Album Reviews

Eshtadur - Mother Gray

Review: Eshtadur – Mother Gray

Columbia may not be very high on many people’s lists of countries that release a serious melodic death metal album but Eshtadur are once again doing exactly that. Having been around for over a decade the band have had a while to hone their craft and it is evident on this album that they have spent that time wisely… for ...

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Rex Brown

Review: Rex Brown – Smoke On This…

Rex Brown, a name of royalty in the metal World with the huge rise in the 90’s of legendary band, Pantera. Joining a collective of impressive musicians in other projects such as Down and Kill Devil Hill, the later of which being the closest of the three mentioned with what to expect from this solo effort. Smoke on This… takes ...

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Next to None.. "Phases"

Next to None.. “Phases”

Next to None toe an interesting line between crunchy, aggressive American radio metal and wild, extravagant prog rock, with many stylistic left-turns all over this record. While often the focus is on the instrumental prowess on show, the real highlights here occur when the songwriting present on the album takes centre stage. Many of the songs on Phases are over ...

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THE TANGENT ..”The slow rust of forgotten machinery.”

This is the first Tangent album since main man, Andy Tillison, was laid low by a heart attack in 2016, but he’s happily recovered sufficiently and is now back behind the wheel again, and it’s good to have him back. This new album, the band’s ninth, will once again ignite the debate as to exactly what kind of band The ...

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Heavy Traffic

Brooklyn fuzzy-psych outfit Heavy Traffic bring us their sixth album on Twin Earth Records, Plastic Surgery.

‘Rule Of Nines’, the seven-minute-strong opener, unifies heavy, doomy riffs and psychedelic vocals soaring overhead. It’s an insight into what to expect from the album: pure fuzz with densely reverbed vocals. The second track, ‘See Right Through’, is even better.It’ss heavy groove-laden pulse, echoing vocals and wailing guitars evoke thoughts of flying through the cosmos with Fuzz on your walkman. Solid ...

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Teenage Bottlerocket - Stealing The Covers

Review: Teenage Bottlerocket – Stealing The Covers

Stealing The Covers is a covers album with a difference. Rather than picking songs then they are never going to better, Teenage Bottlerocket have gone back through their career and grabbed tracks from the countless bands they’ve toured with and which your standard fan probably hasn’t even heard of. It leads to a weird situation where you could put this ...

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Robin Trower by Laurence Harvey

Robin Trower – Time And Emotion

Recent years have seen a series of blues-orientated albums being released in a rather rapid succession from Robin Trower. It’s not as if the legendary guitarist has anything to prove, but if he’s prepared to serve up master classes in guitar virtuosity it’s worth my while sitting back and having a good listen. Time And Emotion isn’t necessarily just more ...

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in this moment ritual

Review: In This Moment – Ritual

Let’s get this out the way. This review does not include the cliche comparison of Maria Brink to ‘a metal Lady Gaga’. For a start, that is just lazy journalism. Secondly, In This Moment are much more than a quirky stage show with an attractive singer. It’s true the genre-spanning metal-ists from LA never do anything by half. You can ...

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decapitated anticult

Review: Decapitated – Anticult

Decapitated are a band that since the very beginning have been sat on the throne of technical death metal. Their musical ability on the debut ‘Winds of Creation’ instantly had them deservedly make a name for themselves, even now, hearing that album blows minds, their creativity was miles ahead of its time. Even more impressive though, is that they were all ...

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Joe Bonamassa Carnegie show photo by Christie Goodwin

Joe Bonamassa – Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening

In January 2016 Grammy nominated blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa packed his platinum selling albums away and headed off to Carnegie Hall where he intended to put in two nights playing an especially rearranged acoustic set of songs. There with a cast of musicians, roughly half of whom he’d not played alongside before and rehearsals taking place only just prior ...

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