Album Reviews

Supersonic Blues Machine – Californisoul

Supersonic Blues Machine are probably a name you aren’t familiar with, but it is a name that is known well among a few and for good reason. The band is a formation of three extremely talented musicians that have earned their stripes with much more well known, household name bands. Their first release early 2016, ‘West of Flushing South Frisco’ ...

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Sons of Apollo – Psychotic Symphony

Well, what can you really expect to get when you stick names like Sheehan, Portnoy, Sherinian, Bumblefoot and Soto in a room together to form a band? I’m pretty sure there isn’t a word for it yet, but needless to say expectations are high. Each and every name in that list is responsible for something defining in the musical World, ...

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Wo Fat – Live Juju: At Freak Valley and Beyond

Wait a minute, this isn’t new! Oh but it is! Wo Fat have been around the block a few times, and they’ve taken good vibes everywhere they go. So what better than to have that captured live and released? Back in 2015 they did that with this release, a live set of their 2014 performance at the German festival Freak ...

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Blues Pills – Lady in Gold - Live in Paris

Review: Blues Pills – Lady in Gold – Live in Paris

Blues Pills seem to have carved out a genre and a niche of their own these past few years. Not only do they write amazing songs, but nothing beats seeing them live on stage, preferably in an intimate setting such as a sweaty club or something along those lines. There is just something about them that rules. Not only is ...

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Savage Messiah - Hands of Fate

Savage Messiah – Hands of Fate

Been to a metal show in the UK recently? You might be aware of Savage Messiah, an English band that is far, far beyond any ‘rising’, ‘new’ or ‘fresh’ labels at this point given their near ten-year history, extensive touring past and now their fourth full-length release – Hands of Fate. Savage Messiah are upfront, loud and proud about their ...

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Europe - Walk The Earth

Review: Europe – Walk The Earth

Joey Tempest told us, he’s Not Supposed To Sing The Blues and yet the rebirth of the bluesy Europe continues with their latest album .Walk The Earth. Following on from Last Look At Eden, Bag Of Bones and War Of Kings earthy, blues infused rock continues to be the foundation for their sound. The latest offering delivers an enjoyable mix of ...

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Johannes Luley – QITARA

Perfect Beings guitarist Johannes Luley’s second solo album branches out from the progressive rock of his main band to explore jazz rock and fusion over its mainly instrumental tracks. ‘The Doer’ opens proceedings with a flamenco played in between a full ensemble band riffing out hard over which Luley infuses John McLaughlin inspired scales to solo effortlessly, a saxophone following ...

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Into The Unknown – Out of The Shadows

There are nine tracks featured across the length of Into The Unknown’s debut album Out of The Shadows, two being cover versions, the remainder co-written by vocalist Lucie Hölzlová, guitarist Ryan Atkins and bassist/producer Rupert Withers.  First up is a cover of Chris de Burgh’s ‘Don’t Pay The Ferryman’. However, if all you’ve heard by the man are easy listening ...

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Sound Storm - Vertigo

Review: Sound Storm – Vertigo

Sound Storm are a Naples based band who formed in 2002, and whose initial brief involved being a band covering songs by Maiden and Savatage, but they soon branched out and began writing their own operatically flavoured songs and on this, their fourth album, they offer us some quite dramatic examples of what they’re writing and performing now. The band ...

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Twingiant - Blood Feud

Review: Twingiant – Blood Feud

Twingiant are a Phoenix-based band who, it is said, are in the process of refining their sound from a conceptual stoner rock template and towards a 1970’s rock-based guitar meets modern sludge metal. On the evidence of this album, the modern sludge metal wins hands down. Whilst there are moments when they play like a 70’s guitar band, those moments are ...

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