Album Reviews

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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Review: The Ghost Inside – Dear Youth

LA post hardcore band The Ghost Inside, recently release their fourth full length studio album titled ‘Dear Youth’ – set to be one of the albums of the year. Produced by A Day To Remember front man Jeremy Mckinnon. Opening up with ‘Avalanche’ which starts with a marching to war style drum beat, accompanied by ferocious vocals that make you take note ...

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Review: Fearless Vampire Killers – Unbreakable Hearts

Fearless Vampire Killers (FVK) are certainly a band on the rise, they already have a dedicated fan base, sold out tour-dates and even their own social network dedicated to their supporters. ‘Unbreakable Hearts’ is the follow up to their 2012 underground success ‘Militia of the Lost’. Strange to think they have been overlooked by major labels for this long. From ...

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Review: Whitesnake – Live in ’84 / Back To The Bone

Available in a deluxe version and with a DVD courtesy of Frontiers Records the latest live offering from the Whitesnake franchise digs deep, taking us back to what is in hindsight a transitory period. The photos capture five men who’ve had their first proper haircut since they left school, all decked out in black leather. It doesn’t look right, and ...

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Review: Northern Oak – Of Roots and Flesh

‘Of Root and Flesh’ is Northern Oak’s third studio album. Northern Oak are something of a unique band within metal combining black metal with both medieval chamber music and folk to create the progressive folk metal sound. Before I talk about the music I must mention the rather stunning piece of artwork that adorns the front cover of the album. ...

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