Reviews

ALPHA TIGER – Alpha Tiger (SPV)

ALPHA TIGER – Alpha Tiger (SPV)

Those who feared that Alpha Tiger would become an endangered species when their vocalist Stephan Dietrich left in 2015, just after the release of their previous album ‘iDentity’, can breathe a sigh of relief once more. - Read More

 REX BROWN – Smoke On This… (eOne/SPV)

REX BROWN – Smoke On This… (eOne/SPV)

Rex Brown? Pantera and Down? Yep, that’s the guy. - Read More

FOR THE SAKE OF HEAVINESS – THE HISTORY OF METAL BLADE – Brian Slagel and Mark Eglinton (BMG)

FOR THE SAKE OF HEAVINESS – THE HISTORY OF METAL BLADE – Brian Slagel and Mark Eglinton (BMG)

Most metal fans have an epiphany, and for Slagel it was hearing ‘Machine Head’ as an eleven-year-old living in southern California, followed swiftly by ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’. - Read More

PROSPEKT – The Illuminated Sky (Sensory/The Laser’s Edge)

PROSPEKT – The Illuminated Sky (Sensory/The Laser’s Edge)

This band should be huge. This band deserves to be huge. - Read More

BURNT OUT WRECK – Swallow (Cherry Red)

BURNT OUT WRECK – Swallow (Cherry Red)

Pulling a page out of the AC/DC songbook Burnt Out Wreck’s debut album is a paean to good time rock ‘n’ roll, and stomps and swaggers like the best of the Young brothers’ back catalogue. - Read More

42 DECIBEL – Overloaded (SPV)

42 DECIBEL – Overloaded (SPV)

‘Overloaded’ (perhaps as the title suggests) is a high-energy offering that crackles with vitality and holds the attention from start to finish. - Read More

UNTIL RAIN – Inure (Sensory/The Laser’s Edge)

UNTIL RAIN – Inure (Sensory/The Laser’s Edge)

Overall, it’s a dark offering, brooding and menacing, although when the need arises lush soundscapes lift the songs from shadows. - Read More

THE UNITY – The Unity (SPV)

THE UNITY – The Unity (SPV)

The material on offer covers a variety of bases, without either spreading itself thin or – perhaps more importantly – losing its collective identity. - Read More

NIGHT DEMON – Darkness Remains (SPV)

NIGHT DEMON – Darkness Remains (SPV)

Not a band to mess about, the Americans despatch the album’s ten songs in thirty-eight power-crazed, power-driven minutes. - Read More

DEAD OF NIGHT – In Search Of Ancient Magic (Independent)

DEAD OF NIGHT – In Search Of Ancient Magic (Independent)

I’m a bit behind here as the album’s been out since February and has already copped a number of glowing reviews. And this is another one. - Read More