Deliberations From The Shire

Anvil Pounding The Pavement

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Anvil

As fresh in 2018 as they have ever been Canadian rock giants Anvil return with their 17th album Pounding The Pavement. The band seem to have taken on board comments from fans saying they want a return to the sounds Anvil are known for and this album will not disappoint those fans. The musicianship, as always is on point, but for ...

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Godflesh

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Godflesh

When we talk about pioneers of a sound they don’t get more pioneering than Godflesh who have been making post punk and industrial music since its inception in the very early nineteen eighties and they have been influencing bands and the scene from then on. Drawing influence from power electronic of forefathers Whitehouse, noise rock band Swans, as well as ambient music creator Brian ...

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Dimebag Darrell

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Dimebag Darrell

It’s been 11 years since Dimevision Vol 1: The Fun I Have landed in peoples ears. As 2017 rolls to an end there is a new offering of tracks recorded by the guitarist before his untimely death. Vol 2 has been put together by long time girlfriend Rita Haney and Dime’s closest and old friend Daryl “Bobby Tongs” Amberger who ...

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RAM Rod

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – RAM

Hard Rock outfit RAM return with their new album Rod, another band coming from the Gothenburg scene which seems to produce band after band of strong fiery hard music (must be something in the water there). Having been together and recording since the start of the millennium it’s fair to say that RAM have stayed true to their beliefs and they are ...

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GWAR

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – GWAR

Riffs followed by riffs followed by riffs and more riffs is one way to describe the new album from GWAR. From the off, the opening track is straight out of the Tony Iommi school of dark sounding bone crushing chords creating just the beginning to the new look and feel GWAR. If you strip away all the costumes and history ...

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Deliberations-From-The-Shire-with-Mike-James-Spreading The Disease

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Spreading The Disease

Brash, harsh and in your face are just some of things that come to mind on first listening to the heavy new album by Spreading The Disease. Having built their name up on the underground live circuit on the back of the first release Viral, this new album is a step up and fully encapsulates the energy you’d expect to see ...

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Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James - Coburg

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Coburg

This is the first full-length album by symphonic gothic act Coburg, based in London. The Enchantress perfectly sums up the frontwoman Anastasia who the band are named after. This album is a melting pot of synth soundscapes couple with her full vocal range be that haunting and gentle to full of power and gusto. Releasing The Enchantress around this time ...

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B.O.S.C.H's Fleischwolf

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – B.O.S.C.H

On first listening to the new album by B.O.S.C.H it’s hard not to draw comparison to the fellow German pyro loving stadium-filling counterparts but as you delve deeper into the album it’s clear that Fleishwolf is at the forefront of the new wave of German noise “NDH” as they call it in the motherland (Neue Deutsche Harte). This album is ...

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Metal Mirror

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Metal Mirror

MWoBHM pioneers Metal Mirror’s new album Vodka, Hell & Angels is a fresh and updated look at the classic sounds of the band from back in the day. From the offset, it sets out as a booze-infused anthemic party to the ears. With the upsurge of new bands coming along copying this retro sound, it’s nice to see legends playing them at ...

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Skein's Deadweight

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Skein

Deadweight is the second album from Finnish atmospheric metals Skein and unlike their 2014 debut Of Wings Unfolding  (which was a concept album) Deadweight, tackles some pretty hefty subject matter like social responsibility, misuse of power and basic human characteristics. This album draws on a rawness that is balanced with both clean and screaming vocals to highlight the punch of the ...

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