Reviews

THIS WEEK I’M READING... MARC BOLAN On Track (Sonicbond Publishing)

THIS WEEK I’M READING... MARC BOLAN On Track (Sonicbond Publishing)

Although – as might well be expected – praise is lavished on the best of the glamster’s output the author doesn’t shy from highlighting his subject’s slide into egomania, self-obsession and mediocrity. - Read More

Reviews Round-Up May 2021

Reviews Round-Up May 2021

HANGING GARDEN – ‘Skeleton Lake’ / KLONE – ‘Alive’ / CIRITH UNGOL – ‘Half Past Human’ / BURNING WITCHES – ‘The Witch Of The North’ / JAMESON RAID – ‘Raiderstronomy’ / AMORPHIS – ‘Live At Helsinki Ice Hall’ / ESA HOLOPAINEN – ‘Silver Lake’ - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... BLACK SABBATH Sabotage Super Deluxe Edition (BMG)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... BLACK SABBATH Sabotage Super Deluxe Edition (BMG)

‘Sabotage’ was the last great Black Sabbath album of the Seventies. - Read More

Reviews Round-Up – Golden Core Special

Reviews Round-Up – Golden Core Special

Not content with putting out exciting new albums from the likes of reformed NWOBHM acts Rhabstallion and Warrior, the label has been doing a really good job of re-issuing lost gems from the Seventies and Eighties... - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... BRIDEAR Bloody Bride (Setsuzoku Records)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... BRIDEAR Bloody Bride (Setsuzoku Records)

Bridear are all about substance, rather than style, and craft heavy, frenzied songs with an ear for melody and an eye on the finish line. - Read More

Reviews Round-Up April 2021

Reviews Round-Up April 2021

CROWN – ‘The End Of All Things’ / BRUIT – ‘The Machine Is Burning And Now Everyone Knows It Could Happen Again’ / HERMAN FRANK – ‘Two For A Lie’ / BLOODBOUND – ‘Creatures Of The Dark Realm’ - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... RHABSTALLION Back In The Saddle (Golden Core/ZYX Music)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... RHABSTALLION Back In The Saddle (Golden Core/ZYX Music)

Rhabstallion’s strengths are a combination of virtuoso playing and a clutch of really, really catchy songs. That’s not to say that’s they’ve sacrificed heaviness for melody; not at all. - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... BLACK SPIDERS Black Spiders (Dark Riders Records)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... BLACK SPIDERS Black Spiders (Dark Riders Records)

Although ‘Black Spiders’ was pulled together in the most difficult of circumstances it’s a jubilant fifty-odd minute celebration of glorious riffing and neck-breaking anthems. - Read More

Reviews Round-Up March 2021

Reviews Round-Up March 2021

ENFORCER – ‘Live By Fire II’ / STERICA – ‘Golem 202020’ / IVY GOLD – ‘Six Dusty Winds’ / IRON MAN – ‘Hail To The Riff’ / ROSALIE CUNNINGHAM –‘Number 149’ - Read More

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... STORMTROOPER Every Now And Then (Bristol Archive Records)

THIS WEEK I’M LISTENING TO... STORMTROOPER Every Now And Then (Bristol Archive Records)

There’s some cracking material here and listening to it now makes you realise that Stormtrooper were an outrageously good band who had pretty much two album’s worth of material with which they could have cemented their position as NWOBHM front-runners. - Read More