Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Jon Oliva – Raise The Curtain

Oliva - Raise the Curtain

Like good food at any restaurant if you don’t try it out first how can you judge it? This new release from former Savatage frontman Jon Oliva was something very different for me having never heard his work before. What followed was, I must admit, a bit of a surprise. …

Read More »

Arx – Ordo Ab Pax

Ordo Ab Pax, released in 2013, is the debut album from Gauteng, South African progressive thrash metal outfit, Arx. The band has an engaging, melodic extreme metal sound, a bit reminiscent (but not derivative) of Dark Tranquillity or later In Flames. The album ranges from instrumental, to thrash, to ‘hatecore’ …

Read More »

Dark Tranquillity – Construct

Dark Tranquillity prove why the’re the best in the buisness.   The now well known tag of  ‘Gothenburg sound’ exists primarily because of the groundbreaking music produced on a consistent basis by Dark Tranquillity, sometimes complex, sometimes alarming but always meaningful and thought provoking. In  ‘Construct’, the band have produced …

Read More »

Final Silence – More Human Than Human

Scotland’s Hardcore exponents raise the bar with a cracking album of real class. This is definitely one of those albums that picks you up and shakes you about a bit. Final Silence have been around for some seven years or so now but seem to have raised the levels of …

Read More »

Blackmore’s Night – Dancer and the moon

Blackmore’s night is the band led by former Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his singer wife, Candice Night. The band has now been going for 20 years, and play a folk and rennaisance music with some rock mixed in – a combination that works extremely well. As …

Read More »

Jorn – Traveller

Norway’s Jorn Lande returns with his new album “Traveller”. For those who are unaware of Jorn, this man releases top quality albums as regularly as Iron Maiden release special edition picture discs. Excluding involvement and appearances with Avantasia, Masterplan and Allen/Lande, “Traveller” is studio album number ten since 2000 and …

Read More »

RIOT|NOISE – Stand For Something

This debut full-length album from Bristollian noiseniks RIOT|NOISE – the follow up to a successful and well-received EP, released back in 2009 – is as impressive a first release as you are likely to come across this year. ‘Stand For Something’ is a powerful collection of a dozen songs which …

Read More »

Paris – Only One Life

This may be their debut album, but Paris – named after the French capital, in which the band’s central pairing of vocalist/keyboard player Frédéric Dechavanne and guitarist Sébastien Montet were brought up – trace their roots back three decades, to the heady days of AOR supremacy as evinced by the …

Read More »

SixStringNoise – Likewise

SixStringNoise, a four-piece outfit from Greece, formed sometime after 2011’s one-man-band debut “Snowing Bullets While Kissing the Ground” was released. With a lineup (Markos, Nikos X, Alex B, and Alex D) solidified, the band decided to record and release a proper album. Likewise, 2013’s full-length offering, is the result of …

Read More »

Volbeat – Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies

2010 was the release of “Beyond Hell/ Above Heaven“ and now Volbeat return with their fifth album “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies”.  It demonstrates their metal heritage more than they have in any previous albums.  The album comes across as a musical journey combing the genres from the past few decades into something solid. …

Read More »

Ten Tonne Dozer – Uit de Buik Duivel te Koop

Ten Tonne Dozer, a bunch of Shetland Islanders and one mad Aussie who like to produce some mighty fine huge slabs of grooving metal, have been on the go since 2005. This latest extended EP of them performing live during their recent tour of Europe is the perfect introduction to them

Read More »

Monster Truck – Furiosity

Since forming in Ontario in 2009 they have been carving themselves a reputation that is as equally massive as their name along with their back to basics approach. Typifying the phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, this is rock n’ roll at its simple, bluesy best. You could …

Read More »

Dagoba – Post Portem Nihil Est

A decade on from their self-titled debut album, French industrial metallers Dagoba have found themselves having to undergo something of a re-invention for this, their fifth full-length album – and not least because of the sudden and controversial departure last year of founder Izakar, whose guitar sound many fans and …

Read More »

Megadeth – Super Collider

Judge it as a Megadeth album and I have a feeling the majority of 'Deth fans are more than likely going to be disappointed. Gone is the speed, the ferocity, the technicality, the balls to the wall aggressiveness of the likes of Endgame and The System Has Failed. This album is very much an extension of what was heard on Th1rte3n and also reminiscent of the style of World Needs a Hero.

Read More »

Fantasist – Fantasist cd.

The sharp dressed trio Fantasist are back with the follow up to their debut “Giggle Juice”, though an acoustic EP ‘Suited and Muted’ has also been released to fill the gap. A band that defies genres, Fantasist continue to make music the way they want, while wearing pinstripe suits. The …

Read More »

Pasadena Napalm Division – Pasadena Napalm Division

It's a waspish, angry, drunken rabble of a band throwing themselves around with an evil undercurrent. This takes you back to early days of thrash infancy. There's an aggressively punkish streak running through the whole album. There's raw power and energy here by the bucketload and the album is unsurprisingly reminiscent of DRI thanks in no small part to Brecht's vocals and style that still stand out to this day.

Read More »

Mike Tramp – Cobblestone Street

My, how things have changed since I first saw Mike Tramp performing with White Lion all those years ago on the rock and metal programmes on TV! Then along came the grungy Freak of Nature and Mike Tramp solo career. Now this album pretty much has Mike stripping everything down …

Read More »