BLACKMAYNE – Spat From Hell (Album Review)

BLACKMAYNE – Spat From Hell (Album Review)

Blackmayne, like an uncanny number of bands, formed in the 1980s then split up due to disillusionment with the industry. Also like an uncanny number of bands, they got back together 25 years later to see what would happen. The result was the re-issue of their self-titled debut album in 2016 (read my review here) and now the band has released Spat From Hell for our delectation. The five-piece from Kent, England have once again…

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ARK ASCENT – Downfall (Album Review)

ARK ASCENT – Downfall (Album Review)

Ark Ascent are a UK based prog metal band, formed in 2011 by main man Jack Kirby who was 19 at the time. The Ark Ascent project was originally known as Prophecy but evolved into its current form over time and are now proud to finally release their debut album, Downfall. Joining guitarist/keyboardist Kirby are Rogue Marechal (quality prog name and formerly of Shadowkeep) on vocals, Andre Arcangeli on bass (also in Italian band DGM)…

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WAR GODS OF THE DEEP – Action Space Battle (Album Review)

WAR GODS OF THE DEEP – Action Space Battle (Album Review)

If you find this review of War Gods of the Deep helpful and find that you like the album, the chances are that you’ll like to find out more about the band. If that is the case then good luck to you. Details about this heavy metal band are sketchy, to say the least. And I cannot say with confidence that they are indeed a band. There’s a picture of a ‘band’ on their website,…

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SACRILEGE – The Court of the Insane (Album Review)

SACRILEGE – The Court of the Insane (Album Review)

Sacrilege were formed in the UK way back in 1982 by the brains of the outfit, vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Bill Beadle. Always on the verge of something big, things never quite reached the heady heights they hoped for. After a couple of demo recordings, Beadle became disillusioned with the industry and gave up playing for a whopping 25 years. In 2007 Beadle decided to resurrect Sacrilege and re-record early tracks plus writing and recording…

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CEREBUS – From Beyond the Vault Door (Album Review)

CEREBUS – From Beyond the Vault Door (Album Review)

Cerebus hail from North Carolina and in the mid-1980s attained cult status in the US. Sadly, cult status usually equates to producing fabulous music unmatched by album sales. After a couple of demos, the highlight of the band’s career came in 1986 with the release of the well-received Too Late to Pray, an album chock-full of classic metal with a hefty nod towards the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Twin guitars, powerful vocals, lengthy…

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RAWKAHOLIC VOL 1 – Various Artists (Album Review)

RAWKAHOLIC VOL 1 – Various Artists (Album Review)

Rawkaholic Vol 1 is a compilation album of previously unreleased tracks by various artists and of various styles.  Rock compilations have traditionally fallen into one of two categories; either a showcase for up and coming bands without a record deal or a collection of classic tracks bundled ready for lazy ungrateful children to buy as a Fathers’ Day gift. This, however, can’t really decide what it wants to be. There are new bands, splinter acts…

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PHIL LANZON – 48 Seconds (Album Review)

PHIL LANZON – 48 Seconds (Album Review)

Phil Lanzon is currently the keyboardist for UK rock legends Uriah Heep but on his days off he has created 48 Seconds which is the follow up to his first solo effort If You Think I’m Crazy. Aswell as Uriah Heep, whom he joined in 1986, Lanzon has a CV as long as your arm. Too long to list, notables he’s worked with are Grand Prix, Mick Ronson and Lionheart. Lanzon has a very prominent…

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CHAOS OVER COSMOS – Chaos Over Cosmos EP (News)

CHAOS OVER COSMOS – Chaos Over Cosmos EP (News)

Being multi-national in the most literal way possible, Chaos Over Cosmos have released their latest effort, a self-titled EP following up their debut The UnknownVoyage. The Decibel Geek review of the album can be viewed here. Originally, Chaos Over Cosmos consisted of two guys who had never met. Rafal Bowman from Poland connected with Javier Calderon from Spain over the internet and using the wonders of modern technology they produced their great debut album. Rafal provided the guitars, synths and programming whilst Calderon brought his excellent vocals to the party….

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CROOKED SHAPES – Fallout (EP Review)

CROOKED SHAPES – Fallout (EP Review)

Crooked Shapes are a brand new band from Reading, England, playing top-notch blues rock. Reading, of course, is famous in music circles as the host of the annual Reading Festival, a mish-mash of current popular pop and occasional rock acts. Back in the day, though, the 1970s and 80s, it was the highlight of the rock fans’ year, with bands like Saxon, Maiden, UFO, Thin Lizzy and MSG all playing. But that was then and…

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PROPHETS OF ADDICTION – Nothing But the Truth (Album Review)

PROPHETS OF ADDICTION – Nothing But the Truth (Album Review)

Prophets of Addiction are the U.S. sleaze rockers many see as pretenders to the Guns ‘n’ Roses throne; the same punky outlook, the same raspy vocals and fuck you attitude. Nothing But the Truth is, however, a departure from the norm, more by necessity than design. The band usually consists of Lesli Sanders on bass and vocals, G.G. on guitar and Wayne Stokely on drums. Following a lengthy illness which sadly rendered Wayne incapable of…

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