Album Reviews

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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Anti-Flag - American Fall

Review: Anti-Flag – American Fall

If there was ever a year that called for an Anti-Flag album more, 2017 is surely it. We’re not going to bullshit you about the political climate, the instability of the fabric of society, or even the fact nuclear war is only a miscalculated sneeze away. We all know this and it is terrifying. The only thing that can truly ...

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Enslaved - E

Review: Enslaved – E

The metal word owes a lot to black Norwegian metal progressive leviathans Enslaved for their 26 years of service. 14 albums in and there still doesn’t seem to be an end to their limitless well of creativity. E certainly marks a milestone in the life and times of Enslaved, as they surely head towards the pantheon of immortality.

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Trivium - The Sin and The Sentence

Review: Trivium – The Sin and The Sentence

Despite having a difficult few years with frequently changing personnel and what some may call an ever evolving sound that has garnered mixed reviews, influential Florida based metalcore outfit Trivium return with their 8th studio album, The Sin and the Sentence. The album starts with the title track and lead single, ‘The Sin and the Sentence’ which is one of the ...

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The Black Dahlia Murder - Nightbringers

Review: The Black Dahlia Murder – Nightbringers

The Black Dahlia Murder have long been one of heavy metal’s underappreciated gems. For over fifteen years they have consistently released album after album of punishing and yet melodic death metal that has rarely veered away from being fantastic. Yet, they never quite seem to get the credit they deserve. They are almost too good, and because of that, there’s ...

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The Winery Dogs – Dog Years

The Winery Dogs – Dog Years: Live in Santiago & Beyond in 2013 – 2016

The Winery Dogs, a band I knew nothing of around two years ago, but with some members I was all too familiar. Two legendary musicians and one that for me, was slightly lesser known, a drummer that has been in just about every band worth being in. Mike Portnoy, arguably one of the greatest bassists to ever live and that has ...

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