Album Reviews

The Mute Gods

THE MUTE GODS – Atheists and Believers

The Mute Gods are a kind-of prog-rock supergroup, with all three members of the line-up having a lengthy pedigree playing in other major bands, currently including The Sea Within and Steve Hackett, among several others. This new album follows on from their last release, 2017’s Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth, and continues to shine the spotlight on topics and issues ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND

DEVIN TOWNSEND – An iconoclastic musician who has pushed the boundaries on Empath

If one word could be said to sum up the music and career of Canadian rock musician Devin Townsend, it’s probably Iconoclastic. Since he’s rarely in one place for any length of time and is always following his muse to wherever it leads him. Which puts him alongside fellow Canadian Neil Young, who’s always gone his own way and made ...

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FM

FM complete a fabulous Italian Job

FM are far from being the only classic 1980’s band still on the touring circuit after enjoying a second wind. Something that’s a little less usual though, and what makes them stand out from the pack, is what they’ve been up to since reforming 12 years ago. Five of their ten studio albums (plus the rerecorded Indiscreet 30) have been released by ...

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DREAM THEATER

Dream Theatre’s Distance Over Time “Them at their most dynamic”

A contentious point, maybe, but it’s probably true to say there’s no other band like rock titans, the mighty Dream Theatre. Consequently, few bands divide opinion in the rock world more than they seem to. That’s because they’re an interesting hybrid; neither wholly prog, nor wholly metal, rather, they’re a fascinating amalgam of the two styles. They effortlessly bridge together ...

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ROCK GODDESS  This Time      

Rock Goddess return with This Time

Back in the days of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), for those of us with long memories, females playing rock were about as rare as a Ritchie Blackmore’s smile. But this changed when bands like Girlschool and, in particular, Rock Goddess came onto the scene. And they didn’t let the fact of their gender deter them from ...

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Almost Honest

Almost Honest – Welcome to the Viking Groove Machine

It was hard to know exactly what I was in for heading into the first listen of Almost Honest’s Seiches and Sirens, a full-length album from a band dubbed a “Viking groove machine”, hailing from Pennsylvania, but such as it was I was still surprised by what this record had in store. While the album starts off with the furious ...

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Fresh Grass

Grass prove they are anything but trash with Fresh material

Despite conjuring the sound of a band who has crossed a sun-baked desert in a clapped out old touring van, you may be surprised to learn Grass actually hail from the concrete and steel landscape of Brooklyn NY. Fresh Grass opens up with this sun-kissed, 70’s, blues-infused stoner style the band have carefully stitched together, the infectious chorus of ‘My ...

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INCULTER

Inculter release eight blackened compositions in the form of Fatal Visions

The Norwegian thrash metal squadron known as Inculter made waves in the underground a few years ago by means of their impressive and memorable debut offering entitled Persisting Devolution, and it is no secret that this writer was quite curious as to what the follow-up would sound like. It is with great pleasure to announce that this fist-pumping new opus ...

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Jetboy

Jetboy were Born To Fly

Founded in 1983, Jetboy first came to my attention with the brilliant and rocked up version of the Johnny Cash tune ‘Folsom Prison Blues’. How time flies, as we now have their ninth offering, Born To Fly, albeit after a wait of around twenty years. The current line-up features the two original guitarists Billy Rowe and Fernie Rod and longstanding cohort ...

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Quiet Riot

Quiet Riot live for One Night In Milan

Most people inevitably equate Quiet Riot with the late, lamented wizard Randy Rhodes… unsurprising perhaps, but also a little unfair to the current band who have been recording high quality rock for a number of years. With Frankie Banali (Drums), Chuck Wright (Bass), Alex Grossi (Guitar) and James Durbin (Vocals) their star is obviously in the ascendency again, as they ...

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