Album Reviews

The greatest selection of albums, reviewed and rated

Monument – Hellhound

Monument - Hellhound (Cover)

Something heavy this way comes from ROAR Rock Of Ages Records that goes under the name of Hellhound, the third studio album from metallers Monument! No cliche is left out as they hammer out nine songs of pure heavy metal with joyous vigour. Lead by the powerful vocal pipes of …

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Toledo Steel – No Quarter

Toledo Steel - No Quarter

At last, the wait is finally over. Southampton based metallers Toledo Steel unleash their debut album No Quarter via Dissonance Productions on June 1st! Now back to a five piece the album opens up with ‘Behold The Machine’ but never mind the machine, behold these riffs that burst out of …

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The Asif Outlaws – The Asif Outlaws

The Asif Outlaws

First caught this captivating band a few months ago opening a Cancer fundraising gig in Nantwich; proving my point to watch the opening bands as you never know what you might miss! The Surrey based The Asif Outlaws, fronted by Asif Ali were a joy to behold as they veered …

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Doomsday Outlaw – Hard Times

Back with their latest album Hard Times. Derbyshire powerhouse Doomsday Outlaw deliver a fantastic, dynamic, contemporary album with a twist. I say twist because the album is diverse whilst been true to their roots, the songs are varied in creativity that will have you rocking from it blues induced start to its …

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The Sloths – Back From The Grave

The Sloths - Back From The Grave (Cover)

The Sloths have just released Back From the Grave in Europe via Eternal Sound Records. Who are The Sloths? You ask. What is a Sloth? You may ask. The Sloths were a garage rock band from Los Angeles, active for a short time in the mid sixties, playing covers of …

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Steve Hill – The one man blues rock band

Steve Hill’s new live album is one of the most accurately titled albums ever – he is after all, a one-man blues rock band. If you’ve never seen Steve Hill play live, it’s impressive stuff – he plays guitar and sings (doing both well), and at the same time plays …

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HeKz – Invicta

When an album comes to me, the first thing that I tend to see is the artwork. Before actually jumping in to listen to this record, I had very high expectations from it only because the album artwork is one of the most intriguing ones I’ve ever seen: simple but …

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My Indigo – My Indigo

My Indigo is a solo project from Within Temptation singer Sharon den Adel. After going into the studio to write songs for Within Temptation and finding she was struggling to find inspiration, she decided to take a break. During that break she started writing again, but the songs she came …

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Heartbreak Remedy – Memento Mori

Classed as an E.P but you get a whopping seven tracks on Memento Mori from Heartbreak Remedy! Available now from all major streaming sites it impresses on all levels. Now trimmed down to a trio opening track ‘Octane’ bursts in on a bluster of riffing from Luke Blair, snappy snare …

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Skindred – Big Tings

Skindred are back with a new album – Big Tings.When they first started out, blending reggae and metal seemed like a crazy idea, but they’ve proved that it works and they’ve built a reputation in the UK for catchy songs and superb live shows. With this new album, Skindred seem …

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Joe Bonamassa – British Blues Explosion Live

I love the fact that when he’s not busy recording his own music or doing tours of it, Joe Bonamassa does tours or live shows paying tributes to some of the great artists that inspired him. Doing that helps bring their work to a new audience and helps modern audiences …

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De Profundis – The Blinding Light Of Faith

De Profundis return to batter your senses with their new album ‘The Blinding Light Of Faith’, the fifth full length offering of the bands career Having steadily honed their sound over the years, the band are probably at that point now where the style of music is practically instantly recognisable …

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Shinedown – Attention Attention!

After announcing there would be a new album at the beginning of 2017, Shinedown have been busy writing material as well as extensively touring, and working on ideas for album number six.  Bassist, Eric Bass, was enlisted to produce and mix the album ‘in-house’ and had also inputted a number …

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Dana Fuchs – Love lives on

New York blues-rock singer Dana Fuchs releases her fourth album on 18th May. In the last few years she’s seen the death of three close family members, the birth of her first child, and has moved away from New York. “It’s a new beginning for me in every way, as …

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The Amorettes – Born To Break

The Amorettes - Born to Break

Scottish three piece powerhouse, The Amorettes, released their fourth studio album Born To Break on 6th April 2018 via SPV/Steamhammer. Born To Break was produced by Luke Morley (Thunder) and recorded and mixed by Nick Brine. Talented front woman and guitarist Gill Montgomery penned all the lyrics, although she co-wrote Everything I Learned I Learned From Rock And Roll with Ricky …

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Praying Mantis – Gravity

Praying Mantis - Gravity

Summer is almost here and what a way to herald the sunshine with Gravity, the brand new studio album from Praying Mantis! They have always been on the melodic side of the NWOBHM genre, point proven by the impressive 2015 release of Legacy and their song writing form is just …

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Witch Mountain – Witch Mountain

Witch Mountain return from a three year break with their spellbinding new album ‘Witch Mountain’ The band not only return with new material but also with fresh blood amongst the ranks in the form of vocalist Kayla Dixon and bass player Justin Brown, a decision that has certainly given an …

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