Album Reviews


The Darkness ‘Hot Cakes’ Review

10 years ago it seemed like rock was dead: nu-metal was getting more cringe-worthy by the second and Nickleback had a hit single in the UK top 10. All hope was lost until 2003 a glimmer of hope for the Hard Rock scene… … A band whose front man was wearing striped spandex jumpsuits supporting the likes of Def Leppard ...

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New Riot ‘Raising the Stakes’ Album Review

A few months ago I had the pleasure of reviewing New Riot’s single release Live Fast, Die Young, which in my mind was a triumph in terms of the great balance the single had between Pop Punk mixed with top notch and very well thought out Brass riffs. The song was very anthemic in terms of excellent uplifting sounds coupled ...

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Dew Scented – “Icarus” review

This has been a damn hard review to write. There is nothing particularly wrong with this album. It is a perfectly polished, tightly put together piece of thrash, bordering slightly into death metal. It gets off to a brilliantly heavy start, and mostly keeps that up for the entire album. You can’t fault technicality here, it’s a well put together ...

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The Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem ‘Handwritten’ Review

The first thing heard upon listening to The Gaslight Anthem’s fourth album is confidence. Handwritten is the album of a band that has settled comfortably with their own sound, the changes being taken by the band found in the tone of the album. Brian Fallon has written an intensely personal record, one that contains examples of the band at their ...

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While She Sleeps ‘This Is The Six’ Album Review

From the moment While She Sleeps released ‘Dead Behind the Eyes’ as a free download, their unnamed album became one of the most anticipated metal records of 2012. The boys from Steel City have managed to build an army of followers off the back of a mini-album, and wherever you go, kids are wearing their famous WSS emblem t-shirt. Now ...

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Testament ‘Dark Roots of Earth’ review

Testament are probably one of the most underrated bands in the entire world. Coming out of the Bay Area thrash scene in the early 80s along with bands such as Metallica and Slayer, and releasing such classic albums as “The Gathering” and “The Legacy” they have often been somewhat in the shadow of these higher selling bands. However, with this ...

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Apocalyptic Love

Apocalyptic Love – Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators

By Martin Durrant Slash is a name that is synonymous with rock and roll. His very image provides the essence of the music we all love, his top hat bouncing maniacally on his lone curly hair as he dances across the stage, guitar slung low. His first album, released in 2010 was subject of rave reviews for his song writing ...

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theFALLEN ‘Bury Your Demons’ Album Review

theFALLEN ‘Bury Your Demons’ Album Review

Being someone that is largely unfamiliar with this band or their body of work, I didn’t quite know what to anticipate. Needless to say, by the end of the album

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Polar 'Iron Lungs' Review

Polar ‘Iron Lungs’ Review

Review by Oli Bateman Having stormed the hardcore scene in 2011, POLAR are set to do exactly the same again in 2012. Boasting the largest circle pit of last year at Hevy Fest, the band obviously has the right amount of inextinguishable fuel to light a crowd’s fire. Their debut album has a lot to live up to after the ...

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