Album Reviews

Review: Chris Cornell – Euphoria Mourning (re-release)

It’s 1999. Soundgarden have broken up and are nearly a decade away from a reunion. Audioslave are a few years off and Chris Cornell needs to fill his day with something. What he creates his debut solo album, at the time named Euphoria Morning. Fast toward to 2015, and Cornell has re-released his debut outing. There are no new tracks ...

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Review: Children Of Bodom – I Worship Chaos

There was a time where I, like many of my peers, would go to the music store and buy new albums based solely on the genre, artwork and album name – Children Of Bodom‘s Hate Crew Deathroll (2003) was one of these albums. Not having heard them before, I recall how refreshing it sounded; kicking off with the relentless ‘Needled 24/7’ then ...

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Review: Let’s Talk Daggers – A Beautiful Life

The number of bands who claim to defy genre classification is much larger than the number of bands who actually do so. In fact, since most of them end up sounding like all the other bands that are saying the same thing, they’re practically a genre unto themselves. It’s an accusation that no one will ever be throwing at Let’s ...

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Review: Stormbringer – Blood and Rust

Being a huge fan of good scotch and bourbon, I soon found my perfect drinking music in Viking Skull and never looked back. I’ve also been lucky enough to have played a gig with Deadeye many moons ago, so when I heard the news of members of those bands, along with some from Nekkrosis, had formed a band named Stormbringer, it was ...

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Review: Chris Cornell – Higher Truth

There’s a few things that Higher Truth is and isn’t. It is the follow up to the 2009 album Scream, which featured Chris Cornell teaming up with rapper Timberland to create what can only described as R(ock) n B. Long-time fans will be pleased to know, that’s this time around there isn’t any beatboxing to be heard. You’re not going ...

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Review: New Years Day – Malevolence

A soon as a couple of years ago the idea of ‘goth rock’  being cool again seemed very unlikely. Enter the whole ‘New Grave’ movement: bands like Ashetoangels, Fearless Vampire Killers and The Dead XIII have made heavy eye-liner, all things macabre and the colour black awesome again. One band representing this movement over the pond is New Year’s Day. ...

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Review: City of Thieves – The Incinerator

London may well be a city built upon the reputation of thieves. From the greedy bank-bosses who dwell in their shiny towers, to the politicians secretly intriguing in their Palace at Westminster. From the chuggers who try to wheedle us out of our hard-earned income, to the robbers who shoot up our dirty streets daily. But there is also a ...

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Review: Heart of a Coward – Deliverance

Every musical movement can be stripped down to three phases. The excitement, when a band with a new idea appears and takes the world by storm. The bloating, when seemingly every band takes that sound and runs into the ground.  And finally, the survivors.  Those that evolve until they are only loosely linked to the initial movement and are just ...

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Review: This is Shark Country – Chances

Born in 2011, the irrepressible five-some are 100% committed to the execution and construction of their craft. Through extensive gigging and intense rehearsing, This Is Shark Country have supremely tuned their live show, which has seen them hit venues from Leeds to the Isle of Wight, and everywhere in between, sharing stages with ‘68 (ex Norma Jean), Nexilva, Palm Reader, ...

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Review: Dearist – This House has no Windows

No nonsense rock band from good old Brum who offer some volatile riffs and at the same time bring a lingering sliver of impressive rhythms with spot on harmonies that are ever so addictive, in an alternative way. I am not usually one to go for alternative rock, unless it holds something for my ears to feast on but ‘Dearist’ ...

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