Reviews

SPARTA – No Retreat No Surrender (Suspect)

SPARTA – No Retreat No Surrender (Suspect)

Less an album and more a call to arms, ‘No Retreat No Surrender’ is defiant, loud and proud. - Read More

WHITE WILLOW – Future Hopes (The Laser’s Edge)

WHITE WILLOW – Future Hopes (The Laser’s Edge)

In the world of progressive music where pretty much nothing is ever what it seems, White Willow remain seemingly indefinable – for starters, it’s not heavy enough for progressive metal, nor does it sit comfortably on the shelf marked progressive rock. - Read More

DAMNATIONS DAY – A World Awakens (Sensory/The Lasers Edge)

DAMNATIONS DAY – A World Awakens (Sensory/The Lasers Edge)

Purely as a point of reference, if you draw a Venn diagram with Evergrey, Fates Warning and Megadeth in as subsets the intersection – the part where everything overlaps – will sound something like Damnations Day. - Read More

DEVIOUS – Open (Bristol Archive Records download)

DEVIOUS – Open (Bristol Archive Records download)

Devious were one of the Bristol bands which – the way I remember it, at least – helped the headbangin’ parts of the city hold out against fads and fashions and fly the flag for traditional hard rock. - Read More

DESOLATION ANGELS – Desolation Angels (Independent)

DESOLATION ANGELS – Desolation Angels (Independent)

Following their well-received 1983 7” ‘Valhalla’ London’s Desolation Angels recorded their self-titled debut album in 1984, the year Venom headlined Hammersmith Odeon; - Read More

AC ANGRY – Appetite For Erection (SPV)

AC ANGRY – Appetite For Erection (SPV)

AC Angry are the perfect antidote to a bad day, - Read More

VARIOUS – The Bristol Heavy Rock Explosion (Bristol Archive Records)

VARIOUS – The Bristol Heavy Rock Explosion (Bristol Archive Records)

Bristol developed a vibrant scene through the Seventies and Eighties with a host of bands that never became rich but whose impact led them to be filed under ‘inspirational’, and ‘The Bristol Heavy Rock Explosion’ does a superb job of rounding them up. - Read More

IAN TOOMEY – Masters Of Light (Independent)

IAN TOOMEY – Masters Of Light (Independent)

In August 1980 Ian Toomey first stepped into a recording studio with Bitches Sin. Almost thirty-five years to the day later the guitarist was back in the studio once more. - Read More

 ANGEL NATION – Do It Anyway (Independent)

ANGEL NATION – Do It Anyway (Independent)

What’s in a name? You may recall Enkelination, the Finnish band who released the ‘Tears Of Lust’ album back in 2014. - Read More

ODDLAND – Origin (Sensory)

ODDLAND – Origin (Sensory)

From the heavier end of the progressive metal spectrum, with weighty, thrashing riffs that assault the senses and demand attention, Oddland come more from the point of view that progressive music should be stimulating and aggressive. - Read More