SPARTAN WARRIOR – Hell to Pay (Album Review)

SPARTAN WARRIOR – Hell to Pay (Album Review)

Behold the warrior! Spartan Warrior! Blasting from Great Britain, Spartan Warrior was a part of the NWOBHM movement issuing their first album, Steel n’ Chains, in 1983. The band consisted of Dave Wilkinson (vocals), Neil Wilkinson (guitar), Tom Spencer (bass), Gordon Webster (drums) and Paul Swaddle (guitar). 1984 saw their self-titled sophomore effort hitting shelves. Back then it really was shelves, nowadays I have to say hitting computer screens. Both releases acquired critical acclaim but tensions…

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ARMORED DAWN – Barbarians In Black (Album Review)

ARMORED DAWN – Barbarians In Black (Album Review)

ARMORED DAWN – Bio Armored Dawn are a power metal band from San Paulo in Brazil and sound like they come from somewhere in Scandinavia. Lyrically, they sing at times about Norse Gods (although some of those I believe originate from Germany, but are seen more as Scandinavian), or perhaps they are just heavily into bands from that part of the world.  Two bands that immediately came to mind listening to the album were Nightwish…

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THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING – Double Negative (Album Review)

THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING – Double Negative (Album Review)

THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING -Bio Double Negative is the newest album from London steampunk outfit The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, a name taken from part of the graffiti found chalked on a wall in Victorian London, possibly by the infamous killer Jack The Ripper. For those unfamiliar with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, the band have been around since 2008 with their…

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SQUEALER – Behind Closed Doors (Album Review)

SQUEALER – Behind Closed Doors (Album Review)

SQUEALER – Behind Closed Doors Another German thrash metal band from the 80’s reforms.  Squealer returns after a lengthy hiatus and a few line up changes. Up until I had placed the headphones on my head to take in the tunes, I had never heard of this band and hoped on first listen that I’d wish I had discovered them way back in the early 80’s. As the first track “Madnecessity” spins into action, we…

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JOHN CORABI – Live ’94 (One Night In Nashville) (Album Review)

JOHN CORABI – Live ’94 (One Night In Nashville) (Album Review)

Today’s word of the day is “polarizing“.  Its definition: to break up into opposing factions or groupings. Now live albums, in general, can often be viewed as polarizing. I know of some music fans that generally have no use for them, while others will grab for a live album more often than not. Personally, I am a fan. For a geek like myself, a “well crafted” live record has the power to transport me into the venue…

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DEADLY CIRCUS FIRE – Edinburgh Opium (Concert Review)

DEADLY CIRCUS FIRE – Edinburgh Opium (Concert Review)

DEADLY CIRCUS FIRE The last time I saw Deadly Circus Fire was at Bloodstock Metal Festival, way back in 2011. If memory serves me correctly, it was the same year that I saw them at Hammerfest in Wales. Both times, I was mightily impressed. Therefore, I was delighted to find out that not only were they touring, but playing my home town in Edinburgh at a venue called Opium, a club/bar in the Cowgate area…

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BLACK VEIL BRIDES – Vale (Album review)

BLACK VEIL BRIDES – Vale (Album review)

BLACK VEIL BRIDES (Bio) Black Veil Brides‘s 2014 self titled album was the first time I had come across the band. At that time, they looked to me a little like Motley Crue, but beyond the image, I didn’t have a clue what they sounded like. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much but, for the next 44 minutes, I was totally blown away by the…

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BLOODSTOCK 2018 – New Bands Added & More (News)

BLOODSTOCK 2018 – New Bands Added & More (News)

Eight more acts have been confirmed for Bloodstock Metal Festival at Catton Hall Derbyshire in August along with news of a strongman competition! Well it is a “heavy” festival. Only one band is for the main stage, with two for both Friday and Saturday and three for the Sunday on the second stage known as the Sophie Lancaster stage. Now both main stages are beginning to fill up nicely, with only the Hobgoblin New Blood…

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THERION – Glasgow Audio 2018 (Concert Review)

THERION – Glasgow Audio 2018 (Concert Review)

Metal opera legends Therion brought their show in support of the new three CD album (Beloved Antichrist) to Glasgow Audio, along with three supports for a night of metal, opera and craziness. MIDNIGHT ETERNAL When I arrived, the first band had started.  It was a very early start, with Midnight Eternal (a symphonic metal band from the USA) onstage at 6:30!  Singer Raine Hilai had a very nice voice and guitarist Richard Fischer does some…

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MILE – The World In Focus (Album Review)

MILE – The World In Focus (Album Review)

Ah, Sweden! A veritable hotbed of music these days. That Scandinavian country just keeps on giving and giving in all music genres. This round we have uncovered another golden gem called simply Mile. This band is a fairly new addition into the music scene having formed in 2012. The band began comprised of former members of the band Cabinett in Marcus Karlsson (vocals), Fredrik Palm (guitars), and Marcus Folke (bass). Joining the crew and completing the lineup,…

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