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Album Reviews

Soulfly : Archangel

September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

He’s a busy chap, that Max Cavalera. Fresh back from hitting the festivals of Europe with Cavalera Conspiracy buddies he’s gearing up for the imminent release of Archangel, the latest […] [read on]

Limb : Terminal

September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Album number two for London’s Limb is about to drop. The band have had quite a buzz around them for a bit; receiving plenty of nods of appreciation from all […] [read on]

Scorpions – Return To Forever

March 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

By MARCUS’ ROCK BLOG (8/10) I can’t make head or tail about it when it comes the Scorpions. The heavy metal dinosaurs have been on the road for many years doing a ‘Farewell tour’ which led them all over this planet. Everybody thought that the band from Hannover, Germany was slowly preparing for retirement. But sometimes things don’t turn out as you might expect. This is also the case when it comes to the Scorpions. Instead of going to pension they release a new album called Return To Forever. And it’s a quite good one too. It took a while to get from the first thoughts for such an album to the real release [read on]

The Answer – Raise A Little Hell

March 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

By STEVE MASCORD/Hot Metal THE problem with the prevailing narrative about The Answer – that they were going to the Next Big Thing but never got there – is that NO-ONE became The Next Big Thing (OK, maybe Steel Panther). But it’s true the County Down outfit haa occasionally drifted from their soaring blues rock canon, if not very far. Even though there isn’t one stellar track on Raise A Little Hell to match “Nowhere Freeway” from 2011’s Revival, this is their strongest collection of songs. Recorded in Spain between running with bulls and drinking, the platter opens with the anthemic “Long Live The Renegades” – completed [read on]

Whitesnake – The Purple Album

March 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

By MARK ROCKPIT/THE ROCKPIT So here it finally is: the album that many have wondered about over the years. David Coverdale finally revisits his formative years with an album full of reinterpretations of music from Deep Purple Mark III and IV. The question of course had always been the format any such album would be in – and whether there would ever be the coming together of the original musicians who made this music or not? Coverdale’s stay in Deep Purple was a brief one lasting less than two and a half years from August 1973 and March 1976 and encompassing the albums ‘Burn’; ‘Stormbringer’ and ‘Come Taste the Band’. For some [read on]

Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct

February 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

By GREAT SOUTHERN BRAINFART IN 2013, Black Star Riders had hands down one of my favorite albums with All Hell Breaks Loose. With All Hell Breaks Loose, Black Star Riders really solidified themselves as a band in their own right as opposed to just a mere offshoot of Thin Lizzy. The album was a strong testament to the face that these guys were capable of being way more than just another Thin Lizzy. Like with any great debut album, once it sunk in and was out for a while, my next question was, “Will they be able to put something out just as good if not better as a follow up?” read [read on]

U.D.O – Decadent

January 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

By MARK GROMEN/BRAVEWORDS HARD to believe, but this is the 15th studio platter under the U.D.O. moniker (and eighth since ’02!), the former Accept singer offering a dozen new tracks (the digi will add “Let Me Out” and “Shadow Eyes” to the running order) similar to Steelhammer. Prior to that 2013 disc (and the reunification of his former Accept song-writing partners, Peter Baltes & Wolf Hoffmann), Udo Dirkschneider was the undisputed keeper of the Accept mantle/style and for a long time didn’t feel the need/urgency to compete with the speedy legacy of classics like “Fast As A Shark” or “Restless And Wild”. [read on]

Album review: CHARM CITY DEVILS – Battles

January 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

CHARM CITY DEVILS – Battles By FELICIA ROSE/CRYPTIC ROCK Five guys from Baltimore—vocalist John Allen, guitarist Victor Karrera, guitarist Nick Kay, bassist Anthony Arambula, and drummer Jason Heiser, better known collectively as Charm City Devils—originated in 2007. They were one of the first bands signed onto Nikki Sixx’s former record label, Eleven Seven Music, in 2009, which released the band’s first album, Let’s Rock-N-Roll, which was the first single from that album. After its release, those five guys went on the road, jump-starting their career opening for the likes of Drowning Pool, Godsmack, and the one and only [read on]