Album Reviews

Review: The Petal Falls – ‘All These Years’

It’s been a busy 18 months or so for Keith Leahy: the gatekeeper to the kingdom of ‘90s English melodic rock outfit The Petal Falls. After the rights to all material from the band reverted back to him a few years ago, and after some soul-searching, Leahy released the long-delayed …

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Review: Feuerschwanz – ‘Memento Mori’

There was something very apt about German folk metallers Feuerschwanz choosing to officially release their latest album ‘Memento Mori’ on December 31st, 2021. If ever there was a band tailor-made to bring the second-shittest year in recent history to a conclusion and put a well-needed smile on so many faces, …

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Review: Volbeat – ‘Servant Of The Mind’

Like some sort of bizarre version of the fight between rival news teams in the ‘Anchorman’ movie, the two opposing sides in the great mythical Volbeat fan-wars need to be kept apart and never the twain shall meet. In one corner you have the die-hard fans that have been with …

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Review: Epica – ‘Ωmega Alive’

Some 17 long months after their last gig, Epica returned to the stage for their first-ever streaming event, and their biggest production to date; ‘Ωmega Alive’. This specially recorded show gave the legions of Epica fans their first chance to hear new material from this years ‘Ωmega’ album live in …

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Review: When Rivers Meet – ‘Saving Grace’

When the School of Rock returns to face-to-face teaching, pupils can expect a new semester entirely devoted to British husband-and-wife blues duo When Rivers Meet. Way before the pandemic forced musicians to rethink how they connected with and retained their core audience, Grace Bond (lead vocals, mandolin, violin) and Aaron …

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Review: SpiritWorld – ‘Pagan Rhythms’

Spiritworld

When Springsteen released his ‘Western Stars’ album in 2019, critics fell over each other to heap praise on what was deemed to be the ultimate love letter to Western imagery. Sweeping, cinematic, and character-driven, it conjured up a grandiose “range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation …

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Review: Plush – ‘Plush’

What a whirlwind six months or so it has been for new American hard rock outfit Plush since lockdown was lifted and some sort of normality returned. Shows with Seether and Nonpoint, live dates with Wolfgang Van Halen on his maiden voyage as Mammoth WVH, and next week they open …

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