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Bloodbath ‘The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn’ Album Review

Bloodbath ‘The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn’ Album Review By Adam McCann Peaceville Records - 2018 - Death Metal When Bloodbath released their 2014 album ‘Grand Morbid Funeral’ with Nick Holmes of Paradise Lost replacing Mikael Åkerfeldt who once again left Bloodbath to concentrate on Opeth; none could predict the success and critical

Hatchet ‘Dying To Exist’ Album Review

Hatchet ‘Dying To Exist’ Album Review By Adam McCann Combat Records - 2018 - Thrash Metal In their 12 years of existence, Hatchet have managed to chop their way through the metal deadwood, to prove themselves to be one of the premier young thrash bands. Unlike many of their peers who draw inspiration

Alice In Chains ‘Rainer Fog’ Album Review

Alice In Chains ‘Rainer Fog’ Album Review By Adam McCann BMG/AIC Entertainment - 2018 - Alternative/Grunge/HardRock Five years have passed since Alice In Chains (AIC) released their excellent ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’ album. This was an album that was so good, it left fans of AIC begging for more, yet following an

U.D.O. ‘Steelfactory’ Album Review

U.D.O. ‘Steelfactory’ Album Review By Adam McCann AFM Records - 2018 - Heavy Metal Over the last 20 years, many established backs have been getting in touch with their roots, playing albums in their entirety, reconnecting with ex-members or once again working with producers which made them big and U.D.O. are no exception.

Satan ‘Cruel Magic’ Album Review

Satan ‘Cruel Magic’ Album Review By Adam McCann Metal Blade Records - 2018 - Heavy Metal/NWOBHM It has been a busy year for Brian Ross, after releasing the excellent ‘Judge Not!’ with Blitzkrieg earlier in the year, Ross was back later with Satan and ‘Cruel Magic’, the follow up to the bands absolutely

Fifth Angel ‘The Third Secret’ Album Review

Fifth Angel ‘The Third Secret’ Album Review By Adam McCann Napalm Records - 2018 - Heavy Metal After beginning their career magnificently with their eponymous debut album (1986) and their following album ‘Time Will Tell’ (1989), the career of Fifth Angel came to a very quick and abrupt end in 1990. Other than

Sodom ‘Partisan’ Album Review

Sodom ‘Partisan’ Album Review By Adam McCann SPV Steamhammer Records - 2018 - Thrash Metal It had seemed that Sodom were back in the saddle in 2016 with their last studio album ‘Decision Day’. However, the success which that decent album brought was short-lived with guitarist Bernemann and drummer Makka leaving Tom Angelripper

Obszön Geschöpf – Master Of Giallo Review

Obszön Geschöpf - Master Of Giallo Review by Adam McCann Dark Star Records - 2018 - Industrial It has been five years since Obszön Geschöpf (OG) released ‘Highway of Horrors’ and during that time, Remzi Kelleci and Matthieu Merklen have been plotting their latest horror themed release for 2018 ‘Master of Giallo’.   The reason

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

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