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Album Reviews

Album review: Machine Head – ‘Catharsis’ (Nuclear Blast)

January 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Machine Head – ‘Catharsis’ (Nuclear Blast) http://ift.tt/2Dmg7Ex Jonni D reckons that the declarative statement of “fuck the world” that opens Machine Head’s new record may be more telling than it initially appears, and wouldn’t be at all surprised if said album does not turn out to be incredibly polarizing among their fans. You can find out why on the other side of this link: from CD Reviews http://ift.tt/2mMoDBA [read on]

Album review: Kane’d – ‘Show Me Your Skeleton’ (Self-Released)

January 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Kane’d – ‘Show Me Your Skeleton’ (Self-Released) http://ift.tt/2Dn1gd2 Welsh rockers Kane’d offer quite a unique proposition, in that they are front not by one, not by two but by no less than three vocalists, all of them sisters… they first came to Gerald S’s attention at the end of last year, when the title track to this, their latest album, became his current earworm.  But, would the entire opus have the same effect as its lead single? Well, you know where the answer is: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: Mean Motor Scooter – ‘Hindu Flying Machine’ (Dirty Water Records)

January 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Mean Motor Scooter – ‘Hindu Flying Machine’ (Dirty Water Records) http://ift.tt/2Dkt1mx Dom Daley reckons that it doesn’t seem fair that one label should be responsible for churning out great record after great record, again and again. But, when they are as consistently good as this latest bunch of garage rock ‘n’ rollers, is he complaining? Is he heckers like?  Click the link to find out why getting the shit kicked out of his speakers put a smile on his grizzled fizzog: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: White Wizzard – ‘Infernal Overdrive’ (M-Theory Audio)

January 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

White Wizzard – ‘Infernal Overdrive’ (M-Theory Audio) http://ift.tt/2EOH68e It’s been nearly five years since LA metallians White Wizzard last bothered the eardrums of Uber boss Monk with their brand of Maiden-meets-Manowar metal, but now they’re back on the aural attack with an epic new album, which has our main man seeking out his spandex and reaching for a box of badgers… To find out what we’re one about, click that link and shift your reading gears to (infernal) overdrive: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: Ammouri – ‘Dare To Be Happy’ (Pride And Joy Music)

January 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ammouri – ‘Dare To Be Happy’ (Pride And Joy Music) http://ift.tt/2mDuKYZ In certain corners of the music industry, Swedish singer Marina Ammouri is already being spoken of as the second coming of Doro Pesch. But does she have the voice, the presence and the charisma – never mind the songs and the album – to live up to such high levels of expectation? Tim Bolitho-Jones gives his detailed assessment on the other side of this link: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: Bestialord – ‘Law of the Burning’ (Cimmerian Shade Recordings)

January 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bestialord – ‘Law of the Burning’ (Cimmerian Shade Recordings) http://ift.tt/2EPNQCF The new year may be just two weeks old, but already our resident DJ is in full-on Hallowe’en mould, thanks to the arrival on his death of this debut opus noir from this new occult horror metal crue from deepest, darkest Kansas… but will it be providing the soundtrack to all sorts of ghoulish goings-on ten months down the line from its release? Click the link to find out: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: The Defects – ‘Feed The Good Dog’ (Punkerama)

January 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Defects – ‘Feed The Good Dog’ (Punkerama) http://ift.tt/2D7MW46 Jim Rowland believes in putting things simply – and in doing so he reckons ‘Feed The Good Dog’, the third studio album from Belfast punk legends The Defects since they reformed in 2010, is “a great album from a great band”. Click the link to find out why: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: Dissociates – ‘A Capital Idea’ (Safety Second Records)

January 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Dissociates – ‘A Capital Idea’ (Safety Second Records) http://ift.tt/2Dh7Yl3 The first thing that grabbed Double D about this new album from London post-punkers Dissociates was the production and arrangements, resulting in a mighty fine polished long player that embraces great songwriting with plenty of thoughtful songs that are very well crafted indeed. You can find out what he means on the other side of this link: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: Greyhaven – ‘Breathe’ EP (Outsider Records)

January 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Greyhaven – ‘Breathe’ EP (Outsider Records) http://ift.tt/2FFjBzF Post-hardcore lads Greyhaven seem to be on a roll at the moment. They’ve only been around since 2015 but they’re already on their third EP and have a small but dedicated following waiting on their every word. And if ‘Breathe’ is anything to go by, they’re going to have a very good year indeed, at least according to Tim Bolitho-Jones: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: Leaves’ Eyes – ‘Sign Of The Dragonhead’ (AFM Records)

January 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Leaves’ Eyes – ‘Sign Of The Dragonhead’ (AFM Records) http://ift.tt/2B2s8sF Big Nick reckons that the epic Euro dominated genre of symphonic metal can generally be classed as marmite metal: you either love it with a passion bordering on partisan obsession or you hate it with every fibre of your being! One band who have been at the centre of driving the genre forward are Leaves’ Eyes, who have just released their first album with new vocalist Elina Siirala. Will their tales of Viking derring-do appeal to our man’s cold, black heart? There’s only one way to find out: from CD Reviews [read on]