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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

Chris Cornell – Euphoria Morning Album Review

Chris Cornell - Euphoria Morning Album Review by Adam McCann Label : A&M Records Year : 1999 Sweet Euphoria In the time following the dissolution of Soundgarden and the formation of Audioslave, Chris Cornell took a step into a solo career – a move that in the future would pay dividends, but in 1999 Cornell

Heidevolk – Vuur Van Verzet Album Review

Heidevolk - Vuur Van Verzet Album Review by Adam McCann Label : Napalm Records Year : 2018 Heidevolk retake old ground In a way, Heidevolk separate themselves from their peers in folk metal by singing more of their locality than your bog standard Scandinavian Viking themes. Hailing from the Netherlands, what you get with this

Ram – Rod Album Review

Ram - Rod Album Review By Adam McCann Label : Metalblade Records Year : 2017 Battering Ram Two years have passed since Ram released their previous studio album ‘Svbersvm’ which took the template laid down on their debut ‘Forced Entry’ and expanded it making Ram one of the hottest bands from Sweden with that classic

Powertrip – Nightmare Logic Album Review

Powertrip - Nightmare Logic Album Review by Adam McCann Label : Southern Lord Records Year : 2017 Today is your lucky day Following the release of their superb debut album ‘Manifest Decimation’, Power Trip have returned 4 years later with their follow up album ‘Nightmare Logic’. The fact that ‘Manifest Decimation’ was that good had

Sons Of Apollo – Psychotic Symphony Review

Sons Of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony Album Review by Adam McCann Label : InsideOut Music Year : 2017 Opus Maximus It’s nothing new, another year and Mike Portnoy announces a new band/project in some seemingly vain attempt to capture the former glory of Dream Theater. So here we are, 2017 and enter Sons of

Anvil – Plugged In Permanent Review

Anvil - Plugged In Permanent Album Review by Adam McCann Label : SPV/Steamhammer Records Year : 1996 Crank it to 11 Lips has stated in several interviews that if it wasn’t for Germany and Scandinavia during the 90’s then Anvil would have gone their separate ways. It was these countries love of heavy metal

Corrosion Of Conformity – No Cross, No Crown Review

 Corrosion Of Conformity - No Cross, No Crown Album Review by Adam McCann Label : Nuclear Blast Records Year : 2018 Corrosion of Conformity find their stride again It’s been awhile since Corrosion of Conformity (CoC) have fully been together under an ‘original line-up’ guise, but since their self-titled album in 2014, the band

Anvil – Pound for Pound Review

Anvil - Pound for Pound Album Review by Adam McCann Label : SPV/Steamhammer Year : 1988 Pounding the world By the late 80’s, Anvil should have been capitalising on their frankly, brilliant albums, however a lacklustre first release on a major label in 1987 with ‘Strength of Steel’ applied unwanted pressure as their peers

Motorhead – Rock N Roll Review

Motorhead - Rock N Roll Album Review by Adam McCann Label : GWR Records Year : 1987 Oh Lord, look down upon these people of Motörhead The tides had turned for Motörhead, the decade had begun at the top of their game with ‘Ace of Spades’, but by 1987, the band had lost its

Cavalera Conspiracy – Psychosis Review

Cavalera Conspiracy - Psychosis Album Review by Adam McCann Label : Napalm Records Year : 2017 From beneath the underground slums of a Third World… The best thing about Cavalera Conspiracy is that it is Max and Igor doing what they are good at and what they do best. There is no pressure with

Bolt Thrower – The IVth Crusade Review

Bolt Thrower - The IVth Crusade Album Review by Adam McCann Label : Earache Records Year : 1992 Where Next to Conquer? By 1992, Bolt Thrower had established themselves as the authority on military themed death metal. Taking their album title from the failed Fourth Crusade in which the Christian Crusaders decided to pillage

Anvil – Worth The Weight Review

Anvil - Worth The Weight Album Review by Adam McCann Label : SPV/Steamhammer Year : 1992 An overlooked gem in the Anvil catalogue After a steady stream of albums and back to back releases of ‘Strength of Steel’ and ‘Pound for Pound’, Anvil took some time to release their next album and as always

Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse Review

Watain - Trident Wolf Eclipse Album Review by Adam McCann Label : Century Media Records Year : 2018 The Sun is Eclipsed by the Wolf Watain have carried the torch of true black metal since the turn of the millennium and now 18 years on, the band have delivered their sixth album ‘Trident Wolf

Saxon Thunderbolt – Album Review

Saxon Thunderbolt Silver Lining Music 2018 The God’s Have Sent a Sign For England, Saxon should be considered a national treasure, against the tides of time they have held the vanguard regardless of trends and heavy metal fads. Debatably, this thankless task has often led to Saxon becoming overlooked in the community, but gratefully

Europe – Walk The Earth Album Review

  Europe - Walk The Earth Album Review by Adam McCann   Band : Europe Album : Walk The Earth Hell And Back Recordings 2017 Unlike the endless rock compilations containing ‘The Final Countdown’ would have you believe. Gone are the big 80’s pomp sounding keyboards and pop driven melodies, replaced by a 70’s hard rock

Beast In Black – Berserker Album Review

Beast In Black - Berserker Album Review by Adam McCann   Band : Beast In Black Album : Berserker Nuclear Blast 2017 Following the departure of the creative department in Battle Beast; Anton Kabanen joined forces with fellow band mate from Wisdom Máté Molnár and using their power of lycanthropy formed Beast In Black, releasing

Annihilator – For The Demented Album Review

Annihilator - For The Demented Album Review by Adam McCann   Band : Annihilator Album : For The Demented Silver Lining Music 2017 Annihilator have come a long way since ‘Alice in Hell’ back in 1989 with Mr. Annihilator himself, Jeff Waters going through somewhere in the ballpark of 1000 members over the course of

Running Wild – Under Jolly Roger Album Review

Running Wild - Under Jolly Roger Album Review by Adam McCann   Band : Running Wild Album : Under Jolly Roger Noise Records 1987 1987 proved to be quite a significant turning point for Running Wild. The band made the conscious decision to move away from the relatively en vogue Satanic themes of mid 80’s

Alice Cooper – Raise Your Fist And Yell Album Review

Alice Cooper - Raise Your Fist And Yell Album Review by Adam McCann Band : Alice Cooper Album: Raise Your Fist And Yell MCA Records 1987 Following the success of Alice Cooper’s comeback album ‘Constrictor’ in 1986, the master of horror vaudeville decided to strike whilst the iron was hot and capitalise on the

The Haunted – Strength In Numbers Album Review

The Haunted - Strength In Numbers Album Review by Adam McCann It’s been a bit of a hard road for The Haunted since 2012. Following the departure of long term members, the band has struggled to find the stride they had with 2011’s ‘The Unseen’, even the return of vocalist Marco

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