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Album Reviews

Album review: CD REVIEW: THE BLESSINGS – Shipwrecked

September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Label: Independent Release Date: May 30, 2015 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I am never sure what to expect when new material is independently released and the comparisons drawn are to bands like “early Stones, Faces, Black Crowes, Tom Petty and Chuck Berry…”  In the case of The Blessings third release, I can […] [read on]

Album review: CD REVIEW: ON TOP – Topless

September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Label: Toil Records Release Date: July 9, 2015 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur A new EP crossed my email and the press release caught my attention, as it referred to “more aggressive, yet dynamic vocals; a broader array of hooks, tastier licks, dynamite drums, and a much fatter production.”  Sounds like it might […] [read on]

Album review: CD REVIEW: 13 CIRCLES – Embryonic EP

September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

CD REVIEW: 13 CIRCLES – Embryonic EP Independent 26 June, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 It’s not often that a disc crosses the 100% ROCK review deck with no expectations, and then goes on to absolutely blow us all away. 13 CIRCLES have created one such riveting, moving, inscrutable and totally engaging […] [read on]

Album review: CD REVIEW: SLAVES – Are You Satisfied

September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

CD REVIEW: SLAVES – Are You Satisfied EMI 1 June, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Slaves’ jerky, snotty two-man punk assault is street-wise and swells with the confidence of the young and inexperienced – too inexperienced to realise (or admit) they are treading in some well-worn footprints rather than breaking any new ground. Taking […] [read on]

Album review: CD REVIEW: TORRENTIAL THRILL – MARS

September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

CD REVIEW: TORRENTIAL THRILL – MARS Independant 6 April, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Hailing from Melbourne, Torrential Thrill pilot their Aussie pub rock assault straight to the heart of social awareness on their debut album MARS. Described by the band as “a one fingered salute to the greed and narcissism surrounding […] [read on]

Album review: CD REVIEW: OVENIZER – SWM

September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

CD REVIEW: OVENIZER – SWM Norwegian Pope Records 22 May, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 They do things differently in the icy north. Take Norwegian death dealers Overnizer as a case study: A doomy, growly power-trio proffer up a disturbing slab of brutal, ear-damaging metal that comes complete with the implication that lives may […] [read on]

Album review: CD REVIEW: BOREALIS – Purgatory

September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Label: AFM Records Release Date: July 21, 2015 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Symphonic metal strikes a chord in me – maybe it’s the killer tempo and heavy rhythm section, maybe it’s the twist of metal and orchestration, and maybe its great melodic rock with heavy overtones.  “Past The Veil” kicks off the latest from […] [read on]

Album review: CD REVIEW: THE ESCAPE – The Mark We Leave Behind

September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Label: Independent Release Date: July 28, 2015 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Mike Hubbard ‘The Mark We Leave Behind’ is the forthcoming EP from Philadelphia’s The Escape, a four piece rock/puck band formed in 2010.  The EP is scheduled to drop on July 28, and is their first release since 2013’s ‘New Direction’ LP.  Reminiscent of punk heavyweights […] [read on]

Album review: CD REVIEW: OWL – Things You Can’t See

September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Label: Pavement Entertainment Release Date: July 28, 2015 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Being familiar with the works of bassist Chris Wyse helps you appreciate an Owl release, but nothing could prepare me for the latest disc hatched – Things You Can’t See.  Title track “Things You Can’t See” start this collection and […] [read on]