CROOKED SHAPES – Fallout (EP Review)

CROOKED SHAPES – Fallout (EP Review)

Crooked Shapes are a brand new band from Reading, England, playing top-notch blues rock. Reading, of course, is famous in music circles as the host of the annual Reading Festival, a mish-mash of current popular pop and occasional rock acts. Back in the day, though, the 1970s and 80s, it was the highlight of the rock fans’ year, with bands like Saxon, Maiden, UFO, Thin Lizzy and MSG all playing. But that was then and…

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KRYPTOS – Afterburner (Album Review)

KRYPTOS – Afterburner (Album Review)

Rifftastic. Riffomania. Rifforama. Riff central. Riff city. I’ve run out of riff references but I’m sure you get the picture. This album is one chock full of, well, top riffs. Make no mistake. Hailing from Bangalore, India, Kryptos have been puncturing eardrums for over 20 years and Afterburner is their fifth outing. This powerful metal outfit plays classic metal with classic riffs reminiscent of Judas Priest in their pomp. Whilst the riffs may be classic…

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DEVA OBIDA – Rudiment (Album Review)

DEVA OBIDA – Rudiment (Album Review)

The word rudiment is the only English word to appear anywhere on this album by Northwest Russian outfit Deva Obida. Being a soft Westerner who is unable or unwilling to learn a foreign language it is sometimes difficult to get my head around what an album is all about when I can’t understand the lyrics or get a handle on the meaning of the tracks. Rudiment somehow manages to break down these barriers due to…

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PRISTINE – Road Back To Ruin (Album Review)

PRISTINE – Road Back To Ruin (Album Review)

Norwegian rockers Pristine have returned to the scene with their fifth album, entitled Road Back to Ruin, and what a triumphant return it is. Headed by vocalist Heidi Solheim Pristine have produced an album of variety in pace, power and emotion. The band is completed by Espen Elverum Jacobsen (guitar), Gustav Eidsvik (bass) and Ottar Tøllefsen (drums) and they are a great team. Guests Anders Oskal and Hansi Enzesperger also bring huge influence with their…

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D-A-D – A Prayer For The Loud (May 31, 2019)

D-A-D – A Prayer For The Loud (May 31, 2019)

Eight years. That’s how long it’s been since Denmark’s most celebrated rock band D-A-D released their last studio album. But now the wait is over. The band’s legion of fans can start the countdown to May 31st when the Danish rock legends unveil their latest album on AFM Records, A Prayer For The Loud. It’s been a long time coming but it has been well worth it! The new album harks back to the core…

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PROPHETS OF ADDICTION – Nothing But the Truth (Album Review)

PROPHETS OF ADDICTION – Nothing But the Truth (Album Review)

Prophets of Addiction are the U.S. sleaze rockers many see as pretenders to the Guns ‘n’ Roses throne; the same punky outlook, the same raspy vocals and fuck you attitude. Nothing But the Truth is, however, a departure from the norm, more by necessity than design. The band usually consists of Lesli Sanders on bass and vocals, G.G. on guitar and Wayne Stokely on drums. Following a lengthy illness which sadly rendered Wayne incapable of…

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PYTHIA – The Solace of Ancient Earth (May 17, 2019)

PYTHIA – The Solace of Ancient Earth (May 17, 2019)

Beneath the grey shades of a civilization that has all but run its course, beneath the concrete and steel, the grime that obscures our all but forgotten souls and sleeping hearts, a light still shines. It shines from beyond the gateways to places of wonder and dreams; from realms of a grand story where love, passion, agony and loss, great emotions are still deeply felt and the human spirit still knows there are ideals worth…

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THE CRUX – Immersed Somewhere Divine (Album Review)

THE CRUX – Immersed Somewhere Divine (Album Review)

It’s a rare thing when you find a band who can play metal just like Americans did in the 1980s and even more scarce when they aren’t even American. It’s then as rare as rocking horse shit when you discover such a band is based in County Down, Northern Ireland, but here we are, with The Crux. Formerly known as Warcrux (insert strongarm emoji here) they released their debut EP back in 2011. The name…

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CHAOS MAGIC – Furyborn (June 14, 2019)

CHAOS MAGIC – Furyborn (June 14, 2019)

Chaos Magic is centered around Chilean Caterina Nix who, for the sophomore release from the band, worked in close collaboration with fellow Chilean, producer, singer and musician Nasson. Together, they have created an absolute gem of an album, the splendidness of which is on full display on the album’s first single and video “Like Never Before”, check it out below. “I’ve been writing songs for many years, however, on the previous Chaos Magic album I had no intention of…

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CRAZY LIXX – Forever Wild (May 17, 2019)

CRAZY LIXX – Forever Wild (May 17, 2019)

With huge choruses, instantly memorable riffs, wailing, emotive guitar solos, and massive production by Danny Rexon and Chris Laney, Forever Wild is sure to resonate with old fans and new listeners alike. Singer Danny Rexon says, “Ruff Justice was the first album where I took on the full role of producer, including recording, engineering, editing and some of the mixing. Naturally, there were things that I learnt along the way and, in retrospect, things that could have been…

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