Reviews

THIS WEEK I'M LISTENING TO...MIDNIGHT SUN Dark Tide Rising (Sonicbond)

THIS WEEK I'M LISTENING TO...MIDNIGHT SUN Dark Tide Rising (Sonicbond)

Even if the band never do anything else, ‘Clouds’ should ensure that people are talking about Midnight Sun for years to come. - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... BULLET ‘Live’ (SPV)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... BULLET ‘Live’ (SPV)

If you like Judas Priest or Dirkschneider’s boys at their prime-time Eighties’ best this album should be right up your street. - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO… RIOT Archives Volume One: 1976 – 1981 (High Roller Records)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO… RIOT Archives Volume One: 1976 – 1981 (High Roller Records)

‘Archives Volume One: 1976 – 1981’ presents eighteen unreleased demos and alternate takes of songs which made the running order of their first three – and, some might argue, best – albums. - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... GIN LADY Tall Sun Crooked Moon (Kozmik Artifactz)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... GIN LADY Tall Sun Crooked Moon (Kozmik Artifactz)

The album is generally tender and mellow, and band sound so laid back they’re almost horizontal, but their music is imbued with gentle melodies and hooks by the bucketload. - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... THE RODS Brotherhood Of Metal (SPV)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... THE RODS Brotherhood Of Metal (SPV)

Time has neither blunted their enthusiasm nor dented their heads-down, take-it-or-leave-it, don’t-give-a-toss approach. - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... DIAMOND HEAD The Coffin Train (Silver Lining Music)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... DIAMOND HEAD The Coffin Train (Silver Lining Music)

Vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen’s shoulders are almost certainly broad enough to bear the praise that’s rightly lavished upon him for his role in re-energising the band. - Read More

THIS WEEK I'M LISTENING TO...TANITH In Another Time (Metal Blade)

THIS WEEK I'M LISTENING TO...TANITH In Another Time (Metal Blade)

The album’s title can be interpreted in a number of ways, just like its multi-faceted songs. - Read More

THIS WEEK I'M LISTENING TO...WEEND’Ô You Need To Know Yourself (Sonicbond)

THIS WEEK I'M LISTENING TO...WEEND’Ô You Need To Know Yourself (Sonicbond)

A magnificent album, highly worthy of another spell in the spotlight. - Read More

 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