Reviews

Enuff Z'Nuff

Enuff Z’Nuff… nuff said

Enuff Z’nuff formed in 1984 and released their self-titled debut five years later. Founding members, Chip Z’Nuff and Donnie Vie along with guitarist Derek Frigo and drummer Vikki Foxx enjoyed huge success with that album and the two singles from it – ‘New Thing’ and ‘Fly High Michelle’. Bass player and vocalist Chip is still in the band today and has recruited ...

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Mushroomhead

Mushroomhead explore their visual side with ‘Volume III’ DVD Review

With the departure of original vocalist Jeffrey “Nothing” Hatrix and guitarist Tommy Church, Volume III shows US alt metallers Mushroomhead can live on. Despite their inconsistent lineup, they have been consistently entertaining, and the DVD reflects that. From official high definition music videos and live recordings to clips shot from a phone camera, they are all equally as immersive. It opens ...

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THE ROOM 1985

The Room 1985 open their doors

Manchester-based The Room 1985 trio included Sam Stone (vocals/bass), Chris Crysand (guitars/synths) and John Hulse (drums/programming). They mix electronica with various rock genres and a chunk of psychedelia thrown in. Their self-titled debut came out in 2017 and they follow that up now with The Bliss, if you imagine Floyd all synthesised up and performed by Dépêche Mode, you’ll be close to their ...

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Daughtry

Daughtry – uncaged and rattled

Twelve years on from their debut, Daughtry are set to release their fifth album called ‘Rattle That Cage’.  Firstly, let’s dispense with the American Idol rubbish – Chris Daughtry and his eponymous band have always been rock and not the fluff that the Idol stuff suggests. In saying that, the new album, is different to the previous releases in that it ...

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Mad Max

Mad Max – 35 years and still going strong

Mad Max are celebrating 35 years of producing quality metal fused AOR and musicians Michael Voss (vocals/guitar), Jürgen Breforth (guitar), Axel Kruse (drums) and Thomas “Hutch” Bauer (bass) have titled their new release with the imaginative moniker ‘35’. The album sounds like they are still firmly planted in the 80s, but there is enough originality to give it a genuine ‘new’ tag. ...

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The Pineapple Thief

The Pineapple Thief release new album Dissolution

The Pineapple Thief is about to unleash their 12thalbum called Dissolution. Always classed as prog, in my mind this band is one of the few of that ilk that actually fulfils the definition of progressive. They do not just pump out 20-minute songs and call it a concept album. Sure, there are concepts in the Thief’s music and the themes this time ...

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Power Trip

Power Trip Continue Their Rise To Greatness With A Chaotic Headline Show In London

Whilst most certainly a beloved genre of music, it would be critically safe to say that the genre of metal has certainly had its peaks and troughs over the years. Some periods of time are saturated with formulaic slices of generic predictability, whilst other times are exciting, invigorating, and unpredictable. Right now in metal music, we are on the verge ...

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Mob Rules celebrate 25 years with new album ‘Beast Reborn’

Germany’s Mob Rules are close to celebrating their 25th anniversary as purveyors of power-metal, and Beast Reborn is their 9th album together. You could say they’ve been around long enough to be called veterans yet, as can be heard, they still retain the same infectious enthusiasm for the music which propelled them to begin in 1994. Compared to other albums ...

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Ex members of Defiled, Ataris, and more showcase new band Lowlives with EP ‘Burn Forever’

Upon hearing the news that The Defiled had broken up in late 2016 to say that i was shocked is an understaement… … in my opinion they were one of the brightest and most original bands to have come out of the UK in a very long time, but despite always having hoped it was just a hiatus situation: I ...

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Voodoo Sioux “We’ll surprise some people, it’ll be hard and heavy” – Bloodstock 2018 Interview

When did you find out Voodoo Sioux were playing Bloodstock Festival? A little while ago now. Our drummer Nige was away on holiday in Wales when he received the email. The wi-fi over there is a bit hit and miss, so it could’ve been a few more days before he picked it up. He made sure he found some telephone ...

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