Album Reviews

Review: Amon Amarth – Jomsviking

Amon Amarth really do not need an introduction, everyone in the metal community should know this band as well as further afield. Their sound is unique and reeks of Viking plundering and vengeance. The whirling hair and the deep vehement sound exuberated by Amon Amarth is absolute legendary! The growling dulcet tones of Hegg are just phenomenal! ‘At Dawns First ...

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Review: The Bendal Interlude – Reign of the Unblinking Eye

They say it is quality not quantity, don’t they? Well with The Bendal Interlude you get that and more! I can honestly say that I was filled with excitement at the prospect of listening to these guys again after seeing them perform at the Zanzibar August 2011, as they are such a ‘live’ experience. Kicking off this beastly nine tracker ...

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Review: The Dirty Nil – Higher Power

There is always a pleasure in hearing music that sounds like nothing you have ever heard before. That takes you to a different place and time and feels like the future. If you are looking for that, then The Dirty Nil are not going to scratch your itch. However, if you love brilliant alternative rock that has its roots in ...

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Review: Entombed A.D. – Dead Dawn

Entombed is a name that will always be remembered. Through decades they developed themselves often and always found a particular sound that was just them, especially early on with the buzz-saw tone of ‘Left Hand Path’ and ‘Clandestine’, for example, then venturing into a more ‘death ‘n’ roll’ sound. Multiple line-up changes through the years, and album after album, Entombed ...

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Review: Bombus – Repeat Until Death

Bombus are a band that went under the radar for me until December, when I was off to London to witness the glory of Clutch, who they were touring with as main support. Having not done what I usually do with support acts and checked them out beforehand, I had gone in blind, and they blew me away. Somehow playing with a ...

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Review: Toothgrinder – Nocturnal Masquerade

Every now and then an album comes along that you really want to love.  One that swings for the fences and includes elements of things you adore.  In the case of Toothgrinder’s debut album Nocturnal Masquerade that is the staccato riffing, harsh vocals and big choruses that make you want to kick down walls.  It may all feel a bit ...

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Review: Hacktivist – Outside The Box

Hacktivist appeared on the music scene back in 2012 and brought their sound to the mix with their self-titled debut EP – it wasn’t necessarily a new sound per se, but it was fresh nonetheless. Since then their presence has sky rocketed. Show after show, tour after tour, the band have been complete workhorses eventually landing themselves a deal with Rise ...

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Review: Ricky Warwick – When Patsy Cline was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang the Blues)/Hearts on Trees

Ricky Warwick should be a man that needs no introduction, especially among those that are fans of classic rock. To those that are not aware of who he is, this is the man that took the lead vocalist spot in the final version of Thin Lizzy (and technically still is with the few special one off shows coming up), the ...

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If The Devil Cast His Net by Pearl Handled Revolver – Album Review

The proposition is that Pearl Handled Revolver play their dirty blues and wistful rock ‘n’ psychedelia in a “Doors-Style” manner complete with Hammond organ. Formed by Simon Rinaldo (organ and bass) with Lee Vernon (lead vocals and harmonica) in 2006 – the Bedford (UK) based band also includes Andy Paris on guitar and Chris Thatcher on drums. They are about ...

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Review: Anthrax – For All Kings

Possibly one of the most anticipated releases of the year is soon upon us, and this will be one that will really prove their worth. Back in 2011 saw the release of Worship Music, with the return of Joey Belladonna on vocals which made people nervous. Would Joey still have his voice? Will it be an album to forget? Will they ...

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