Album Reviews

less then jake

Less Than Jake ‘Greetings and Salutations’ Album Review

Greetings and Salutations from Less Than Jake is not a new album from the Florida ska punk legends featured in the title, instead it is a self-produced compilation album born out of two EP’s from 2011 and 2012. On top of that according to vocalist/bassist Roger Manganelli some of the tracks featured were written as far back as 1996. So ...

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helloween

Helloween ‘Straight Out Of Hell’ Album Review

German power metal pioneers Helloween have been producing their own brand of metal for almost thirty years, being stars in Europe and at one glorious moment almost getting to the big time in the late eighties. ‘Straight Out Of Hell’ is their fourteenth effort with long time producer Charlie Bauerfeind; is this the album that sees the band eclipse they’re ...

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gruesome

Gruesome Stuff Relish ‘Sempiternal Death Grind’ Album Review

In the deepest, darkest realms of extreme metal there is a little thing called grind. To some it is merely blaring noise but to others it is beauty in music. Within this relatively underground genre a few very niche sub genres have developed. One of these in particular being goregrind; made popular by British band Carcass. Goregrind is the primary ...

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led zeplin

Led Zeppelin ‘Celebration Day’ Album Review

Led Zeppelin. Just those two words immediately conjure up images of thunderous drums, crushing riffs, a grinding bass line covered by a howling blues scream. From 1968 until John Bonhams untimely death in 1980 the foursome could boast eight albums each crammed with timeless classics that still hold the benchmark for truly great rock. Since 1980 the remaining three have ...

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rescuer

Rescuer ‘With Time Comes The Comfort’ Album Review

Florida based melodic / hardcore / punk outfit Rescuer have released ‘With Time Comes The Comfort’ (January 15th 2013.) The album had already made the Absolute Punk’s ‘Most Anticipated’ list for 2013. Describing Rescuer as “One of the most exhilarating bands Rise Records have signed for years…” http://www.absolutepunk.net/ This 5 piece play their own brand of fresh hard-won power-trips, with ...

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nightfall

Nightfall ‘Cassiopeia’ Album Review

The Greek symphonic black metal act ‘Nightfall’ was formed in 1991. The band apparently split up in 2005 (although no official announcement was ever made) but the band was rebuilt in 2009 when American guitarist Evan Hensley was invited to join up, and German drummer and producer Jörg Uken replaced George Kollias on drums. This new line-up attracted the interest ...

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The Blackout ‘Start The Party’ Album Review

If you’ve seen The Blackout on tour, you’ll know one thing. The Blackout like to party. So much, in fact, they’ve dedicated their latest release to it. 2013 marks the band’s 10th anniversary, and after the more grown-up feel and emotional maturity showcased in previous release Hope,  expectations are likely to be high. The album starts off with ‘Start The ...

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the rolling stones

The Rolling Stones ‘GRR!’ Album Review

The Rolling Stones… How many front-men have taken tips from Mick Jagger? There’s even a very catchy tune by that terrible lot Maroon 5 claiming they have the ‘moves’ like him. How many guitarists modelled their playing, their intensity, their groove on Keith Richards? How many budding songwriters have used those two as muses when writing, hoping that they may ...

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dreamshade

Dreamshade ‘The Gift Of Life’ Album Review

‘The Gift of Life’ is the second offering from Swiss metal noise makers Dreamshade, who with the help of producer Jacob Hansen (who has previously worked with Amaranthe and Volbeat) put together something that at first glance could easily be dismissed as ‘just another metal album’. However, this is not the case with ‘The Gift of Life’. As soon as ...

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malnatt

Malnàtt ‘Principia Discordia’ Album Review

Formed in Bologna, Italy in 1999, Malnàtt has moved away from the folk approach of the early albums to focus on much more extreme and experimental sounds. ‘Principia Discordia’, Produced by Simone Mularoni (DGM, Empyrios) is the fifth full-length album released by Malnàtt and is a tale told in an unexpected way. Malnàtt’s humorous approach contrasts superbly with their obscure ...

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