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T.N.T. – XIII Review

T.N.T. - XIII Review by Adam McCann Frontiers Records - 2018 - Hard Rock/AOR/Melodic Hard Rock It has been eight years since T.N.T. released their last album ‘A Farewell to Arms’. In that time, the Norwegian hard rockers have encountered numerous line-up changes; the most important of which has been the departure for

Architects – Holy Hell Review

Architects - Holy Hell Review by Adam McCann Epitaph Records - 2018 - Metalcore It has been a tough few years for Architects. The British metalcore band suffered a huge loss in 2016 with the passing of Tom Searle; one of the founding members, lead guitarist and brother of drummer Dan Searle.

Lucifer – Lucifer II Review

Lucifer - Lucifer II Review by Adam McCann Century Media Records - 2018 - Doom Metal Lucifer arrived on the scene in 2014 following the disbandment of The Oath releasing their eponymous debut the following year to a rousing critical acclaim. Lucifer toured heavily with the likes of Paradise Lost, gaining much

Sunstorm – The Road To Hell Review

Sunstorm - The Road To Hell Review by Adam McCann Frontiers Records - 2018 - Hard Rock/AOR When Joe Lynn Turner announced in 2014 that he had assembled a new band of recognisable names and called themselves Rated X, it left many unsure on where it would leave Turner’s AOR project Sunstorm. The

Refuge – Solitary Men Review

Refuge - Solitary Men Review by Adam McCann Frontiers Records - 2018 - Heavy Metal What started as a little bit of fun for the members of the Rage line-up from 1988-1993; Chris Efthimiadis, Manni Schmidt and Peavy Wagner in their hometown, soon sprawled into a new band named after Rage’s 1994 EP

Stryper – God Damn Evil Review

Stryper - God Damn Evil Review by Adam McCann Frontiers Records - 2018 - Heavy Metal/Christian Metal In 2013 Stryper signed a deal with Frontiers Records, signalling a turning point with the band releasing some of their best work of their career and strong albums such as ‘No More Hell to Pay’ and

Saxon – Thunderbolt Tour Pt.2 Live Review

Saxon - Thunderbolt Tour Pt.2 Live Review by Adam McCann Manchester Academy 2 - 10/21/2018 Set List: Olympus Rising Thunderbolt Sacrifice Nosferatu (The Vampire’s Waltz) Motorcycle Man Predator Strong Arm Of The Law Battering Ram Power And The Glory Solid Ball Of Rock The Secret Of Flight Dallas 1PM They Played Rock And Roll And The Band Played On Never Surrender 747 (Strangers In The Night) Sons Of Odin Crusader Princess Of

Metal Allegiance – Volume II Power Drunk Majesty Review

Metal Allegiance - Volume II : Power Drunk Majesty Review by Adam McCann Nuclear Blast - 2018 - Heavy/Thrash/Groove Metal When Metal Allegiance released their excellent debut album back in 2015, the metal world expected this ‘supergroup’ of Mike Portnoy, David Ellefson, Alex Skolnick and Mark Menghi to go beyond this; either there

Primal Fear – Apocalypse Review

Primal Fear - Apocalypse Review by Adam McCann Frontiers Records - 2018 - Heavy Metal For the last twenty years, Germany’s Primal Fear have delivered a string fast paced heavy metal to a consistent acclaim. Following a slight line-up shuffle back in 2015, the band delivered one of the best albums of 2016

Diamond Head European Tour Review

Diamond Head European Tour Manchester Factory 251 October 14, 2018 Review by Adam McCann   Set List: Borrowed Time Dead Reckoning Bones Helpless In The Heat Of The Night Set My Soul On Fire Call Me Lightning To The Nations Diamonds Shoot Out The Lights It’s Electric The Prince Am I Evil? Sucking My Love   For the last few years, there has been a significant revival within the

Elvenpath – Pieces Of Fate Review

Elvenpath - Pieces Of Fate Review Independent Release - Power Metal - 2015 Elvenpath have been plodding away at the heavy metal scene delivering four albums of traditional German power metal over the last 17 years. Following on from their relatively bland self-titled third album, Elvenpath returned to the drawing board and

Manimal – Purgatorio Review

Manimal - Purgatorio Review By Adam McCann AFM Records - 2018 - Power/HeavyMetal Manimal have been pushing at the heavy metal scene for seventeen years delivering their last album ‘Trapped In The Shadows’ in 2015. It has been three years since Manimal last appeared on the heavy metal radar, but the band are

Raven – Wiped Out Review

Raven - Wiped Out Review By Adam McCann Atlantic Record - 1982 - NWOBHM Raven are not only criminally underrated, they are also hugely influential. The band helped push the boundaries already being laid down by Judas Priest, Motörhead and Venom with their self-proclaimed brand of athletic rock which would sow seeds of

Yes – Relayer Review

Yes - Relayer Review By Adam McCann Elektra Records/Atlantic Records - 1974 - Progressive Rock Although the initial reception to the bands previous album ‘Tales From the Topographic Oceans’ from 1973 had been warm, musically the band had reached saturation point with ‘Tales…’ being overblown, bloated and aimed almost entirely at a niche

Sons Of Apollo – World Tour Review

Sons Of Apollo World Tour - Manchester Academy 2 (Oct 10, 2018) By Adam McCann Set List: God Of The Sun Signs Of The Time Divine Addiction Just Let Me Breathe Labyrinth Billy Sheehan Bass Solo Lost In Oblivion The Prophet’s Song Save Me Alive The Pink Panther Theme Opus Maximus Derek Sherinian Keyboard Solo Lines In The Sand Ron Thal Guitar Solo And The Cradle Will Rock… Coming

Carach Angren – This Is No Fairy Tale Review

Carach Angren - This Is No Fairy Tale Review By Adam McCann Season Of Mist Records - 2015 - Symphonic Black Metal The Dutch symphonic black metal band Carach Angren had took the heavy metal world by surprise in 2012 with their excellent pinnacle album ‘Where The Corpses Sink Forever’. Unlike many of

Powerwolf – Sacrament Of Sin Review

Powerwolf - Sacrament Of Sin Review By Adam McCann Napalm Records/2018/Power Metal With their instantly recognisable sound, Powerwolf are one of heavy metal’s most distinctive bands. With a sound which is one-part traditional Teutonic power metal and another which is one-part pure Sabaton; Powerwolf exchange themes of tanks, war and historical themes for

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