Album Reviews

Erja Lyytinen - Stolen Heart

Review: Erja Lyytinen – Stolen Heart

Hailing from Kuopio, Finland, responsible for 80’s heavy metal band Tarot and members of Nightwish, Erja Lyytinen releases her tenth studio album, Stolen Hearts. Stolen Hearts is an eclectic collection of tracks, throwing together a mix of rock, blues and pop into something unlike anything else I have heard before. Track 4 ‘24 Angels’ is a perfect example of this, starting ...

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Woodhawk – Beyond The Sun

Review: Woodhawk – Beyond The Sun

Beyond The Sun is the result of Calgary three piece Woodhawk. Proving to be so much more than the sum of their numbers, Beyond The Sun is their debut full length release and despite their short time together, they have produced something real special that makes no mistake in putting them firmly on the map. A crisp, clean and nigh ...

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The Dirty Nil - Minimum RB

Review: The Dirty Nil – Minimum R&B

Following the success of their debut album, Higher Power, The Dirty Nil have dipped into their back catalogue to bring new fans a taste of what they were doing before. Minimum R&B takes one new track, a collection of 7 inches, plus the EP Smite and bundles them up into one big batch of alternative rock goodness. The question has ...

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Steve Hackett - The Night Siren

Steve Hackett – The Night Siren

‘Behind The Smoke’ begins singularly with Steve Hackett’s voice, a call to prayer as the music begins to encapsulate and Arabian dirge becomes more profoundly classic progressive rock. Halfway through the tempo changes adding an air of mystery and danger, the vocals now are indeed uttered by those from the East, chanting over the sound of drumming, and for the ...

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Blood Command

Review: Blood Command – Cult Drugs

I have been asked to review some bands in my time but never before have I ever heard of Death Pop/Hop before and if I wasn’t so opened minded probably would never have pressed the play button. However, this is quite an eye opener, slightly punkish, with added aggression and yet the band are very much in control and produce ...

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Fumigation / The Path to R’lyeh - Invasion

Review: Fumigation / The Path to R’lyeh – Invasion

Tracklist: FUMIGATION Arachnophobia Forced Vaginal Harbourage Earwigs & Earwax A Beard Full of Maggots THE PATH TO R’LYEH Dream Eater The Book Made of Human Skin Extra-Terrestrial Abomination Y’ha-ntlei’s Awakening   Fumigation Already there is that anticipation building and intensifying ready to make your brain explode although this sounds quite experimental than death metal at least at the start, however, ...

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Gurt - Skullossus

Review: Gurt – Skullossus

First track ‘Welcome to The Shit’ is a wake-up call and definitely makes you think as the sampled voice plays out to an eerie tune that fades in and out. Next track ‘Gimme the Night Any Day’ takes the task in hand and delivers on full throttle. There is however a teeny weeny bit of tongue in cheek on ‘Battlepants’, I mean there ...

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The Charm The Fury - The Sick, Dumb & Happy Review

The Charm The Fury – The Sick, Dumb & Happy Review

The Charm The Fury‘s second full-length offers up a whole new sound to what fans of the band will be used to and laces the influences of Pantera and Metallica throughout the record. Whilst the band admit this is fully intentional, the change leaves a sense that the band have not yet found the core sound they really want. This ...

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Varg - Götterdämmerung

Review: Varg – Götterdämmerung (God’s Dawn)

Immediately you can feel that vibe as German metallers Varg take to the speakers and rip you a new one. That Pagan beat and melodic groove that allows you to flirt with it before it takes control of your very being is just ground-breaking. Vocally seething and raw it bites like a champion pit bull, however, it does contain its ...

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Johnossi Blood Jungle

Review: Johnossi – Blood Jungle

Johnossi, a seemingly unusual choice for a publication that specialises in rock and metal, but all the same the Swedish duo are renowned for their adaptability and their fifth studio album Blood Jungle is no different. Maintaining their unique framework of blending pop, rock and elements of dance Johnossi have continued to expand on that and, with Blood Jungle, create something ...

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