Album Reviews

Review: Skálmöld – Með_Vættum

From the Realms of the Far North, an Army of six Icelanders rushes towards Battle! Skálmöld was founded in August 2009 and has since then become the biggest metal act in Iceland. The band’s Debut album, “Baldur” was released late 2010 and was immediately a huge success, both with the metal scene and the more mainstream crowd. Skálmöld then released ...

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Review: King Diamond – Dreams of Horror

Trying to get into someone like King Diamond for the first time can be difficult. With twelve albums under his belt, the former Mercyful Fate man is a long way into his career and knowing where to start can be so confusing, you end up just walking away. Luckily, this is where releases like ‘Dreams of Horror’ come in. A greatest ...

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Review: Arroganz Tod & Teufel

Arroganz the Death Metal band from Germany have now released 10-trcak album ‘Tod & Teufel‘ via FDA Rekotz. Here is out track-by-track review: I.D.T.N A strong and intimidating track that protrudes with heavy rhythmic patterns that draws attention to itself with a sonic enterprise. A fresh adventure into the unknown. One Death Pulverising as it is pleasing, the hard swagger of ...

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Review: Billy Idol – Kings & Queens of the Underground

Almost a decade’s been and gone, in the cheeky wink of an eye, since Billy Idol last released an album, and while the fistful of hit singles like ‘White Wedding’ and ‘Dancing With Myself’ that made him a global hit still sound as fresh today as ever, surely the lad born William Michael Albert Broad is now himself haggard and ...

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Review: Flying Colors – Second Nature

Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has a thing about extra-curricular activities come side projects and bands (The Winery Dogs being his latest). With former Spock’s Beard keyboardist/vocalist Neal Morse he formed Transatlantic, and that pairing have gone on as Flying Colors (USA spelling not mine), adding the non-related current Deep Purple/Ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse and his former Dixie Dregs ...

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Review: Clear the Auditorium – The Final Broadcast

Young, energetic band from South Wales, UK. Clear the Auditorium play a blend of post-hard core and punk fused with elements of electronic genres like Drum n Bass, Trance and Dubstep. Having secured supports with heavyweights such as The Blackout, Yashin and Blitz Kids, Clear the Auditorium’s reputation for a fierce live show catapults them to the forefront of the South ...

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Review: Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds

Absolute kings Machine Head release their eighth studio album, ‘Bloodstone & Diamonds’. Produced by Robb Flynn and Juan Urteaga, who has also produced Testament and Vile. Mixed by Colin Richardson, who has worked with Carcass, Fear Factory, Slipknot, Behemoth, and Devildriver. Additional tracking, editing and mixing was completed with heavy metal legend Andy Sneap and Steve Lagudi. Before you start ...

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Review: Bush – Man On The Run

British alt-grunge band Bush enjoyed success in the 90s until their split in 2002. Their first two albums ‘Sixteen Stone’ and ‘Razorblade Suitcase’, which housed great songs such as ‘Glycerine‘, ‘Swallowed’ and ‘Cold Contagious‘, brought forward the real fuzzy toned, bass heavy grunge vibe to Britain. Even their latest release of ‘Golden State’ found a way of showing that simple ...

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Review: Lagwagon – Hang

After a hiatus of nine-years, punk-rock veterans Lagwagon are back with new album ‘Hang’. “I’m writing all the time,” says Cape, “but a lot of times it doesn’t feel appropriate for Lagwagon. It’s not who the band collectively is at the time, and the mold is constantly changing. Sometimes it takes a decade for all the stars to align!” Lagwagon are ...

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Review: Alice Cooper – Raise the Dead, Live at Wacken

The sadistic madman Alice Cooper returns to the world of rock with ‘Raise the Dead’ a dual album recorded from his set at Wacken Festival. The first disc opens to ‘Hello Hooray‘ followed by ‘House of Fire’ before charging into four of Alice’s classic songs ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’, ‘Under My Wheels’ one my personal favourites, ‘I’ll Bite Your ...

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