Album Reviews

Old Man Wizard

California’s Old Man Wizard return with their new release Blame It All On Sorcery

Old Man Wizard is a Californian 3 piece band who, have been around since 2011 and are about to release their second album called Blame It All On Sourcery. Band members Francis Roberts (Guitar, Vocals), Andre Beller (Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals) and Kris Calabio (Drums, Backing Vocals) have put together 10 tracks of carefully structured rock with psych and prog ...

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Crystal Ball

Crystal Ball return with their 10th album Crystallizer

Back in 1995, there was a Swiss cover band called Cherry Pie and, after numerous live gigs, they decided they could do just as well themselves. Crystal Ball was born, and they released their debut album In The Beginning. They have now released their 10th album called Crystallizer. The current line up features Steven Mageney (Vocals), Scott Leach (Lead and ...

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Caliban - Elements

Review: Caliban – Elements

The German metalcore band are back with a brand new thirteen-track-album, entitled Elements. Let us delve into this their eleventh studio album! I’m not going to pretend I have been a dedicated Caliban listener in the past, I’ve heard a few songs but for whatever reason, I never have taken the steps to explore them further. My brother introduced me ...

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THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down

The Dead Daisies keep up their charm and momentum on Burn It Down

Thanks to a number of stellar albums and glorious live performances all over the globe, The Dead Daisies have been on an upward spiral ever since the band was conceived and there can be absolutely no doubt that these guys have worked their asses off to get where they are today. Boasting a most impressive line-up consisting of rock royalty ...

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Rainbow

RAINBOW – Memories in Rock II       

Of all the names regularly mentioned as sixties guitar heroes in the classic rock firmament, few stars shine brighter than that of the iconic man in black himself, Mr Ritchie Blackmore. Equally lauded as a guitar hero or the most divisive and truculent human being on the planet, and the bane of many a rock journalist, nonetheless he’s been responsible ...

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Happy Accidents Everything Here And Now

Happy Accidents Everything Here And Now album review

Everything Here And Now the new album from Happy Accidents isn’t the type of album you will be headbanging along nor drumming along to whilst in your car. Everything Here And Now is the type of album you will casually listen to as you unwind from a stressful day. From the opening notes of ‘Nunhead’ to the final lines of ‘Sink‘. Happy ...

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LOVELORN DOLLS — Darker Ages

Lovelorn Dolls – Darker Ages | Album Review

The Lovelorn Dolls are a Belgian Gothic rock group with a feminine facade, founded by the guitarist Bernard Daubresse aka Corpus Christi and the singer & composer from “Skeptical Minds” ie Kristell Lowagie aka Ladyhell. Their sound consists of thick guitar riffs, deafening melodies, perfectly executed synthesizer sequences and the characteristic voice of Kristell. If you can imagine Marilyn Manson ...

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Palm Reader

Palm Reader to release new album, Braille, showcasing a barrage of riffs

Braille is not an album that messes around. Palm Reader kick things off with ‘Swarm’ which is the aural equivalent of a big boot to the face. It is heavy and armed with more angular riffs than you can flail wildly to, but it’s all pinned together by the chorus. In among all the chaos, they unleash their more melodic ...

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Bob Kulick – Skeletons In The Closet

Having spent 50 years in the music business, playing with the likes of Kiss, Meat Loaf, Lou Reed and W.A.S.P; Bob Kulick remains an in demand guitarist, and sometime producer. Little wonder then it took him until 2015 to start putting together his first solo album, Skeletons In The Closet, available through Vanity Music. Skeletons in the Closet features ten ...

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Icefire – The Nature Of Evil

Featuring former members of Scarab, Midlands-based female-fronted heavy metal band Icefire offer with Nature Of Evil a list of suitably hell-baiting song titles to sum up where they’re coming from.  However, toss your black metal habits aside; ditch your emo-heroin chic posturing and think Goth metal of the kind birthed by the unholy union of folk brought up on the ...

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