Reviews

Attan

ATTAN are a darkened force of thick pure aggression

This is where hope comes to die and Attan is its executioner. Spawning from a place where sunlight doesn’t exist for six months of the year, Attan are a darkened force of thick pure aggression who dance with calamity. The five-piece have been building to this moment since they unleashed their rabid EP From Nothing back in 2015. Stretching out the ...

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LA GUNS

Sleaze veterans LA Guns keep the Sunset Strip era alive

This year I have already had the pleasure of seeing this band playing live several times, but that didn’t stop me from attending one more gig tonight. This time, LA Guns are playing at the O2 Academy in Islington, supported by the mighty Jared James Nichols. Due to an early start, unfortunately, when Jared got on stage around 7.15 pm ...

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Metal Allegiance – Vol II: Power Drunk Majesty

Ah, Metal Allegiance, the band where my entire music journalist life started! A few years ago their self-titled debut was my first ever album to review, not having a clue what I was doing other than being straight with myself and stating what I felt about the album, I couldn’t flaw it! It still gets played often to this day ...

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Status Quo – Down Down & Dirty At Wacken

As the rising ac of an organ wafts over the open air stadium I’m half expecting some Deep Purple offshoot about to make their cock rock appearance, but once those 12 bar chords take hold we know the Quo have arrived. A piano tinkles furiously and Francis Rossi sings out ‘Caroline’. More mid-paced pumping than raging guitars, come the chorus ...

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Clutch – Book of Bad Decisions

It may not have been long ago, but it feels like forever since their last release, Psychic Warfare. It was short and sharp, our reviewer back then on release didn’t find himself much of a fan. Sometimes it is hard being a reviewer, but we all have to be honest with ourselves and everyone else when it comes to us ...

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Terminal Function Get Liberated

Swedish technical death metal act Terminal Function release The Great Liberator a new four track EP. The Great Liberator follows last year’s Krakstören EP. The band commented of such releases: “The EP format works great for us because it lets us try out new stuff in faster iterations, which effectively means more music to our fans, more often.” The Great Liberator was produced by Terminal ...

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The Parasitic Twins – All That’s Left To Do Now Is Sleep With Each Other

As EP’s go, this probably has a title longer than most songs, let alone an entire EP. 6 minutes of intensity, dirty riffs, beastly drums and visceral vocals. Technical minds may not find anything of value here, but those that like their music like a sledgehammer are worth spending their time checking them out. Opener ‘Massive’ is a brute and ...

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Grusom – Grusom II

A little research can go a long way when it comes to checking out a band you’re set to review, a small taste of what you’re letting yourself in for, on my search I came across a review (albeit a positive one!) of this album that I thought set me up for a certain sound, and after a long, stressful ...

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Horseman – Of Hope, Freedom And Future

  Kicking off like a many have for decades, those calm, clean and slowly layered builds that lead into an explosive wall of distortion soaring with inspiration, German band Horseman with their now third release, ‘Of Hope, Freedom And Future’ are out to show claim eardrums. Metal to the bone, they blend that thrash speed and accuracy with groove and ...

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Dee Snider – For the Love of Metal

Music is an acquired taste, for the stuff we love, there are people that hate it. Back in the mid-eighties when what we love was the blame for many things, our music found itself at the end of a barrel with the PMRC at the trigger. You didn’t need to be a fan back then of Twisted Sister or anything ...

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