Album Reviews

Review: Stars & Flights – Moral Colour

South Wales has a bit of a reputation for doling out some great rock music, and progressive-alt-rock trio Stars & Flights certainly do nothing to dent this reputation. Having had praise from the likes of Radio 1 Rock Show’s Dan P. Carter and critical acclaim for their debut album, Dropping Anchors, this June sees the release of their latest effort, ...

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Review: Arthemis – Live From Hell

The principal rival to Mozart – Antonio Salieri – came from the city of Verona. It is also home to Arthemis – our favourite Italian metal band. Verona is a place where emotions run high. Where Dante imagined Purgatory. And Caesar came to retreat from politics. Verona is where the incessant feuding between Shakespeare’s Capulets and Montagues was interrupted by burning ...

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Review: Peter Frampton – Hummingbird in a Box

In April 2013, as part of its spring production, the Cincinnati Ballet performed a series of dances accompanied by Peter Frampton and his band at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Most were classics from his extensive repertoire but one section featured new material composed by the guitarist, along with producer Gordon Kennedy who he had previously worked with on the ...

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Review: Tomas Doncker Band – Moanin’ At Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project

Tomás Doncker started out in the down-town “No Wave” scene (New York) in the early 1980s, before going international, and touring and recording with the jazz pianist Masabumi Kikuchi (in Japan.) He then went on to complete production and studio sessions with Boosty Collins, Yoko Ono, and Grammy nominated Reggae vocal group The Itals, plus the Grammy-winning producer Prince Charles ...

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Review: Donnie Vie – Goodbye Enough Z’nuff

Armed with an acoustic six string, in 2013 former Enuff Z’nuff singer/songwriter Donnie Vie headed out with tongue-firmly-in-cheek for what he called the Magical History Tour. Ostensibly, a way for him to bid farewell to his past, giving many of those band songs a final airing, and offering his more devoted fans a chance to see him close-up solo in ...

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Review: Dead Inside – Millions Dead

Biography DEAD INSIDE are an upcoming hard core/death core band from Nottingham, UK. In a genre that’s completely oversaturated, their use of 8 string guitars, stupidly low tunings and gigs that are ever increasingly intense makes them fairly unique both in the local scene and in the genre as a whole. Having formed early 2013 they have made a massive ...

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Absolva – Anthems To The Dead

Absolva are a classic metal band, based in Manchester. The band is famous for their sublime twin-lead guitar sounds – creating the finest rock music in the great British tradition. Starting out as Fury UK with Chris Appleton (lead guitar and vocals) and Martin McNee (on drums) they released three albums, played Bloodstock, and toured with the likes of Saxon, ...

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Bury Tomorrow – Runes

Southampton Metalcore giants Bury Tomorrow are set to released their third full length studio album soon tilted ‘Runes‘. The album cover shows a mysterious symbol in black over a white background which shows a certain branding and unexpectancy of what you expect from the album when first purchasing. ‘Runes’ is the third step of the ladder on the bands quest ...

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Darkyra Black – Dragon Tears

Lands of ice and snow are where we typically think female fronted symphonic gothic metal music is spawn, but it’s to sunnier climes we must cast our ears for Darkyra Black’s debut ‘Dragon Tears’. Darkyra herself is based in Australia, while the nucleus of her band appear to be from Greece, for after connecting with Garry King who’s drummed for ...

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James LaBrie – I Will Not Break EP

Recorded music has come such a long way in such a relatively short time: where it ensures quality sound reproduction that’s great, when it enters the marketing minefield it all becomes a lot more subjective. Once upon a time a single was a 7” piece of vinyl played on a gramophone at 45 revolutions per minute (rpm) with a song ...

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