Album Reviews

Darwin, Origin of The Species, Album Review

December 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

  Darwin, Origin of The Species, Album Review For the fans of concept albums such as Jeff Wayne’s War of The Worlds or, Geoff Tate’s Operation Mind Crime, or ones that just take you on a journey, then this is a must have for you. Welcome to the world of Darwin: an ambitious epic musical fantasy concept with a single Escape the Maze recently released to whet people’s appetites for the album. It tells the story of the not too distant future where earth devastated by war and pressures of climate change have caused havoc, and a man Darwin awakes from a weird experience and begins a journey to discover new civilisations and also more [read on]

Album review: Nanowar Of Steel – ‘Stairway To Valhalla’ (Audioglobe/IMW)

December 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Nanowar Of Steel – ‘Stairway To Valhalla’ (Audioglobe/IMW) If there’s one musical genre that knows how to take the piss out of itself, and do so with affection, respect and hilarity in equal measure, then it most definitely is heavy metal. You just have to look at how parody acts such as Spinal Tap, Bad News, Tenacious D and Steel Panther have been clutched close to the buxoms of metallians the world over. Now, as Monk reveals, Italy’s Nanowar Of Steel are getting “ripped” into the power metal side of things: from CD Reviews [read on]

COLLATERAL Is Just Waiting For You To Press Play

December 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

4 Shots from COLLATERAL Is Just Waiting For You To Press Play Collateral are a melodic hard rock band that appeals to a new generation of rock fans. Their dynamic sound not only appeals to lovers of early Aerosmith and Bon Jovi, but also appeals to fans of Tyketto, Def Leppard, Little Angels and Thunder. The debut single Midnight Queen features great hooks, a catchy chorus and an infectious guitar solo. The debut 4-track EP “4 Shots” was released by Roulette Records and was launched when they performed at Leo’s in Gravesend on Saturday 24th November. 4 Shots Kicking off the EP is “Going With The Wind” shines the light [read on]

Album review: Carnal Forge – ‘Gun To Mouth Salvation’ (Vicisolum)

December 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Carnal Forge – ‘Gun To Mouth Salvation’ (Vicisolum) Always one of the heavier bands in the Swedish melodeath scene, Carnal Forge have delivered eleven utterly ferocious tracks on this, their seventh full-length. It’s been 12 years since their last album and this is the first chance to sample their post-reunion line-up. As Tim Bolitho-Jones now explains, they may have been out of the game a long time but this is no cynical cash-grab, they sound hungry for blood and desperate to get back out on the road: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: He Who Cannot Be Named – ‘The Good, The Bad And The Brutal’ (God’s Candy)

December 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

He Who Cannot Be Named – ‘The Good, The Bad And The Brutal’ (God’s Candy) The artist known as He Who Cannot Be Named could be described as the luchador of heavy metal, given that he has never been seen without his trademark Mexican wrestler style mask. Best known as the guitarist with the equally enigmatic Dwarves, this storied musician – whose biog includes an infamous death hoax in 1993 – has now released his fourth solo album, which ÜR boss Monk now delves into: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: Vane – ‘Black Vengeance’ (Self-Released)

December 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Vane – ‘Black Vengeance’ (Self-Released) Pirate metal is nothing new so you have to hand it to Vane for putting a fresh spin on it. Where most nautically minded bands tend to sound like Alestorm devotees, Tim Bolitho-Jones informs us that this Polish five-piece are “way heavier”. There’s no keytars in sight and the focus is on fast-paced groove metal of the Lamb Of God variety, as he now explains: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: The Über Rock Singles Club

December 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Über Rock Singles Club So, another fortnight has flown by in a whirlwind of brilliant music submissions to ÜRHQ, all of which have been gone through with the usual fine toothcomb to find the dozen or so deemed worthy of admission to our exclusive Singles Club. You know what to do to find out who made the cut: from CD Reviews [read on]