Dennis Jarman

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

Vengeance-Crystal Eye

  Dutch band Vengeance,formed over 30 years ago by vocalist Leon Gowie  has assembled an impressive band line up to record their 9th studio album Crystal Eye due to be released on Feb 27th 2012  by Steamhammer/SPV records. Vengeance probably will not be mentioned in  the same breath as current …

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Dogstate e.p War Baby

  It is a strange coincidence that two  of the band,Rich and Paul, share the same surname as John Garcia,vocalist of Kyuss who unfortunately disbanded many years ago. The first  two  tracks on Dogstate’s debut e.p War Baby come rumbling out with the classic groove of Wretch era Kyuss. First …

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Derision – Ancient.

  Clocking in at just under 50mins,the debut cd from Bolton/Wigan based thrashers Derision pulls no punches from the mauling riffs of opener Pain Of Conviction to the lightspeed buzzsaw riffs of closing track Final Solution.Quite simply,as debut albums go, the quality of material here is on a par with …

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Cirith Ungol-Servants Of Chaos

  Where to start with this one eh?31 tracks on 2cds and a bonus live dvd as well.Metal Blade Records,due to demand,have re-released Servants Of Chaos from the vastly underrated and sadly disbanded Cirith Ungol.Originally released as a dbl cd in 2001,Servants Of Chaos contains rare,demo,live and unreleased tracks from …

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Agincourt, Hard Rock Hell festival, Prestatyn, 3/12/2011

Midlands based band Agincourt had their work cut out on the nwobhm stage,having to follow 2 awesome sets from Stampede and Bronz but they rose to the challenge by giving us 8 tracks from their excellent debut album ‘Angels Of Mons‘. Even a few technical difficulties arising from Paul Anderson’s …

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Stampede, Hard Rock Hell festival, Prestatyn, 3/12/2011

Well,here we are again,Hard Rock Hell V,the annual  festival that goes from strength to strength and part of the weekend’s festivities was a stage devoted to nwobhm on Saturday afternoon from 12pm-17.30pm.The proceedings were opened in style by a 40min classic hard rock set from Stampede who have just finished …

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Lazarus Syndrome E.P Flatline.

Hailing, and hailing very loudly from Liverpool, Lazarus Syndrome have composed  4 tracks of melodic brutality. The Flatline e.p is not available yet but is mixed and ready for release. Apparently a lazarus syndrome is an awakening from the dead. Well,judging by the quality of Flatline, the band are certainly …

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Manowar,Leeds Carling Academy,4/11/2011

“The sound of metal so loud it cracks the beams”.A line taken from Manowar’s song Gloves Of Metal and judging by volume levels reached at Leeds Carling Academy last Friday night,i would not be surprised if this were true.Their new p.a system certainly delivered but it had a few glitches …

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Blasphemist – Shadowtorned World.

From their beginnings as Zodiac in Furstenfeld,Austria,the signing to Noisehead Records earlier in 2011 prompted a name change to Blasphemist to fit a new musical direction.The 6 piece band play technical/melodic/death metal and considering this is their debut album,they now have an arsenal of excellent material for future gigs. Considering …

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Behemoth – Demonica.

Behemoth fans are in for a treat with this release. Demonica is a 2xcd 23 song compilation box set compiled from demo’s,unreleased and re-recorded songs.Only 10,000 are for sale and include an A5 digipack,slipcase and a 44 page book with rare photos and lyrics. The bulk of Demonica comes from:- …

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Martyr – Circle Of 8.

Well this is a true phoenix rising from the flames story!Dutch metal band Martyr,formed in 1982 in Utrecht,Holland but disbanded in 1987 are now a full time band again.Circle of 8 is released via Metal Blade Records on November 8th.Martyr were also featured on the Metal Massacre VI compilation also …

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Agincourt – Angels of Mons

  Agincourt.Even by the name of the band,one can conjure up what is in store here.Classic hard rock/ metal played by experienced musicians.To my ears it is unashamedly NWOBHM.Big riffs,catchy hooks/choruses,no ott guitar solos,just written to fit the mood of the song and a lung busting vocalist.The vocalist here is …

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Apollyon-Wrexham Central Station,19/10/2011

Supporting Evile at this gig,2nd onstage on a 4 band bill,Apollyon shook the rafters of Central Station with a set of lightspeed technical thrash metal.The 3 piece from Queensferry took no prisoners with frontman/bassist Gareth Owen summoning the ever growing crowd to the front.With only a short set in front …

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Evile-Wrexham Central Station,19/10/2011.

To put it bluntly,on the 10th date of an 18 date tour,Evile lay waste to the rabid Wrexham crowd on Wednesday night.The Central Station is getting a well deserved reputation for booking some killer bands and Evile are a worthy addition to that ever growing list. I’ve seen the so …

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Lord Volture – Never Cry Wolf.

From the riff that heralds the opening of the title track to the breakneck ending of closer The Wolf At Your Door,Lord Volture have created a heavy metal monster of an album.Released on Nov.11th, Never Cry Wolf contains 11 epic tracks. Epic is the only way to describe it as …

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Torture Garden – Dead Romantic

If Torture Garden do not take this comment the wrong way then their 2nd release Dead Romantic could be the soundtrack for the armageddon.It is so crushingly overbearing the listener feels like the weight of the world is on their shoulders.It would be unfair to dismiss it as a doom …

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Zergoth – Psychological Defence.

Well this is an interesting concept.A metal album created over the internet by 2 musicians who did not meet up until after the album was finished.Vocalist Brandon Hoover from North Michigan USA searched the internet site Compose to assemble a band.He came across a guitarist Carlos Enriquez from Florida who …

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Lo! – Look And Behold.

As usual,when reviewing an album,i listen to it before i read up on the band so i dont know what to expect.Look And Behold,the debut album from Sydney,Australia based band Lo! begins with the instrumental Hath.It sounds like an intro for a death metal band but surprisingly segues into Deluge(Carrnivorous …

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