Album Reviews

Review: Minus The Bear – Lost Loves

‘Lost Loves’ is a bit of a coy title for Minus the Bear’s sixth full-length album. Because it’s not really the Seattle math rockers’ sixth album. A compilation of tracks that ended up on the cutting room floor over the last decade or so, it might fairly be titled ‘Abandoned Junk’. With a cynic’s hat on, it would be easy ...

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Review: Virgil & The Accelerators – Army of Three

Blues rock’s not been the sole exclusivity for those with receding hairlines reminiscing over Cream reunions and Rory Gallagher reissues for some time. The last ten years or so have found resurgence in the form with young gunslingers playing at venues and festivals to sizeable crowds, not least in the form of female admirers. The way they gather in groups ...

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Review: Anaal Nathrak – Desideratum

Desideratum means something that is needed or wanted. It is also the title of Anaal Nathrakh’s most recent album, their eight release and one I’m sure the band will want their audience to be craving. An Anaal Nathrakh album is a strange experience, mainly in that it quickly becomes reassuring in its sameness, by combining a completely bonkers amalgamation of ...

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Review: Joe Bonamassa – Different Shades of Blue

Grammy-nominated Joe Bonamassa gets my vote for the most over-hyped guitarist out there today. Not because the guy can’t play because he sure as hell can, but the fact that if you so much as blink at some online feature by him your email box gets spam from his website literally every other day. Thus, my apologies in advance for ...

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Review: Dirty Heads – Sound Of Change

At the same time that a kickstarter campaign to ban Nickelback from performing in London again, this is one artist we should be inviting over with open arms. Dirty Heads new album ‘Sound Of Change’ has 13 individual pieces of innovative genre blending class. Imagine if you will, coming into the office on a Monday morning, you feel like shit, ...

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Review: Horrendous – Ecdysis

When I pressed play on this album, I was hoping the band name was not intended as a pre-description of what was to come. Thankfully, this was not the case. Horrendous have produced a much less than horrendous album with their debut record, ‘Ecdysis‘ overall. Opener ‘The Stranger’ introduces us to a side of Horrendous that you could see akin to power-metal. ...

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Review: Joanne Shaw Taylor – The Dirty Truth

Four studio albums in and this time round were getting The Dirty Truth. So what’s the rap sheet say so far about Joanne Shaw Taylor? She claims to be a Black Country schoolgirl who went mooching through her daddy’s blues collection and found gold. That’s suspect, so we’ll come back to him later.  “Guitars were always lying around the house,” ...

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Review: Another Dead Hero – Dystopia

It may be more than a decade since the heyday of nu-metal, but the tremors from its impact are still being felt. While most music fans accepted the genre as a short blip on the musical timeline, its devotees have been lurking in the shadows, planning a return and there have even been whispers in the last few years that ...

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Review: Yellowcard – Lift A Sail

Yellowcard are back with their 7th new album ‘Lift A Sail’, which is breaking new boundaries for the band. “We Really feel like we got where we really wanted to be and made a proper rock ‘n’ roll record” says Ryan (vocals). Which is true, after a good listen to the album it defiantly does have the modern rock ‘n’ roll ...

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Review: Meshuggah – The Ophidian Trek

Creating a brilliant live album is a tricky game to play.  For every ‘Kiss Alive’ or Thin Lizzy’s ‘Live and Dangerous’, there are dozens that just fail to register. Albums which manage to take one of the best things about being a music fan, live shows, and remove all the soul, either through digital tinkering or bad recording. With a ...

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