Album Reviews

Review: The Agonist – Eye of Providence

As we all know Metal is very much a male dominated genre. In a world of deep growls, high screams and all conquering stage presence; it is often a man standing tall whipping up the crowds. However you would be utterly foolish to think that the ladies cannot give the guys a run for their money. I mean just take ...

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Review: Oceano – Ascendants

A melodic wave of delayed chords washes over me and slowly becomes some kind of ominous premonitory to destruction. Then it hits me, swathed in fast death metal and death-core inspired hatred, my heart crumples and I prepare myself for track 2. No warning, fast chugging riffs accompanied by vicious blast beats, like the sound of a thousand breaking necks. ...

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Review: We Are Harlot – We Are Harlot

As a guy, I can speak for most when it comes to the emotions that women put us through, from lust to regret, love to hate and all of the feelings that come with it (and that’s only Friday night!)…. We Are Harlot’s debut album is just that. So with that done, time to move to the next review…… LIKE ...

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Album Review: Robin Trower – Something’s About To Change

70s stadium super-stardom in the USA was not a manufactured thing. You could get on a major touring bill, pay payola to get a local chart hit, but you survived and made your reputation by standing on that stage, blowing the opposition away and turning on a stoned partying blue collar audience to the music you played. Armed with his ...

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Album Review: Von Hertzen Brothers – New Day Rising

If you were to stumble upon the Von Hertzen Brother’s New Day Rising with little prior knowledge, you would be forgiven for thinking you had unearthed a fully formed rock band at the first time of asking.  However, the truth is they have rather suffered from what could be called Volbeat syndrome.  Already having gained number one albums in their ...

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Review: TOTO – TOTO XIV

If we’re to believe the press spiel, TOTO XIV is the album that guitarist Steve Lukather, keyboard players David Paich and Steve Porcaro, and bass player David Hungate (returning to the fold, and one of several four stringers featured on the record) consider the one they should have followed their worldwide vinyl hit TOTO IV with. If that’s the unmitigated ...

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Review: Cancer Bats – Searching for Zero

Cancer Bats have had a pretty unrelenting career path. From the blood and thunder of their breakthrough album ‘Hail Destroyer’ to the slowed down, hook filled choruses of the Sabbath worshipping ‘Dead Set on Living’, their star has continually been on the rise. Therefore, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if their latest album, ‘Searching for Zero’, saw them amping ...

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Review: Sylosis – Dormant Heart

Since bursting out of the Reading scene, Sylosis have been building growing slowly and are now seen as one of the great UK exports o the rest of the metal community. From signing with Nuclear Blast Records to touring with the likes of Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Trivium – the bands stock has been consistently on the increase. ...

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Review: H.E.A.T. – Live In London

From over the PA comes a movie voice-over quote so old it has barely escaped the silent era, but it’s entirely fitting for these youths: “The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” Jona Tee’s keyboards ...

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Review: Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz

Most commonly described as “Pure F*cking Adrenaline” Santa Cruz are back with their second studio album via Spinefarm Records. They certainly haven’t slowed down on this one… Read the full review in Issue 1 of RAMzine: Santa Cruz will release their second studio album, ‘Santa Cruz’, on March 9th via Spinefarm Records; this will be the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Screaming For Adrenaline’, also on Spinefarm. Track-listing as follows: Bonafide Heroes ...

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