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Gary Moore ‘Victims of the Future’ Album Review

Gary Moore ‘Victims of the Future’ Album Review by Adam McCann Virgin Records/1983/Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Following the success of the previous years ‘Corridors of Power’, Gary Moore returned with his band in 1983 with ‘Victims of the Future’, an album that has all the potential to not only equal, but also to surpass

UFO ‘Making Contact’ Album Review

UFO ‘Making Contact’ Album Review by Adam McCann Chrysalis Records/1983/Hard Rock By 1983, UFO were running on fumes, years of heavy drinking and drug abuse had left the band almost high and dry, yet the biggest blow of all was about to come. Following the conclusion of the ‘Mechanix’ tour, founding member and

Kiss ‘Creatures of the Night’ Album Review

Kiss ‘Creatures of the Night’ Album Review by Adam McCann Mercury/Casablanca Records/1982/Hard Rock/Heavy Metal By 1982, it had been a tough few years for Kiss, after the pop orientated ‘Unmasked’ and the ludicrous concept album ‘Music from the Elder’ the hottest band in the world suddenly found themselves struggling in a brave new

Bloodbath ‘The Fathomless Mastery’ Album Review

Bloodbath ‘The Fathomless Mastery’ Album Review by Adam McCann Peaceville Records/2008/Death Metal It had been four years since the success of ‘Nightmares Made Flesh’, but when Bloodbath released its follow up ‘The Fathomless Mastery’ in 2008, there had been some changes in the revolving line-up. Back on the vocals was founding vocalist and

Chris Cornell ‘Scream’ Album Review

Chris Cornell ‘Scream’ Album Review by Adam McCann Suretone Records/Mosley Music Group 2009 After the success of ‘Carry On’ and ‘You Know My Name’, the song which was the theme to the ‘James Bond’ movie ‘Casino Royale’, Chris Cornell was king of the world. The bronze-skinned curly haired vocal maestro from rainy Seattle

Riot V ‘Armor of Light’ Album Review

Riot V - ‘Armor of Light’ Album Review by Adam McCann Nuclear Blast Records 2018 Heavy Metal/Power Metal Riot are probably one of the unluckiest heavy metal bands, not only have they lost a host of members to varying cancers and illness’, but they have been dogged with a host of line-up changes that would

Sevendust – All I See Is War Album Review

Sevendust - All I See Is War Album Review Rise Records Alternative Metal 2018 Since their debut album way back in 1997, Sevendust have managed to sell records by the pallet load. Fronted by the instantly recognisable Lejon Witherspoon, Sevendust surfed on the crest of the wave of the nu-metal movement, tweaking and

Suicidal Tendencies – Get Your Fight On Album Review

Suicidal Tendencies - Get Your Fight On Album Review By Adam McCann Suicidal Records Crossover/Hardcore Punk 2018 Throughout their career, Suicidal Tendencies have worked hard to become one of the seminal crossover bands and even just their name carries a large amount of honour and weight. Still led by the indomitable Mike ‘Cyco’ Muir, Suicidal

Grand Magus – Iron Will Album Review

Grand Magus - Iron Will Album Review by Adam McCann Rise Above Records 2018 Playing a blend of stoner, doom and traditional heavy metal, it took this Swedish trio a few albums to find their feet and by 2008, Grand Magus were ready to release their fourth studio album, ‘Iron Will’. This album

Sabaton – Metalizer Album Review

Sabaton - Metalizer Album Review by Adam McCann Nuclear Blast Records/Black Lodge Records 2007 Priming for War The rumblings of war for Sabaton have been in the midst since the bands demo ‘Fist for Fight’ was released back in 2000. Recorded as their debut album, ‘Metalizer’ was unfortunately withheld by the bands then record

Vehement – Ashes Album Review

Vehement - Ashes Album Review by Adam McCann Infernum Records Black Metal 2017   The south-east of England may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about black metal, but this burgeoning scene is home to many of England’s finest extreme metal bands. Counted amongst these are Vehement, who release their second

Chris Cornell – Carry On REVIEW

Chris Cornell Carry On Suretone Records/Interscope Records 2007   You Know His Name     Chris Cornell had already struck out on his own in 1999 following the collapse of Soundgarden and released his first solo album ‘Euphoria Morning’. As an album this broke the mould as to what Cornell was capable of, it showed a mournful and

Lamb of God – Sacrament REVIEW

Lamb of God Sacrament Epic Records 2006 This is a Motherfuckin’ Invitation Lamb of God are highly revered within the metal world, the band effortlessly blends the elements of groove metal alongside the harsh almost classic growls of Randy Blythe. Over the years, Lamb of God have built up a collection of strong albums including

Ministry – AmeriKKKant REVIEW

Ministry AmeriKKKant Nuclear Blast Records 2018 Al Jourgensen, he knows words, he knows the best words Uncle Al Jourgensen has never had any trouble expressing himself and this has never failed to appear when discussing the politics of the USA. These views spill consistently spill over into Ministry, usually manifesting themselves into the aggressive form

Bruce Dickinson – Tyranny of Souls REVIEW

Bruce Dickinson Tyranny of Souls Mayan Records 2005 Full Flight Bruce! Bruce Dickinson is probably one of the busiest people in the world, his list of accomplishments and hobbies are endless, but most of all he is the man famous for fronting one of the biggest bands in the world, Iron Maiden. As well as

Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs REVIEW

Orphaned Land Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs Century Media Records 2018 The Wanderer’s Return Even within their respective field, Orphaned Land are relatively unique; the Israeli band manages to blend the ethnic music of the area with progressive metal elements such as odd time signatures, virtuoso playing and exceptional vocals. It is no lie that

Bloodbath – Nightmares Made Flesh REVIEW

Bloodbath Nightmares Made Flesh Century Media Records 2004 Relentless Hunger As much as the label can be both a blessing and curse, Bloodbath are a death metal ‘supergroup’ formed by Mikael Åkerfeldt, Dan Swanö, Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse in 2002. In true supergroup style, by the release of their second album ‘Nightmares Made Flesh’,

Blaze Bayley The Redemption of William Black: Infinite Entanglement Part III Album Review

Blaze Bayley The Redemption of William Black: Infinite Entanglement Part III Album Review By Adam McCann Blaze Bayley Records 2018 Stand and Fight It has been an extremely busy three-year slog for Blaze Bayley, a trilogy of albums released and toured since 2016 is no small feat. The ‘Infinite Entanglement’ series has been some

Avantasia – The Metal Opera: Part I Album Review

Avantasia - The Metal Opera: Part I Album Review By Adam McCann AFM Records 2001 Ladies and Gentlemen… Welcome to the Show This is where it all began, by the turn of the millennium Edguy’s Tobias Sammet began to plot one of heavy metal’s most ambitious projects ever. Combining King Arthur’s realm of Avalon with

Visigoth – Conqueror’s Oath Album Review

Visigoth - Conqueror’s Oath Album Review By Adam McCann Metalblade Records 2018 Don’t Break the Oath In 2015, Visigoth managed to land one of the best albums of that year. ‘The Revenant King’ was addictively fun, it was one third Manowar, one third Grand Magus with a final third ‘Dungeons & Dragons’. In fact, ‘The

Papa Roach – Infest Album Review

Papa Roach - Infest Album Review by Adam McCann Label : Dreamworks Records Year : 2000 Infestation The turn of the millennium would prove to be the pinnacle for the nu-metal movement, multi-platinum selling albums from Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Slipknot and Papa Roach caused millions of teens worldwide to adopt baggy jeans, chains, oversized

Alice Cooper – Brutal Planet Album Review

Alice Cooper - Brutal Planet Album Review by Adam McCann Label : Eagle Records Year : 2000 Alice goes industrial Alice Cooper is one of rock and metal’s greatest chameleons, a master of reinventing himself as the tides of music turn. The mid-90’s had proved a difficult time for Alice, his 1994 album ‘The Last

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