RAZORBATS – “The City” (Single Review)

RAZORBATS – “The City” (Single Review)

So, one of my favourite things about attending a new festival is fresh discoveries. I pity those so-called music fans who refuse to give the time of day to a new and as yet unbeknownst to them band. It’s a rampant plague, but that’s a rant for another day and forum. Months ago I signed on to attend the Call of the Wild Festival in Lincolnshire, UK. This first-year event features three days and three…

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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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X-ROMANCE – Voices From The Past (Album Review)

X-ROMANCE – Voices From The Past (Album Review)

X-ROMANCE – Voices From The Past I jumped into a Delorian and hit 88 mph.  There was a flash of light and I was transported back to the Greaties. This record is the greatest love song to the Greaties and “Great Scott!” it delivers the best summer rock that I have heard in ages.  This is a must for all lovers of the era when large shoulder pads jostled with mullets and Hair Metal ruled…

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ATORC – Under The Raven Banner (Album Review)

ATORC – Under The Raven Banner (Album Review)

Opening Thoughts And Confession: I confess that I am not a massive fan of what is called folk or Viking metal. I do enjoy hearing it at festivals with a beer in hand (and a few in my stomach) or indeed in a small sweaty club with, you guessed it, beers! It isn’t a genre that I listen much to at home, however I was offered a band from that genre to review. The band…

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LEFT FOR RED – Human Complex (Album Review)

LEFT FOR RED – Human Complex (Album Review)

Background: Left For Red are a 5-piece metal band from the Black Country/ West Midlands near Birmingham in England, an area that has been a hot bed of great rock music through the years including bands (or at least some members of these bands) like Slade, Judas Priest, Black Country Communion and at least one of Led Zeppelin. The band have been around now for 10 years and are releasing their second album Human Complex officially on Saturday April 6 when they play…

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DEVIL’S GUN – Sing for the Chaos (Album Review)

DEVIL’S GUN – Sing for the Chaos (Album Review)

If I’m being totally honest, there isn’t a ton of “wow factor” albums I’ve listened to so far in 2019. In fact, I’ve personally been quite disappointed with a lot of the outputs. But I found a pleasant surprise recently and now another one here with Devil’s Gun! On April 12, 2019, Devil’s Gun – Sing for the Chaos will hit the shelves (er…online screens). And I love it! Devil’s Gun hail from Växjö, Sweden…

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TESLA – Shock (Album Review)

TESLA – Shock (Album Review)

Remember when Tesla put out their way-over-the-top CD back in the ’80s? Oh, you don’t? That’s probably because they never did. They may have come out during the hair metal era, but they never fell into that group. Yes, they’re an 80’s hard rock band, but they offer musicianship and substance that many bands from those days lacked. That’s why I find it odd that they put that album out now with Shock.   Phil…

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THE TREATMENT – Power Crazy (Album Review)

THE TREATMENT – Power Crazy (Album Review)

A few years back, after being out of music for quite some time, I jumped back into the pool in full force. It’s like I was whole again, I didn’t realize how much music meant to me. Why I was “out of the game”, we’ll leave for another day. But, I indeed discovered that “my music” was alive and well all over the world. And new (at the time) bands such as The Treatment played…

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IRON SAVIOR – Kill or Get Killed (Album Review)

IRON SAVIOR – Kill or Get Killed (Album Review)

German power metallers Iron Savior may not be the most widely known or recognized name in North America. But that’s a grievous oversight on us all! For those not in the know already, Iron Savior began over 20 years ago! The band formed in 1996 in Hamburg, Germany. While today Piet Sielck remains the sole original, the first incarnations included the likes of Kai Hansen (Helloween/Gamma Ray) and Thomen Stauch (Blind Guardian). With that comes…

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FRENZY – Blind Justice (Album Review)

FRENZY – Blind Justice (Album Review)

Comics and metal like peas and pods? How can you go wrong with a combination like that? When I was but a young lad, I was, of course, a comic book fanatic. These days I like some of the feature films and a couple of the TV shows. But mostly I’m out of touch with the universe. What I am up to speed on is great Hard Rock and Heavy Metal (personal tastes, of course)….

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