Author Archives: David Lamb

The Finest Hour “These Are The Good Old Days” Album Review

These Are The Good Old Days is the debut album by indie-rockers The Finest Hour. The press release accompanying the tracks extolled the quality of this new infusion of rock, indie, ska and folk. Now I don’t know about you, but I found that to be quite a terrifying statement. So with much trepidation, I put on my headphones, not ...

Read More »

B.B. KING ‘The Life Of Riley’ DVD Review

Alongside the wonderful B.B. King box-set I reviewed a bit ago, a documentary charting the remarkable life of the blues musician is being given a limited release across selected cinemas. And lucky me, I was invited to go along and see it. A documentary such as this is a tricky subject to review. An in depth look at Riley King’s ...

Read More »

Spanish metal band Kilmara have started recording their third album

Spanish metal band Kilmara have started recording their third album “Love Songs And Other Nightmares”  with producer Roland Grapow in his Slovakia based studio. The album will include guests such as Dave Imbernön from Enuma Elish on keyboards and Kaleb from young Spanish pagan death metal band Drakum on the violin. The band stated on their decision to work with Roland: “After looking into some alternatives ...

Read More »

Blitz Kids Announce Mini Album

Blitz Kids, the winners of Kerrang!’s 2011 “Best Britsh Newcomers” award, have announced a new mini album to be released this year. “Never Die” will be released on the 26th of November, coinciding with the bands support slot on Aussie band Tonight Alive’s UK tour. The mini-album contains material from recent sessions as the band gear up to release a ...

Read More »

B.B. King “Ladies and Gentleman… Mr B.B. King” Box Set Review

B.B King is one of the most accomplished guitarists of all time, has released over fifty albums, and practically invented a genre. The man made electronic blues popular, and has inspired countless musicians, and is nothing short of a legend. Glad that’s out of the way with. Just as the man turns 87, (last week in fact) Universal has decided ...

Read More »

Cry Havoc ‘New Life’ EP Review

Cry Havoc are a fairly new thrash band to the scene, yet their musical ability might make you think otherwise. On their new four-track EP there is a wonderful range of style. It’s all impressively heavy but the band does a great job of toeing a line between thrash and classic metal. There’s a brilliant pace to it all, though ...

Read More »

Gallows ‘Gallows’ Album Review

There’s quite a lot at stake for the self-titled third album from Gallows. This is of course their first full release since the departure of original lead singer Frank Carter. Replacing him is Wade MacNeil, who you may have heard from being part of a little band called Alexisonfire. The loss of a lead singer is a huge game-changer for ...

Read More »

Dew Scented – “Icarus” review

This has been a damn hard review to write. There is nothing particularly wrong with this album. It is a perfectly polished, tightly put together piece of thrash, bordering slightly into death metal. It gets off to a brilliantly heavy start, and mostly keeps that up for the entire album. You can’t fault technicality here, it’s a well put together ...

Read More »

Reel Big Fish “Candy Coated Fury” Review

When you see the name Reel Big Fish, you’re going to think of high quality, mad and eventful gigs full of bright colours punctuated with the horns of ska. Either that, or you going to be confused. What is this fish, and indeed how big is it? For just over twenty years, Reel Big Fish have been soldiering on. Candy ...

Read More »

The Gaslight Anthem ‘Handwritten’ Review

The first thing heard upon listening to The Gaslight Anthem’s fourth album is confidence. Handwritten is the album of a band that has settled comfortably with their own sound, the changes being taken by the band found in the tone of the album. Brian Fallon has written an intensely personal record, one that contains examples of the band at their ...

Read More »