AIR RAID – Across the Line (Album Review)

AIR RAID – Across the Line (Album Review)

Swedish five-piece Air Raid return with their third full-length album, and coincidentally, their third lead singer. Entitled Across the Line, the album continues the Scandinavian pattern of polished, well performed melodic hard rock, although it may be a touch heavier than others. Following on from 2015’s Point of Impact, the album picks up from where the band left off, albeit with Fredrik Werner taking over from Arthur W Andersson behind the mic. Whilst musically there…

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UNPARALLELED HEIGHT – Resurgence, Vol 1 (Album Review)

UNPARALLELED HEIGHT – Resurgence, Vol 1 (Album Review)

So you like metalcore riffing and the blast beats?  You love the aggression and technical chops, but you can’t stand the Cookie Monster vocals (as The Meister would say).  Unparalleled Height (UPH) have the answer (as did the late great Affiance) – get a fantastic singer in and utilise the growling sparingly! From the outskirts of Pittsburgh, these guys have released possibly my favorite EP of the year, so far.  This EP is made up…

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That 70’s Guy : RIOT – Narita (Retro Review)

That 70’s Guy : RIOT – Narita (Retro Review)

For this fogottem gem of the 70’s, I’m time warping you back to the final year of the decade (1979) for what I call the lesser known or “forgotten” album of Riot’s big three with Guy Speranza.  Sandwiched in between Rock City and Fire Down Under was their second release Narita.  It was released initially in Japan and available as an import only in the USA at first. Officially released on October 5th 1979, Narita…

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NOCTURNAL RITES – Phoenix (Album Review)

NOCTURNAL RITES – Phoenix (Album Review)

Ten years is a long time between albums. This is, however, the gap between The 8th Sin and Phoenix the latest release from Swedish metal band Nocturnal Rites. As titles go it is I suppose appropriate considering many fans probably thought they had called it a day. Apart from one change of personnel with Per Nilsson from Scar Symmetry replacing Nils Norberg on lead guitar, it is the same line up from the last album. Having only a…

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EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE – Grind (Album Review)

EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE – Grind (Album Review)

There existed a time period in the early 1990’s when the shift of the prevailing musical trend moved from melodic metal (AKA Hair Metal or Glam Metal) to Grunge. During this transition, many very good hard rock/metal bands fell through the cracks of the collective public consciousness as their record labels made the decision to promote bands following the hotter genre of the moment. Many of these bands languished and eventually disappeared altogether. However, a…

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SONS OF TEXAS – Forged By Fortitude (Album Review)

SONS OF TEXAS – Forged By Fortitude (Album Review)

So, I was minding my own business and trying to be creative with Decibel Geek Facebook posts, when The Meister messaged me, asking whether I would be interested in reviewing a band, sending me a cryptic URL which brought up SOT – Forged album.  OK, I said, why not? I started playing the album and the first track “Buy In To Sell Out” grabbed me by the throat like some rabid Doberman – I thought…

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STALLION – From the Dead (Album Review)

STALLION – From the Dead (Album Review)

Germany, it seems, is a hotbed of old school thrash metal bands and most seem to reside in the stable of the esteemed High Roller Records. Stallion have trod this well-worn path to the HRR door and have released their sophomore full-length album in From The Dead. This version of Stallion is from the Weingarten, Baden-Wurttemberg region of Germany and must not be confused with Stallion from Hilden, North Rhein-Westphalia, who purvey melodic metal. I…

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VULTURE – The Guillotine (Album Review)

VULTURE – The Guillotine (Album Review)

Thrash metal newcomers Vulture hail from North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, and have presented us with their full-length debut offering, The Guillotine. The album is released on the ever-reliable High Roller Records and was produced by friend of the band, Marko Brinkmann. Formed in 2015, the band first tested the waters with a debut EP, entitled Victim To The Blade, which they swiftly and confidently followed up by releasing this longer album. Vulture consists of L. Steeler on…

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RAVAGE – Return Of The Spectral Rider (Album Review)

RAVAGE – Return Of The Spectral Rider (Album Review)

Return Of The Spectral Rider is a re-imagining of Ravage‘s 2005 debut, The Spectral Rider. According to the band, the recording was plagued with problems, resulting in a finished product that wasn’t exactly what they wanted. The band didn’t have ownership of the original tracks, so they were unable to remix the album. With that in mind, Ravage decided to re-record their debut with better professional production. They changed up the sequencing and added a…

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AMKEN – Theater of the Absurd (Album Review)

AMKEN – Theater of the Absurd (Album Review)

If, like me, you thought the only things that came out of Greece were ouzo, Archimedes and the ferry to Lesbos then you will be surprised to learn of Amken, who have just released their first full-length album which follows up 2014’s Adrenaline Shot EP. Theater of the Absurd is out on No Remorse Records and is the thrashiest of thrash metal imaginable, although with vocals more out of the death metal genre. The quartet…

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