OZ – Transition State (Album Review)

OZ – Transition State (Album Review)

Transition State is an interesting name for this album from Finnish metallers OZ. This is their first album of all new songs in 31 years, so this particular state has been in some transition for many years. To maintain enough enthusiasm through all these years, it has taken some gumption and determination of the only remaining original member of OZ, drummer Mark Ruffneck. He is joined by Johnny Cross (guitar), Juzzy Kangas (guitar) and Peppi…

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FIREFORCE – Annihilate the Evil (Album Review)

FIREFORCE – Annihilate the Evil (Album Review)

A hefty slab of Belgian power metal found within! Not knowing anything about Fireforce prior to receiving this album for review, I suspected its contents based on cover art. Always a lover of medieval and fantasy since my younger days, the dragon attacking a Viking warship appealed to me visually. A collection of rippingly thunderous power metal anthems await discovery within. Upon reading the included bio sheet in the press kit I found them to…

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JASTA – The Lost Chapters (Album Review)

JASTA – The Lost Chapters (Album Review)

Jamey Jasta, heavy music’s chronic workaholic, releases another Jasta album, but is it as good as Hatebreed? “This Is Your Life“, the first track on the album, kicks off with a pounding drumbeat and revolving riff, before vocalist Jamey Jasta blasts in over the top. You can just imagine the live crowd, fists pumping and bodies hurling over the place when they play live. The chorus reminds me a bit of old Biohazard. That’s one…

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SOULDRINKER – War Is Coming (Album Review)

SOULDRINKER – War Is Coming (Album Review)

Souldrinker have arrived and they’ve brought war! The, I believe German, outfit dropped their debut full-length War is Coming on November 3, 2017, courtesy of El Puerto Records. November 24, 2017, for CD & vinyl in North America. And what a release it is! Having had the pleasure of possessing a promo download of this for a few weeks now, Souldrinker have enhanced my hour plus bus commute to work each day. Loaded with heavy riffs…

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Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats – Vol 1 (Album Review)

Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats – Vol 1 (Album Review)

Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats have been around for around eight years now. Formed in Cambridge England and named quite brilliantly after a band that featured the late ex-Cactus singer Rusty Day from around 1980 or 81 called Uncle Acid And The Permanent Damage Band. There are elements of Cactus in what they do, a sludgy, fuzzy, dirty, sound especially bass wise and the fact the album sounds like it was recorded around 1969 when…

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SHAKRA – Snakes & Ladders (Album Review)

SHAKRA – Snakes & Ladders (Album Review)

Late to the party on this fantastic Swiss export, I only joined the Shakra ranks on the High Noon album. From there it was all aboard the Shakra express! I began collecting Shakra‘s recorded offerings. While I still haven’t amassed them all, everything I have managed contains tons of top quality hard rock. The band began in the late 90s with the self-titled debut in 1997. From there the band has issued ten studio outputs…

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SPARZANZA – Announcing The End (Album Review)

SPARZANZA – Announcing The End (Album Review)

If you love Avenged Sevenfold, this is their heavier manic twin brother, Sparzanza. As the first sounds emerge from the darkness, this is as atmospheric as it gets from Sparzanza. The opening orchestral sounding theme music is ominous, as it creeps from the speakers across my room, up the wall and across the ceiling, preparing to bash my head in from above. As the first track “Announcing The End” begins, vocalist Fredrik Weileby sounds uncannily like M…

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SKARLETT RIOT – Regenerate (Album Review)

SKARLETT RIOT – Regenerate (Album Review)

Just the title of the album gets me thinking this has to be a cheesy 80’s hair band with the miss spelling of Scarlet, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The first song, “Break”, starts off with a sci-fi sounding soundtrack piece to a movie. Not at all what I was expecting. The drums sound very electronic while a piano tinkles in the background before a crushingly heavy riff played at 8 billion beats per minute…

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PROCESSION – Doom Decimation (Album Review)

PROCESSION – Doom Decimation (Album Review)

As the first stains of guitar softly enter the stereo, luring you into that sense of solemn comfort before the riff proper tears your head off. “The Warning” album opener is a powerful instrumental that just rocks! You can hear the bass widdling all over the place like something Geezer Butler would put together. The soloing all over the main riff is pure 80’s metal. Then in comes “When Doomsday Has Come” which is so hard…

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LYDIA CAN’T BREATHE – Tastes New (Album Review)

LYDIA CAN’T BREATHE – Tastes New (Album Review)

Very Weird, But Very Metal – Faith No More’s Bastard Sons Break Out Of The Asylum Do you like Faith No More?  Do you like your metal crazy and improvisational?  If so, read on my friends and let the craziness begin. “187 Stupid” Is a bit of a mess, but I like this mess.  There’s a rapping like vocal, mixed with a melodic clean vocal thrown in with some brutal growling, which sounds like it’s…

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