Album Reviews

Review: Ayreon – ‘Transitus’

Time to switch off Netflix, sign out of social media, and kiss the family goodbye for a few hours, for Arjen Lucassen has delivered another flawless, immersive Ayreon rock-opera which is going to take a few hours out of your life: ‘Transitus’. With a subject matter as old as time …

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Review: Gallows Circus – ‘EP II’

Went to McDonald’s earlier. Got a Chicken Legend with Cool Mayo meal, large of course, bag – yes, total cost; £5.44. To be honest, it wasn’t the best, the box had been put in upside down and the burger itself had fallen out, fries were a bit meh. Still ate …

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Review: Orbital Junction – ‘Egos & Instincts’

After releasing their self-titled debut EP a few years back, followed by an appearance at the holy grail for stoner bands; ‘Desertfest’, London-based stoners Orbital Junction have rewarded the patience of their followers with the release of debut full-length platter: ‘Egos & Instincts’. Two years between debut EP and debut …

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Review: Kiss The Gun – ‘We See You’

Salisbury-based rockers Kiss The Gun return with album number two; ‘We See You’, the first to feature new vocalist Abigail Austin. Featuring a darker sound than debut album ‘Nightmares’, ‘We See You’ is an ambitious, lengthy album. An overall running time that just misses the fifty-minute mark, nine tracks in …

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Review: Cold Years – ‘Paradise’

With Biffy Clyro catching some flak with a riskier “poppier” sound on new album ‘A Celebration of Endings’, and Twin Atlantic going down a similar path with the recent, and admittedly very good, ‘Power’ album; the time is perfect for a guitar-band from North of The Wall to steal some …

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Review: Devilfire – ‘Black Soul Vendetta

It’s a great barometer regarding the quality of an album when even after multiple listens, you can still discover something new each time. Take ‘Black Soul Vendetta’ from Midlands-based rockers Devilfire for instance, were the short, foreboding piano strikes on ‘Chasing The Pain’ always there? Ditto the gorgeous, layered melodic …

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Review: Blues Pills – ‘Holy Moly!’

Blues Pills

After quite a major personnel upheaval with guitarist, Dorian Sorriaux leaving for pastures new, and bassist/co-founder Zack Anderson moving from four to six strings, Blues Pills had a ready-made get-out-jail-free card if required. Thankfully, it’s not needed and it goes back to the bottom of the pile, for ‘Holy Moly!’ …

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