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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THE CRUX – Immersed Somewhere Divine (Album Review)

THE CRUX – Immersed Somewhere Divine (Album Review)

It’s a rare thing when you find a band who can play metal just like Americans did in the 1980s and even more scarce when they aren’t even American. It’s then as rare as rocking horse shit when you discover such a band is based in County Down, Northern Ireland, but here we are, with The Crux. Formerly known as Warcrux (insert strongarm emoji here) they released their debut EP back in 2011. The name…

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BLOODBOUND – Rise of the Dragon Empire (Album Review)

BLOODBOUND – Rise of the Dragon Empire (Album Review)

Everybody’s favorite dragon-tamers are back! Swedish power metallers Bloodbound have followed up 2017’s War of Dragons relatively quickly with Rise of the Dragon Empire which will be available from March 22, 2019, on AFM Records. This is the hard-working Swede’s eighth studio album and with a settled line-up (apart from drummer Daniel Sjogren who joined in 2016) they continue to improve and build. Vocalist Patrik Johansson has the big balls needed for this genre and…

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE – The Eighth Mountain (Album Review)

RHAPSODY OF FIRE – The Eighth Mountain (Album Review)

Having released their debut album back in 1997, Italy’s Rhapsody of Fire can now be placed in the ‘veteran’ category. Having said that, only keyboardist Alex Staropoli remains of the original line-up with guitarist Roby De Micheli the next longest-serving member, with 8 years service. Despite this revolving door (11 former members) Rhapsody of Fire has managed to maintain consistency of sound, theme, and performance. This is no more evident than on The Eighth Mountain,…

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THE EVERYDAY LOSERS – Mono No Aware (Album Review)

THE EVERYDAY LOSERS – Mono No Aware (Album Review)

Mono No Aware is the third album from Indiana rockers The Everyday Losers. They describe themselves as combining hard rock and 90’s indie and it’s hard to disagree with that. The Everyday Losers was formed by brothers Dylan and Tyler Seidel and after a bit of an instrument merry-go-round the band currently comprises of Dylan on vocals and lead guitar, Tyler on bass and recent recruit Collin Banks on drums. Mono No Aware kicks off…

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THE STRUTS – Stylus, Leeds (Concert Review)

THE STRUTS – Stylus, Leeds (Concert Review)

The Struts A thousand sweaty souls crowbarred themselves into the Stylus club located in the heart of the Leeds University campus to witness The Struts play the first – and sold-out – show of their UK tour. For those aforementioned souls amassed on February 16, it was a show that will live long in the memory and many who were there will no doubt be searching out tickets for future dates. The Support The support came…

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ESSENTIAL TRACKS #5 – KISS (Feature)

ESSENTIAL TRACKS #5 – KISS (Feature)

End of the Road As Kiss embark on their End of the Road (honestly!) Tour it seems a pertinent time to delve into their catalog and check out some of the tracks that have passed us by but need our belated attention. Kiss, I think, more than most bands have a set of fans’ favorites almost cast in stone. From “Detroit Rock City” to “Love Gun” and “Black Diamond” to “Rock and Roll All Nite”…

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CHAOS OVER COSMOS – The Unknown Voyage (Album Review)

CHAOS OVER COSMOS – The Unknown Voyage (Album Review)

Chaos Over Cosmos is the unlikely progressive metal collaboration of Poland’s Rafal Bowman and Javier Calderon from Spain. In 2016 Bowman started the musical project but it took a while before he found his ideal vocalist in Calderon. The result of this collaboration is the 5-track 48-minute The Unknown Voyage. So, we know they’re progressive metal and with the words ‘voyage’ and ‘cosmos’ involved I think you know where their subject matter lies. I don’t quite know…

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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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