SYLENT STORM – Sylent Storm (EP Review)

SYLENT STORM – Sylent Storm (EP Review)

Sylent Storm, from Medford, Oregon, have been knocking around since 2013, biding their time waiting to be snapped up by a record company willing to show a little faith in the band. It took until 2018 before they signed to Stormspell Records, a label proudly “stuck in the 80’s”. After listening to Sylent Storm’s self-titled debut EP, it is clearly a match made in heaven. Sylent Storm is a record chock full of all the…

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TOP ALBUMS of 2018 (Collective Staff Articles)

TOP ALBUMS of 2018 (Collective Staff Articles)

2018 was a blockbuster of heavy music madness! From the Black Metal shores to the Folk Metal forests to the Hard Rock heartlands, our favourite music has served up a massive sonic snowball for us all to enjoy.  We wanted to celebrate the year in Decibel Geek style. So we asked our fantastic writers to pick their top ten records. And why their 2018 picks have made the grade. Decibel Geek Staff Picks for TOP…

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SPARKY’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

SPARKY’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

Over here in the UK, 2018 has not proved to be our greatest year. In fact, it’s been a bit of a shitstorm, or clusterfuck if you like, politically at least. The possibility of Brexit has brought everything many predicted; uncertainty, division, and hostility. Fortunately for everybody, rock keeps on rollin’ and there have been some great albums released this year. Contrary to popular opinion (well, one guy, anyway) rock is not actually dead. This…

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NO HOT ASHES – No Hot Ashes (Album Review)

NO HOT ASHES – No Hot Ashes (Album Review)

First time around, melodic rockers No Hot Ashes were big-hitters on the Belfast scene having formed in the early 1980s. Things were looking up for the five-piece of Dave Irvine on guitar, Paul Boyd on bass, singer Tommy Quinn on vocals, Tommy Dickson on keyboards and Steve Strange on drums when they signed for GWR Records in 1988 and moved to London in anticipation of the glory to follow.   Unfortunately, things didn’t quite happen…

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BLADE KILLER – High Risk (Album Review)

BLADE KILLER – High Risk (Album Review)

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal really is the gift that keeps on giving, which is handy at this time of year. Genres come and genres go but the NWoBHM is still going strong, ignoring the fact that many see it as a flash in the pan from 1979 -1984. The latest example of the movement’s inspiration comes in the form of Blade Killer and their album, High Risk. If you know nothing about…

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THE STRUTS – Young and Dangerous (Album Review)

THE STRUTS – Young and Dangerous (Album Review)

It’s been four years since the release of The Struts’ debut album Everybody Wants and despite the release of a couple of EPs in the meantime, Young and Dangerous has been a long time coming. Fortunately for all involved, this four-piece from Derby, UK have come up with an album well worth the wait. On Everybody Wants, The Struts specialized in big sounds with catchy as hell hooks perfect for crowd participation, and stadium-sized crowds…

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HITMAN – The Offering: Side 1 (Album Review)

HITMAN – The Offering: Side 1 (Album Review)

Back in 2011 when they formed, I assume that Hitman were pleased that the other Hittman band chose to double the t’s when they formed in the early 1990’s. Whilst both bands play heavy music, that is where the similarity stops. Our Hitman here play stoner metal or, as they say themselves, whiskey stoner metal. A heady mix indeed. The Offering: Side 1, is the follow up to 2 previously released EPs, namely Whiskey Downfall…

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SACRAL RAGE – Beyond Celestial Echoes (Album Review)

SACRAL RAGE – Beyond Celestial Echoes (Album Review)

It can’t really be said that Greece has a world-renowned heavy metal scene, but throughout the years there has been a long line of bands spreading the gospel throughout their land and Sacral Rage is one of those. Despite being around since 2011, Beyond Celestial Echoes is the band’s first full-length album, following on from EPs Deadly Bits of Iron Fragments (2013) and Illusions in Infinite Void (2015). It’s nice to see that their cryptic…

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CAULDRON – New Gods (Album Review)

CAULDRON – New Gods (Album Review)

Background New Gods is the fifth studio album from Canadian three-piece Cauldron. Having formed in 2006 the band consists of mainstays Jason Decay (bass, vocals) and Ian Chains (guitars) and after a merry-go-round of drummers have had Myles Deck since 2012. Cauldron are considered to be a part of the new wave of traditional heavy metal, a movement championing the return of a more traditional sound to metal. 2016’s In Ruin was seen by many…

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LORDS OF THE TRIDENT – Shadows From The Past (Album Review)

LORDS OF THE TRIDENT – Shadows From The Past (Album Review)

Shadows From The Past is the fourth studio album from Lords of the Trident, who, on the face of it, you would expect to hail from Scandinavia but in fact come from Madison, Wisconsin. To me, they’re a power metal band with hints of symphonics going on. A heady, and enjoyable, mix. Whilst their image is of tongue-in-cheek piss-taking of the sword and sorcery arm of metal, the songs are all seriously performed and delivered…

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