Reviews

 BAND VS BRAND (MVD Visual / Cleopatra)

BAND VS BRAND (MVD Visual / Cleopatra)

Director Bob Nalbanian toes a fine line between presenting an elegy to artistic purity and the realities of today’s music industry where albums are units and exploitation is a business model. - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO…  BEAST IN BLACK From Hell With Love (Nuclear Blast)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO… BEAST IN BLACK From Hell With Love (Nuclear Blast)

Sitting very comfortably on the lighter side of the metal spectrum ‘From Hell With Love’ serves up forty-plus minutes of catchy, extremely accessible, exceptionally well-played material. - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO… ROSY VISTA Unbelievable (SPV)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO… ROSY VISTA Unbelievable (SPV)

Noise Records were always good at sniffing out new talent in the mid-Eighties (even if they weren’t so hot at marketing it) and Rosy Vista were one of their acts who should have been gone on to much bigger and better things. - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO… MÖRGLBL The Story Of Scott Rötti (Free Electric Sound/The Laser’s Edge)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO… MÖRGLBL The Story Of Scott Rötti (Free Electric Sound/The Laser’s Edge)

‘The Story Of Scott Rötti’ – the trio’s seventh album – serves up an hour’s worth of genre-bending instrumental material in the vein of, say, Steve Vai for the want of a point of reference. - Read More

 THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO… RAVEN Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg (SPV)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO… RAVEN Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg (SPV)

Perhaps understandably the bulk of the material on offer comes from the Eighties, which the crowd-pleasing band know is what their audience wants to hear. - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO… MAGNUM Live At The Symphony Hall (SPV)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO… MAGNUM Live At The Symphony Hall (SPV)

Unlike the band’s first live album, ‘Marauder’, cut ‘n’ hacked ‘n’ slashed to fit on two sides of a single album and a four-track EP, ‘Live At The Symphony Hall’ runs smoothly over six elegant sides of vinyl or, if you prefer, two CDs. - Read More

THE DEEP – Watching You (Independent)

THE DEEP – Watching You (Independent)

Trailered as an EP but boasting a generous eight songs and clocking in at forty-one minutes The Deep’s latest release is not only an exciting addition to their canon but is also a strong contender for metal assault of the year. - Read More

KINGCROW – The Persistence (Sensory/ The Laser’s Edge)

KINGCROW – The Persistence (Sensory/ The Laser’s Edge)

Dark and unmalleable, ‘The Persistence’ is not an easy listen, but therein lays its majesty - Read More

REDEMPTION – ‘Long Night’s Journey Into Day’ (Metal Blade)

REDEMPTION – ‘Long Night’s Journey Into Day’ (Metal Blade)

Despite the fact that US progressive metallers Redemption have been forced to make some changes to their line-up, their overall ability to incessantly push and pull at the boundaries of convention continues unabated. - Read More