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Carthagods ‘The Monster In Me’ Album Review

Carthagods ‘The Monster In Me’ Album Review By Adam McCann Darkside Records Europe/Progressive Power Metal Although the band was formed in 1997, Carthagods have had the best part of 15 years before launching their well-received self-titled debut album 2015. This year has the Tunisian progressive metal band are back with their sophomore album

Astralborne ‘Eternity’s End’ Album Review

Astralborne ‘Eternity’s End’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Melodic Death Metal Astralborne were formed following a short hiatus from Hammer Horde and during this break drummer Jayson Cessna and guitarist Derik Smith decided to expand on their musical horizons; joined by Paul Fuzinski from Blood of the Prophets on bass and vocals,

Magic Kingdom ‘MetAlmighty’ Album Review

Magic Kingdom ‘MetAlmighty’ Album Review By Adam McCann AFM Records/Power Metal Magic Kingdom have never been a band to run so relentlessly on the hamster wheel of releases. In their 21-year career, the band have only mustered up five albums, but with this band, it is about quality over quantity. But still, who

Sodom ‘Out on the Frontline Trench’ – Album Review

Sodom ‘Out on the Frontline Trench’ Album Review By Adam McCann SPV/Steamheammer Records/Thrash Metal Last year, Sodom offered a tantalising prospect to their fans as classic line-up guitarist Frank Blackfire returned to the band alongside new additions Husky and Yorck Segatz. On the back of this, Sodom have unleashed three EP’s ‘Partisan’, ‘Chosen

Airbourne ‘Boneshaker’ Album Review

Airbourne ‘Boneshaker’ Album Review By Adam McCann Spinefarm Records/Hard Rock Often hailed as the natural successors to fellow Australians AC/DC, Airbourne have made a career out of being loud and crude coupled with a hard rock bar room boogie that makes it nigh on impossible to not tap that foot along to. Since

Andy Gillion ‘NeverAfter’ Album Review

Andy Gillion ‘NeverAfter’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Instrumental Metal Andy Gillion has already proven himself to be a more than capable songwriter and artisan musician within the band Mors Principium Est, easily helping the Finnish melodic death metal band to navigate the pitfalls of genericism within the genre. This year however,

Anacrusis ‘Manic Impressions’/‘Screams and Whispers’ Album Review

Anacrusis ‘Manic Impressions’/‘Screams and Whispers’ Album Review By Adam McCann Metal Blade Records/Thrash Metal     Earlier this year, cult thrash band Anacrusis announced their return to the heavy metal field. Alongside this, Metal Blade Records have re-released the Anacrusis catalogue starting with the band’s debut and sophomore album ‘Suffering Hour’ (1988) and ‘Reason’ (1990)

Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper ‘At The Gates’ Album Review

Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper ‘At The Gates’ Album Review By Adam McCann Dissonance Productions/Heavy Metal Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper (SGGR) hit the ground running in 2016 with their superb ‘debut’ album ‘Walking In The Shadows’; an album that had the potential to haul the legendary Steve Grimmett back to his rightful position as

Acid Reign ‘The Age of Entitlement’ Album Review

Acid Reign ‘The Age of Entitlement’ Album Review By Adam McCann Dissonance Productions/Thrash Metal It has been far too long since Acid Reign were last on the radar. Following their reformation in 2015, the Yorkshire thrashers released a few singles and played numerous live dates before announcing their comeback album ‘The Age of

Year of the Cobra – Ash and Dust Album Review

Year of the Cobra - Ash and Dust Album Review By Adam McCann Prophecy Productions/Psychedelic Doom Every now and then, a band appears that manages to do something just that little bit differently and that was the case when Year of the Cobra (YOTC) delivered their debut album ‘…in the Shadows Below’ back

Cult Of Luna ‘A Dawn To Fear’ Album Review

Cult Of Luna ‘A Dawn To Fear’ Album Review By Adam McCann Metal Blade Records/Progressive Metal/Atmospheric/Sludge/Post-Hardcore In recent years, very few bands have captured the adulation of the metal world than Cult of Luna (CoL). Since their self-titled debut album was released in 2001, the Swedish band have released a steady stream of

Exhorder ‘Mourn The Southern Skies’ Album Review

Exhorder ‘Mourn The Southern Skies’ Album Review By Adam McCann Nuclear Blast Records/Thrash/Groove Metal Well, what can be said about Exhorder that isn’t already known? The New Orleans band created a game-changing album when they released ‘Slaughter In The Vatican’ in 1990 that changed the face of thrash metal forever by adding the

Marisa And The Moths ‘Marisa And The Moths’ Album Review

Marisa And The Moths ‘Marisa And The Moths’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Alternative Rock/Grunge Throughout the decade, here has been quite a revival in grunge style alternative rock and although these bands are yet to reach the global grunge phenomenon of the early 90’s, these bands are comparable in both integrity,

Imagika ‘Only Dark Hearts Survive’ Album Review

Imagika ‘Only Dark Hearts Survive’ Album Review By Adam McCann Dissonance Productions/Thrash/Power Metal It has been just short of a decade since Imagika called it day, but last year, the Californian band finally announced their return. Imagika have always been a band which have released decent and consistent albums, thus, this year, the

PSOTY ‘Sunless’ Album Review

PSOTY ‘Sunless’ Album Review By Adam McCann Candlelight Records/Progressive Metal/Post Metal Formally known as Pet Slimmers of the Year, the band have moved away from this rather daft name and instead gone with just PSOTY. The Cambridgeshire band released their debut album ‘Fragments of Uniforms’ back in 2014 and since then, PSOTY have

Sinner ‘Santa Muerte’ Album Review

Sinner ‘Santa Muerte’ Album Review By Adam McCann AFM Records/Heavy Metal Following some relative success in the 1980’s, Sinner have spent the remainder of their career releasing average albums of which some are better than others. Yet, there is no denying the song writing and production capabilities of Mat Sinner, the man behind

Alter Bridge ‘Walk The Sky’ Album Review

Alter Bridge ‘Walk The Sky’ Album Review By Adam McCann Napalm Records/Hard Rock Since their formation, Alter Bridge have become one of the pillars of modern hard rock, seminal albums such as ‘One Day Remains’, ‘Blackbird’ and ‘ABIII’ cemented Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti as a vocalist and guitarist to be reckoned with.

RAM ‘The Throne Within’ Album Review

RAM ‘The Throne Within’ Album Review By Adam McCann Metal Blade Records/Heavy Metal For fans of trad metal, it is truly a golden time to be alive. This is one movement that can be looked back on with the same prosperity and love that movements such as NWOBHM and thrash get. RAM have

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