Album Reviews

Review: Kansas – The Prelude Implicit

15 albums down the road, a tinkling piano over the Celtic heartbeat that is ‘With This Heart’  acts as overture to The Prelude Implicit, the first studio album Kansas have released in sixteen years. Despite expressions of love and devotion expressed there’s an underlying melancholy to it. Such thoughts are case aside immediately after as adventurous optimism takes shape musically ...

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Review: Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

Dillinger Escape Plan are calling it a day. That news should signal a national day of mourning and yet to the mainstream; it will mean nothing. They don’t understand that a band who have more ideas in one song that most acts have in a career are giving it up. However, it is so like them to do this, to ...

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Sari Schorr & The Engine Room – A Force Of Nature

The lady sings the blues, and then she rocks. The too obvious comparison is Janis Joplin (sometimes I wonder how many people have actually ever heard the 60s icon). Whereas if we’re talking tonal range and a female vocalist of past pedigree we might opt more towards Grace Slick wail and Maggie Bell’s roar, she’s also in a similar range ...

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Review: Opeth – Sorceress

      The beautiful opening on this album from ‘Persephone’ takes all your stresses and worries away like no tomorrow. It allows you to sit back and exhale and let the crisp notes flow through your mind like a cool breeze. ‘Sorceress’ is a long and winding progression of rhythms that are elasticized with teasing essences that are sultry ...

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Review: Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me

Against Me! are a special band. Their last three albums all have a claim to being stone cold classics (the ones before those aren’t exactly bad), and Laura Jane Grace has established herself as a voice for those who sometimes need it the most. Therefore, the release of a new album is something to be treasured. How can you not ...

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Review: King 810 – La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God

When you think of America’s most desirable locations in which to take a well-deserved summer holiday, it’s rather unlikely that Flint, Michigan would be amongst the leading candidates. Often regarded as one of the most violent cities in the US, this breeding ground of unrest has given birth to a living, breathing, pissed-off powerhouse in the form of King 810. ...

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Review: SHVPES – Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair

The sheer energy exhumed by this latest instalment by SHVPES gives you a very good understanding of what it would be like to see them live. You can imagine the Birmingham boys jumping all over the stage, commanding the bouncing crowds with ease as you’re sat at home naturally bobbing your head along to this eleven track debut album. That ...

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Cold Years - Death Chasers

Review: Cold Years – Death Chasers

Another day, another up and coming British band trying to elbow their way past the competition on a quest to rise to the upper echelons of the national rock scene. On this particular occasion we’re faced with an anthemic, punk-tinged, quintet going by the name of Cold Years. Hailing from Aberdeen and taking more than a couple of cues from ...

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Review: Marsh Dweller – The Weight Of Sunlight

Solo projects are by their very nature, terrifying prospects for us reviewers. For every wonderfully talented multi-instrumentalist there are a dozen egotistical, jack-of-all-trades master of none style musicians longing for admiration to feed their own sense of self importance. Thankfully Marsh Dweller, the brainchild of Pittsburgh native John Owen Kerr, comfortably falls into the first of these two categories. With ...

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Review: Airbourne – Breakin’ Outta Hell

Having been around now for more than a few years, Airbourne haven’t been one to need to change their sound at all, still sounding as fresh as when they first smashed onto the global scene. While fellow Australian rock Gods AC/DC are now arguably going through Hell, Airbourne are most definitely living up to their upcoming new album release and ...

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