Album Reviews

Review: Decapitated – Blood Mantra

Decapitated return with their latest offering ‘Blood Mantra’ an eight-track album seething with tension and room darkening riffs. ‘Exiled in Flesh’ draws you into the album with a tension building opening, making you wait for the initial onslaught of the band. ‘Veins and Nest’ managed to ramp up the tension even further with some inhumanly tight rhythm work from Pawel ...

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Review: Jimmy Barnes – Hindsight

Hardly a household name in the UK, Scottish-born singer Jimmy Barnes has clocked up 14 number one albums in Australia, four of them fronting rock band Cold Chisel. To those who’ve heard the name but not the voice he’s the guy AC/DC considered as a replacement for Bon Scott; but then decided another drinker with an even wilder reputation might ...

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Live Review: We Are The Ocean, Decade, Boy Jump Ship

Well its been a great night. Fantastic support acts with a fantastic headline you can’t go wrong. oh and cheep beer is a total win. Boy Jump Ship The first to come on stage. They were defiantly a good choice as without any suspense or doubt, they went straight into action and the crowd responded with singing and ace dance ...

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Review: Flyleaf – Between the Stars

Grammy nominated co-founder and lead vocalist Lacey Sturm stepped-down from her role in American hard rock band Flyleaf during 2012 – to concentrate on her family. Kristen May (from the Kansas City band Vedera) was recruited to join the line-up. Flyleaf quickly released a single – with May on vocals – ‘Something Better’ (also featuring P.O.D rapper Sonny Sandoval). After ...

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Review: Spike -100% Pure Frankie Miller

If the thought of Spike singing Frankie Miller songs (with Bonnie Tyler) is your idea of hell on earth – then look away now. Because there is a lot of hard, cartilage-throated gristle on Spike Gray’s new ‘100% Pure Frankie Miller‘ album. Spike has often said that the Scottish rock singer Frankie Miller has been a source of inspiration for ...

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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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