Album Reviews

Sawthis ‘Youniverse’

Formed in 1997, after 16 years, in June 2009 Sothis formerly Anestesia have been forced to change their name yet again to Sawthis because an American Black Metal band has now obtained exclusive rights to the name. The guitarist Andrea Giordano has now left Sawthis due to musical differences and has been replaced by Janos Murri, who has long-standing experience. ...

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CB6 ‘Succession’

CB6 started in primary school at the tender age of 11, at this time nu metal was very popular and they were listening to the likes of Metallica, Nirvana, Slipknot Mudvayne and Limp Bizkit.  They started playing youth clubs weekly in Southend when they were only 13 by this time they had listened to lots of Pantera, Faith no More ...

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Bell XI ‘Chop Chop’

A gentle piano refrain plays wistfully across Starlings over Brighton Pier the first single from Bell XI’s latest album Chop Chop, as in comes a rooted bass line accompanying brushed drums over which Paul Noonan’s vocals casually question the gathering of birds into a single formation and their subsequent decision to take a new direction; offering as it does a ...

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Extol ‘Extol’

Eight years after their second most recent studio album, and to the pleasure of many loving fans, Extol are back with a brand new self titled album. This eponymous release see’s a new formation of the line up, this time with Peter Espevoll on vocals, David Husvik on drums with additional vocals, guitars and bass guitar taken care of by ...

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The Aristocrats ‘Culture Clash’

The Aristocrats, an instrumental jazz fusion/ rock power trio of high profile musicians Guthrie Govan (guitar), Bryan Beller (bass) and Marco Minnemann (drums), released their sophomore studio album ‘Culture Clash’ on July 16 via BOING! music. Their self-titled debut received a tremendous amount of accolades and it proved to be irresistibly appealing to aficionados of guitar-driven instrumentals (think Satriani, Holdsworth) ...

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The Defiled ‘Daggers’

Enriched by a multitude of metal bands, the UK has a source of listening material across a wide range, for all tastes.  However what it lacks to a degree is characters, this is where The Defiled fill the void.  The Golden God’s, Best New Band winners have made a massive impact on the metal scene, especially around their 2011 album ...

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Sirenia ‘Perils of the Deep Blue’

Sirenia’s most recent album prior to the release of Perils of the Deep Blue, The Enigma of Life, left the band in uncertain territory in public opinion. Whilst there’s no doubt it impressed in some places, there were certainly fans and reviewers who generally felt the band had lost their original touch. So, an album cycle later, have Sirenia been ...

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Arceye ‘At First Light’

Arceye is a four piece death/trash metal band from Shrewsbury. Since forming in 2004 the band has been busy spreading their music to the masses, resulting in a strong fan base far and wide. With the success of their previously released album ‘The Divide Between Chaos & Order’ there’s no doubt that their recently released album ‘At First Light’ will ...

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Buffalo Clover ‘Test Your Love’

Once one of the most eclectic band in Nashville, ‘Buffalo Clover’ now feeds a more fitting hybrid of roots-rock and soul into the Music City bloodstream. Front lady Margo Price was born and raised in a small farming town in the Midwest, she practised and played her music locally, and soon found herself in Nashville, Tennessee – where she he ...

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Children of Bodom ‘Halo of Blood’

Formed in 1993 in Espoo, nr. Helsinki, Finland, Children of Bodom has built a rock solid reputation as one of the greatest melodic death metal bands in the world. The band is one of the best selling artists of all time in Finland – with more than 250,000 records sold in that country alone. The group currently consists of Alexi ...

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