Reviews

FIST – Back With A Vengeance (Dissonance)

FIST – Back With A Vengeance (Dissonance)

It’s a welcome return to the racks for Fist’s ‘Back With A Vengeance’ CD which has been lovingly re-issued by Dissonance, the original 2002 Sanctuary version having been deleted many years ago. - Read More

MAGNUM – Lost On The Road To Eternity (SPV)

MAGNUM – Lost On The Road To Eternity (SPV)

A (sacred) hour in the company of Magnum is rarely time wasted - Read More

ANVIL – Pounding The Pavement (SPV)

ANVIL – Pounding The Pavement (SPV)

Over almost forty years the band have carved out a niche for themselves and in doing so have crafted a sound that is almost instantly recognisable. - Read More

VENOM – Live From The Hammersmith Odeon Theatre (High Roller Records)

VENOM – Live From The Hammersmith Odeon Theatre (High Roller Records)

Although many didn’t see it that way at the time Venom arrived like a breath of fresh air at the start of the Eighties. Following 1984’s Seven Dates Of Hell European tour the following year saw the band line up their World Possession Tour... - Read More

VENOM – Assault! (Dissonance)

VENOM – Assault! (Dissonance)

The ‘Assault’ series soon took on quasi-legendary status amongst fans as must-have items, not because they offered anything particularly new but because they had novelty value and, as imports, they were so damned collectable. - Read More

 DREAMGRAVE – Monuments I – The Anxious (Independent)

DREAMGRAVE – Monuments I – The Anxious (Independent)

...it’s worth pointing out that ‘Monuments I - The Anxious’ is an extremely good body of work and one which it would pay anyone with an interest in contemporary progressive metal to add to their collection. - Read More

AGUSA – Agusa (The Laser’s Edge)

AGUSA – Agusa (The Laser’s Edge)

Rich in texture and undeniably urbane, Agusa’s latest offering is a sublime collection of beautifully crafted and exquisitely executed compositions. - Read More

HALLATAR – No Stars Upon The Bridge (Svart Records)

HALLATAR – No Stars Upon The Bridge (Svart Records)

‘No Stars Upon The Bridge’ is an engaging and challenging album, devoid of mawkish sentimentality yet imbued with a sense of urgency and longing. - Read More

GIN LADY – Electric Earth (Kozmik Artifactz)

GIN LADY – Electric Earth (Kozmik Artifactz)

Following on from last year’s highly-acclaimed ‘Call the Nation’ ‘Electric Earth’ is another grandiose slice of good, old-fashioned hard rock. - Read More

VARIOUS – British Steel – The Rising Force Of Heavy Metal (Dissonance/Back On Black)

VARIOUS – British Steel – The Rising Force Of Heavy Metal (Dissonance/Back On Black)

‘British Steel…’ is not perfect, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s gritty and exciting, and that’s what counts. - Read More