Album Reviews

Review: Smith & Myers – ‘Volume 1 & 2’

Given how Shinedown never seem to sit still, it was inevitable that frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers would fire up their stripped-back Smith & Myers project for another outing. What came as a surprise though was the fact that the pair produced not one, but two albums. Simply …

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Review: Benediction – ‘Scriptures’

It’s been 12 years since Benediction’s last outing “Killing Music” but finally these legends of British Death Metal make a welcome return with their latest release, and eighth album, “Scriptures”. In an interview last year at the NOAF festival guitarist Peter Rewinsky described the thought processes behind going into the …

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Review: Mother’s Cake – ‘Cyberfunk!’

One look at the far-out cover art for ‘Cyberfunk!’ should tell you everything that you need to know about Austrian psych-rock trio Mother’s Cake. They like getting their freak on. The kind of band that says “fuck it!” and throws the rule book out of the window. Think Jane’s Addiction …

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Review: Devildriver – ‘Dealing With Demons I’

After their well-received 2018 Outlaw Country album; ‘Outlaws ’til the End: Vol. 1’, groove metal merchants Devildriver return to more familiar territory with their latest opus: ‘Dealing With Demons I’, and as the title suggests, it’s the first volume of a two-album project. So the first all-new original material from …

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Review: Amaranthe – ‘Manifest’

For their sixth studio album, Gothenburg metallers Amaranthe make the jump from Spinefarm Records to Nuclear Blast Records, with the result; ‘Manifest’, being a masterclass in hook-laden bombast. One of the last bands to tour before the whole world turned to shit, Amaranthe must have been walking on air after …

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Review: Corey Taylor – ‘CMFT’

Eschewing the traditional self-titled approach when it comes to naming a debut solo album, GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter, actor, and New York Times best-selling author Corey Taylor chose to put his own slant on the tradition by simply calling it ‘CMFT’. All caps. No mistaking the intent. This is an album …

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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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