Reviews

  • Takedown 2013

    Takedown Twenty-Thirteen is one of the finest displays of great Rock and Metal music this spring. The one-day festival is located in the music hub tha...

  • Code of Silence – Dark Skies Over Babylon

    Torn flag held firm in hand a crusader reaches towards what could well be the fabled sword Excalibur in a classy comic book styled cover for Code of S...

  • Dante’s Theory Amut

    Review: Dante’s Theory – Amut

    If there is one thing that some of the guys do in Singapore, it’s rattling out some amazing music. You don’t somehow imagine that a country like...

  • Butserfest Pre-Review 2012

    You may think festival season stops at the end of August, but if you think the party’s over you are truly misinformed. With this years’ summer festiva...

  • Liquid Casing – A Separate/Divide

    Names like Mogwai and The Mars Volta are offered as musical signposts for the aural outpourings from Houston, Texas four-piece collective Liquid Casin...

  • Review: Dream Theater – The Astonishing

    The Astonishing is a two hour long concept album and is the brain child of guitarist John Petrucci, and its musical foundation is a close compositiona...

  • WSTR – Red, Green or Inbetween

    Review: WSTR – Red, Green or Inbetween

    Bandwagon jumping has long appeared preferable to trendsetting in the world of pop-punk, and with debut record Red, Green or Inbetween’ it appears tha...

  • Review: Sibiir – Swallow & Trap Them

    The first track on this single ‘Swallow and Trap them’ is as intense as it gets! The brutality of the track grows like a vicious enemy in our midst an...

Crystal Ball

Crystal Ball return with their 10th album Crystallizer

Back in 1995, there was a Swiss cover band called Cherry Pie and, after numerous live gigs, they decided they could do just as well themselves. Crystal Ball was born, and they released their debut album In The Beginning. They have now released their 10th album called Crystallizer. The current line up features Steven Mageney (Vocals), Scott Leach (Lead and ...

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Caliban - Elements

Review: Caliban – Elements

The German metalcore band are back with a brand new thirteen-track-album, entitled Elements. Let us delve into this their eleventh studio album! I’m not going to pretend I have been a dedicated Caliban listener in the past, I’ve heard a few songs but for whatever reason, I never have taken the steps to explore them further. My brother introduced me ...

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THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down

The Dead Daisies keep up their charm and momentum on Burn It Down

Thanks to a number of stellar albums and glorious live performances all over the globe, The Dead Daisies have been on an upward spiral ever since the band was conceived and there can be absolutely no doubt that these guys have worked their asses off to get where they are today. Boasting a most impressive line-up consisting of rock royalty ...

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Rainbow

RAINBOW – Memories in Rock II       

Of all the names regularly mentioned as sixties guitar heroes in the classic rock firmament, few stars shine brighter than that of the iconic man in black himself, Mr Ritchie Blackmore. Equally lauded as a guitar hero or the most divisive and truculent human being on the planet, and the bane of many a rock journalist, nonetheless he’s been responsible ...

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Evanescence

Evanescence performs with full symphony orchestra for a unique show at Royal Festival Hall

Bands like Deep Purple and Metallica experimented this way before, but Evanescence still succeeds in leaving us astonished thanks to this mix of goth rock accompanied by the sound of a very magical orchestra. Their gothic and dramatic elements blend perfectly with the background symphony and they sound better than ever, just like they anticipated on Synthesis, the album they ...

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Happy Accidents Everything Here And Now

Happy Accidents Everything Here And Now album review

Everything Here And Now the new album from Happy Accidents isn’t the type of album you will be headbanging along nor drumming along to whilst in your car. Everything Here And Now is the type of album you will casually listen to as you unwind from a stressful day. From the opening notes of ‘Nunhead’ to the final lines of ‘Sink‘. Happy ...

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LOVELORN DOLLS — Darker Ages

Lovelorn Dolls – Darker Ages | Album Review

The Lovelorn Dolls are a Belgian Gothic rock group with a feminine facade, founded by the guitarist Bernard Daubresse aka Corpus Christi and the singer & composer from “Skeptical Minds” ie Kristell Lowagie aka Ladyhell. Their sound consists of thick guitar riffs, deafening melodies, perfectly executed synthesizer sequences and the characteristic voice of Kristell. If you can imagine Marilyn Manson ...

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Palm Reader

Palm Reader to release new album, Braille, showcasing a barrage of riffs

Braille is not an album that messes around. Palm Reader kick things off with ‘Swarm’ which is the aural equivalent of a big boot to the face. It is heavy and armed with more angular riffs than you can flail wildly to, but it’s all pinned together by the chorus. In among all the chaos, they unleash their more melodic ...

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Bob Kulick – Skeletons In The Closet

Having spent 50 years in the music business, playing with the likes of Kiss, Meat Loaf, Lou Reed and W.A.S.P; Bob Kulick remains an in demand guitarist, and sometime producer. Little wonder then it took him until 2015 to start putting together his first solo album, Skeletons In The Closet, available through Vanity Music. Skeletons in the Closet features ten ...

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Icefire – The Nature Of Evil

Featuring former members of Scarab, Midlands-based female-fronted heavy metal band Icefire offer with Nature Of Evil a list of suitably hell-baiting song titles to sum up where they’re coming from.  However, toss your black metal habits aside; ditch your emo-heroin chic posturing and think Goth metal of the kind birthed by the unholy union of folk brought up on the ...

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