CEREBUS – From Beyond the Vault Door (Album Review)

CEREBUS – From Beyond the Vault Door (Album Review)

Cerebus hail from North Carolina and in the mid-1980s attained cult status in the US. Sadly, cult status usually equates to producing fabulous music unmatched by album sales. After a couple of demos, the highlight of the band’s career came in 1986 with the release of the well-received Too Late to Pray, an album chock-full of classic metal with a hefty nod towards the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Twin guitars, powerful vocals, lengthy…

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RAWKAHOLIC VOL 1 – Various Artists (Album Review)

RAWKAHOLIC VOL 1 – Various Artists (Album Review)

Rawkaholic Vol 1 is a compilation album of previously unreleased tracks by various artists and of various styles.  Rock compilations have traditionally fallen into one of two categories; either a showcase for up and coming bands without a record deal or a collection of classic tracks bundled ready for lazy ungrateful children to buy as a Fathers’ Day gift. This, however, can’t really decide what it wants to be. There are new bands, splinter acts…

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PHIL LANZON – 48 Seconds (Album Review)

PHIL LANZON – 48 Seconds (Album Review)

Phil Lanzon is currently the keyboardist for UK rock legends Uriah Heep but on his days off he has created 48 Seconds which is the follow up to his first solo effort If You Think I’m Crazy. Aswell as Uriah Heep, whom he joined in 1986, Lanzon has a CV as long as your arm. Too long to list, notables he’s worked with are Grand Prix, Mick Ronson and Lionheart. Lanzon has a very prominent…

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CHAOS OVER COSMOS – Chaos Over Cosmos EP (News)

CHAOS OVER COSMOS – Chaos Over Cosmos EP (News)

Being multi-national in the most literal way possible, Chaos Over Cosmos have released their latest effort, a self-titled EP following up their debut The UnknownVoyage. The Decibel Geek review of the album can be viewed here. Originally, Chaos Over Cosmos consisted of two guys who had never met. Rafal Bowman from Poland connected with Javier Calderon from Spain over the internet and using the wonders of modern technology they produced their great debut album. Rafal provided the guitars, synths and programming whilst Calderon brought his excellent vocals to the party….

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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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