Album Reviews

The Crawling Anatomy of Loss

Review: The Crawling – Anatomy of Loss

There’s some great titles on this album and one is ‘An Immaculate Deception’ that possesses some tough and twisting rhythms with a deep dark grunting vocal that you can feel in your gut as it rips your intestines out! Moving on to the next track ‘Poison Orange’ I can almost hear the band laughing when they thought up this track title, but also ...

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Blacktop Mojo - Burn The Ships

Review: Blacktop Mojo – Burn the Ships

Blacktop Mojo, if you haven’t heard of them yet, you soon will. These Texan rockers are on the way up, and in big ways. Burn The Ships is their upcoming release, a southern rock goliath of an album. These guys take the sound of the heavier side of the south but not without the flair and tinge that can alienate ...

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Of the Sun

Review: Of the Sun – Before a Human Path

It seems slightly oxymoronic to say that technically proficient music can get boring at times. When you get a room full of musicians who are undisputed virtuosos, the push and pull between members can end up leaving an album as a fight for space between who can show off their skills the most, and it can end up bloated and ...

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Wolfpakk - Wolves reign

Review: Wolfpakk – Wolves reign

Is it me or is music getting better by the minute? ‘Falling’ is an amazing track that just transports me back to the good old days of bands like Europe and Bon Jovi, although this is a lot more fired up, but it holds that same familiar sound with fantastic harmonies. ‘Run All Night’ literally runs away with itself in ...

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Warbringer - Woe to the Vanquished

Review: Warbringer – Woe to the Vanquished

You know that you have been thrashed beyond smithereens when you listen to this, as ‘Silhouettes’ blasts out from the speakers and pulverise with a feisty voice. ‘Woe to the Vanquished’ shows no mercy as it creative agitation molests with fury and like any thrash track is angry and full of hate. It is smothered in fevered riffs and vengeful blasting ...

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Battalions - Nothing to Lose

Review: Battalions – Nothing to Lose

Nothing to Lose is certainly striking. Stoner, doom, ‘classic’ heavy; there are so many styles of metal catered for here. What’s most astounding about Battalions’ proficiency is that this is a debut album. There’s the tarmac thick sludge of Remission-era Mastodon, the infectious licks of Tony Iommi, and topping it all off is Phil Wilkinson’s brutal voice. Rather than employing ...

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Lethe - First Corpse on the Moon

Review: Lethe – The First Corpse on the Moon

Primus. Tool. Fantômas. There are bands that truly epitomise what it is to eclectic, and blend myriad influences without becoming convoluted or start to sound confused. Lethe comfortably sit in this category. Their second full-length album, The First Corpse on the Moon, blends avant-garde metal, trip-hop, electronica and pop – to name a few genres – in a glorious experiment ...

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Ray Wilson – Makes Me Think of Home

Ray Wilson – Makes Me Think of Home

Ray Wilson’s Song For A Friend has proved to be one of my favourite albums of 2016. The former Stiltskin and Genesis frontman delivered an acoustic album of well-crafted personalised songs delivered with expressive emotion. He follows it swiftly with Makes Me Think of Home, a close musical partner that adds electrical instruments, albeit not brazenly, that mix rock, pop ...

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The Mute Gods - Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth

The Mute Gods – Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth

The Mute Gods gave birth to a formidable debut album with last year’s Do Nothing Till Your Hear From Me. Critically appraised, presumably good sales, they’re back not only to show there’s still life in the old dogs but that they’re ready bark even more furiously at those things that annoy them. As before, it’s politics and religion mainly; the ...

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Our Hollow Our Home - Hartsick

Review: Our Hollow Our Home – Hartsick

Southampton’s metalcore heavyweights Our Hollow Our Home recently announced the release date for their long-awaited debut album, Hartsick. Fans had been left on tenterhooks for a full album since the release of 2015’s submersive Redefine EP, and have enjoyed the tantalising drip feeding of Hartsick singles over recent months. Now, the loyal and the steadfast have been rewarded with a ...

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