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Lordi ‘Killection’ Album Review

Lordi ‘Killection’ Album Review By Adam McCann AFM Records/Heavy Metal 2006 seems almost a complete lifetime ago since Lordi hit international fame following their victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. Although active before this, Lordi hit a stride that saw them rise as Finland’s favourite monsters (sorry Hevisaurus) with a steady string of

Nova Charisma ‘Exposition II’ Album Review

Nova Charisma ‘Exposition II’ Album Review By Adam McCann Rude Records/Experimental Rock ‘Experimental’ is often a phrase that can have many people recoiling in fear. It is a fear of the unknown, the unexpected and the possibility of being labelled as a musical pariah, the dreaded ‘hipster’, you know the type: “oh! I

Jaz Coleman & The St. Petersburg Orchestra ‘Magna Invocatio – A Gnostic Mass for Choir and Orchestra Inspired by the Sublime Music of Killing Joke’

Jaz Coleman & The St. Petersburg Orchestra ‘Magna Invocatio – A Gnostic Mass for Choir and Orchestra Inspired by the Sublime Music of Killing Joke’ By Adam McCann Spinefarm Records/Classical For such an influential figure in music, Jaz Coleman remains somewhat anonymous. Cutting his teeth and forging his legacy with Killing Joke, the band

Magnum ‘The Serpent Rings’ Album Review

Magnum ‘The Serpent Rings’ Album Review By Adam McCann SPV/Steamhammer Records/Hard Rock Magnum are one of hard rock’s busiest bands; in the last 20 years alone, Magnum have delivered album after album of exceptional quality, ever running on that relentless hamster wheel provided by the music industry. But, with Magnum, quantity also equals

Annihilator ‘Ballistic, Sadistic’ Album Review

Annihilator ‘Ballistic, Sadistic’ Album Review By Adam McCann Silver Lining Music/Thrash Metal In a game of longevity and permanence, it is difficult to keep a consistent output and few bands fail to live up to this expectation; but for all their instability and issues, Annihilator have been relatively lucky when it comes to

Blasphemer ‘The Sixth Hour’ Album Review

Blasphemer ‘The Sixth Hour’ Album Review By Adam McCann Candlelight Records/Blackened Death Metal Hailing from Italy, it was an eventuality that a country so steeped in Roman Catholic culture would create a band such as Blasphemer. These northern Italians take a running leap at the Christian Dogma, attacking it with a type of

Midnight ‘Rebirth By Blasphemy’ Album Review

Midnight ‘Rebirth By Blasphemy’ Album Review By Adam McCann Metal Blade Records/Black/Speed Metal For a band which only ever intended to release singles, EP’s and splits, Midnight have delivered three albums of exceptional heavy metal that rattles the bones down to the core with speed metal and touches of black metal. These albums

The Old Dead Tree ‘The End’ EP Album Review

The Old Dead Tree ‘The End’ EP Album Review By Adam McCann Season of Mist/Gothic Metal The Old Dead Tree (TODT) are band that have always been wrought with inner-conflicts and ‘musical differences’, seemingly to be on a constant rotation of splitting up and reforming so much that the words “we were on

Ironsword ‘Servants of Steel’ Album Review

Ironsword ‘Servants of Steel’ Album Review By Adam McCann Alma Mater Records/Epic Heavy Metal This year has Ironsword reaching an important milestone; a quarter of a century of service to heavy metal and during this time, the Portuguese underground stalwarts have been delivering quality epic heavy metal since they released their superb self-titled

Sons of Apollo ‘MMXX’ Album Review

Sons of Apollo ‘MMXX’ Album Review By Adam McCann InsideOut Music/Progressive Metal Sons of Apollo catapulted themselves onto the scene in 2017; this band did not just boast a stellar line-up (and I refrain from using the word ‘supergroup’), but the band did what so many groups of this nature fail to do

Engine Driven Cultivators ‘Insert Coin’ Album Review

Engine Driven Cultivators ‘Insert Coin’ Album Review By Adam McCann Punishment 18 Records/Thrash Metal/Crossover For the last 20 years, Italy has been a real hotbed of heavy metal talent, these bands may not have yet reached the popular scene, but for an underground of bands keeping it real, then Italy knows where it

Revogar ‘Conqueror of the Unholy Light’ Album Review

Revogar ‘Conqueror of the Unholy Light’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Black/Death Metal When it comes to the more brutal ends of the heavy metal spectrum, Brazil has always managed to add that masterstroke of genius; bands like Sepultura, Sarcófago and Vulcano have always managed to go head to head with their

King Diamond ‘Masquerade of Madness’ (Single) Review

King Diamond ‘Masquerade of Madness’ (Single) Review By Adam McCann Metal Blade Records/Heavy Metal Who would have thought that it is has been thirteen years since King Diamond last released anything new? Where has the time gone since the King released ‘Give Me Your Soul… Please’? When this occurs, it presents a sort

Scarlet Desire – Cry For Your Name Album Review

Scarlet Desire - Cry For Your Name Album Review By Rainer Kerber Rock and metal projects are springing up like mushrooms. Modern recording techniques make it possible. And thanks to the Internet, even greater distances between musicians do not hinder cooperation. The most recent example is Scarlet Desire. Guitarist Esa Mikkola lives

Brothers Of Metal – Emblas Saga Album Review

Brothers Of Metal - Emblas Saga Album Review By David Kerber Two years after their debut, the Brothers of Metal kidnap us to Walhalla again and tell us more god stories. This time, among other things, Thor's hammer is stolen and the Valkyries ride into battle. The album begins with a spoken intro

Wicked Plan – Land On Fire Album Review

Wicked Plan - Land On Fire Album Review By Rainer Kerber Is it already being three years ago? Indeed. The predecessor “Out Of Fire” was released in February 2016. But the problems with the place behind the battery obviously slowed down the Swiss from Wicked Plan. A new label was also sought.

Human Fortress – Reign Of Gold Album Review

Human Fortress - Reign Of Gold Album Review By Rainer Kerber The history of Human Fortress dates back to 1999. One year later they won a battle hosted by Rock Hard magazine with the song “The Dragon's Lair”. A little later followed the album debut "Lord Of Earth And Heaven´s Heir". Typical

M.I.L.F. – Rolling Thunder Album Review

M.I.L.F. - Rolling Thunder Album Review By Rainer Kerber The abbreviation M.I.L.F. is quite negative. That is why the Italians also state their meaning: “Make It Long 'n Fast”. OK, there is scope for interpretation here too. That may even be wanted. The band was founded in Florence in 2010. From the

DarkTribe – Voici L’Homme Album Review

DarkTribe - Voici L'Homme Album Review By Rainer Kerber The French from DarkTribe have existed since 2004. For me the most impressive thing about the band is the stability of the lineup. Three of the founding members are still active. Only guitarist Loïc Manuello is not there from the start. But at

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