Album Reviews

Review: Ghost – Meliora

When Ghost first began to make headlines back in 2010 with their debut album, Opus Eponymous, there was something genuinely exciting about the band. Not only was their ability to stay anonymous in an internet age unique, but the music they played was different to a lot of what was going on.  Their combination of doom and pop had a ...

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Review: Backyard Babies – Four By Four

So, the drugs kick in like this: I’m picturing ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons trucking on down, practising laying out p-funk chords on his way to audition for James Brown only to be stopped in his tracks by Animal (The Muppets or Motorhead’s version, you take your pick) who calls double-time on his cowbell whereupon ragged guitars slash away mercilessly. The ...

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Review: Dark Witch – The Circle of Blood

There is a difference between Heavy Metal and Power/Progressive Metal and some bands can pull it off and others not so well. Dark Witch fall into the latter category, as the tracks tend to sound very similar so it is difficult to determine one track from the next, although the chugs are good, the vocals tend to be rather weak in ...

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Review: Act of Defiance – Birth and the Burial

From the off Act of Defiance hit the ground running with an all-out frenzied attack that just keeps on giving! Vocally strong and grazing with some solid chunks of rhythm and mayhem in the form of ‘Thrash’ with some epic encounters from the frets. Perpetually in motion and in tune with its huge rousing aggression that forcibly takes the ears ...

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Review: Neck Deep – Life’s Not Out To Get You

The British pop punk scene has certainly been having a ‘moment’ over the past 18 months or so, with up-and-coming songmakers taking the lead from American pop punk, dirtying up the squeaky clean parts and giving it its own UK spin. Leading the tribe of the riff-driven bouncemakers are Wrexham’s Neck Deep, whose debut album Wishful Thinking made big waves last ...

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Review: Butcher Babies – Take It Like A Man

After blowing me away at Download Festival back in June, Butcher Babies made it on to my ‘must hear more’ list. I bought their first studio album Goliath (2013) and second EP Uncovered (2014), both of which are very listenable records. This female fronted metal band blends vocals that range from savage, piercing screams to, what is at times, almost pop-like melody; these vocals are ...

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Review: King King – Reaching For The Light

Should someone play you a number like ‘Crazy’ or ‘Stranger To Love’ from King King’s Reaching For The Light you might understandably mistake them for lost tracks recorded by Bad Company somewhere between the making of Burning Sky and Desolation Angels. They have that assured fire power and restrained testosterone quality that Rogers and co applied to win the blue ...

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Review: Krysthla – A War of Soul & Desires

Formed from the ashes of Gutworm, Krysthla are releasing their debut album A War of Souls and Desires in late September 2015. If there is one thing I must remember it’s don’t assume that Krysthla are going to start their album off with subdued tones and maybe keep the volume to a minimum before playing it, or suffer the effects ...

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Review: Pink Cigar – Generation Next

London based Pink Cigar are a band to pay attention to; their energetic, upbeat tunes invigorate the listener and certainly left me on a bit of a high. The production is excellent; each element has been superbly captured and balanced, creating a perfect balance between achieving the crisp and polished production of a studio recording, but whilst retaining the authenticity, intimacy ...

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Review: The Bastard Sons – Smoke

The Bastard Sons are a band you may not heard of but very soon they will be all you hear for the foreseeable future. Their debut album Smoke is available on the 7th of August and features their most recent Itunes Metal Chart No 1 single ‘Release the Hounds’. The five piece band from York takes from many different styles ...

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