Reviews

  • Men on a Mission: Stupid Chief, JC Fenton, Throatpunch City

    Another chilly night down at the Cellar Bar, Bracknell! It’s starting to feel like home again. Al Heslop was there waiting to give us another wa...

  • Sound Storm - Vertigo

    Review: Sound Storm – Vertigo

    Sound Storm are a Naples based band who formed in 2002, and whose initial brief involved being a band covering songs by Maiden and Savatage, but they ...

  • Review: Revocation – Empire of the Obscene

    Revocation came flying out of Boston around mid 2000 with demo release ‘Summon the Spawn’ in ’06 and album Empire of The Obscene in ...

  • Hard Rock Hell 8 Review

    Hard Rock Hell (HRH) feels like a very well kept secret, hidden by it’s location, hidden by the fact it always sells out, and by the fact that i...

  • Review: Bloodsoaked – Religious Apocalypse

    BLOODSOAKED was formed in 2006 by Peter Hasselbrack who recorded the “Brutally Butchered” CD that was limited to 100 copies. “Brutally Butchered” was ...

  • Review: Sonic Syndicate — Confessions

    The heavy metal outfit SONIC SYNDICATE from Falkenberg in Sweden recently underwent a sonic change. They also switched personnel. Out went bass player...

  • Vitja - Digital Love

    Review: Vitja – Digital Love

    There is a certain rawness that is dealt out on ‘Scum’ that is highly charged and more potent than rocket fuel and no doubt sends you into space on li...

  • Vokonis – The Sunken Djinn

    When you find a label new to you, and they seem to have been behind every release of the year you love so far, you seem to set a higher level of expec...

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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Beacons Festival 2013

Situated in the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales on Helseker Farm estate, this years near to capacity Beacons Festival was due to be a fun filled weekend of debauched rocking out fueled by copious amounts of fruit based cider and the occasional pie and mash. Arriving on Friday lunchtime first impressions were of it’s intimacy and uniqueness.  It’s a ...

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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 Beach Boys ‘Made In California’

The problem with a study of the Beach Boys is that their career has been so long – their production has been so prolific, and their legacy and achievements were so remarkable – that their story is not an easy task to tell. It is just way too big. And we all have a little piece of that incredible story ...

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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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Dehuman Reign ‘Destructive Intent’

Formed in 2011 in Berlin, Germany with the fierce determination to follow the path of original ‘Death Metal’ – the band ‘Dehuman Reign’ creates fast and raging old school metalwork without any modern influences or trends. They strive to attain pure, authentic and maleficent perfection. Their latest line-up was founded in March 2012, and it includes Alex on lead vocals, ...

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