of Destruction

Born to Destruct - God of Destruction

Born to Destruct (BTD) a four piece Punk band from the University City of Cambridge released their ninth studio album God Of Destruction via Punkbob Recordz on 1st February 2018.  This follows 2016 release Devasteight With Destruction. Read a detailed bio here. I like the way they cleverly work the word destruction into many of …

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Salem – Attrition.

To say the least, Attrition is a major step forward for Hull based NWOBHM band Salem! Released on Dissonance Productions on February 23rd, this could be their Pyromania such is the quality of songwriting on display here. Kicking off with the title track ‘Attrition’, its hard hitting riffs from guitarists …

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Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons – The Age Of Absurdity

This certainly takes good parenting to the next level as guitarist Phil Campbell has three of his sons in his band Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons. Todd on guitar, Dane on drums, Tyla on bass guitar and they are all joined by Neil Starr on lead vocals. Their self …

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Pretty Boy Floyd – Public Enemies

Pretty Boy Floyd have just released their fourth studio album Public Enemies via Frontiers Music s.r.l., their first full length studio release since 2004. Cast your mind back to the late eighties, when hair was high, and trousers were so tight that voices were even higher! Hollywood, 1987, enter Pretty Boy Floyd …

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Black Aces – Anywhere But Here

  Black Aces a young hard rocking four piece from sunny Australia release their second album Anywhere But Here via Off Yer Rocka Recordings today followed by an appearance on the main stage at Hard Rock Hell XI tomorrow. Anywhere But Here is the follow up to their debut album Shot In …

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Josh Todd And The Conflict – Year Of The Tiger

Year Of The Tiger is the new album from Buckcherry front man Josh Todd under the guise of Josh Todd & The Conflict.  Joining Josh are the Los Angeles trio of Steve Dacanay, Sean Winchester and Gregg Cash.  This album is rock and roll, hardcore, a bit punk but overall …

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