Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

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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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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Reign of Fury – World Detonation Review

Releasing a debut album in this day and age isn’t hard for a band to do.  Anyone with their hands on a PC or Mac can create one in the blink of an eye.  Releasing a debut album that is of a high quality and professional standard though IS hard, …

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Baroness – Yellow & Green (CD)

It has transpired through the years that a band’s breakthrough album is often their third. Number of the Beast, Reign in Blood, Master of Puppets – I could go on. And now, American rockers Baroness have released THEIR third album, ‘Yellow & Green’, an album that can, and in my …

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Trucker Diablo- The Devil Rhythm CD review

Opening for the Foo Fighters and getting Ricky Warwick; of Thin Lizzy fame, to sing one of your songs with you is all in a day’s work for Northern Irelander’s Trucker Diablo – who have just released their new album, entitled The Devil Rhythm. Ram jammed full of high octane, …

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Memories Of A Dead Man – ‘V.I.T.R.I.O.L.’

Now and again, an album comes along that genuinely surprises you. Having read the press blurb that accompanied this sophomore release from French six-piece MOADM, I was fully expecting to write them off as another bunch of Meshuggah wannabes. Well, how pleasantly surprised I was with what I actually discovered, …

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King of Asgard – ‘…to North’

Following up one of the most impressive debuts in the genre can be an awesome, almost insurmountable task for many bands – and that’s exactly the challenge which faced these young Swedish death metal titans, with this sophomore release. Fortunately, it’s a challenge they have risen to in impressive style, …

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Bury the Hatchet – It Was Never Enough EP (CD)

Bury the Hatchet are a 5-piece metalcore outfit from Maidstone in Kent that formed towards the end of 2010, and ‘It Was Never Enough’ is their brand new EP, released by SAN Agency. It’s fair to say that the metalcore scene is pretty dilute, and to really stand out from …

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Vore – ‘Gravehammer’

This fourth album from the Arkansas trio – originally self-released last year and now re-issued on AFM Records – is a damn fine slice of doom-laden death metal, which grabs you instantly and beats you into submission, track after track, with its atmospheric, melodic brutality. Veering more towards the doom …

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Mnemic – ‘Mnemesis’

Taking their name from the Greek work ‘mnemonic’, meaning ‘the art of development’, it’s not surprising that this Danish-based international quintet should show off their etymological skills with the play on words that is the title of this, their latest full-length opus.  It’s just a pity that this is one …

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Helldorados – ‘Helldorados’

Germany has an undisputed reputation for producing damn fine rock and metal – from the progressive widdlings of Eloy through the fierce traditionalism of the likes of Accept, Helloween and The Scorpions, the industrial might of Rammstein to some of the most brutal thrash ever produced, in the shape of …

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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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DORO – ‘Raise Your Fist’ E.P. Review.

The Queen Of Metal returns with her debut release for new label Nuclear Blast, and what a promise of things to come this E.P. shows. Four tracks that prove how enduring this lady is, with a career stretching over quarter of a century, Doro sounds as valid and fresh now …

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MARK TREMONTI – All I Was CD Review

It has finally been released! After being teased with the 3 track preview for Mark Tremontis solo project, the album ‘ All I Was’ hit stores internationally yesterday.  Not only is this Tremontis’ debut solo album, it’s also is the first time he has stepped up to the lead vocal …

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