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Obituary ‘Slowly We Rot’ – Review

Obituary ‘Slowly We Rot’ Roadrunner Records 1989 Death Metal There has always been a lot of focus on Bay Area thrash scene, but by the late 1980’s, the Florida Tampa Bay death metal scene was burgeoning with bands like Morbid Angel, Deicide and Obituary. These bands helped to refine and pioneer the death metal sound

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

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

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