Album Reviews


Review: NOFX – First Ditch Effort

The last ten years have seen a generation of punk bands feel the need to grow up. Green Day went political while Blink-182 started talking about their feelings and quite frankly we could have done without both. It’s easy to speak seriously but to take a style of music that works better with a sneer of childish aggression and make ...

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Blackberry Smoke - Like an Arrow

Review: Blackberry Smoke – Like an Arrow

If you hear the word “Americana” and your face turns sour and your eyes come-over all glassy — Wait a minute. Figure this: Americana is not just comforting and middle-class, you know. Dylan is Americana. Springsteen is Americana. Where would we be without Johnny Cash? Or Willie Nelson? Those dudes live ‘n’ breath rebellion. Protest is strong in their heart, ...

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Review: Sonic Syndicate — Confessions

The heavy metal outfit SONIC SYNDICATE from Falkenberg in Sweden recently underwent a sonic change. They also switched personnel. Out went bass player Karin Axelsson and drummer John Bengtsson. In came Michel Bärzén [bass] and Peter on drums. In fact the only member of the original organized union of like-minded souls is Robin Sjunnesson on guitar. Then the band underwent ...

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Review: Norma Jean – Polar Similar

Norma Jean is a pretty unique band. There are very few bands that can produce something new over the course of seven albums, inventive and challenging every time. Polar Similar is no different. It certainly has that Norma Jean stamp on it; you can tell it’s them. Be it Cory Putman’s gravely vocals, or the twinge of Southern rock that ...

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Review: Aghast – Something Else, Something Rotten

Opening track ‘King Bitch’ is one good way of opening up an album – razor edged guitar riffs, a thunderous beat and raspy vocals. If you were asleep before then you certainly won’t be now as you will have your work cut out if you try and snooze. The agitation is felt immediately on ‘Something Else’ and the scathing rhythms make your shoulders ...

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Demon - Cemetery Junction

Review: Demon – Cemetery Junction

Demon Formed in 1979 – I remember that year so well being the year I left school and got my first job, so I could afford more albums. Like everyone else music was and is still a big part of my life. It sounds like there is a bit of a psychedelic mood going on here at least at the ...

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Review: Echelon – Brimstone Aggrandizement

Getting down to the nitty gritty of getting your ears around some classic death metal is always a good thing for me. Feeling the strikes of metal embed themselves under the skin and cause a lot of sheer tingling as the aggressive riffs hit so hard they hurt, but the hurt is all part of loving the genre, and the ...

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Review: Exist Immortal – Breathe

Sometimes, the right band comes along at just the right time. I was listening to Textures when Exist Immortal’s latest offering appeared in my inbox; I was in the mood for something like Textures that wasn’t Textures – Breathe is exactly what I was looking for. The UK-based, five-piece metal-band have been around since 2011 and Breathe (2016) is their ...

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Review: Electric Six – Fresh Blood For Tired Vampyres

SEX! DISCO! GORE! MORE SEX! GUITAR SOLOS! NEAR-EXTRATERRESTRIAL KEYBOARDS! That’s right ladies and gents, the only band to convincingly replicate the sound of a LSD-fuelled-disco-rock-orgy are back. Electric Six return with their twelfth studio album, Fresh Blood For Tired Vampyres. The ever blunt-yet-witty Dick Valentine shows us they are the same lovably, crazy bunch that we came to adore all ...

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Review: King King – King King Live

“Hey, hey – You came!” calls out Alan Nimmo in mock surprise amidst a whooping crowd as guitars tune up and drums bash down in a veritable  musical car crash before the rolling down the highway rock groove of ‘Lose Control’ sets in and hooks the audience. More laid back, old school blues in the Bobby ‘Blues’ Bland style follows ...

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