Album Reviews

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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Review: Kirk – Masquerade

Swiss melodic metal rockers Kirk got off to a good start with their debut album The Final Dance back in 2003, but drummer Vito Cecere had health problems and they laid the band to rest, deciding to concentrate on side projects, notably guitarist Sammy Lasagni who went on to success with Godiva. Lasagni, fellow founding member vocalist Thomi Rauch, bass ...

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Review: Exorcism – I Am God

“I am God, I am the master, I am your God, Raised from Hell” sings ex-Killing Machine vocalist Csaba Zvekan as he, guitarist Joe Stump and bass player Lucio Manca swop the dark fantasy of Raven Lord for the doom demonology of Exorcism, bringing in drummer Garry King (Joe Lynn Turner, Jeff Beck) for the quartet’s debut album, I Am ...

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Review: Night By Night – NxN

Featuring a member of the Sisters of Mercy and a former vocalist from Voodoo Six, such a résumé may lead the reader to presume Night By Night are ones for the Goth zombie rock shtick, whereas they’re something of a throwback AOR band but playing some meaty modern riffs and hinting that there’s an area of instrumental experimentation they’re currently reining ...

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Review: In This Moment – Black Widow

Black widow spiders are known for the females’ unique appearance and tendency to eat their mates. They are considered the most venomous spiders and their bite can be fatal to humans. In all cases the females are the most distinctive, with shiny black bodies and a red hourglass-shaped marking. ‘Black Widow’ is a very fitting tittle for this new album. If you ...

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