Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Plague Years – Unholy Infestation

Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Plague Years are an unsigned Thrash / Death Metal outfit who are unleashing their first full length album upon us. Released at the end of October in the US, we British have had to wait until 4th January to grab a copy of this album which follows 2017’s …

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The Steel Woods – Old News

Country/Southern rock band The Steel Woods released their debut album “Straw in the wind” in 2017. Now as 2019 starts they’re releasing their second album – “Old news”. There are nine original songs on the album plus several cover versions – “Changes” (Black Sabbath), “Whipping post” (Allman brothers), “The Catfish …

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Slim chance – New cross road

Slim Chance is the band founded by Ronnie Lane after he left the Small faces. Although Ronnie died many years ago, the band lives on, and it’s latest incarnation dates back to 2011 when some former members reunited to restart the band. Between them the current members have an impressive …

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Mozes and the Firstborn – Dadcore

Dutch band Mozes and the Firstborn are described as unpredictable – and they see that as a compliment. It’s certainly a good description of their new album – Dadcore. It’s a mix of grungey garage rock and pop The press release for the album had this to say…”Ask an average …

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Caustic Vomit – Festering Odes To Deformity

Caustic Vomit unleash a mind warping beast of a demo in the form of ‘Festering Odes To Deformity’   That first listen of an Album/EP/Demo is a defining moment. Although your feelings may change or alter over the course of multiple spins, a lot depends on that initial exposure. I …

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Stay Tuned – Stay Tuned

Stay Tuned is the project of Austrian multi-instrumentalist Bernhard Welz. Put simply it’s an album he put together with a few friends, with money going to the Linda McCartney fundraising centre charity. Of course with a project like this it really helps to have the right friends, and Bernhard Welz …

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Jawbone – Jawbone

Jawbone are a new London based band formed by Marcus Bonfanti and Paddy Milner, both established solo artists. They then recruited Evan jenkins and Rex Horan to finish the lineup. Between them the band members have played with the likes of Tom Jones, Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, Van Morrisson, David …

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Magnum – Live at the symphony hall

In January 2018, Magnum released their 20th studio album, “Lost on the road to eternity”. Coming forty years afte the release of their debut album it was a great album that demonstrated that they’re still making great music and got great reviews. The release of the album was followed by …

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The Buzniks – The Buzniks

The Buzniks are a new band formed in 2017 by Squeeze bassist John Bentley. While he’s known for his work with Squeeze, he nearly didnt join them as he auditioned to join Suzi Quatro’s band the same day he auditioned for Squeeze, and was offered both jobs. He chose Squeeze …

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Heavy drapes – Crashing like stars

Heavy Drapes were a fast rising band on the punk scene and had grown rapidly in the space of a couple of years. Then in June this year, just 48 hours after performing at Rebellion festival in Amsterdam, singer Garry Borland died, not living long enough to see the release …

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Walter Trout – Survivor blues

Blues legend Walter Trout is back with a new album in January. It’s an album of cover versions, but whereas most people cover well known blues songs, Walter Trout has taken the opposite approach and chosen old obscure songs to cover and bring to a new audience. It’s an approach …

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T Clemente band – Man Machine

The T Clemente band was formed by guitarist and songwriter Teddy Clemente. “Man machine” is the band’s fourth album and has a definite 80s rock sound with a bit of a 70s influence. The first thing to hit me was the excellent vocals from Amanda Dieck. As the album progressed …

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Deer Tick – Mayonnaise

It’s around 15 months since Deer Tick broke their four year silence and released two albums on the same day – “Deer Tick Vol 1” and “Deer Tick Vol 2”. The two albums were very different musically hence why two albums rather than one double album, but the idea of …

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Thunder – Please remain seated

Thunder release their new album in January. It’s available as a single CD or a two CD edition as well as digital formats and vinyl. The album isn’t a typical new album though – there’s no new material and no cover versions either. Instead, Thunder have chosen to look back …

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Albie Donnelly’s Supercharge – Get hip

Albie Donnely was a founding member of Supercharge in 1974 and 44 years on he’s still going strong, doing lead vocals and tenor sax. Supercharge may not be a band some readers have heard of but they were signed by Richard Branson to his Virgin records label and among their …

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Flotsam And Jetsam – The End Of Chaos

If you Google Flotsam And Jetsam the answer you get is “Useless or discarded objects” which is way off the mark as they return with heads held high for their thirteenth studio album The End Of Chaos. Released on January 18th 2019 on AFM Records with stunning artwork from Andy …

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Electric Mary – Mother

“Mother” is the fourth studio album from Australian rock band Electric Mary. The band formed in 2003, and as well as three studio albums and a live album, they’ve also released several EPs and toured extensively. Over the years the band have toured with acts including Whitesnake, Judas Priest, Deep …

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Mr Shiraz – Mountains Of Kong

I first came across Mr Shiraz at The Picturedrome in Holmfirth, supporting Skindred in November. I felt awfully sorry for the guys as they were stood on stage waiting to start their set as the doors opened, but they pulled a great crowd in and was I made up for …

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Midnight Prophecy – Midnight Prophecy

One of the most impressive debut albums I’ve heard in 2018 comes from Midnight Prophecy as their self titled nine track opus has more gallops than the Grand National and more cheese than Wallace and Gromit could ever eat! On a more serious note they have raised the bar high …

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