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Saxon – Thunderbolt Special Tour Edition Review

Saxon - Thunderbolt Special Tour Edition Review By Adam McCann Silver Lining Music 2018 Earlier this year, the team here at Metalheads Forever reviewed ‘Thunderbolt’, the latest album from the mighty Saxon. So, as six months have passed since the album was released in early February, the question is this; did we get

Iron Maiden The Legacy of the Beast Tour concert review

Iron Maiden The Legacy of the Beast Tour Manchester Arena 06/08/2018   Set List: Aces High Where Eagles Dare 2 Minutes to Midnight The Clansman The Trooper Revelations For the Greater Good of God The Wicker Man Sign of the Cross Flight of Icarus Fear of the Dark The Number of the Beast Iron Maiden The Evil

Grand Magus -Hammer of the North albumreview

Grand Magus ‘Hammer of the North’ Roadrunner Records 2010 Heavy Metal   Following the success of their previous album ‘Iron Will’ in 2008, Grand Magus found themselves on a roll. This well received album paved the way for a high profile move for the band to Roadrunner Records and the subsequent release of ‘Hammer of the

Bloodbound – Tabula Rasa albumreview

Bloodbound ‘Tabula Rasa’ Blistering Records 2009 Power Metal   When Bloodbound released their third album ‘Tabula Rasa’, it was their announcement to the heavy metal community that the band were now on the world stage and even though the band have been plagued by numerous line-up changes; a fact that would not be solved with this

Album review Queensrÿche – The Warning

Queensrÿche ‘The Warning’ EMI/Capitol Records 1984 Progressive Metal   Back in 1984, a young, small and hungry band from Seattle was infusing heavy metal with progressive rock influences. Within the year, this band would be joining the ranks of Fate’s Warning and Savatage in this budding genre. That band would be Queensrÿche, a band that

Grave Digger – Heavy Metal Breakdown albumreview

Grave Digger ‘Heavy Metal Breakdown’ Noise Records 1984 Heavy Metal   Following on from the example laid down by Motörhead, Saxon and above all, Accept, Germany’s Grave Digger helped to carry the torch of fast and loud heavy metal with their 1984 debut ‘Heavy Metal Breakdown’. As an album and indeed a band, Grave Digger have been

Lords of Black – Icons of the New Days albumreview

Lords of Black ‘Icons of the New Days’ Frontiers Records 2018 Power Metal As a band, Lords of Black had been generally overlooked until their virtuosic vocalist Ronnie Romero was plucked from relative obscurity to front Ritchie Blackmore’s latest incarnation of Rainbow. This would ultimately become a large boon to the popularity of the Spanish

Praying Mantis – GRAVITY

Praying Mantis ‘G.R.A.V.I.T.Y.’ Frontiers Records 2018 Hard Rock/AOR/Melodic Hard Rock     Praying Mantis have always managed to deftly tread the line between melodic hard rock and hard rock, achieving fame by attaching themselves to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. Due to this, the band soon found

Kobra and the Lotus – Prevail II albumreview

Kobra and the Lotus ‘Prevail II’ Napalm Records 2018 Heavy Metal   Back in 2016, Kobra and the Lotus (KATL) announced that their next release would not just be a single album, but two separate albums; ‘Prevail I’ being released in 2017 with its counterpart being released a year later in 2018. With this knowledge in

Album review of Dream Theater – Black Clouds and Silver Linings

Dream Theater ‘Black Clouds and Silver Linings’ Roadrunner Records 2009 Progressive Metal   Following the lacklustre run ‘Systematic Chaos’ and ‘Octavarium’, Dream Theater hit back and once more found their stride with 2009’s ‘Black Clouds and Silver Linings’, debatably their best album since ‘Train of Thought’ was released in 2003. With ‘Black Clouds…’ Dream

Album review New Model Army – No Rest For The Wicked

New Model Army ‘No Rest For The Wicked’ EMI Records 1985 Post-Punk   The advent of punk had been a real shake up to the musical system. It’s evolution into new wave and eventually post-punk meant that bands could fully experiment with different musical genres without falling completely out of the umbrella that made

Gary Moore – Corridors Of Power Album Review

Gary Moore - Corridors Of Power Album Review By Adam McCann Virgin Records/1982/Hard Rock Following a few ventures with Thin Lizzy, Greg Lake and G-Force, Gary Moore returned to his solo band releasing ‘Corridors of Power’ in 1982. Unlike his first solo album which was more blues orientated, ‘Corridors…’ was more in-line with

W.E.T. – Earth Rage Album Review

W.E.T. - Earth Rage Album Review By Adam McCann Frontiers Records/2018/AOR/Melodic Hard Rock Formed by leading names in the melodic hard rock sphere, W.E.T. take their name from their respective founding members bands, Robert Säll from Work of Art, Erik Mårtensson of Eclipse and Jeff Scott Soto from Talisman. The band released their

Blitzkrieg – Judge Not Album Review

Blitzkrieg - Judge Not Album Review By Adam McCann Mighty Music/2018/Heavy Metal/NWBOHM Brian Ross has been one busy man over the last few years, tours with both Blitzkrieg and Satan, alongside albums and EP’s has kept one of heavy metal’s most influential men exceptionally busy. With rumours abound of a new Satan album

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

Lights Out – Celebrating 50 Years of UFO

Lights Out - Celebrating 50 Years of UFO By Adam McCann To last 10 years in this business requires some serious guile, but to survive for 50 years? That takes some serious staying power and UFO have shown time and time again that they are not going to lie down and die.

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

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