Album Reviews

Review: Dream Theater – The Astonishing

The Astonishing is a two hour long concept album and is the brain child of guitarist John Petrucci, and its musical foundation is a close compositional collaboration between him and pianist Jordan Rudess. It’s not the first time that Dream Theater have delved into this type of release. In 2002, they released Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence. Although not strictly a ‘rock ...

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Review: Killswitch Engage – Incarnate

Killswitch Engage are back! And boy are we happy about that. Its been 3 years since Disarm The Descent and since we saw the return of Jesse Leach. The burning question leading into incarnate was if they could keep the momentum going from its predecessor which was fantastic. The answer to that question is, yes! Yes they can! The journey ...

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Review: Bardus – Stella Porta

Bardus are a three piece band hailing from Philadelphia, having never heard of them and seeing the artwork for Stella Porta I found myself instantly interested. The artwork that adorns the album, the style their name is written, all of it just screams to the stoner/doom fan in me, so far so good. A quick look over to their facebook ...

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Review: The Glorious Rebellion – Euphoric

The Glorious Rebellion sounds like a cheery kind of name for a cheery kind of band, do not be fooled! This Orlando three piece are here to unleash an assault on your ears and they are not here to make friends or have a good time, at least according to their bandcamp page (they do also state no one, their ...

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Review: Double Experience – Unsaved progress

Double Exerience are most likely the only band in the world that are described as ‘Nerdy Neo-Rock’ but thats one of the many things that makes this band original! The Canadian band are soon to release their 3rd album Unsaved Progress, another album of 9 unique tracks for their fans. Their new album is upbeat and full of awesome tracks, ...

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Review: Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation

‘This Train’ comes bristling down the tracks with a ballsy hard-on. Mr Bonamassa in mighty fine form with roaring vocals that are so good they have you second guessing  it’s not Roger Daltrey delivering a new Wilko Johnson collaboration in what’s essentially a hard bopping rockabilly number with an old school rock ’n’ roll guitar solo pitched from the high ...

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Review: Lock & Key – Peaceless

Since forming in 2013 following front man Rich Larder’s emergency operation, Lock & Key have been hell-bent on making mayhem provoking music. Aggressive and emotive, their releases to be date have been a signature hardcore assault. The boys are now poised to release their highly-anticipated debut, which is an absolute monster. The band consists of Rich Larder on vocals, Ben ...

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Review: Donnie Willow – Inhale. Exhale.

Certain comparisons are just too easy to make. Every new rock band with a female vocalist gets compared to Paramore and if you want to play alternative rock in Scotland, the odds are the name Biffy Clyro will be pinned next to yours no matter what you do. However, every now and then those comparisons are just too strong to ...

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Review: Demise Of The Crown – Self-Titled

According to Demise of The Crown, ‘death’ is a basic human emotion. Of this, I was not aware. Their self-description on Facebook reads like a sommelier writes about wine. Having said that, they are seemingly doing quite well for themselves, having performed with bands like Hellyeah to 3 Inches of Blood. The vocals [by Darren Beadman] are a mix between ...

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Review: The Treatment ‘Generation Me’

What a time 2016 is to live in. Despite all the legends we have lost to the hands of fate, we have gained a wave of excellent young bands making ‘real’ rock music again. Think Inglorious, think Biters, Knock Out Kaine, the list goes on.  Of course you always have a band who are very old school, yet says a ...

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