Album Reviews

Stryper’s God Damn Evil Album!

That Stryper were promoted as a Christian rock band I’d always assumed they’d sound like a poodle rock version of 70s Casablanca act Angel without Guiffera’s keyboards. Maybe they were, I’ve still not dipped into their back catalogue, but being signed to Frontiers – the home of many US melodic rock bands who made a mint during the 80s and ...

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Joe Satriani – What Happens Next

This is how it happens. You walk casually across the room, forgetting for a moment where you’ve been and what you’ve done. Then a barrage of sound hits you square in the back of the head. You turn wandering what on earth this assault on your ear drums is; looking at speakers bellowing away your memory lapse fades as you ...

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Boomstik's Rocked and Loaded

Boomstik’s Rocked and Loaded

Hailing from Kentucky (a town called Glasgow), Boomstik came together in 2014 with Ken Massey on lead vocals, Wade England on guitar, Jason Thurman on drums, and Kevin Pope on bass. The album also has a few guests featured: Shane Williams on guitar, Lindsey Lawhon and Sandra Dye on vocals. They come across as a classic rock/melodic grunge hybrid with ...

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Blackberry Smoke

Blackberry Smoke play to their strengths on Find A Light  

Blackberry Smoke are a southern rock/country rock band and seen by many as the spiritual heirs to the southern heritage of Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Black Crowes. Indeed, according to fellow southerners, Cadillac Three, “Blackberry Smoke are carrying forward the torch the Allmans and Skynyrd lit”. How true, or even accurate, this is is anybody’s guess, but what’s undeniable is ...

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Rotting Christ – Their Greatest Spells

Up there as one of the greatest musical exports Greece has offered our community, Rotting Christ have been able to release into the world a monumental amount of music in their time. A career as a band now spanning 30 years of greatness, and the reason behind this release. A band not unfamiliar with controversy, their name has caused stirs ...

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Palace Of The King – Get Right With Your Maker

Picture some crime thriller movie where there’s a scene taking place in a strip joint. That’s how the first couple of bars of ‘I Am the Storm’ start out. After that it’s a different kettle of fish with screaming psychedelic rock with a vocalist who sounds like a tired and weary Steve Marriott fronting The Black Crowes singing over the ...

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Bonfire – Temple Of Lies

Only guitarist Hans Ziller remains as an original member of German melodic rock band Bonfire, a band who’ve had their successes since the mid-80s albeit failing to crack the American market. But then, the influence of British bands like Deep Purple and Uriah Heep touring constantly throughout Europe with hit albums during the 70s became engrained within the consciousness of ...

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Ministry prove they can still do it with ‘AmeriKKKant’

Still Brimming with Al Jorgensen’s signature scathing political satire we have become accustomed too on the most recent releases. The brand new album AmeriKKKant is a breath of fresh air in their catalogue it still has plenty of the razor sharp riffs and fast paced frenzy but this album has what in my opinion they have lacked on a lot ...

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INK

INK release debut EP Heaven

Heaven is debut EP of London based alternative rock trio INK. The group which consists of Todd Dorgio on guitar and, Corey Alexander on drums and Dougie Poynter from Mcfly on bass a sharing vocal duty with Dorgio. Heaven which was released worldwide on March 14th perfectly combines pop hooks with classic rock and grungey bass lines. Through merging these ...

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Deadline

Heavy rock group Deadline to release Nothing Beside Remains

Deadline are a French band comprising Arnaud Restoueix on Lead vocals, Gabriel Lect and Christophe Gatter on Guitar, Sébastien Debbane on Bass and Backing Vocals and Fabrice Trovato on Drums and Backing Vocals. Although new to me, they have been around since 2009 when they released an EP and then, in 2014, their debut full-length album called Fire Inside. This ...

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