Reviews

LOVELORN DOLLS — Darker Ages

Lovelorn Dolls – Darker Ages | Album Review

The Lovelorn Dolls are a Belgian Gothic rock group with a feminine facade, founded by the guitarist Bernard Daubresse aka Corpus Christi and the singer & composer from “Skeptical Minds” ie Kristell Lowagie aka Ladyhell. Their sound consists of thick guitar riffs, deafening melodies, perfectly executed synthesizer sequences and the characteristic voice of Kristell. If you can imagine Marilyn Manson ...

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Palm Reader

Palm Reader to release new album, Braille, showcasing a barrage of riffs

Braille is not an album that messes around. Palm Reader kick things off with ‘Swarm’ which is the aural equivalent of a big boot to the face. It is heavy and armed with more angular riffs than you can flail wildly to, but it’s all pinned together by the chorus. In among all the chaos, they unleash their more melodic ...

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Bob Kulick – Skeletons In The Closet

Having spent 50 years in the music business, playing with the likes of Kiss, Meat Loaf, Lou Reed and W.A.S.P; Bob Kulick remains an in demand guitarist, and sometime producer. Little wonder then it took him until 2015 to start putting together his first solo album, Skeletons In The Closet, available through Vanity Music. Skeletons in the Closet features ten ...

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Icefire – The Nature Of Evil

Featuring former members of Scarab, Midlands-based female-fronted heavy metal band Icefire offer with Nature Of Evil a list of suitably hell-baiting song titles to sum up where they’re coming from.  However, toss your black metal habits aside; ditch your emo-heroin chic posturing and think Goth metal of the kind birthed by the unholy union of folk brought up on the ...

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Scardust – Sands Of Time

Israel’s leading progressive metal band Scardust have made their album Sands Of Time available worldwide. They have also released ‘Arrowhead’, the first of several videos planned. Scardust ScardusScaScconsist of vocalist Noa Gruman, drummer Yoav Weinberg, guitarist Yadin Moyal, bassist Yanai Avnet, and keyboardist Itai Portugaly. Sands of Time was released last year in their homeland, following an epic launch concert in ...

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We Were Sharks

Canadian pop-punkers We Were Sharks release Lost Touch

We Were Shark, the Canadian six-piece pop-punkers have recently released their second album Lost Touch and more apt an album name they could not have picked, as this release, while enjoyable, does feel as though it has lost touch with the bands earlier, more hard-hitting releases, 2012’s debut LP Highways and 2015’s EP  Not A Chance. There appears to have been little ...

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The Bellrays

The Bellrays and Fuzzy Vox at Ramsgate Music Hall, Kent | Live Review

The resurgence of the South-East Kent music scene has been on an uphill ascent for these past few years, and not only just favour of bigger local music venues. Local independent music venues are where the real live music gems tend to lie, especially in these economically troubled times. But one very much loved and applauded award-winning small live music ...

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Avatar Country

Avatar continue to impress with Avatar Country

Avatar Country is not your ‘typical’ metal record, in the same way that Avatar are not a ‘typical’ metal band. Avatar Country perfectly captures Avatar’s bizarre look and outlandish stage show and hands it to you in the form of a 10-song album, which is by far one of the most unique and enjoyable metal albums of the last few ...

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Axel Rudi Pell

Axel Rudi Pell releases Knights Call

Axel Rudi Pell or ARP, as I will call him to save my fingers, has been on the scene for over for over thirty years. His first band, Steeler, released four albums between 1984 and 1988. He then went solo and including live albums and compilations, has over thirty albums bearing the ARP name. All of them have been firmly ...

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W.E.T. Earthrage

W.E.T. release melodic rock album Earthrage

W.E.T. are Robert Säll (the “W” from Work of Art), Erik Mårtensson (the “E” from Eclipse) Jeff Scott Soto (the “T” from Talisman), along with the engine room from Eclipse, guitarist Magnus Henriksson and drummer Robban Bäck. Now, it is unusual to say the least that a band is brought into existence by the desires and interests of a record label executive. ...

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