Album Reviews

Jethro Tull – The String Quartets

Jethro Tull – The String Quartets

Featuring the songs of Jethro Tull as written by band leader Ian Anderson, largely orchestrated and re-arranged by keyboard player John O’Hara (also of Tull and Anderson’s solo band) and chiefly featuring The Carducci Quartet as musicans, Jethro Tull – The String Quartets proves an interesting reinterpretation of songs that known by millions around the world, a number of them ...

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Diet Cig — Swear I'm Good At This

Review: Diet Cig — Swear I’m Good At This

The New York pop-punk duo DIET CIG have announced their debut album Swear I’m Good At This will be released via Frenchkiss Records on April 7th. Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman have been playing together for three years and are already widely known for their snappy live shows. If 1975 Blondie had just comprised of just Debbie & Clem they might ...

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Carousel Kings – Charm City

Review: Carousel Kings – Charm City

Infectiousness runs clear on the new record Charm City from Carousel Kings, with hooks and punchy lyrics pushing the album into rock territory. The band don’t shy away from exploiting their thoughts of chaos and pain either, as they point their fingers at the sky, wondering if it’s going to fall. The guitars and rush of adrenaline merge brilliantly, the arrangements ...

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Krysthla - Peace in Our Time

Review: Krysthla – Peace in Our Time

High speed djent inspired riffs. Byzantine inspired guitar solos. Expertly executed growls and screams that can get you screaming along like your life depends on it atop angular and unforeseeable turns of pace. And that’s just the opening track, ‘The Minor Mystery of Death’. Krysthla have outdone themselves with their second album; it’s rare to find a band this fully ...

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The Raven Age - Darkness Will Rise

Review: The Raven Age – Darkness Will Rise

Formed in 2009 The Raven Age are an English melodic metal band from London. The Raven Age’s Darkness Will Rise is thirteen songs long and is their debut album following their 2014 self-titled EP. Guitarist George Harris is the son of Iron Maiden’s bassist Steve Harris, which you can definitely hear small parts of through the riffs in the album, however it seems that there ...

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Bitterfeldt - Götzen.Dämmerung

Review: Bitterfeldt – Götzen.Dämmerung

The stark reality of this band hits you straight between the eyes as soon as the play button is released. The dark, anxious strides of rhythm plumb out like billowing smoke fumes turns into a track called ‘Nordlicht’, which for the few people who do know ‘ein bischen deutch’ means ‘north light’. The track is sun ‘auf deutsch’ which makes ...

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Crnkshft

Review: Crnkshft – Crnkshft

Oh yeah, this is like the music that appears in my dreams – along with a lot of other genres, however, this raucous, heavy, bone-shaking madness is top of the list and first track ‘Systematic’ just does the trick! It wraps its harsh melodies around your head never mind your ears and weaves its own turmoil. It’s catchy and solid ...

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me and that man

Review: Me and That Man – Songs of Love and Death

Side/solo projects can be a risk for established artists. It’s always interesting to see a musician take a different approach to their self-expression, or the therapeutic outlet they seek through creativity, but mostly, the results can be somewhat disappointing. Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski of Behemoth fame found new levels of astonishing emotional depth with 2014’s extreme metal masterpiece, The Satanist – ...

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Michael Schenker Fest Live

Michael Schenker Fest Live Toyko (2 CD + DVD)

‘Searching For Freedom’ plays over the PA over and the Japanese audience rises and politely as cameras roll around the impressive looking International Forum on the evening of August 24th 2016. Then like some Teutonic trickster god transported into the heart of the rising sun Michael Schenker stands before them centre stage, arms raised as he calls out “Hello, Toyko… ...

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Danny Worsnops

Danny Worsnops venture into Outlaw Country has matured effortlessly

From Hardcore to Rock ‘n’ Roll and now Blues, Asking Alexandria and We Are Harlot frontman Danny Worsnop has taken to his new musical venture like a fish to water! The ever eclectic musician has delivered an album of raw, emotional songs about personal highs and lows during his successful career via his solo debut album ‘The Long Road Home’. Even (only) ...

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