Album Reviews

Blackmores Night Winter Carols

Blackmore’s Night – Winter Carols

The folk rock outfit Blackmore’s Night, which is spearheaded by the talented Candice Night and the living legend that is Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow), has been quite prolific and productive ever since its inception back in 1997. Countless albums and releases have seen the light of day since then, but the actual quality of the music has wavered a ...

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Antipope - Denial Survival

Review: Antipope – Denial / Survival

Antipope are a band from Finland who, in their early days, were full-on death metal, and they once described their music as being an energetic amalgam of heavy metal and black metal, but with prog overtones. Since that time, however, they’ve begun to absorb other elements into their music, and they now incorporate other assorted styles from right across the ...

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Cannibal Corpse Red Before Black

Review: Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black

Referred to as the most controversial band of all time and the most important Death Metal band of all time, Buffalo Death Metal legends Cannibal Corpse return seemingly out of nowhere with their 14th studio album Red Before Black. The key word to describe Cannibal Corpse is consistent, they are a band that have released quality content over the three ...

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Samarkind

Review: Samarkind – Debut Album

Samarkind are a new band featuring frontman David P. Byrne (note the ‘P’; it’s not that one from Talking Heads) who, according to the press release, was part of “successful hard rock band Assassin” and a “featured vocalist in the movie Trick or Treat”. Assassin, like Mr Byrne hail from Dublin and as far as I can make out had ...

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Chelsea - Mission Impossible

Review: Chelsea – Mission Impossible

Of all the bands who surfaced during year zero, 1976, when the punk wars raged full-on, Chelsea can probably consider themselves to be amongst the unlucky ones. Despite being at the epicentre of the storm while it raged and with many other similar bands going on to become household names (the Damned) and some to become iconic and well respected ...

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Supersonic Blues Machine - Californisoul

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

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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Live Juju

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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