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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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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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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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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JOHAN KIHLBERG’S IMPERA – Age of Discovery (Album Review)

JOHAN KIHLBERG’S IMPERA – Age of Discovery (Album Review)

OK, to be honest, I’m a bit confused here. The band Impera issued three great melodic rock albums, 2012’s Legacy of Life, 2013’s Pieces of Eden and 2015’s Empire of Sin. Now we see drummer Johan Kihlberg‘s name attached above the Impera font for the forthcoming Age of Discovery. Due out February 23, 2018, thanks to AOR Heaven, this is not just a rebranding of Impera. The press release bills it as Johan Kihlberg‘s debut…

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SAMARKIND – Self-Titled Debut (Album Review)

SAMARKIND – Self-Titled Debut (Album Review)

Samarkind is a blues-infused hard rock quartet from…well…from all over the place. They’re a virtual United Nations of rock. Their veteran lead singer, David P. Byrne, and bassist, Mark Dempsey, are from Ireland. Their guitarist is Michal Kulbaka, from Poland. Their drummer, Marius Appelgryn, is from South Africa. But, upon a listen, you would think they escaped from the swamps of Alabama. Their style is decidedly bluesy. Byrne’s voice has hints of Ian Gillan (Deep…

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LEGENDRY – Dungeon Crawler (Album Review)

LEGENDRY – Dungeon Crawler (Album Review)

Legendry have been plying their trade since 2015 and Dungeon Crawler is their sophomore full-length effort, following on from 2016’s Mists of Time. The trade they ply can only be described as fantasy metal with a heavy dose of prog mixed in. Most of their lyrical content is based upon the works of pulp fiction author Robert E. Howard. Howard, if you don’t know, is said to be the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre…

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LITTLE CAESAR – Eight (Album Review)

LITTLE CAESAR – Eight (Album Review)

I think we all have those things in life that offer comfort and contentment. Call it your “happy place”. It could be a special blanket, an old photograph or the smell of that old baseball mitt but for me personally, these “things” often come in the form of music. Whether it be discovering new bands and new music or dusting off some of my classic CDs there is not a faster way to my “happy…

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VOJD (ex-Black Trip)- The Outer Ocean (Album Review)

VOJD (ex-Black Trip)- The Outer Ocean (Album Review)

The Outer Ocean is the first release from High Roller Records artist VOJD. However, it was originally started as the third release from Swedish rockers Black Trip. Why change the name? Well after getting new drummer Anders Bentell and new guitarist Linus Bjorklund the remaining Black Trip members felt that with the new members and the new material it was time to start a new chapter. According to the band’s vocalist Joseph Tholl, VOJD is a much more…

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STRAY BULLETS – Shut Up (Album Review)

STRAY BULLETS – Shut Up (Album Review)

Italian sleaze! That’s right, Italy’s Stray Bullets have entered the glam/sleaze race with their January 26, 2018, issued Shut Up album. In some stretches of the imagination, this could be considered their debut album. Forming in Verona, Italy in 2007, Stray Bullets took three years of writing and recording to issue Lost Soul Town. The album featured ten tracks entirely played and recorded by the band as a home-made recording. Since then, Stray Bullets have…

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