Album Reviews

Review: Wednesday 13 – Monsters Of The Universe: Come Out And Plague

Whatever guise Wednesday 13 has taken he has always had a signature sound and maintained a dedicated fanbase. Through Frankenstein Drag-queens to Murderdolls to his solo work the ‘horror-rocker’ has always put full pedal to the medal. Real name Joeseph Poole, this is his first concept album. Slightly out of character for a ‘goth’ musician but it doesn’t seem a ...

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Review: Papa Roach – F.E.A.R.

FEAR the emotion induced by threats which cause a change in brain and organ function and ultimately a change in the way we behave – and now F.E.A.R’ is the new album from Papa Roach! Which also goes by another name ‘Face Everything and Rise’, the tittle track of this album. Yes people they are back! After the continued success of 2012′s ‘The Connection’ the ...

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Review: Revolution Saints – Revolution Saints

Hard Rock/Melodic Rock super-group the Revolution Saints will release their self-titled debut on February 23, 2015. Deen Castronovo provides most of the lead vocals plus the battering of drums (he has worked with Ozzy) Night Ranger bassist Jack Blades also supplies some vocals. The trio is completed by Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich. ‘Back On My Trail’ screeches into view like ...

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Review: AC/DC – Rock or Bust

The sun comes up, Justin Bieber’s a twat and AC/DC play Rock and Roll. These are just facts and for most of them we are glad. Yet, not all has been well in the AC/DC camp during the making of their latest album, ‘Rock or Bust’.  Sadly, the man whose riffs launched a thousand guitarists, Malcolm Young, has been struck ...

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Review: Hayseed Dixie – Hair Down To My Grass

There are more tribute bands than ever these days. If you can think of a successful band,for example Slipknot, you will probably be able to find hundreds of tribute bands following them (one example being SlipNowt). The whole idea is to emulate the original band live for those who can’t get to the  original band’s shows. Nevertheless Hayseed Dixie aren’t ...

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Review: StoneWire – When the Crow Flies

The debut album from StoneWire, promised by the band when I first saw them co-headline in Bilston with Four Wheel Drive at the start of the year. I was highly impressed by the live performance of StoneWire so was hopeful that the album would strengthen that feeling – on the whole it didn’t disappoint. The album was mixed by Voodoo Six ...

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Review: WHYZDOM – Symphony for a Hopeless God

The name WHYZDOM evokes (for me anyway) the disappointing 1978 American musical based on the Wizard of Oz. It is a strange choice of name for a symphonic metal project. Paris (France) based WHYZDOM promises a great orchestra, with a massive symphonic choir. Powerful riffs and lovely melodies – with a female voice that is clear and passionate. You get ...

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Review: Existance – Steel Alive

Existance revolve around Julian Izard, son of Didier Izard who was lead vocalist with French speed metal band H–Bomb and brought out a single album and EP during the eighties. His son’s presumably inherited his father’s vocal chords and also plays guitar here alongside co-founder Tom Drouin on bass and vocals, Alexandre Revillon on drums and Antoine Poiret duelling gamefully ...

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Review: Now Or Never – Now Or Never

Featuring former Pretty Maids members in guitarist Ricky Marx and bass player Kenn Jackson, Now Or Never’s line up is completed by Fabian Ranzo on drums and vocalist Jo Amore who himself started off as a drummer in French metal band Nightmare, and it’s rather a drum-centric album they’ve recorded. Ranzo has co-written many of the numbers with Marx and ...

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Album Review: John Allen – Sophomore

At some point in the last few years, it has become acceptable for tattooed punk rockers to pick up an acoustic guitar and hit the road.  The two biggest success stories, Frank Turner and Chuck Ragan, have led to many others following the same path and with the success of Ragan’s Revival Tour, a tour essentially built by musicians of ...

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