Album Reviews

Between The Lines

Between The Lines – To The Wind

Between The Lines are set to release EP To The Wind on July 6th 2018. The EP contains two tracks titled ‘Anywhere But Here’ and ‘To The Wind’. Opening track ‘Anywhere But Here’ has fast pop-punk guitars and an upbeat feeling  that makes the song fit in perfectly with other pop-punk tracks, that are currently dominating the alternate radio stations up and down ...

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WYTCH HAZEL

Hard rockers WYTCH HAZEL release ‘II: Sojourn’

Wytch Hazel’s 2016 debut Prelude suggested these Lancastrians had the potential to become a significant entry into the world of hard rock. Two years on, they have released II: Sojourn, an album that, according to singer, guitarist and songwriter Colin Hendra is: “a concept album, but not in the traditional sense, it’s quite strongly themed: side A is ‘The Plight’ ...

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RAW IN SECT

RAW IN SECT fuse metal with traditional Greek on ‘Kitro’

My knowledge of Greek rock bands is slim to say the least. Although I have been a fan of Socrates Drank the Conium for years, Raw In Sect is the first to catch my attention since then (ignoring Rotting Christ on purpose). Comprising of Kostas Diamandis (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Dimitris Alexiou (Drums & Backing Vocals), George Ioakeimidis (Guitar & ...

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1968

1968 produce heavy, muddy guitars and riffs aplenty on ‘Ballads of the Godless’

The clue’s in the name, here we have a band with their roots firmly in the late 60’s. Picture Blue Cheer, the 13thFloor Elevators, Jodo and early Sabbath contributing to a composite sound of heavy, muddy guitars and riffs aplenty. Based in Cheshire, Jimi Ray (Vocals), Sam Orr (Guitar), Tom Richards (Bass) and Dan Amati (Drums) will make you think ...

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Black Fast

Review: Black Fast – Spectre of Ruin

After the explosive impact of their last release, I was excited to hear Black Fast‘s latest musical offering. On the surface, Spectre of Ruin is a solid metal album. It has ferocious energy, top-tier production, and is consistently heavy throughout. I can’t help but feel though that the overall product is quite generic. There are a few moments, such as the bridge ...

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zeal and ardor

Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit

Zeal & Ardor’s 2017 Debut, Devil is Fine was an exercise in experimentation, fusing together soulful delta blues with furious, biting black metal to create an altogether new sound. The project – the brainchild of French composer Manuel Gagneaux – took hold in the metal world after a reissue through MVKA, and fast became one of the most exciting bands ...

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Møl Jord

MØL’s blackgaze album ‘JORD’

Did you know there is a genre of music called blackgaze? I certainly didn’t. It is the ambience of shoegaze (post-rock) combined with the brutality of black metal in what is undoubtedly the most confusing sentence I have written during my time at RAM. Clearly then, it is a very niche genre, but that hasn’t stopped Danish five-piece MØL from ...

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Poly-Math

Poly-Math – House of Wisdom | We are the Devil

A polymath is the name given to a person who could be considered as having expert knowledge across a range of topics. da Vinci, for example, was a polymath. I am most certainly not one (unless Icelandic football and Doctor Who counts?). Poly-Math are also a Brighton based three-piece, whose latest release House of Wisdom | We are the Devil has ...

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LUMEN - Sharing An Eye

LUMEN – Sharing An Eye

The Augusta, Georgia, four piece LUMEN‘s (not to be confused with the Russian band of the same name) latest release Sharing An Eye really states its intentions from the opening moments of ‘Moon Reader’. Such a display of exemplary brutality cannot fail to go unnoticed, and while it is one thing to start that way, LUMEN use it as a benchmark, ...

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SPOCK’S BEARD

Spock’s Beard have always been about moving forward and attempting to do something different

Spock’s Beard are an American progressive/symphonic rock band who, in many ways symbolise the ethos of what Prog rock is all about. The ethos of Spock’s Beard has always been about moving forward and attempting to do something different. That they can still do this despite the loss of the stellar talented prog legend Neil Morse says something about the ...

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