Album Reviews

Jizzy Pearl – Crucified

Jizzy Pearl is a rock icon in the truest sense. A founding member of Los Angeles-based band Love / Hate (1985) he has also been lead singer of LA Guns, Ratt, Adlers Appetite and (most recently) Quiet Riot. Now we were able to get our paws on the new “love/hate” album titled ‘Crucified’ (out January 2014). For the purists out ...

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Wicked Snakes – Lead Me To The Sun

Lead Me To The Sun is the newest debut album from the Staffordshire natives Wicked Snakes. Only being formed this year Wicked Snakes have already started to claw their way into the rock scene with their psychedelic twist on heavy rock. The intro for the first song, A Ceremony, starts off with soft guitar riff similar to that off a ...

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Rotting Out – The Wrong Way

The LA hardcore natives Rotting Out are back with their new album The Wrong Way. The Wrong Way is the third album to be released by Rotting Out and is bursting with the traditional loud, heavy, angst filled songs from the hardcore-punk five piece. The first song, and title track “The Wrong Way”, starts off with the sound of a ...

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Carcass – Surgical Steel

After Carcass initially reunited everyone was constantly asking if and when there would be new material. After a six year wait and mounting pressure from all around them they have delivered with ‘Surgical Steel‘. Of course asking this from a band of this size and significance comes with massive expectations and begs the question of what you’ll actually hear considering ...

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Gwar – Battle Maximus

“Gwar is a satirical heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia in 1984. The band is well known for its elaborate science fiction/horror film inspired costumes, obscene lyrics and graphic stage performances, which feature humorous enactments of politically and morally taboo themes. Despite various explanations that Gwar is an acronym for something, band members have insisted from its inception that ...

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Inner Shrine – Pulsar

Inner Shrine are an ambient goth metal band from Florence, Tuscany, Italy – They released their new album ‘Pulsar’ this November. Here is our track-by-track review: Black Universe Ambiance is the key here backed up by some prowling riffs and stark drumming. As the track furthers it brings with it a sizzling vocal and more special effects than Dr Who! ...

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Motorhead – Aftershock

Firstly i’d like to point out that i’m a big fan of Motorhead, the influencers, the leaders, the creaters, the pioneers. My claim to fame is being spat on by Lemmy at a london gig many many years ago and that stays with me to the grave.  Ace of Spades, Snaggletooth, Philthy Animal, Fast Eddie, Cowboy hats, Power Chords, things ...

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Less Than Jake ‘See the Light’

Less Than Jake are a ska/punk band from Gainesville, Florida. Formed in 1992, the band consists of Chris, Roger, Vinnie, Buddy and JR. The band’s name comes from Vinnie’s dog, Jake, who was treated better than the rest of the household, so everything was ‘less than Jake’. Their debut album ‘Pezcore’ was released in 1995, following a series of independent ...

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Saxon ‘Unplugged and Strung’

‘Unplugged and Strung Up’ is a bunch of new, ferocious interpretations of old Saxon classics. When I first read the title on the album – especially the ‘Unplugged’ bit – my heart sunk. Why unplug these immense and powerful songs? But don’t despair – it’s only the last four tracks that are properly ‘unplugged’ – and even these are as ...

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Ayreon ‘The Theory Of Everything’

Ayreon is the flagship musical project by Dutch composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen. As with every Ayreon album, ‘The Theory Of Everything’ is a concept album with each character being portrayed by one singer. Singers on this project include former King Crimson and current Asia member John Wetton, Marco Hietala of Nightwish and Tarot, Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil, ...

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