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Venom Inc. ”Avé” CD REVIEW

Venom Inc. "Avé" by Adam McCann Nuclear Blast Records 2017 Welcome to Hell, Again Unfortunately, we live in a time where ex-friends and former band mates can no longer reconcile and put aside their differences. When this occurs, we often see splinter bands forming, the most famous of which being Oliver/Dawson Saxon, Martin

Mr. Big ”Defying Gravity” CD REVIEW

Mr. Big "Defying Gravity" by Adam McCann Frontiers Records 2017 Nostalgia Trip for Mr. Big There was a brief time in 1992 when Mr. Big ruled the airwaves and even grunge at its pinnacle could not touch the Los Angeles hard rockers. In 1991, Mr. Big released their colossal album ‘Lean Into It’

Alice Cooper ”Paranormal” CD REVIEW

Alice Cooper  "Paranormal" Adam McCann earMusic Records 2017 The Sound of A is Everywhere Alice Cooper has had a career in the music business stretching over 50 years, from nuggets of 60’s garage rock, through psychedelic musings to public enemy number one in the 70’s. At one time, Alice Cooper scared your parents

Decapitated ”Anticult” CD REVIEW

Decapitated "Anticult" by Adam McCann Nuclear Blast Records 2017 Decapitated lose their head a little early Decapitated are one of the leading names in the Polish death metal scene and although tragedy has stalked the band throughout their career, the band have continued to do what they do best since their reincarnation in

“Voodoo Six” CD REVIEW

"Voodoo Six" Make Way for the King by Adam McCann White Knuckle Records 2017 As a band, Voodoo Six have been plugging away at the music scene since their inception in 2003 and during this time they have achieved a limited success, particularly in their home country of England.  Voodoo Six are

Van Halen “Diver Down” CD REVIEW

Van Halen "Diver Down" by Adam McCann Warner Bros Records 1982 Van Halen achieved fame on the back of electrifying live performances through the virtuosity of guitarist Edward Van Halen who pioneered the tapping technique and the roguishly good looking charms of vocalist David Lee Roth. Quickly snapped up by Warner

Accept ”The Rise of Chaos” CD REVIEW

"Accept" The Rise of Chaos by Adam McCann Nuclear Blast Records 2017 Analog Men Ruling a Digital World Accept are arguably much more integral to the development of German heavy metal than Scorpions and with the arrival of ‘Breaker’, ‘Restless and Wild’ and ‘Balls to the Wall’, Accept had truly found their stride

“Kobra And The Lotus” CD REVIEW

"Kobra and the Lotus" by Adam McCann Released through : Napalm Records  May 12 2017 Na na na na na na na na na na na, Batman Metal! It is a bold move to release a double album or an album of two parts, several bands have done this in the past to

Prong ”Zero Days” CD REVIEW

Prong "Zero Days" by Adam McCann SPV/Steamhammer Records 2017 Countdown to Zero Tommy Victor is somewhat of a legend within the circles of thrash metal, hardcore and crossover. Under his leadership, Victor has guided Prong through both the good and bad times and is the man solely responsible for the ever evolving sound

“Paradise Lost” Medusa

Paradise Lost: Medusa, Nuclear Blast Records 2017 In a career that has spanned and is now fast approaching their 30th birthday, Paradise Lost have pioneered and blazed a trail in the gothic metal/death doom/whatever you want to call it genre. Not only have Paradise Lost managed to create their own legacy with this, but

“Vallenfyre” CD REVIEWS

Vallenfyre: Fear Those Who Fear Him Century Media Records 2017 Compared to a lot of genres under the umbrella of metal, doom is very much universal and during the late 80’s in Halifax, the north of England saw the rise of Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride. These bands were both signed to Peaceville

“Orden Ogan” CD REVIEW

Orden Ogan: Gunmen, AFM Records 2017 Despite forming Orden Ogan as far back as 1996, it wasn’t until 2008 that Orden Ogan found their stride, releasing their debut album ‘Vale’. Following this rather late bloom, Orden Ogan have kept to a relatively reliable schedule, give or take a few years either side with the

A Megalith of a Release by Adam McCann

Edguy Monuments Nuclear Blast Records 2017 25 years ago, who would have thought that a bunch of German teenagers would set out to make their mark on the heavy metal world? Led by the enigmatic ball of kinetic energy Tobias Sammet, a fresh faced, happy go-lucky group of 15 year olds obsessed with the

“Adrenaline Mob” CD REVIEW

"Adrenaline Mob" CD REVIEW by Adam McCann "We The People" Century Media Records 2017 One nation, under mob In the past 25 years, it can be easily asserted that Russell Allen has generally one of the best voices of this generation, Allen is up there with the likes of Jørn Lande and Tobias

“Unleash the Archers” CD REVIEW

"Unleash the Archers" CD REVIEW by Adam McCann "Apex" Napalm Records 2017 Apex Predators Up until signing with Napalm Records, Unleash the Archers had been bubbling along in their home of Canada for half a decade before gathering worldwide attention with their 3rd album, ‘Time Stands Still’ in 2015. Although reception to ‘Time

“Final Void” Cd Review

"Final Void" Cd Review by Adam McCann "Sounds of Absence" 2017 Independent Into the Final Void Finland. Finland is the Nordic countries melancholic sibling and over the past 30 years, Finland has spawned some of the heaviest metal to date. It is a country that is proud of their heritage and their music

“Dream Evil” CD REVIEW

"Dream Evil" CD REVIEW by Adam McCann Six Century Media 2017 Six is the Antidote Some things in life just go really well together, black and white, fish and chips, chicken and mayonnaise and heavy metal and cheese. Over the years, heavy metal has shamelessly adopted many clichés and we love them, sometimes,

“Inglorious” CD REVIEW

"Inglorious" CD REVIEW by Adam McCann II Frontiers Records 2017 Inglorious make it 2 in 2 years, but is it good enough? A little over a year has passed since Inglorious released their debut album and no sooner than the tour drawing to a close was the announcement for a second album from

“Iced Earth” CD REVIEW

"Iced Earth" CD REVIEW by Iced Earth "Incorruptible" Century Media 2017 Clear the Way! It has been somewhat of a rollercoaster for Iced Earth during the past few years. Since the release of the rather average ‘Plagues of Babylon’ in 2014, guitarist and all round General of Iced Earth, Jon Schaffer had to

ZZ Top – ”Manchester O2 Apollo” 25/07/2017

ZZ Top by Adam McCann ZZ Top Manchester O2 Apollo 25/07/2017 Set List: -Got Me Under Pressure -Waitin’ For The Bus -Jesus Just Left Chicago -Gimme All Your Lovin’ -Pincushion -I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide -I Gotsta Get Paid -Foxy Lady -My Head’s In Mississippi -Brown Sugar/Catfish Blues -Sixteen Tons -Act Naturally -Cheap Sunglasses -Chartreuse -Just

Jorn ”Life on Death Road” – Review

"Jorn" Life on Death Road by Adam McCann "Frontiers Records 2017" Jorn deliver their best album in 9 years Jørn Lande has it all, the long flowing blond hair set against that powerful Viking build and that voice, conjoined of a three way battle between one third hard rock, one third heavy metal and

Inglorious II – Review

Inglorious II by Adam McCann Frontiers Records 2017 Inglorious make it 2 in 2 years, but is it good enough? A little over a year has passed since Inglorious released their debut album and no sooner than the tour drawing to a close was the announcement for a second album from Inglorious. In

The Doomsday Kingdom Review

The Doomsday Kingdom by Adam McCann Nuclear Blast Records 2017 "Into the catacombs of the Silent Kingdom" In doom and heavy metal circles, Leif Edling is regarded as somewhat of a legend. A founding member of doom metal icons, Candlemass, Edling followed on from the likes of Black Sabbath and Pentagram by forging

“Vampire” With Primeval Force

"Vampire" With Primeval Force Cd-Review by Adam McCann Century Media Records 2017 "Vampire deliver some bite" 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,

Final Void ”Sounds of Absence” – Review

"Final Void" Sounds of Absence by Adam McCann "Independent 2017" Into the Final Void Finland. Finland is the Nordic countries melancholic sibling and over the past 30 years, Finland has spawned some of the heaviest metal to date. It is a country that is proud of their heritage and their music is steeped

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