Reviews

Cry Havoc ‘New Life’ EP Review

Cry Havoc are a fairly new thrash band to the scene, yet their musical ability might make you think otherwise. On their new four-track EP there is a wonderful range of style. It’s all impressively heavy but the band does a great job of toeing a line between thrash and classic metal. There’s a brilliant pace to it all, though ...

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Night Verses ‘Out Of The Sky’ Review

Having seen what was apparently Night Verses’ fourth show and being afraid of getting their EP in fear of being let down I jumped at the chance to review Out Of The Sky.  With hindsight being 20/20 I now wish I’d bought this instead of the £4.25 pint of Guinness that left me even more disheartened.  Featuring Douglas Robinson of ...

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Crow Black Chicken ‘Electric Soup’ Review

Quite frankly I’m going to try and keep this short and sweet.  It will be very hard to find an album this year that will disappoint me more than this one.  Upon reading the background and what others had said about Crow Black Chicken had left me intrigued to hear them.  After around three songs I wish I’d just gone ...

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Gary Numan @ Sub 89, Reading

Seeing Gary Numan in a venue this small really is a barrage on the senses.  The lighting rig used tonight is the same one used in venues three times the size and while impressive when you are stood at the front, its somewhat intimidating at the same time. Moving further back and you see the full picture.  Or rather don’t.  ...

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’15 DIE A DAY’ HEAVY ROCK N METAL ALL-DAYER IN AID OF MAG

Whoever says that the metal music scene is dead in Cardiff need to stop applying their eyeliner and take a minute to go and support the huge amount of local talent around the south Wales area, who regularly play Cardiff! One event that brought a handful of these bands together was the ’15 Die A Day’ all-dayer which took place ...

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Gallows ‘Gallows’ Album Review

There’s quite a lot at stake for the self-titled third album from Gallows. This is of course their first full release since the departure of original lead singer Frank Carter. Replacing him is Wade MacNeil, who you may have heard from being part of a little band called Alexisonfire. The loss of a lead singer is a huge game-changer for ...

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House VS Hurricane ‘Crooked Teeth’ Track Review

After a short absence and line up reshuffle, the Australian powerhouse that is House VS Hurricane is back, and their timing couldn’t be better. With the metalcore genre becoming pretty over-populated, it was about time to give it a fresh new look. Tight harmonic guitar solos, over roaring vocals and catchy choruses might all sound pretty familiar, but you forget ...

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Motorhead ‘The Complete Early Years’ Boxset Review

If you have a conversation with a hardcore fan of any band in the world, 99% of them will most likely come out with the answer “their early material is better.” With Motorhead, who are the band that started speed metal and are fronted by the often-imitated-never-beaten legend that is Lemmy Kilmister. Their early material contains some of the songs ...

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Cold In Berlin ‘…And Yet’ Album Review

Punk and Goth. Not your everyday combination nevertheless the direction that London based 4-peice Cold in Berlin have taken in their stride across today’s metal scene. Their well received debut album Give Me Walls was immensely well received,  and it even gained Artrocker’s Album of the Month for December of 2010. On the success of Give Me Walls, Cold in ...

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The Darkness ‘Hot Cakes’ Review

10 years ago it seemed like rock was dead: nu-metal was getting more cringe-worthy by the second and Nickleback had a hit single in the UK top 10. All hope was lost until 2003 a glimmer of hope for the Hard Rock scene… … A band whose front man was wearing striped spandex jumpsuits supporting the likes of Def Leppard ...

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