ALBUM REVIEW: Alesto...

ALBUM REVIEW: Alestorm ask do you drink and have you been fucked by a hammer on No Grave But The Sea ALESTORM have been seen as a joke for many a year by the po-faced intelligentsia who hold their noses at the term Pirate Metal – but on their new album ‘No Grave But The Sea’...

ALBUM REVIEW: Thyran...

ALBUM REVIEW: Thyrant mix it up on What We Left Behind SOMETIMES something wonderful drops for review; a surprise, a delight that comes at you so far leftfield it bowls you over. With nary a warning Thyrant landed for listening, and it has to be said that this début, ‘What We Left...

ALBUM REVIEW: Selene push on to the next level on ...

WHEN you hear the term ‘symphonic metal’ sometimes there is a tendency to go back to the progenitors of the genre and compare it with newer acts, which is both unfair and unjust. The depth and the breadth of the genre belies the fact that with an ear there is more to be heard, but more than that it is a demanding type of metal to tackle. With just a few years under their belt Selene have managed to make a name for themselves with their début release ‘The Forgotten’ and a couple of eps. Faced with the challenge of a second album the band have knuckled down and produced a solid set of 11-songs. But ‘The Ravages...

EP Review: Figures –...

  EP Review: Figures – ‘Chronos’ Reviewer: Lavender Baj – It feels like there’s another ‘up and coming’ band from Melbourne that’s set to be ‘the next big thing’ every other week, so why should we care about FIGURES, right? Wrong. This 5-piece band from the not-so-sunny city of...

Review: Colibrium – ...

  Review: Colibrium – ‘In Balance’ Reviewer: Craig Grant. This review is an opportunity to make things right. This album was released about 12 months ago, so this review isn’t about flogging a new release or meeting a PR’s request. It is about bringing to your attention that there is a...

Live Review – CKY – ...

  Live Review – CKY – Wedgewood Rooms Growing up in the nineties and noughties was a golden age for my generation – we had MSN Messenger (RIP), the nu-metal wave and the birth of reality-style prank shows – namely Jackass and CKY. Those adult male pranksters terrorised the streets of...

Melbourne heavyweights Mammoth Mammoth.

  Reviewer: Craig Grant It’s been a while since we last checked out Melbourne heavyweights Mammoth Mammoth. In fact it was the release of the EP Mammoth Bloody Mammoth back in February 2016. Now it’s time for a new LP, in the form of Mount the Mountain, which is eleven tracks in the Mammoth x 2 style of laid back and raw rock. The four piece sound like the love child of Kyuss and Clutch with a couple of coats of vegemite to make sure you know this is true blue pub rock. A bit like the US band Dead Till Dark they are hard rock with a punk underbelly and no-shit attitude. The cover of this album is highlighter orange and the sort of...

ALBUM REVIEW: Inglor...

ALBUM REVIEW: Inglorious avoid the dreaded second album with a stormer on II   INGLORIOUS were formed a mere three years ago, in 2014, when Nathan James having had a spell as singer for The Trans-Siberian orchestra and Uli Jon Roth decided to look for like minded musicians to play old school...

New Voyager album Gh...

  Review – Craig Grant: Too early to call as album of the year in Australia? Potentially one of the top three progressive releases globally so far this year? Well not really a huge punt, given that the new Voyager album Ghost Mile is an absolute killer from beginning to end. It’s a...

Album review: Mish –...

  Album review: Mish – Entheogen Review by Craig Grant. Ok, let’s get the obvious question out of the way. An Entheogen is a, ‘psychoactive substance used in a religious, shamanic, or spiritual contexts’. Funny then that when I hear the phrase ‘Mish’ it takes me back to the days leaving...

Album Review: Tabera...

Album Review: Taberah – Sinner’s Lament Reviewer –  Craig Grant:-  Taberah are a four piece traditional metal band from Tasmania, Australia who take their influences from the Darkness, Queen, Maiden and Sabbath. You can hear them all, but you can also hear Australian band LORD...

MasterCastle – Wine ...

  MasterCastle – Wine of Heaven Review written by: Samantha Lamb Mastercastle is an Italian Heavy Metal band with traditional and neo-classical influences founded by guitarist Pier Gonella (Necrodeath/ex-Labyrinth) and vocalist Giorgia Gueglio. The line-up is completed by bassist Steve...

ALBUM REVIEW: Dead D...

ALBUM REVIEW: Dead Daisies capture the energy on Live and Louder THE problem reviewing live albums when you are “of a certain age” is the temptation to draw comparisons with the classics like UFO’s Strangers In The Night, MSG’s Live at Budokan and Iron Maiden’s Live After Death. A live...

The Franklys – Are Y...

  The Franklys – Are You Listening? ‘Are You Listening?’ is the debut album coming on June 23rd from all-female London four-piece The Franklys, being released on Halta Halta Records. It mixes rock’n’roll, surf, garage and a little bit of punk too, which makes for...

Titan Breed – Edge O...

  Titan Breed – Edge Of The World This may be Titan Breed’s debut EP but with members rising like phoenixes out of previous bands you know they are going to produce something good, this good I was not expecting though. I have managed to catch them live and from that very first show I was...

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