Album Reviews

Riverside

Riverside set to release their most emotionally charged album yet         

European progmeisters Riverside return with their new album, their seventh and certainly the most emotionally charged album they’ve ever released. This is the first album of new music the band have released since the tragic death of guitarist Piotr Grudzinski in February 2016, which produced much soul searching on the part of band leader Mariusz Duda, who also lost his ...

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ETHERNITY

Ethernity release The Human Race Extinction   

The Human Race Extinction is the second album from Belgium power metal band Ethernity, following on from 2015’s Obscure Illusions, which was released to favourable reviews in the rock community. Actually, on listening to this album, it’s clear they’re slightly more than just power metal. They have distinct leanings towards symphonic rock as well, as demonstrated on their new release. ...

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Monte Pittman

Monte Pittman gets Between the Space(s)

For a man whose first band, Myra Mains, may not have set the world alight, Monte Pittman has certainly made up for it with his subsequent success in very different areas. His stint in the metal legends Prong, a number of collaborations with various artists and to cap it all he was the guitar player for Madonna. He has released a ...

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DIRTY STREETS

Dirty Streets release Distractions

A three-piece blues rock band is usually my goblet of wine and although onto their 5thalbum, new to me band Dirty Streets are now firmly in my list of ‘bands to imbibe with’. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, their latest album Distractions is a follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 release White Horse and contains a great blend of heavy, soulful and sometimes psychedelic blues-rock. Think Blue ...

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The Ghost and the Machine

The Ghost and the Machine are slick on Red Rain Tires

Named, I assume, after a phrase coined by the Oxford philosopher Gilbert Ryle to describe aspects of the mind-body relationship, The Ghost and the Machine was formed in 2014 by Andi Lechner, who plays, predominately, Resonator guitars, and Heidi Fial, a multi-instrumentalist, specialising in the double bass. They expanded to a trio in 2016 with the recruitment of drummer Matthias Macht. ...

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Sari Schorr – Never Say Never

Two years down the road, second album in, Stateside singer Sari Schorr sounds much travelled and has a few things that she wants to get off her chest rather than go for the easy option and just sing about falling in and out of love. Message songs and preaching politics rarely get an audience in modern rock music, but she ...

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Ashbury

Ashbury hit new heights on Eye Of The Stygian Witches

Ashbury have been around for a while, having released Endless Skies in 1983 and eventually the follow-up, Something Funny Going On in 2004. They have now got around to releasing their third album, Eye Of The Stygian Witches and continue where they left off with a classy album full of 80s inspired heavy rock. Hailing from Tuscon in Arizona and made up of brothers ...

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ALICE COOPER Paranormal Night

ALICE COOPER’s new live album Paranormal Night at the Olympia, Paris

Alice Cooper, rock legend, elder statesman, one-time member of the original 1970’s Hollywood Vampires, rock n’ roll Hall of Famer and a whole lot more besides, is now fifty years into his career and at 70, he’s still going strong and showing no signs of slowing down. Actually, he’d probably be a legend even if all he’d ever recorded was ...

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Attan

ATTAN are a darkened force of thick pure aggression

This is where hope comes to die and Attan is its executioner. Spawning from a place where sunlight doesn’t exist for six months of the year, Attan are a darkened force of thick pure aggression who dance with calamity. The five-piece have been building to this moment since they unleashed their rabid EP From Nothing back in 2015. Stretching out the ...

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Metal Allegiance – Vol II: Power Drunk Majesty

Ah, Metal Allegiance, the band where my entire music journalist life started! A few years ago their self-titled debut was my first ever album to review, not having a clue what I was doing other than being straight with myself and stating what I felt about the album, I couldn’t flaw it! It still gets played often to this day ...

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