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“Vampire” With Primeval Force – CD Review

"Vampire" With Primeval Force - CD Review (Century Media 2017) by Adam McCann Death metal and Sweden have a special relationship, from the chainsaw attack of Entombed to the more progressive flair of Meshuggah and Opeth, to melodic scene of Gothenburg that spawned bands such as At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity

“Deep Purple” InFinite- CD Review

"Deep Purple" InFinite- CD Review (earMusic Records 2017) by Adam McCann Let’s face it, Deep Purple are a bit like going back to an ex-partner. After a while of not thinking about it, something reminds you of a different time, you get that warm glow of nostalgia and familiarity before remembering

“Night Demon” Darkness Remains – CD Review

"Night Demon" Darkness Remains - CD Review (SPV/Steamhammer Records 2017) by Adam McCann Let’s face it, one of the greatest things to happen to music in the last 25 years is the dawning of the age of the internet. Years ago, you’d have to trawl through music magazines or wait for

“Astral Doors” Black Eyed Children- CD Review

"Astral Doors" Black Eyed Children- CD Review (Metalville Records 2017) by Adam McCann Astral Doors deserve a little bit more credit than they actually get. Formed in Sweden in 2002, Astral Doors play a blend of heavy metal with power metal leanings, but also have a sound that is laden in

“Helker” Firesoul – CD Review

"Helker" Firesoul - CD Review (AFM Records 2017) by Adam McCann South America has always been one of the most loyal areas of the heavy metal world. Its rabid fans have always graciously welcomed heavy metal bands in all shapes and sizes into their arms and made them feel special. It

“Sounds Like Seattle” Part One!

"Sounds Like Seattle" by Adam McCann "Part One: The story of how Seattle became the epicentre of an entire movement" In 1991, the pressure of the tectonic plates of the north-west that had been grinding against each other throughout the 1980’s gave way creating an earthquake that would be felt worldwide. This

“House of Lords” Saint of the Lost Souls – CD REVIEW

"House of Lords" Saint of the Lost Souls - CD REVIEW by Adam McCann Record: Frontiers Records 2017 There was a brief time when melodic hard rock ruled the airwaves, bands with big stage shows and even bigger hair, flashy guitar solos with lashings of keyboards born out of the love for

Fell on Black Days “Chris Cornell”

Fell on Black Days by Adam McCann Celebrating the life and career of " Chris Cornell " Chris Cornell is one of the trailblazing voices in the world of alternative rock and heavy metal with a huge career in grunge pioneers Soundgarden, supergroup Audioslave and a successful solo career that saw Chris

“Ex Deo” The Immortal Wars – CD REVIEW

"Ex Deo" The Immortal Wars - CD REVIEW by Adam McCann Record: Napalm Records 2017 Heavy metal and history have always walked hand in hand together, whether addressing war, serial killers, ancient rituals or texts, there is no denying that heavy metal fits this like a hand in a glove. As a

“Warbringer” Woe to the Vanquished – CD REVIEW

"Warbringer" Woe to the Vanquished - CD REVIEW by Adam McCann Record: Napalm Records 2017 It is very interesting and also slightly amusing how musical genres, come, go and revive, usually in a 20-year cycle and thrash metal is no different. There are always those bands which stay true to their roots

“Pallbearer” Heartless – CD REVIEW

"Pallbearer" Heartless - CD REVIEW by Adam McCann Record: Nuclear Blast Records 2017 Doom. Doom can be an awfully picky genre, from those initial rumblings from Birmingham with Black Sabbath, to those that trail blazed the scene such as Candlemass, Trouble, Pentagram and Saint Vitus. Post this, Doom made love with many

“Havok” Conformicide – CD REVIEW

"Havok" Conformicide - CD REVIEW by Adam McCann Record: Century Media Records 2017 It has been in and around 30 years since the brutality of thrash metal owned the world and although many of the bands changed their sound when the decade tipped over to the 90’s, it is undeniable the sheer

“Thunder” Rip It Up – CD REVIEW

"Thunder" Rip It Up - CD REVIEW by Adam McCann Record: EarMusic Records 2017 Thunder are a band that over the course of their careers have split up, reformed, disbanded and once again reformed. This time, it looks like Thunder are back for good and although this saying will haunt them forever;

“Bloodbound” War of Dragons – CD REVIEWS

"Bloodbound" War of Dragons - CD REVIEW by Adam McCann Record: AFM Records 2017 Throughout Heavy Metal history, there are certain countries that helped shape the sound we know today. The UK gave us Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, the USA passed on Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer with Germany offering

“Lynch Mob” Wicked Sensation – CD REVIEWS

"Lynch Mob" Wicked Sensation - CD REVIEW by Adam McCann Record: Elektra Records 1990 Sometimes Heavy Metal is so incestuous that it makes the Game of Thrones franchise blush. In the grand scheme of Heavy Metal family trees, it is so easy to get lost within who is in what, who was

“Blaze Bayley” Endure and Survive – Cd Review

""Blaze Bayley" Endure and Survive - CD REVIEW by Adam McCann Record: Blaze Bayley Recordings 2017 Since the disbandment of Blaze 10 years ago, Blaze Bayley returned in 2008 with his ‘new’ band writing and performing under the recognisable name, Blaze Bayley. Ask any Heavy Metal fanatic what the name Blaze Bayley

“Battle Beast” Bringer of Pain – CD REVIEW

"Battle Beast" Bringer of Pain - CD REVIEW by Adam McCann Record: Nuclear Blast Records 2017 Out of all the Nordic countries, it is safe to assume that Finland have a cornucopia of melancholy, cold, sadness and minor chords that run deep into its heavy metal roots. Finland is the country responsible

“Sanctuary” Inception – CD REVIEW

"Sanctuary" Inception - CD REVIEW by Adam McCann Record: Century Media Records 2017 Think of Sanctuary and what do you think of? The movie from the 1970’s, Logan’s Run? Or the band that are named after this? Or do you think of the powerful cover to Sanctuary’s 1988 debut album Refuge Denied?

“Majesty” Rebels – CD REVIEW

"Majesty" Rebels  - CD REVIEW by Adam McCann Record: NoiseArt Records 2017 There are two sides to the Power Metal coin, there are those bands which take their influences from the likes of Stratovarius and Helloween and then, there is Manowar. Manowar take no prisoners, why do with a guitar what you

“Iron Reagan” Crossover Ministry – CD REVIEW

"Iron Reagan" Crossover Ministry - CD REVIEW by Adam McCann Record: Relapse Records 2017 Cast your mind back into the midst of time when different sides of the coin started to push into more extreme territories. Both Thrash Metal and Hardcore Punk took their respective origin points and turned up the violence

Buyers Guide – Megadeth

Buyers Guide - Megadeth by Adam McCann Dave Mustaine and co took the Thrash Metal rules and re-wrote it to fit them. Megadeth were selling… and we were buying! The ‘Big 4’, that age old quadrant of Thrash Metal, the one that causes so many debates with your friends, acquaintances and colleagues.

“Striker” 2017 – CD REVIEW

"Striker" 2017 - CD REVIEW by Adam McCann Record: Breaking Records 2017 One of the best things to happen to Heavy Metal in the last 10 years is the rise of bands playing a more Traditional Heavy Metal sound. These bands have taken their inspiration from the likes of Judas Priest, Iron

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