Phil Campbell And Th...

ALBUM REVIEW: Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons lay down the rock ‘n’ roll on Age Of Absurdity IN these uncertain times of Trump, Brexit and global tensions rock and fucking roll is the antidote; the antiseptic dressing needed to stymie the vacuous fuckers trying to get us all to...

EP REVIEW: Thuum rel...

EP REVIEW: Thuum release Through Smoke, Comes Fire’ this February THUUM smack 2018 out of the park with their heavy, no holds barred and bruising self-released EP ‘Through Smoke, comes fire’. If you like Down, Corrosion of Conformity or Mastadon then this is right up your street. Even...

The Temperance Movement bare all on A Deeper Cut

ALBUM REVIEW: The Temperance Movement bare all on A Deeper Cut IT’S a rare band that exposes all their problems in public, let alone open their hearts in songs – yet The Temperance Movement have done that on their latest release ‘A Deeper Cut’. They have produced a set of tracks that sum up the journey of the band – melancholic and triumphant. For many The Temperance Movement were in the past a Marmite band – you either loved them or walked away. But on ‘A Deeper Cut’ they have exposed every heartache, every travail and every pain. It could be that is what makes this a remarkable rock album....

Soldiers Of Solace, ...

  Soldiers Of Solace, album We Are Immortal. Connecticut band Soldiers Of Solace are a five-piece formed in 2015. On vocals: Jason Longo, Jeff Fahy on lead guitar, Luis Cubille on rhythm guitar, Ron Therrien on bass, and finishing the quintet all the way from Italy, Francesco Daniele on...

Peter Kernel Album: ...

  Peter Kernel Album: The Size Of The Night. Formed in 2008, Peter Kernel is a duo that consists of Canadian singer and film maker Barbara Lehnhoff and Swiss graphic designer Aris Bassetti. They describe themselves as experimental post punk and to get their music out to the hordes they...

Purest of Pain – ‘So...

Purest of Pain – ‘Solipsis’ out March 1st. “Really digging the album, honestly! You guys have managed to blend brutality with groove and emotion in a great way!” Jens Bogren (Opeth, Arch Enemy, Soilwork etc.)   Groove, ambience, tone and melody… Dutch melodic death...

ALBUM REVIEW: Audrey...

ALBUM REVIEW: Audrey Horne don’t let us down on Pure Heavy WHEN Audrey Horne declare on ‘Audrevolution’ that they’ll “never let your down” a more cynical person could accuse band of being vainglorious. But said person would be very, very wrong. ‘Pure...

Joe Satriani – What Happens Next

Live Reviews and Album Reviews Joe Satriani – What Happens Next By: Samantha Lamb (@samlamb4)     What Happens Next is the 16th solo release for the guitar maestro, Joe Satriani, and was released on 12th January 2018 on Sony / Legacy Recordings.   What Happens Next features a power tri of legendary status; Satriani on guitar, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion) on bass and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) on drums. This is the first reunion of Smith and Satriani since Chickenfoot. Satriani has joined forces with Mike Fraser to produce, engineer and mix What Happens Next. Fraser has been a frequent...

Delta Deep, East Coa...

Delta Deep, East Coast (Live) Back in 2010 Phil Collen, guitarist with Def Leppard, with his love of blues and motown was jamming in his living room with his wife Helen’s godmother Debbi Blackwell Cook, who herself had performed with Tesla and Michael Buble. They soon realised that what they...

ALBUM REVIEW: The De...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Defects muscle it up on Feed The Good Dog WITH the parlous state of the world at the dawn of 2018 The Defects have lashed out in furious form for their new release ‘Feed The Good Dog’. For years the risk to the world was ‘limited’ to climate change,...

Offerings, Band: Typ...

  Album: Offerings, Band: Typhoon This is the fourth album by eleven piece orchestral indie band Typhoon from Portland, Oregon. It’s an ambitious concept piece which centres around a man who is losing his memory, and hence his whole identity. At over seventy minutes and fourteen tracks...

The Vikings are comi...

THE Longships are coming in 2018 as ‘The Sign of the Dragonhead’ looms over the horizon… Leave’s Eyes, a fantastic symphonic metal band, return to storm these shores with their seventh album, an uncompromising, combative, epic album and they are ready to loot and pillage your ears...

ALBUM REVIEW: Sumptu...

ALBUM REVIEW: Sumptuous, elegant, edgy eloquence from majestic Magnum on album #20 BY now you would expect veterans like Magnum to be calling in their albums, dialled straight in, with all the formula expected. Not for the Brummie rockers. Nope, this is a band that have a distinctive sound,...

NEWS: Blind Guardian...

NEWS: Blind Guardian release their entire back catalogue THE seminal progressive power metal pioneers from Krefeld Germany, Blind Guardian, have announced that their entire back catalogue from 1988 to 2003 will be re-released via Nuclear Blast. Records ‘Battalions Of Fear’, ‘Follow The Blind’...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Beast is back with a Berserker o...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Beast is back with a Berserker of an album WHEN Anton Kabanen split from Battle Beast in 2015 no one was really sure if he would be back. But lo and behold he is. His new band Beast in Black was formed not too long after and quickly given a chance to prove themselves supporting Nightwish. Now without further ado, let us present to you, Berserker… The titular ‘Beast in Black’ blasts off the album with pure powerful metal and screaming lyrics. Heavy, fast, driving power beats faster than your heart. The chorus is very catchy with powerful riffs and the guitar solo is fast and furious. This sets the tone for the...

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