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Yes – Relayer Review

Yes - Relayer Review By Adam McCann Elektra Records/Atlantic Records - 1974 - Progressive Rock Although the initial reception to the bands previous album ‘Tales From the Topographic Oceans’ from 1973 had been warm, musically the band had reached saturation point with ‘Tales…’ being overblown, bloated and aimed almost entirely at a niche

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

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

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

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

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

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