Reviews

Headless Crown

HEADLESS CROWN produce a powerful and genuine heavy metal album

A Geneva-based heavy metal band who feature Judas Priest, Saxon and Iron Maiden amongst their influences, Headless Crown, are set to release their second album Century Of Decay. A few line-up changes have occurred since their first album, Time For Revolution, in 2015. The line-up for this album is Steff Perrone (Lead Vocals), Manu Froelicher (Guitar), Ced Legger (Guitar), Mack Machet ...

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The courettes

THE COURETTES set to release a blend 1960’s heavy pop and rock

A Danish-based duo, The Courettes are husband and wife Flavia (guitar and vocals) and Martin Couri (drums and vocals). Their second album is imaginatively titled We Are The Courettes contains 12 tracks steeped in early psychedelia with a heavy garage/rock feel thrown in. Opener ‘Hoodoo Hop’ starts with frantic drumming and a great sounding guitar, then a screaming Flavia joins in ...

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ORPHANED LAND

ORPHANED LAND create an artistic tour-de-force with a formidable and furious sense of purpose!

Israel’s Orphaned Land are one of the progenitors of what’s become known as Oriental Metal, where power playing nestles comfortably alongside a range of Middle Eastern influences. In existence since 1991, and still with two members of the original band, the music they play contains very poignant lyrics which attempt to promote the idea of peace in a troubled world, and ...

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Machine Head

MACHINE HEAD’s Catharsis too much filler, not enough killer

Machine Head have long since earned their right to be included among the greats of Thrash Metal despite having a few tragic missteps over their 25 years plus career. It brings me no pleasure in writing that this is among one of those missteps but is by no means one of the worst albums of all time, like some have ...

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Gleb Kpyadin

Gleb Kolyadin constructs new Prog Rock album S/T articulated through tonal and thematic ideas…

For those who do not know, iamthemorning is a Russian rock duo /chamber pop duo formed in 2010. It consisted of singer Marjana Semkina and pianist Gleb Kolyadin. Their name was taken from a song by Manchester band, Oceansize. Pianist Gleb Kolyadin has now taken his Chamber Prog away from the pop world of iamthemorning [perhaps just temporarily] and into ...

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Diva Demolition - Delve Deeper

DIVA DEMOLITION – An amalgam of 1980s female rock

Diva Demolition formed in Brisbane, Australia in 2013 from the ashes of progressive rock punk band Legless. They were the Australian national support for the international Monster Tour of Kiss, Mötley Crüe and Thin Lizzy. They have also supported Aerosmith in New Zealand and Australia. Not a bad recommendation then? It was last year that Sherree Newton (Guitar/Vocals), Kylie Cowling ...

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Ardbeggar

Review: Ardbeggar – Bring Your Own Demons

Take the DNA from Sabbath’s Master of Reality, punk it up a bit, and you have the enigmatic new band called Ardbeggar! Formed in Gothenburg, Sweden with past experience in the Scandi metal scene they must have decided to put the music first and to keep distractions to a minimum, as their promo photograph is of a group of characters ...

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Raveneye

RavenEye, Skam, Dead Shed Jokers – A hard helping of ultra-polished rock!

The Globe, Cardiff  Fair play, anyone who can get a people off their arse to a show on a Monday night must be doing something fucking right. Not a bad turnout in the Welsh capital who still seemed to be drunk-pumped from the rugby result a few days prior. “So, who’s been to North Korea then?” cautiously chuckles Dead Shed ...

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The Faceless

Live: The Faceless return to Manchester after 7 years!

Having spent many years away from the UK and having a number of tour cancellations, The Faceless finally return to Manchester in support of their brand new album In Becoming a Ghost.  First on stage North Eastern Deathcore outfit Osiah. While their brand of seemingly simplistic Deathcore works for some, it feels strange that they would open for a band that ...

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Pop Evil album cover

Pop Evil set to release an accessible, highly polished and remarkably mighty album.

Apparently, when Michigan native Leigh Kakaty formed POP EVIL in 2001, he chose the name for a reason: He loved hard rock, played with a good melody but he also loved propulsive rhythms. For Kakaty, these were natural elements found in the songs he grew up with: the groovy soul of Motown, the grand funk of the railroad, the proto ...

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