DIRKSCHNEIDER – Live Back To The Roots

DIRKSCHNEIDER – Live Back To The Roots

I don’t commonly review live albums. Gone are the days where a live album can define a band the way Cheap Trick, Kiss and Peter Frampton‘s respective live albums did for them. Nowadays there are some bands like Rush and Iron Maiden who basically release a live album after every studio album. Sure some of these albums hold significance, like Rush‘s R40 Live being (so far still unofficially) the last tour featuring all three classic…

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ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero (Album Review)

ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero (Album Review)

Alter Bridge is that rare band in the modern day who are such professionals that no matter what they do, you have to respect it. They have a confidence that I don’t think any other band rightfully has and with it they have produced album after album of pure unmatched drive and power. With their fourth album Fortress released in 2013, they went back to a familiar formula after experimenting in fine form on AB…

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KRYPTOS – Burn Up The Night (Album Review)

KRYPTOS – Burn Up The Night (Album Review)

When listening to Indian metal Kryptos, I’m reminded of classic thrash metal. I’ve heard the Kryptos name thrown around here and there throughout the years so for a band that has what I would consider veteran status (formed in 1998 and set to release their fourth album Burn Up The Night) it comes as no surprise that their sound has come to a point where they cleverly use influences from 80’s thrash as well as taking…

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THE PACK A.D. – Positive Thinking (Album Review)

THE PACK A.D. – Positive Thinking (Album Review)

It was two years and four days ago that I saw The Pack A.D. open for Alice In Chains, prompting me to buy their then most recent album Do Not Engage after having a pleasant encounter with them between sets. You can read my review of that album here. The rock duo was five full-length albums deep at that time and I had, in fact, heard their name thrown around every now and then before…

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BLOODY HAMMERS – Lovely Sort of Death (Album Review)

BLOODY HAMMERS – Lovely Sort of Death (Album Review)

In 2014, thanks to Metal Nation Radio (the other great site I write for) I was given Under Satan’s Sun by Bloody Hammers to review. I had no prior knowledge of the band before that, even though they had previously released a self-titled album, but I was immediately struck by their very intelligent doom metal sound. You can read my opinions of the album here. Ever since then I’ve been keeping close tabs on Bloody…

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WOLF HOFFMANN – Headbanger’s Symphony (Album Review)

WOLF HOFFMANN – Headbanger’s Symphony (Album Review)

I thought for a great project, I’d review my first instrumental album. I don’t commonly listen to instrumental albums as it is, but I’ve always feared they’d be a challenge. I’ve even turned down a couple of instrumental albums that have been submitted to me. However, Wolf Hoffmann‘s Headbanger’s Symphony is all too intriguing. Wolf Hoffmann is, of course, the lead guitarist and co-long lasting member of German heavy metal veterans Accept. I’ve always proclaimed…

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Kvelertak – Nattesferd (Album Review)

Kvelertak – Nattesferd (Album Review)

Never did I ever think I’d ever review a band whose sound has Black Metal anywhere in its description. Especially a Norwegian Black Metal band, as that country seems to export the most popular to black metal bands. Kvelertak have found the perfect loophole in my distaste for the extreme metal genre, with the subgenre (that actually seems to exist) called “black ‘n’ roll” which, as the title would imply, is a blending of black…

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The Defiants – The Defiants (Album Review)

The Defiants – The Defiants (Album Review)

Danger Danger came a little late in the hair metal game. By the time their self-titled debut came out in 1989, Guns N’ Roses had already changed the way hard rock music was to be played. Then of course not long after that came grunge. Hardly a time for bands like them or Trixter to come into a dying market. How Firehouse managed to survive three albums in, can only be credited to luck and good…

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Distant Past – Rise of the Fallen (Album Review)

Distant Past – Rise of the Fallen (Album Review)

What would you do if you could cross Judas Priest with Iron Maiden? Would you take on the responsibility of trying to make metal music as timeless as those two heavy metal giants? It takes a brave band to try that. Distant Past seem to have taken on the responsibility with their upcoming Rise of the Fallen album. The comparisons I make of Distant Past and Judas Priest lie in the vocals. Rise of the…

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Sarasin – Sarasin (Album Review)

Sarasin – Sarasin (Album Review)

Hamilton, Ontario’s Sarasin are a heavy metal band of the relatively traditional sense. They set out to make straight-ahead music with no tricks and no innovations, but rather take formulas previously used by some of the best metal bands of all time and create new musical ideas with it. Their self-titled album is evidence of this metal mindset with elements of classic metal and thrash metal. Sarasin succeed at not sounding like anyone but themselves…

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