Album Reviews

Neuronspoiler – Emergence

With collective feet grounded in the New Wave of Heavy Metal sounds of the 80s and their guitarists’ fingers itching to play out the neo-classical power metal game, Neuronspoiler are a multi-national UK-based band whose debut album has been produced Guillermo Maya (The Answer, Adrian Smith etc). In this day and age you have to dazzle from the outset to ...

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Mortal Form – The Reckoning

Mortal Form is a death-thrash band from Arnhem/Duiven in the Netherlands.  In 1994 Vince, Teun, and Bastian started Odd Funeral (Later became Mortal Form) after some line-up changes Mortal Form recorded their first self-financed MCD X-Plore in 1999. One year later Mortal Form were again working on a new release, and ‘The End of Times’ released in December 2000.  An ...

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FaithXtractor The Great Shadow Infiltrator

FaithXtractor – The Great Shadow Infiltrator

Ash and Marquis are brothers and are also in a Horror-Punk styled band called ”Vladimirs” and formed in 2005”. A very interesting and eye-catching logo, as well as a superb cover that almost looks futuristic and very unlike the usual death metal covers (black, mysterious and ominous in visionary findings) that don’t really do much for creating anything different, whilst ...

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Steak Number Eight – The Hutch

If you were lucky enough to catch Feed The Rhino on their fantastically billed headline tour this year, then you will be familiar with Steak Number Eight. Playing alongside the aforementioned headliners, and insanely talented youngsters Marmozets, Steak brought their intriguing mix of Sabbath inspired stoner rock and mathy riffing to confused audiences across the UK. Whilst the other bands ...

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Code of Silence – Dark Skies Over Babylon

Torn flag held firm in hand a crusader reaches towards what could well be the fabled sword Excalibur in a classy comic book styled cover for Code of Silence’s debut album Dark Skies Over Babylon – it offers a suitable foretaste for the melodic metal offered aurally by this promising new rock band. Formed in Scotland by the band’s main ...

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Bad Sign Album – De L’Amour

In the past I’ve mentioned that I like to write a music review by using two methods. Either make a clever word play or pun using the album title, or by using an anecdote about how I came across the band or something that makes you remember them. The latter would more than likely involve a packet of minstrels and ...

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Black Star Riders – All Hell Breaks Loose

Black Star Riders; who are they? Well, it’s pretty much Thin Lizzy with a new name. They formed in 2012 from the modern touring Thin Lizzy, after the band members decided not to use their new material under the original title. The 5-piece includes Ricky Warwick (The Almighty, ‘new’ vocalist and guitarist for Thin Lizzy), Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), Damon ...

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Hacride – ‘Back To Where You’ve Never Been’

Hacride is a French heavy metal band. Formed in 2001, the project now comprises of Adrien Grousset (guitar and composition), Benoist Danneville (bass) with Florent Marcadet on drums and Luiss Roux (taking over from Samuel Bourreau) on vocals. Franck Hueso is the producer and sound-engineer – and is credited with being the fifth member. Their fourth album “Back To Where ...

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Amorphis – Circle

Circle, the new album by the melancholic metal masters AMORPHIS, takes you on a dark story of an unfortunate man, who is invited to a circle and receives strength from the old Finnish gods. We are introduced to Shades Of Gray first, which has maximum energy with roaring death vocals and opens up the albums story describing the sounds and ...

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The Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack

In recent years The Black Dahlia Murder have worked hard and done well at making themselves one of the underground metal scene’s biggest names. They’ve consistently put out good albums and have always been a driving force within that scene. So, with that in mind how does ‘Everblack’ stand up to their impressive back catalogue? Have they come unstuck? Is ...

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