Dennis Jarman

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

High On Fire – The Art Of Self Defense remaster/reissue.

  When it comes to riff master opinion polls, they are usually dominated by stalwarts like Tony Iommi, Angus/Malcolm Young, James Hetfield etc.  but worthy of inclusion is founder member/guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike from High On Fire, formed in Oakland,U.S.A in 1998.  The Art Of Self Defense is their debut album, …

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Blind Stare – The Dividing Line.

  On their webpage, Finnish based Blind Stare describe themselves as  ” Melodic/Symphonic/Death Metal “, which is a fair description but after playing their second  full length studio album, The Dividing Line, there are a lot more strings to their bow. Repeated plays bring forth some awesome power, speed and …

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Soul Sacrifice – Carpe Mortem.

  It has been a world tour for the last few albums i have reviewed. Italian thrash metal, Slovenian folk metal and the latest is melodic death metal from Turkish band Soul Sacrifice. Their 2nd full length studio album, Carpe Mortem ( seize death ), was released via Massacre Records …

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Avven – Kastalija.

  To say that folk metal has not really grabbed my attention over the years is a bit of an understatement as the albums and the bands i have heard/seen in this genre so far, with the exception of Turisas,have  been boring. But that has changed after hearing Zmaji, the …

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Chaos Theory – Bio-Death.

With only really 2 bands out of the so called Big 4 producing consistently good thrash metal, there is always room for the young guns to keep them on their toes! Chaos Theory are not going to trouble the big boys just yet, but their debut album Bio-Death, released via …

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Karhu – Survival Of The Richest.

    To say that the debut album Survival Of  The Richest by UK metal band Karhu  took me more than twice as long to review than most albums i have  previously done  is an understatement. It consists of 13 tracks with a total running time of 52 minutes  and …

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Rush – Clockwork Angels.

After playing this album 3 times this evening, i am  at a loss as how to start this review as it is utterly  flawless and i  kept forgetting to make notes . From a personal point of view, being a Rush fan for over 30 years, this is one of …

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Litrosis – I Am Death.

  To be honest, when i see the word symphonic used in a band’s description it always leaves me cold but Litrosis use keyboards and string arrangements to add texture to their music and not to swamp it! Their debut album, I Am Death, released on May 1st 2012 is …

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Morbid Saint – Spectrum Of Death.

  Well this is a real phoenix from the flames! Originally released in 1988, the debut and only full length album, Spectrum Of Death by Wisconsin, USA based thrash metal band Morbid Saint has been re-released on June 19th 2012  in vinyl format via Relapse Records. 1980’s thrash metal albums …

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Wizard – Taste Of Wizard

  Welcome to the world of Wizard! When a song begins with the lyric  ” Who is this mighty man outside? The one who killed the trolls, will he be staying here tonight or returning where the thunder rolls? “, then it’s a safe bet that you can expect some …

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Pictured – The Strand Of Time.

 Pictured, from Quimper in Brittany are yet another quality metal band to hail from France and their debut full length studio album The Strand Of Time is another contender for my album of 2012. Released  May 25th, on Klonosphere/Season Of Mist Records, via Viral Propaganda PR. Formed in 2007 and …

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Livarkahil – Wrath Of God ep.

  When it comes to French metal bands, the older generation would probably recall Trust and the newer generation,  Gojira. But a new and worthy name can be added to the list, the crushing Livarkahil. I reviewed their last full length studio album Signs Of Decay for Planetmosh last September …

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Diementia – Forgotten Dead e.p

  To say that the  Forgotten Dead 4 track  e.p by Glasgow based metallers Diementia is a step up from demo album Tears Of Blood is a vast understatement! Not only in production but also in it’s  ferocity! Vocals on Tears Of Blood were handled by drummer Ricky Kerr, one …

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Thin Lizzy 6 album box set.

June 11th 2012 marks the re-release of 6 classic Thin Lizzy studio albums in box set form. All were  originally put out by Vertigo between 1974 – 1979 but the box set  will be out on Mercury Records  via Universal Music. Thin Lizzy were formed in Dublin 1969. Two of …

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Motorhead – 6 album box set.

On June 11th 2012, Sanctuary Records via Uniiversal Music  will be releasing Motorhead’s 6 albums originally released via Bronze Records between 1979/1983. They are the original masters in gatefold wallets with the original artwork, housed in a compact box.   1st release of the 6 is Overkill and is easily …

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I Am I- Event Horizon.

  So mere weeks after Dragonforce release their new album with new vocalist Marc Hudson, their previous vocalist ZP Theart returns all guns blazing with his new band I Am I and an excellent debut album Event Horizon! I’ve always thought ZP was overlooked in Dragonforce as the guitar work …

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