Album Reviews

Hundred Suns - The Prestaliis

Review: Hundred Suns – The Prestaliis

Hundred Sun, are a three piece made up of ex-Every Time I Die, Dead and Divine and current Norma Jean members. With that background it would be easy to go into debut album, The Prestallis, with a preconceived notion of what to expect. While elements of each band are inescapably there, there is also something new on display, less hard ...

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The Bronx - V

Review: The Bronx – V

When The Bronx released their first album in 2003, it was an unhinged slab of genius. Five albums later and few punk bands can lay claim to being half as consistent as this one. Even when they piss off for a few years to make Mariachi music they are brilliant, and a new album from them is like comfort food ...

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Alice Cooper - Paranormal

Review: Alice Cooper – Paranormal

It has been a while since legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper last blessed us with an album, but let it be known that the 6-year gap between this latest effort of his entitled Paranormal and its predecessor, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, has been worth it. Paranormal contains some of the strongest, most thought-provoking, and explosive song material by the legend ...

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Black Cat Bones - Down to the River

Review: Black Cat Bones – Down to the River

Strange how things happen isn’t it? In two days exactly it will be four years ago to the day that I saw Black Cat Bones for the second time at the Zanzifest, the first time was at Metal goes Mental in July 2013 also at the Zanzibar in Liverpool. Both times the band made their mark and how with their Southern ...

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Der Weg Einer - Freiheit Finnisterre

Review: Der Weg Einer – Freiheit Finnisterre

Oh the awesome German accent comes from the speakers along with a strange doomy sound and then simply explodes into a head decapitating savagery! Living up to its title ‘Departure’ or if you prefer ‘Aufbruch’ – but you can’t go anywhere until you have been completely mauled by the typically insane screech and out of this world musical composition that will ...

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Eshtadur - Mother Gray

Review: Eshtadur – Mother Gray

Columbia may not be very high on many people’s lists of countries that release a serious melodic death metal album but Eshtadur are once again doing exactly that. Having been around for over a decade the band have had a while to hone their craft and it is evident on this album that they have spent that time wisely… for ...

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Rex Brown

Review: Rex Brown – Smoke On This…

Rex Brown, a name of royalty in the metal World with the huge rise in the 90’s of legendary band, Pantera. Joining a collective of impressive musicians in other projects such as Down and Kill Devil Hill, the later of which being the closest of the three mentioned with what to expect from this solo effort. Smoke on This… takes ...

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Next to None.. "Phases"

Next to None.. “Phases”

Next to None toe an interesting line between crunchy, aggressive American radio metal and wild, extravagant prog rock, with many stylistic left-turns all over this record. While often the focus is on the instrumental prowess on show, the real highlights here occur when the songwriting present on the album takes centre stage. Many of the songs on Phases are over ...

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THE TANGENT

THE TANGENT ..”The slow rust of forgotten machinery.”

This is the first Tangent album since main man, Andy Tillison, was laid low by a heart attack in 2016, but he’s happily recovered sufficiently and is now back behind the wheel again, and it’s good to have him back. This new album, the band’s ninth, will once again ignite the debate as to exactly what kind of band The ...

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Heavy Traffic

Brooklyn fuzzy-psych outfit Heavy Traffic bring us their sixth album on Twin Earth Records, Plastic Surgery.

‘Rule Of Nines’, the seven-minute-strong opener, unifies heavy, doomy riffs and psychedelic vocals soaring overhead. It’s an insight into what to expect from the album: pure fuzz with densely reverbed vocals. The second track, ‘See Right Through’, is even better.It’ss heavy groove-laden pulse, echoing vocals and wailing guitars evoke thoughts of flying through the cosmos with Fuzz on your walkman. Solid ...

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