Album Reviews

Review: Steven Wilson – 4 1/2

If you don’t know who Steven Wilson is, that’s forgivable, but only just. He is the genius behind Porcupine Tree. If you are still sitting there with a blank face then you have some serious catching up to do – I suggest you start with In Absentia (2002) and Deadwing (2005). If you are not a fan after those two ...

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Review: Downes Braide Association – Suburban Ghosts

With Suburban Ghosts, a follow up to their original collaboration Pictures of You, Chris Braide and Geoff Downes have produced a song cycle of sometimes haunting tunes regarding what many consider the birth of modern facile consumerism, ie. the eighties. While the Downes Braide Association has certainly picked up and ran with some of the synth pop sounds of those ...

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Original DIO members reunite as Last In Line – Heavy Crown

When this band was first announced it sounded like an odd kind of cash-in, although Frontiers subsequently picking up the recording tab isn’t that unusual; after all they do go in for 80s heritage acts. If you shared similar doubts don’t rush off, the results are far better than expected. Debut single ‘Devil In Me’ opens proceedings, defining a statement ...

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Review: Sealclubber – Stoical

From the name alone, this will not be everyone’s cup of tea. Sealclubber are just like the name sounds, harsh and nasty, but if that’s how you like your music then they are worth as much time as you can give. Formed in late 2012 in the Black Country, UK, Sealclubber have developed a gritty, aggressive sound. Despite how that ...

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Review: Fables & Ideals – Fables & Ideals

Fables & Ideals self-titled debut album has an old fashioned feel to it.  Drawing on inspirations like Neil Young and Tom Petty, it is the sound of a group of people playing guitars and singing songs. That might sound obvious, but in a world where modern production can often lead you to forget that, there is something wonderfully refreshing about ...

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Review: Danny Bryant – Blood Money

Delivering an album almost annually, this is Danny Bryant’s third offering produced by Richard Hammerton, and will come out on Friday 29th January 2016 via the Jazzhaus Records label. This persistence, in both recording and touring, is paying off for the big guy, as his fan base and reputation are growing. As we established in our review of his previous release, Temperature ...

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Review: Eisregen – Marschmusik

Marschmusik – Never wanting to compare bands but it isn’t possible here as Eisregen is translated as Ice Rain sound not dissimilar to Rammstein, complete with rolling r’s. Blutkreis – Holding a good solid beat and feisty rhythm but no getting away from the Lindemann vocals. Loving the fact the band sing in German as it is one superb accent ...

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Review: For Today – Wake

“The band is now more gospel focused than we ever have been. We definitely sought to write lyrics on the new album that would tell stories in a different way or from a different perspective, rather than saying the same stuff over and over. We want to inspire people to think a little deeper and read into things more. Take ...

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Crucified Barbara produce 11 raucous tracks of high energy rock and roll!

Making a pretty damned good noise on record since 2004, Crucified Barbara have been one of those bands whose singles I’ve always enjoyed hearing but never got round to sitting down and properly listening to a whole set of tunes; however, with their latest album In The Red, out on Despotz Records, we rectify that matter. A screaming guitar rages ...

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Saxon’s Battering Ram – The Best of British!

Saxon are the best of British, the kings of metal with generations of fans everywhere. They’ve never changed from what they always have been, and why would they? They answer to no one, and new album Battering Ram is the perfect reason why they shouldn’t have to either. Opening the album with the title track ‘Battering Ram’, it is just ...

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