Dennis Jarman

Full time downtrodden album/gig reviewer and part time rock God!

Tokyo Blade – Dark Revolution

Over the last few years, Dissonance Productions have released some very impressive albums  and Dark Revolution from vintage rockers Tokyo Blade is another worthy addition to their roster! Founded in Salisbury, Wiltshire in 1979 but known as their current title since 1982, eleven tracks hit hard and heavy in just …

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Dog Tired – Lord Of The Vile (video)

Dog Tired

Lord Of The Vile, taken from current studio album The Electric Abyss sees Scottish crushers Dog Tired pummel on a metronomic pound. They, unfortunately, slipped past my radar since I last saw them tear through their set at Wildfire Festival in 2015 but it’s great to hear that they are …

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Canedy – Warrior

Carl Canedy is probably best known for being the drummer of The Rods but things are about to change as he releases his solo album Warrior with his side band Canedy, available now digitally and on streaming platforms with CD and vinyl formats available in August on Sleazy Rider Records. …

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Baleful Creed – The Lowdown

  No lows, just highs on this bruising new album The Lowdown from Belfast based Baleful Creed. Currently available on their bandcamp page, these ten songs hit hard and heavy as opener ‘Mr.Grim’ is far from grim as it lumbers along on a steadfast stoner stomp and wailing wah-wah solos …

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Bad Touch – Kiss The Sky

Since their beginnings in Dereham, Norfolk 2010, Bad Touch have consistently released impressive music and that work ethic sees them on another high with their soon to be released fourth studio album Kiss The Sky via Marshall Records on June 19th 2020. Available on white vinyl, CD, or digital download …

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Spidervayne – Sundance (single)

On May 1st 2020, Essex based metallers Spidervayne release their latest single ‘Sundance’ via Roulette Records and digitally distributed by Cargo Distribution. It’s a great appetizer for a forthcoming studio album as it eases in on laid back guitar lines and a haunting vocal drawl. The lyrics are very thought …

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Burnt Out Wreck – Positive (single)

For sheer ballistic riffing, the This Is Hell album from Burnt Out Wreck released in November 2019 rocked on all levels. Fast forward to 2020 and they’ve just released ‘Positive’, the second single taken from it. It’s one of the more laid back tracks on the album but the grooves …

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Ty Morn – Compliments Of The Wolf (single)

  Ty Morn, described by founder member Aron Biale as “A golden age metal project with worldwide guest musicians” have released a brand new single ‘Compliments Of The Wolf’ from the curiously titled forthcoming studio album Last Villain Testament. From the off it blazes a trail of proto power metal …

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Axel Rudi Pell – Sign Of The Times

Already this is a contender for my album of 2020! Looking at the name I expected it to be peppered with a shitload of guitar solos and no songs but I could not be more wrong! Axel Rudi Pell will release Sign Of The Times via SPV/Steamhammer on May 8th …

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Sam Millar – Radio Gouda EP

He’s back! Proving that his debut EP Holy Sass in 2019 was no flash in the pan, Sam Millar bounces back with his latest EP Radio Gouda, due for release on June 5th 2020. It could not have come at a better time with gigs postponed/cancelled as brief opener ‘Radio …

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Second Cities – Oceans (Elemental Hero Bubbleman) (single)


Second Cities – Oceans (Elemental Hero Bubbleman) (single) Describing them themselves as melodic hardcore, Birmingham based Second Cities release a new single on April 20th 2020, curiously titled ‘Oceans (Elemental Hero Bubbleman)’. An accompanying video of them playing it in their various houses during lockdown highlight their frustration of cancelled/postpones …

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Paradise Lost – Obsidian

Since their 1988 formation in Halifax, Paradise Lost have consistently flown the flag for gothic metal and it’s at the top of the pole for their sixteenth studio album Obsidian. Released on May 15th 2020 via Metal Blade Records, the masters of morose deliver nine songs whose titles reflect the …

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Cadence Noir – A Reckless Endeavour EP

  Self proclaimed Gothic Folk ‘N’ Rollers Cadence Noir return from the wilderness to defy us with their eccentricities courtesy of the latest musings on new EP A Reckless Endeavour. Even by their ludicrously over the top standards, opener ‘Weighing Owls’ is a jiggingly jiggy jig as Emma Bennett on …

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The Senton Bombs – Be What You Want (single)

This is just what we need in these troubled times, a brand new single from the Blackpool beach boys, The Senton Bombs! It’s available on all digital suppliers for 99p on April 20th, 2020, ‘Be What You Want’. A quote from frontman Joey Class of “Time to rockdown in lockdown” …

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Cirith Ungol – Forever Black

Cirith Ungol

Cirith Ungol – Forever Black Cirith Ungol define the meaning of being a cult band. Formed in 1971 in Ventura, California, their four studio albums they ground out before splitting in 1992 were heavy doom laden monsters. After a long hiatus they reformed in 2016 and fast forward to the …

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Leatherjacks – Extremely Dangerous


Leatherjacks – Extremely Dangerous Leatherjacks, a new band to me but what a band, albeit a one man band founded in 2015 in Sao Paulo by Mauro Cordeiro. So he could be Brazil’s answer to Tom Scholz!  New album Extremely Dangerous is the follow up to the 2017 debut release …

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Kaine – Reforge The Steel


Kaine – Reforge The Steel Notwithstanding founder member Rage Sadler of Kaine, this is a completely new line up to me and after one listen to current album Reforge The Steel, it sums up their current position perfectly! Since their formation in 2009 there has always been a sheer bloody …

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