Reviews

Valfreya ‘Path to Eternity’ Album Review

Valfreya formed in 2009 as the brainchild of their current lead vocalist, Crook, with a desire to play aggressive but glorious music combined with lyrics inspired by Viking mythology. Path to Eternity is their debut album and was released via Maple Metal Records. Since its discovery, Scandinavian death metal or ‘Viking Metal’ has become extraordinarily popular despite its more niche ...

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Biffy Clyro ‘Opposites’ Album Review

To some Biffy Clyro have only made two albums before this one, 2007’s ‘Puzzles’ and 2009’s ‘Only Revolutions’ both of these albums have made the Scottish trio bonafide rock superstars. However there are three albums before Mercury Awards and such started hurling superlatives; ‘Blackened Sky,’ ‘The Vertigo Of Bliss’ and ‘Infinity Land’ showed a band evolving from shouty art rock ...

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Less Than Jake ‘Greetings and Salutations’ Album Review

Greetings and Salutations from Less Than Jake is not a new album from the Florida ska punk legends featured in the title, instead it is a self-produced compilation album born out of two EP’s from 2011 and 2012. On top of that according to vocalist/bassist Roger Manganelli some of the tracks featured were written as far back as 1996. So ...

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Helloween ‘Straight Out Of Hell’ Album Review

German power metal pioneers Helloween have been producing their own brand of metal for almost thirty years, being stars in Europe and at one glorious moment almost getting to the big time in the late eighties. ‘Straight Out Of Hell’ is their fourteenth effort with long time producer Charlie Bauerfeind; is this the album that sees the band eclipse they’re ...

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Your Demise ‘Cold Chillin’ EP Review

UK St Albans hardcore collective Your Demise are set to release a new EP titled ‘Cold Chilin‘ via Impericon and Pinky Swear Records. The fact that they have chosen to record with Pinky swear records a label known for producing lots of break through artists and hardcore bands will be glee and excitement to many of their current and past ...

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Gruesome Stuff Relish ‘Sempiternal Death Grind’ Album Review

In the deepest, darkest realms of extreme metal there is a little thing called grind. To some it is merely blaring noise but to others it is beauty in music. Within this relatively underground genre a few very niche sub genres have developed. One of these in particular being goregrind; made popular by British band Carcass. Goregrind is the primary ...

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Led Zeppelin ‘Celebration Day’ Album Review

Led Zeppelin. Just those two words immediately conjure up images of thunderous drums, crushing riffs, a grinding bass line covered by a howling blues scream. From 1968 until John Bonhams untimely death in 1980 the foursome could boast eight albums each crammed with timeless classics that still hold the benchmark for truly great rock. Since 1980 the remaining three have ...

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Live Gig Review: What Now at The Lexington, London

‘What Now’ showcased their newest songs from their upcoming album ‘Move Like a Sinner’ – out March 2013 – in the luxurious surroundings of London’s fabulous Lexington venue last week . The band originated from the surfing and skateboarding mecca of Ballito, in South Africa (although they now call London their home) so it was not surprising that the Lex ...

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Rescuer ‘With Time Comes The Comfort’ Album Review

Florida based melodic / hardcore / punk outfit Rescuer have released ‘With Time Comes The Comfort’ (January 15th 2013.) The album had already made the Absolute Punk’s ‘Most Anticipated’ list for 2013. Describing Rescuer as “One of the most exhilarating bands Rise Records have signed for years…” http://www.absolutepunk.net/ This 5 piece play their own brand of fresh hard-won power-trips, with ...

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Harry George Johns EP Review

2013 is set to be a big year for Harry George Johns, the former bassist and backing singer of the West Yorkshire rock outfit Dinosaur Pile-Up. Having left Dinosaur Pile-Up in November of last year to concentrate on writing and recording his own solo project, Johns is set to release his debut EP “Post-breakdown Blues” on February 7th. Stylistically Johns ...

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