Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Mutiny On The Bounty – Trials.

    Too often, bands like Mutiny On The Bounty get tagged as math metal but there is a lot more to them that genre. Their second album Trials is brimming with astounding musicianship. The guitar lines and drum patterns at times are like endless jazz jams. Mutiny On The …

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Tarja – Act 1 (DVD/Blu Ray)

Former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen is about to release her first live CD/DVD/Blu Ray – Act 1.  It was recorded at the end of March 2012 in Argentina. Planetmosh recently reviewed the CD version of Act 1 – you can read the review here – http://planetmosh.com/tarja-act-1-cd/ Now it’s the turn …

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Aonia – City of Shadows

Aonia are a band from the East Midlands who play metal with female operatic vocals.  While vocally the influences may be the usual suspects – Nightwish, Within Temptation, After Forever, Epica etc, the musical influences are less typical for a band with female operatic vocals – Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, …

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Tygers Of Pan Tang – Ambush.

  Due for release via Rocksector Records on 24th Sept. 2012, Ambush, the Tygers Of Pan Tang’s second full length album since their reformation by original guitarist Robb Weir in 2001  just goes to prove that you cannot keep a good nwobhm band down! Formed in 1978 in Whitley Bay, …

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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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Down Royale – Proving Ground.

Storming out of Brisbane Australia come Down Royale, a heavy metal quintet looking to burst out of the colonies with their explosive sound.  Formed in 2008 by vocalist Scott Michael and guitarist Corey James, they were joined in 2009 by second guitarist Jackson Cheng and then in 2011 by drummer …

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Saint Diablo – ‘Saint Diablo’

When you think of Latino thrash, your thoughts inevitably stray in the direction of underground forces such as Brujeira and Suicidal Tendencies as well as giants of the scene such as Sepultura and Soulfly. And, certainly, there are parts of this third album from the Virginian combo which are more …

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Red Six – ‘Nausea’ EP

When Belfast’s Red Six – there’s only five of them and, no, it’s not just you, we’ve never been able to figure it out either – released their debut EP, ‘Devour’, a little over a year ago, it immediately not only garnered them heaps of critical acclaim but also, coupled …

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Eluveitie – The Early Years

I love a good Celtic tune and so when I was asked if I wanted to review the new album by Eluveitie I said….well…go on then!  Due to be released on 17 August, the new album is called ‘The Early Years’ and looking at the track listing it is easy …

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Grog – ‘Scooping The Cranial Insides’

In olden days of yore – before even most of the Planet Mosh crew was born (and that’s saying something) – grog was (often cheap) watered-down rum served to sailors to keep them reasonably intoxicated enough to fool them into thinking they were happy with their lot and therefore less …

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THE ORDER – “1986” cd review.

Without wanting to give my exact age away, I remember 1986 very well, admittedly a large section of it was viewed through a drunken haze but I remember it nevertheless. A time when mobile phones came with a free wheelbarrow to carry the battery pack in, Ford Capri’s ruled the …

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Eternal Helcaraxe – ‘Against All Odds’

When this black metal crew issued their sophomore EP, ‘To Whatever End’, in 2009, it was hailed as one of the best examples of the genre to emerge from the island of Ireland at the time. It was praise which was well-deserved, as it was an excellent slab of Celtic-tinged …

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Bäkken – ‘Death Of A Hero’

Having spent the guts of year slogging their way around the Irish club scene (on both sides of the border), as any self-respecting young band should do, Belfast four piece Bäkken’s reputation for good, solid live shows and their typical Norn Iron work ethic has meant that expectations typically have …

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Final Silence – We Are This For A Reason

Since being formed in early 2006 Final Silence have been carving out a solid fan base in their native Scotland supporting bands such as Bleed From Within.  In 2009 they recorded their debut EP “Past Remains” quickly following that up in 2010 with a second EP “Dawn of a New …

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DANIELE LIVERANI – “Eleven Mysteries” cd review.

Italy’s Daniele Liverani delivers an absolute belter of a solo record, with guitar work of the highest order. Although to be fair this isn’t strictly a solo album as it features some fine musicians brought together by Daniele’s vision of creating a record that stimulates the listeners senses to the …

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Triggerman – ‘Hail To The River Gods’

The opening track to Northern Ireland quartet Triggerman’s last album (2010’s ‘Brand New Day’) was appropriately entitled ‘The Riff Holds Sway’: it’s a description which more than adequately describes Triggerman to their particular brand of in-yer-face butt-kickin’ Doc Marten-clad brand of… well… riff-laden rock ‘n’f’n’ roll (as we say around …

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Zonaria – ‘Arrival Of The Red Sun’

Third albums are notoriously difficult for bands, but Swedish death metallers Zonaria have spent a good 13 years perfecting their craft – even if wholesale line-up changes made preparations for the recording process somewhat more difficult than they ideally should have been. In this case, any worries are quickly cast …

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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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Empire, ‘Trading Souls’ Album Review.

Empire are your traditional four piece classic rock metal band, the hair, jeans or leathers and the boots together with a package of soaring vocals and catchy riffs. We have Rolf Munkes on guitars, Tony Martin vocalist, Neil Murray on bass, Don Airey on keyboards and Gerald Kloos on drums. There …

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Coral spin ‘Honey and Lava’ cd

Coral spin are a brand new female fronted Progressive Melodic rock band with an unusual singer, in the form off Ellie Blythe who is a fully trained Classical and Opera singer, she fancied a change in musical direction, so joined up with keyboard player Blake Mcqueen, and Guitarist Jake Simmons …

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