Album Reviews

Review: Gethika – A Monster In Mourning

After slipping from lock and key out of the asylum, Gehtika swiftly began their transition from straitjackets to waistcoats, face restraints to face paint… from the psych-ward to the stage… An insanely infectious gentlemanly façade feeds the tongue-in-cheek, theatrical madness that is Gehtika’s live performance. Combine this with their relentless onslaught of extreme metal and you get an all-out, no ...

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Review: Immortal Bird – Empress/Abscess

If you could conjure up the blackest evil in your nightmares then you would find yourself in the middle of listening to Immortal Bird. The sludgiest, blackest grooves can be felt when listening and emerge through a murky yet explosive wave of contempt. Sinister lures and dramatic immensity can be felt through the band’s indulgence in a genre that has lived ...

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Review: Whitesnake – The Purple Album

I was the first one on the phone ranting about this album to friends. Kindred spirits, some of us old enough to be granddads, who’d been both Whitesnake connoisseurs and naysayers since the band first uncoiled its way onto vinyl, and even a couple who we look at dubiously when they say they’ve seen David Coverdale live with Deep Purple. ...

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Review: Lamb Of God – VII: Sturm Und Drang

Finally, as the hiatus comes to an end and the teasers have been doing their job for the past few months, time grows curiously closer to the 24th July and the release of Lamb of Gods 7th album. The album VII: Sturm Und Drang has been anticipated since late 2013 when the band said new material would be around late 2014. The wait ...

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Review: Donnie Vie – The White Album

Former Enuff Z’nuff lead vocalist Donnie Vie takes his infatuation with The Beatles to extremes with The White Album, not least in paying homage with its title. In that it’s a double album there’s also plenty to listen to. Self-indulgent to be sure, but it comes from a good place and feels it was made for vinyl where you need ...

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Review: John Lodge – 10,000 Light Years Ago

Beginning with a single Fender Precision bass note that becomes a rhythmic heartbeat, electric guitars break out, envelope, search, then cry despairingly during ‘In My Mind’, the opening number from John Lodge’s 10,000 Light Years Ago, only his second solo album since 1977’s Natural Avenue. While reminiscent of Pink Floyd musically, this features the kind of harmonies long associated with ...

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Review: Cradle Of Filth – Hammer Of The Witches

Cradle of Filth, a band that surely needs no introduction but perhaps a brief history lesson. Since their inception in 1991, the band has undergone numerous alterations to its line-up, the most recent and significant being the departure of long-standing guitarist, Paul Allender. Despite all the changes in the past, there has been a fairly consistent sound; the noticeable changes ...

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Review: Between The Buried And Me – Coma Eclyptic

Genre: Metal core (with a difference) The first track on the album ‘Node’ is cleverly produced, lulling the listener into a false sense of security with its captivating keyboards and harmonious vocals cleanly sung, and offers an unusual insight into a dream-like state. ‘The Coma Machine’ turns it up a notch and can boast an epic track again cleanly sung ...

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Review: Carnivora – The Vision

Genre: Metal The Vision E.P from Carnivora has now been released and believe me when I say it will tear the linings out of your bleeding ears! ‘A Vision in Red’ simply pulverizes with a velocity that is fast and to the extreme. It never loses its grip and twists frantically into the psyche, dominating with excellent enterprise. It vocally ...

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Review: Steve Hackett – Wolflight

I’ve lived with Wolflight quite a while now. Played it a lot. No surprises that it became Steve Hackett’s eighth top 40 album; the guitarist’s fans have revelled watching him re-evoke his Genesis music live in recent years, but it has also whet their appetite for new material and this album has proved the creative well has not run dry. ...

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