GAMA BOMB – Speed Between the Lines (Album Review)

GAMA BOMB – Speed Between the Lines (Album Review)

If you like your rock mid-paced, toe tapping and mellow, look away now. Speed Between the Lines is the classic-est (is that even a word?) of classic thrash metal, hailing back to the genre’s pomp of the mid-80’s. Gama Bomb have been in this racket for 16 years and Speed Between the Lines represents the band’s sixth studio album. From the opening refrains of “Give Me Leather” to the final wails of “Facemelter” you are…

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HELION PRIME – Interview with Jason Ashcraft (Interview)

HELION PRIME – Interview with Jason Ashcraft (Interview)

As AFM Records‘ very own Helion Prime have the imminent release of their sophomore album, Terror of the Cybernetic Monster (check out the Decibel Geek review here), we were lucky enough to pin down band leader/founding member/guitarist Jason Ashcraft to quiz him on the album, line-up changes and influences. Decibel Geek: Your music is based on ‘science fact’, what first triggered your interest in science? Jason Ashcraft: I have always showed an interest in science and primarily with space, but my peek interest began in my…

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HELION PRIME – Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster (Album Review)

HELION PRIME – Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster (Album Review)

You can tell straight away by the album’s title that Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster is not your run of the mill heavy metal album. No mentions of wild nights on the booze, the devil doesn’t get a look in and not one nod to sexual conquests. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, you understand, they’re the staples on which all rock n roll music has been built, it’s just that Jason Ashcraft…

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CRYSTAL VIPER – At The Edge Of Time (EP Review)

CRYSTAL VIPER – At The Edge Of Time (EP Review)

Polish heavy metallers Crystal Viper don’t let the grass grow under their feet. Having released the acclaimed Queen of the Witches in 2017 (read the Decibel Geek review here) the band returned in June with the At The Edge Of Time EP. Is it a case of keeping Crystal Viper fresh in the mind? Or the simple fact that they just love recording and performing? Indeed, does it matter? I think not. Crystal Viper, lead…

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MASSIVE WAGONS – Full Nelson (Album Review)

MASSIVE WAGONS – Full Nelson (Album Review)

Massive Wagons are indeed massive, in their hometown of Carnforth in the northwest of England. So much so, that their loyal band of followers organized a huge mural of the cover of their forthcoming album, Full Nelson to be painted on a wall in the nearby town of Lancaster. On hearing the record I’m not surprised. This album is brim-full of top quality tracks. It rocks, it rolls, has variety, emotion and, in no small…

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LUCIFER – Lucifer II (Album Review)

LUCIFER – Lucifer II (Album Review)

Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. In this case, the necessity was moving on after Gaz Jennings departed Lucifer in 2016 which left founder member Johanna Sadonis bereft of both a guitarist and songwriting partner. The invention comes with a stunning new album, Lucifer II, borne out of a new creative partnership with Nicke Andersson. Andersson, who starred with Imperial State Electric and The Hellacopters among others, played – through necessity again –  bass, drums and half the…

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VON BALTZER – Cultural Daze (Album Review)

VON BALTZER – Cultural Daze (Album Review)

I have absolutely no idea how Von Baltzer got their name, and while that may be interesting, it is highly irrelevant. What I can confirm is that they are a Scandinavian band consisting of four experienced musicians who have got it together to produce their debut album, entitled Cultural Daze. Von Baltzer consist of guitarists Christian Kjellström (Atlantis, RockXPress), Erik Palmqvist (Pork from Cork Ireland, Mickey Slim Band), vocalist Ian Parry (Rock Emporium, Consortium Project,…

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JEAN BEAUVOIR – Rock Masterpieces Volume 1 (Album Review)

JEAN BEAUVOIR – Rock Masterpieces Volume 1 (Album Review)

Jean Beauvoir has a CV as long as your arm but if you haven’t heard of him then you’ll surely recognize him. His famous mohawk is as recognizable as Eddie the ‘Ead or Angus Young in his school uniform. Beauvoir has performed with bands such as Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul along with punk legends The Plasmatics as well as fronting his own bands, Crown of Thorns and Voodoo X plus numerous solo…

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SEVEN SISTERS – The Cauldron and the Cross (Album Review)

SEVEN SISTERS – The Cauldron and the Cross (Album Review)

Seven Sisters hails from London, UK, and consists of four hard rockers in Kyle McNeill on vocals and guitar, Graeme Farmer on guitar, Javi Rute on bass and Steve Loftin bashing the skins. Having formed in 2013 this quartet form a unit performing the highest quality New Wave of British Heavy Metal inspired music you could hope to hear. They do not, however, just pump out NWoBHM in its basic form, but add their own…

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MAVERICK – Cold Star Dancer (Album Review)

MAVERICK – Cold Star Dancer (Album Review)

MAVERICK – Changes Hard rocking Northern Irishmen Maverick return with their third full-length album, Cold Star Dancer, and basically, carry on from where they left off with 2016’s Big Red. There have been a couple of line-up changes with guitarist Terry McHugh leaving the band and drummer Jonathan Millar replacing Mike Ross but the rock on which this band is built still remains in the shape of the Balfour brothers, David on vocals and Ryan…

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