Reviews

Soulfly ‘Savages’

After the release of Soulfly’s 2nd album ‘Primitive’ they encountered a big lull in terms of the quality of the music they were putting out. Though ‘Primitive’ was hardly a masterpiece and suffered from having a plethora of lacklustre nu metal riffs that sounded like they’ve been chucked into songs purely for the sake of it there was some great ...

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Jonny Cola & The A-Grades ‘Spitfire’

Hark! Is that a Rolls-Royce engine that I can hear puffing away beyond those branches? Perhaps it is. Is that a Beano annual that I have found under my bed? So it is. Is that a Chinnichap riff filling the track ‘In The Woods’ by Jonny Cola and the A-Grades. Yes, it seems so. I must therefore assume that I ...

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Tigertailz ‘Knives’

Tigers are known to have relatively little stamina. Normally they hide for hours – days if necessary – before they are ready to pounce. So if you’re a fan of these charismatic beasts, you have to be patient. Very patient. To see them at work. The giants of Welsh glam metal, Tigertailz from Cardiff – are very similar. Their most ...

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Kids in Glass House ‘Peace’

Kids in Glass House, hail from Cardiff, South Wales. The band formed back in 2003 and over the early years gained a lot of support from fellow Welsh bands of the same rock genre. In 2008 they released their debut album Smart Casual, and is one which is a very memorable one, to this day. Kids In Glass Houses are ...

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Isvind ‘Daumyra’

Hailing from Oslo the birth place of Black Metal, Isvind formed at the time when Black Metal was going to come very much to the attention of the world (sadly not for the music it was producing). Isvind are a band very much about the traditions of those days, musically that is. After a lengthy split they returned with the ...

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HAKEN ‘The Mountain’

Haken were once described (by Classic Rock presents Prog Magazine) as: “Prodigiously talented youths that will benefit prog.” And it appears that they have now repaid that complement, by creating a masterpiece that can be enjoyed by all. After Haken’s début album ‘Aquarius’ enjoyed international release in 2010, the band began to spread their music across Europe , and started ...

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Deaf Havana ‘Old Souls’

Sometime back in the 2000s, a five-piece from rural North Norfolk, who could have been neatly slotted into the post-hardcore/screamo scene, took to the stage in front of a relatively small crowd at The Waterfront in Norwich. Fast-forward to 2013, the same band have played to huge crowds at major UK festivals, sold out tour venues across the UK, changed ...

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Marc Bolan at the BBC – 6 CD Box Set

Marc Bolan, what a chancer. He played the fame game time and time again, but once he’d struck gold stayed too close to a formula that worked and it proved to be his creative downfall. The fact that he actually had talent wrapped up in his precocious elfin frame would have made him the envy of today’s X-Factor wannabes. A ...

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Indicative ‘Indicative’

In recent years, the increasing use of the internet has opened up listeners to more colourful and progressive styles of music. The myriad or genres and sub genres just within the category of heavy metal are innumerable these days. And, within these sub genres there are often bands which sound very similar to one another. Having said this, one also ...

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Def Leppard ‘Viva! Hysteria’

Mötley Crüe has done it grandly. Shania did it alone. Elton did it with a big pair of inflatable titties. Rod Stewart did it in a smart suit. Celine did it a lot. And, above all, Elvis did it before he left the building. All the big ones have done it. And this year British classic rock band Def Leppard ...

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