Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Lita Ford ‘Living like a runaway’ cd

Lita ford is back (again) and this time she is doing it for real, after the disaster that was the 2009 release ‘Wicked Wonderland’ that should have never seen the light of day, it was and still is, a truly awful record,  However that was then, and this is now, …

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The Fiction, ‘The Greatest Hits’ EP Review.

The Fiction are anomalous, challenging the conventions of  hard rock we immerse ourselves with today. They are a reflection of theatricality and maturity.  The Fiction are a three piece band, in the past they have experienced difficulties in having a lead vocalist, now they are three aspiring vocalists sharing the melody light. This …

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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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Black Burn – The Invocation (c.d)

  Sometimes in your mind you are wondering what could have happened … The band history (or rather lack thereof) of Black Burn is such a case. It’s not the common tale of missed opportunities, lost chances or sheer bad luck but a rather good example of wrong place, wrong …

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Maledia “Your Angels Cry” cd.

  The band can trace it’s roots way back to 2000 but it wasn’t until 2010 that a debut surfaced in the shape of “She And Her Darkness”. Hailing from Italy, the Female Fronted Gothic Metal band have now followed that up with an excellent second album, which sees it’s …

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4th Dimension – The White Path to Rebirth

4th dimension were formed in Italy in 2005 and started to write their own material in 2008, releasing their first song in 2009 on a compilation album.  They finished writing the songs for their debut album around the end of 2010 and recorded it in 2011, and it got an …

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Candlemass – Psalms for the Dead

“Psalms for the Dead” is the Swedish doom metal legend’s swansong, their 11th album is said to be their final one. They are not meant to be splitting up just concentrating on playing live.  “Psalms for the Dead” is released on the 8th June in Europe via Napalm Records The …

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Sacred Blood – Alexandros CD

Hailing from Greece Sacred Blood’s second album Alexandros was released on the 29th of May 2012 by Pitch Black Records. I first became interested in this album when my suspicions were confirmed about the concept of the album which is based on Alexander the Great. Any other history fan will …

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Effloresce – Coma ghosts

Effloresce are a five piece band from the Nurnberg area of Germany.  With a sound influenced by Prog rock, classic metal and psychadelic prog they have a fairly unique sound.  The band released their debut EP, “Shades of fate” in 2009 and have just released “Coma Ghosts” –  their first …

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Black Cherry – Defying gravity

Black Cherry are a band from Ottawa, Canada – there’s a totally different band with the same name based in London to cause confusion, as well as the similarly named but far better known Black Stone Cherry, so trying to find information about the band isnt as easy as it …

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Ninth circle – The power of one

“The power of one” is the album from US Power metal trio Ninth Circle.  The album includes eleven original tracks and a cover of the Iron Maiden classic “The Trooper”. The band are clearly heavily influenced by European power metal bands such as Hammerfall or Stratovarius, and there’s an obvious …

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Chris Klimecky – This Journey

Chris Kilmecky is an American musician.  He has a classical music background – one of his parents being a professional symphonic violinist, but he has a love of a wide spectrum of rock music, with inspirations including Rush, Foo fighters, Staind, Green day, Van Halen, Steve Vai, and many more. …

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Sleepy Hollow – Skull 13 (c.d)

  When you hear the name Sleepy Hollow everyUSMetal-maniac will go nuts. The band only released one demo (“A Legend Retold“) in 1989 and the self-titled album in 1991. But unfortunately, after that they got buried and forgotten. Now, 20 years later, they return with their second full length-album “Skull …

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HeKz – Tabula Rasa

English metallers HeKz released their debut album ‘Tabula Rasa’ on 6 April 2012, offering us up 10 tracks in the process.  This is indeed an interesting album and another example of a band allowing its old school metal influences to flow nice and clearly through their music.  Several tracks on …

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Crimson Cult – Tales of Doom CD review

With an album title like Tales of Doom and a band name that has the word “cult” in it, you would expect Crimson Cult to be a dark, depressive doom metal band. How wrong are you? In fact, Crimson Cult is a straight up heavy metal band from Salzburg, Austria …

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Scimitar – ‘Demo’

This debut demo by this new young Belfast thrash band is an impressive statement of intent from such an inexperienced outfit. Fittingly featuring a militaristic drum beat at the start, opener ‘The Act Of War’ is reminiscent of a faster, looser young Megadeth, especially in the rhythm patterns and vocals, …

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Homoferus – ‘Herocly’

Fronted by Russian-born guitarist/vocalist Nil Dilian, this Bergen-based quartet have self-released an eight-track debut album that is fairly standard second wave of Norwegian black metal fare, made up of crunchy groove-laden riffs over mixture of clean and deathbeat drumming. Opener ‘Delirium’ is nothing special – the sort of thing the …

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Fuckhammer – ‘Hammered To Fuck’ EP

Built around members of various other Belfast combos – most notably the mighty War Iron – this four piece, to paraphrase a well-known TV advert, do exactly what it says on the label… hammer the living fuck out of you. Their no holds barred approach is evinced right from the …

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Highlight Kenosis, “Change” cd.

Straight away I’ll hold my hands up and admit that I’d not come across this band before, originating from Romania and now based in Germany they formed in 2008, and prior to this release have had one other album out “Glowing” which showcased their prog tinged Metal for the first …

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