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‘Winds Of Time: The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal 1979-1985’ – Review

‘Winds Of Time: The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal 1979-1985’ HNE Recordings Limited/Cherry Red Records 2018 NWOBHM The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) was an exceptionally fruitful time to be in a band. The punk and heavy metal scenes had spawned this movement and for the metal bands of this time,

Sodom ‘Agent Orange’ – Review

Sodom ‘Agent Orange’ SPV/Steamhammer Records 1989 Thrash Metal   To many heavy metal fans, Sodom have always formed part of the ‘Teutonic Big 4’ and during the mid-to-late 80’s, the German thrashers had built up a strong following on the back of ‘Persecution Mania’, an album which would see the band move away from their black

Leviathan ‘Of Origins Unearthed’ – Review

Leviathan ‘Of Origins Unearthed’ Independent Release 2018 Melodic Death Metal The history of Leviathan has been marred by an extended run of bad luck including huge losses of money due to problems with their previous records distribution. This sadly caused Leviathan to call it a day in 2013 and the band went on an indefinite

Europe ‘The Final Countdown’ – Review

Europe ‘The Final Countdown’ Epic Records 1986 Hard Rock/Glam Metal/Heavy Metal   Europe had risen to fame exceptionally quick, as young kids playing in Sweden, they were soon signed to Hot Records releasing their self-titled debut and ‘Wings of Tomorrow’ the following year. It was not long before Epic Records snapped up the band and thrust

D.R.I. ‘Thrash Zone’ – Review

D.R.I. Thrash Zone Metal Blade Records 1989 Crossover   Picking up where bands like Bad Brains, Cro-Mags and Dead Kennedy’s had left off, by the end of the 80’s, D.R.I. had built up a large fan base with their infusion of hardcore punk, thrash metal and attitude. Alongside their peers Suicidal Tendencies, M.O.D. and Stormtroopers of

Verilun ‘Through Fire… In The Sun’ – Review

Verilun ‘Through Fire… In The Sun’ Sliptrick Records 2018 Black/Death Metal   It has been a good few years since Verilun released their debut album ‘Home for the Dead’ in 2013. This year, the band from Hungary which plays a blend of death and black metal are back with their anticipated follow up ‘Through Fire… In

Mystery ‘Lies And Butterflies’ – Review

Mystery ‘Lies And Butterflies’ Unicorn Records 2018 Progressive Rock/Neo-Prog   Since their inception in 1986 and the subsequent release of their debut album ‘Theatre of the Mind’ 10 years later, Mystery have tread on the line between the pomp of AOR, classic progressive rock and a much more modern neo-prog sound. Although the band have generally

Drift Into Black ‘Dead Suns Under The Forever Moon’ – Review

Drift Into Black Dead Suns Under The Forever Moon Independent Release 2018 Atmospheric Doom Metal/Hard Rock/Gothic Rock   Drift Into Black (DIB) is the brainchild of former Grey Skies Fallen keyboardist Craig Rossi. After leaving the New York melodic death metallers, Rossi put together DIB releasing their debut EP ‘Shadow People’ in 2017 and continues with

Album review Queensrÿche – The Warning

Queensrÿche ‘The Warning’ EMI/Capitol Records 1984 Progressive Metal   Back in 1984, a young, small and hungry band from Seattle was infusing heavy metal with progressive rock influences. Within the year, this band would be joining the ranks of Fate’s Warning and Savatage in this budding genre. That band would be Queensrÿche, a band that

Grave Digger – Heavy Metal Breakdown albumreview

Grave Digger ‘Heavy Metal Breakdown’ Noise Records 1984 Heavy Metal   Following on from the example laid down by Motörhead, Saxon and above all, Accept, Germany’s Grave Digger helped to carry the torch of fast and loud heavy metal with their 1984 debut ‘Heavy Metal Breakdown’. As an album and indeed a band, Grave Digger have been

Lords of Black – Icons of the New Days albumreview

Lords of Black ‘Icons of the New Days’ Frontiers Records 2018 Power Metal As a band, Lords of Black had been generally overlooked until their virtuosic vocalist Ronnie Romero was plucked from relative obscurity to front Ritchie Blackmore’s latest incarnation of Rainbow. This would ultimately become a large boon to the popularity of the Spanish

Praying Mantis – GRAVITY

Praying Mantis ‘G.R.A.V.I.T.Y.’ Frontiers Records 2018 Hard Rock/AOR/Melodic Hard Rock     Praying Mantis have always managed to deftly tread the line between melodic hard rock and hard rock, achieving fame by attaching themselves to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. Due to this, the band soon found

Album review of Dream Theater – Black Clouds and Silver Linings

Dream Theater ‘Black Clouds and Silver Linings’ Roadrunner Records 2009 Progressive Metal   Following the lacklustre run ‘Systematic Chaos’ and ‘Octavarium’, Dream Theater hit back and once more found their stride with 2009’s ‘Black Clouds and Silver Linings’, debatably their best album since ‘Train of Thought’ was released in 2003. With ‘Black Clouds…’ Dream

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