Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Von Hertzen Brothers – Nine Lives.

The Von Hertzen Brothers are a Finnish prog-rock band made up of the three Von Hertzen brothers, Kie von Hertzen , Mikko von Hertzen and Jonne von Hertzen. Mikko Kaakkuriniemi and Juha Kuoppala complete the five piece group. The brothers have played individually in many popular Finnish rock bands, Kie played in …

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DAMNATION ANGELS – Bringer Of Light.

Immensely powerful debut album from an exceptionally talented band.   At last! A U.K. based Symphonic Power Metal band to rival the European hierarchy. The band gave us an indication of what potential lay within with the release of  ‘Shadow Symphony’, an E.P. which saw release in 2009. This album …

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Lets Play God – Survival Of The Twisted ep

There must be something in the water in Glasgow judging by the recording of the Survival Of The Twisted ep by Lets Play God. 4 short, sharp pieces of feral metal are delivered with utter conviction. It will be released on March 14th 2013 and can be pre-ordered from LetsPlayGod.NET/Store. …

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Arkham Witch – Legions of The Deep

Arkham Witch are a British band formed in 2008 and features members of The Lamp Of Thoth. They describe themselves as “Old School Heavy Metal/Doom infused with Lovecraftian horror, tales of mighty Barbarians and festering evil superstitions!” an intriguing introduction. This is their second album and kicks off with “David …

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Eric Johnson – Up close – another look

Texan guitarist Eric Johnson may not be as widely known in Europe as guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Steve Vai or Carlos Santana for example, but he is one of the world’s top guitar players, having been voted one of the 100 greatest guitarists of the 20th century by Musician …

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Centurian – Contra Rationem

Centurian seem fury incarnate. The band was founded in 1997 by Rob Oorthuis (guitar) and Wim van der Valk (drums). The intent was to create death metal “based on memorable riffs, one-foot blast beats and lyrics that celebrate Choronzon333”. Seth van de Loo (vocals) then joined the band. In 1998, …

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Integrity – Black Heksen Rise

It was irresistible to review this former Cleveland (Ohio) band’s latest release, as part of my PlanetMosh debut. Beginning in 1988, Integrity purveyed a kind of raw hardcore punk to local audiences. First signed to Victory Records, Dwid and his band began to release their music to the masses, prior …

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Lost Society – Fast Loud Death

“Our debut album will be an old-school thrash oriented one that’ll surely leave a lasting impression”. Bold, impetuous, some may even say foolhardy, immodest, cocky, precocious… these are words that spring to mind when you read that statement above from Lost Society’s frontman Samy Elbanna when they penned a deal …

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FINNTROLL – Blodsvept

Hailing from Finland this black/folk metal band are due to go on tour later this year and this, their latest offering, is a good indication of why you should buy yourself a ticket now. Blodsvept, is FINNTROLL’s sixth studio album which is due out on 25th March. Formed in 1997 …

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Six Feet Under – Unborn

Unborn is the 10th album of the death metal legends Six Feet Under. It is like a brother for the Undead album, which was released in 2012. The album starts with a more melodically song:  Neuro Osmosis. The song is slow but with a great voice of Chris Barnes. The …

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Atominated – World Without Flesh

Irish thrash metal band Atominated, who were originally known as Akraga, have just released their new E.P, “World Without Flesh”. Throughout the album the guitar sound is aggressive, whilst not being overly distorted as to lose definition on riffs which are technical and catchy. Dual guitars leaves room for impressive …

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Amaranthe – The Nexus

Amaranthe’s second album can only be described as a complete and utter triumph.   Like many others around this shrinking globe, I was completely blown away and hooked by Amaranthe’s debut, a self titled monster of an album that came out in 2011. Again, along with many others I was …

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Bring Me the Horizon – Sempiternal

If you’re a follower of heavy metal in all its forms and you haven’t heard of Bring Me the Horizon, then you’ve clearly been hiding under a rock for the best part of five years. The five-piece from Sheffield crashed onto the scene with 2008 release Suicide Season and immediately …

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Orianthi – Heaven In This Hell

Orianthi the Australian guitar sensation is back with her follow up to her 2009 album Believe titled Heaven In This Hell. Opening with wind noises and a spoken word intro about love, Orianthi screams into the title track ‘Heaven In This Hell’ and firmly puts her foot on the gas pedal …

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Vega – “What the Hell”.

Vega! Not heard the name yet? Well they are four guys who formed the metal group in 2009 with a sound straight from the 70-80′s now turning out their own original rock songs in the 00′s. Their first album “Kiss Of Life”, which was released in October 2010 was well …

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Destroy she said – Down to dirty

Australian hard rock band ‘Destroy she said’ come from Melbourne and are here with their debut album. While Australian bands are often compared unfairly to ACDC, sometimes the comparison is very valid – take Airbourne as a perfect example.  Destroy she said are another Australian band that it is right …

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Light among shadows – Welcome…back

Light among shadows are a symphonic metal band from the Southern part of Spain, although their singer, Tatjana Klee is German.  The band was formed in 2010 and released their debut EP, “At the gates of dawn” in March 2011.  The EP was well received and the band did a …

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Tempesta – Unbounded

Swiss band Tempesta was founded in 1994 by Reto Thalmann, and released their first demo in 1995, and in 2002 released their debut album, ‘Platinum’.  Several albums have been released since then, and the band has played concerts supporting bands including ZZ Top, Good Charlotte, Krokus and Billy Idol. First …

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