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Empyre – Self Aware – album review

Empyre from Northampton has been steadily making waves for the last couple of years appearing at Breaking Bands, Wildfire festival and Hard Rock Hell AOR and Ibiza. Their modern intelligent rock has generated a lot of interest and after a collection of EP’s the band are about to release their …

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Obey – Swallow The Sun

So, can Obey overcome the tricky third album syndrome with their new opus Swallow The Sun? Of course they have and with ease! It’s taken 3 years since they served up Maelstrom but the wait has been worthwhile as opener ‘Back Home’ draws you in from the off by a …

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Fugitive – The Awakening

For a reviewer personally speaking, ten tracks is fine, twelve is a challenge but come on Fugitive! Fourteen of them. FOURTEEN with new album The Awakening but I digress as I’m only joking as it’s a fine hard rock album to say the least. Due for release on April 5th …

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Raven – Screaming Murder Death From Above : Live In Aalborg

In my opinion, the NWOBHM movement started in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Raven burst onto the scene when they signed to local label Neat Records in 1980 and released their classic single ‘Don’t Need Your Money’. They still play with the same verve, point proven on this warts and all …

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Ginger Wildheart – G * A * S * S Mark II

G * A * S * S Mark II  or Ginger Associated Secret Society was formed by Ginger Wildheart for fans a few years ago. He would write three songs a month for a year that they had access to and then choose the best of them for a general …

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Rush – Hemispheres (40th anniversary edition).

Hemispheres, the sixth studio album by Canadian trio Rush celebrates its 40th anniversary with four different formats, one of which is this 2xCD deluxe edition. The first CD is a remaster of the album and the second CD features a live set from the Pink Pop festival on the 4th …

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Those Damn Crows – Murder And The Motive.

Once in a while an album comes out to reaffirm that rock is not dead (so that’s a big middle finger in the air to Billy Corgan and Gene Simmons) as Bridgend based Those Damn Crows do it with ease on the release of their debut Murder And The Motive. …

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The Deep – Watching You EP

It’s been a bit quiet on The Deep front lately which I’ve finally fathomed out. They have enlisted a new drummer Alan Mogg and been working on a soon to be released EP titled Watching You, which is very much worth the wait! Value for money is a certainty as …

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Blaze Bayley – December Wind

If I could describe Blaze Bayley in one word it would be passionate, point proven by his second release of 2018 December Wind. The album is a stripped down acoustic release via Blaze Bayley Recordings on November 9th consisting of thirteen songs that run a gamut of emotions that include …

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MASSIVE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM for 2019 and UK/EUROPEAN/AUSTRALIAN TOUR TO KICK OFF IN AUTUMN 2018

Aussie Beer drinking, foot stomping rock ‘n’ rollers MASSIVE have signed a new 5-year deal with “Off Yer Rocka Recordings”. To coincide with this Red-Hot News, the band have just announced that their long-awaited third studio album titled “Rebuild Destroy” will now be available for pre-order with the album’s release …

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Seven More Days – Little Dark Pleasures

Before giving Little Dark Pleasures by Seven More Days a proper grilling, I blasted it out a few times in the car to and from four night shifts in the week. First play made me think it was “Pompous and who is that on guitar?” and the second play, “Grandiose …

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Absolva – Defiance

Guitars GUITARS GUITARRRRRRS! I’ve never heard an album so drenched in axe work since The Power Of Rock And Roll by Frank Marino way back in 1981 as British heavy metallers Absolva launch a 180gm vinyl format of Defiance that is packaged in a gatefold cover and printed inner sleeves. …

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Slaughter II – Slaughter II

Slaughter II released their self-titled debut album late last year. Recorded at Crack Studios in Hulme, Manchester and produced and engineered by Kevin Foy. Slaughter II features Brian Grantham the original drummer from Manchester punk rock band Slaughter and the Dogs and Edweena  Banger who was in the rebranded Slaughter. …

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Massive Wagons – Full Nelson

Even by the standards Massive Wagons have set by their three previous studio albums they have raised the bar higher with Full Nelson, due to be released via Earache Records on August 10th 2018. Featuring ten brand spanking new tracks and two from previous album Welcome To The World added …

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Graham Bonnet Band – Meanwhile Back In The Garage

At the ripe old age of 70 Graham Bonnet can still belt it out with aplomb, point proven by current studio album Meanwhile Back In The Garage released by Frontiers Music Srl. At fourteen tracks long it’s a challenging listen in one go but the results are well worth it as …

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Monument – Hellhound

Monument - Hellhound (Cover)

Something heavy this way comes from ROAR Rock Of Ages Records that goes under the name of Hellhound, the third studio album from metallers Monument! No cliche is left out as they hammer out nine songs of pure heavy metal with joyous vigour. Lead by the powerful vocal pipes of …

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The Asif Outlaws – The Asif Outlaws

The Asif Outlaws

First caught this captivating band a few months ago opening a Cancer fundraising gig in Nantwich; proving my point to watch the opening bands as you never know what you might miss! The Surrey based The Asif Outlaws, fronted by Asif Ali were a joy to behold as they veered …

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Behemoth – Messe Noire: Live Satanist

Few bands are as revered in extreme music today as Behemoth. The black metal titans had been at the forefront of the genre for years anyway, but 2014’s titanic The Satanist pushed them head and shoulders above the rest of the pack and when they toured the record in full recently …

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Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown

They may never have reached the heady heights of some of the other bands that formed in the eighties, but Corrosion of Conformity have always enjoyed continued success and love in what is now a career spanning over 35 years. Members have come and gone over the years but three …

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Dragonforce – Reaching into Infinity

The year is 2014. The new £1 coins were announced in the March budget, England crashed out of the World Cup in the opening round and the Church of England allowed women to be ordained as bishops. It also marked the first time that power metal titans Dragonforce recorded an …

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