Album Reviews

Review: Lords Of Black – ‘Alchemy Of Souls Pt. 1’

In the case of Chilean powerhouse vocalist Ronnie Romero, dreams really do come true. Plucked from relative obscurity by Ritchie Blackmore to front a new version of Rainbow, Romero was thrust into the spotlight and soon found himself performing songs originally performed by his idol: Ronnie James Dio. Long-time Rainbow …

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Review: Alter Bridge – ‘Walk The Sky 2.0’ EP

During any “normal” year, as soon as November hits and touring season kicks in, there is the usual glut of ‘Tour Editions’ of previously released albums. Although sometimes shelling out for the same album twice, just to get the bonus tracks, can be a thorny subject, complete-ists have to have …

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Review: Sevendust – ‘Blood & Stone’

When the annals of Rock eventually close on GRAMMY® nominated Sevendust, the common thread running through the pages will be; consistency. Very few bands hit the sweet spot with the same consistency as Sevendust, a feat that the Atlantans seem to manage with ease with each new release. The 13th …

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Review: Black Stone Cherry – ‘The Human Condition’

‘The Human Condition’, the seventh studio album from Kentucky’s finest export since Bourbon; Black Stone Cherry, is akin to moving from third gear into fifth gear by skipping fourth (stick shift reference simply to confuse our American cousins). In other words; it doesn’t hang around. It’s almost like Black Stone …

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Review: Draconian – ‘Under A Godless Veil’

Swedish Gothic Doom Metal masters Draconian return with their seventh album to date. It’s been five years since their last outing, the critically acclaimed “Sovran”, so it’s good to see them back with their new gloom laden opus “Under a Godless Veil”. For those wondering how it compares to the …

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Review: The Struts – ‘Strange Days’

‘Strange Days’, the latest album from The Struts, begins with the title-track. It features Robbie Williams on guest vocals. If no-one had told you it was Robbie Williams then you wouldn’t have guessed, which renders any criticism purely because it is indeed the cheeky chappie himself, redundant. It’s a nice, …

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Review: The Malibooz – ‘QE 2’

Given that their previous album was called ‘Queens English’, it’s only fitting that when American surf-rockers The Malibooz came to name their new album, they christened it ‘QE 2’. The roots of The Malibooz go way back to the early sixties when John Zambetti brought Walter Egan into the band, …

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Review: AshenMoon – ‘Umbra I EP’

After teasing fans with a few singles/videos here and there, AshenMoon has finally dropped their debut EP: ‘Umbra I’, and the wait has been more than worth it. Although the marquee name within AshenMoon is INXS bassist Garry Beers, this is a band in the truest sense of the word. …

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