Reviews

'DEEP PURPLE – WAIT FOR THE RICOCHET’ by Simon Robinson and Stephen Clare (Easy On The Eye Books)

'DEEP PURPLE – WAIT FOR THE RICOCHET’ by Simon Robinson and Stephen Clare (Easy On The Eye Books)

Hugely entertaining and skilfully researched, ‘Wait For The Ricochet’ tells the story behind the making of ‘Deep Purple In Rock’, the album that finally put the band on the road to the top. - Read More

WITCHFYNDE – ‘The Lost Tapes’ (Bad Omen Records)

WITCHFYNDE – ‘The Lost Tapes’ (Bad Omen Records)

Released last year by the band’s original bassist Andro Coulton on his own Viper label as ‘The Lost Tapes Of 1975’ Witchfynde’s first demo has been spruced up for release as a double-vinyl set through Bad Omen Records. - Read More

BATTLEAXE – 'Heavy Metal Sanctuary' (SPV)

BATTLEAXE – 'Heavy Metal Sanctuary' (SPV)

“Put simply,” wrote Joel Griggs in the first issue of his fanzine Marshall Stack, “Battleaxe should be the next big band to come out of the UK after Maiden.” - Read More

CREMATORY – ‘Inception’ (SPV)

CREMATORY – ‘Inception’ (SPV)

With a new album ‘Antiserum’ due in February ‘Inception’ wraps up Crematory’s ten studio releases from 1993’s debut ‘Transmigration’ to ‘Pray’ which came out in 2008 - Read More

NERGARD – ‘Intermission’ (Pug-Nose Records)

NERGARD – ‘Intermission’ (Pug-Nose Records)

A three-track EP from the multi-talented Andreas Nergård, ‘Intermission’ features his take on three songs from outside the world of metal - Read More

BATTLEAXE – Burn This Town (SPV)

BATTLEAXE – Burn This Town (SPV)

With Sunderland’s finest now back in business and a new album ‘Heavy Metal Sanctuary’ due for release at the end of February, SPV have set the ball rolling with a long-overdue re-issue of Battleaxe’s 1983 debut album ‘Burn This Town’. - Read More

Deep Purple - Live In Stuttgart 1993 / Live In Birmingham 1993

Deep Purple - Live In Stuttgart 1993 / Live In Birmingham 1993

After the (at the time seemingly abhorrent) misadventure with Joe Lynn Turner, Ian Gillan was back in the band, Ritchie Blackmore was unhappy, and the final few months of 1993 saw Deep Purple touring Europe in support of ‘The Battle Rages On’. - Read More

Masters of Disguise - Back With A Vengeance

Masters of Disguise - Back With A Vengeance

‘A good cast,’ it used to say at the end of the old Thirties’ horror films, ‘is worth repeating.’ As is a good story. - Read More

Selim Lemouchi And His Enemies – Earth Air Spirit Water Fire

Selim Lemouchi And His Enemies – Earth Air Spirit Water Fire

Selim Lemouchi is not a man to let the grass grow under his feet. After disbanding the groundbreaking The Devil’s Blood in January he’s already put out one release. - Read More

The Ruins of Beverast - Blood Vaults - The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer

The Ruins of Beverast - Blood Vaults - The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer

If an album comes from the Ván stable you know at the very least it’s going to be interesting, if not challenging, and ‘Blood Vaults – The Blazing Gospel of Heinrich Kramer’, is no exception. - Read More