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Riot – Armor of Light (Nuclear Blast)

Riot became heavy metal legends in their own lifetimes when they produced a string of albums in the late 70s and early 80s – a time when it wasn’t unusual for bands to produce an album of shockingly good quality… Continue Reading →

Leather – II (High Roller)

A mere 29 years after her first solo album, the legendary Leather Leone returns with a follow up, backed by a group she refers to as The Boys From Brazil as that was where they were drawn together. If you… Continue Reading →

Dee Calhoun – Go To The Devil (Argonauta Records)

Perhaps best known as the voice of Iron Man, a stalwart of the underground world of Doom that has now finished with the far too early death of founder Alfred Morris III, Dee Calhoun proves that he is in no… Continue Reading →

Venomous Maximus – No Warning (Shadow Kingdom)

Texans aren’t generally known for doing things on a small scale so when it comes to generosity with classic sounding riffs we should be able to expect something big from the Lone Star state. Venomous Maximus bring in said generosity… Continue Reading →

Avatarium – Hurricanes and Halos (Nuclear Blast)

Jeez Leif – take a break man! I’ve only just reviewed Candlemass (and the rest…) bassist Leif Edling’s impressive Doomsday Project album earlier this year and here’s a new Avatarium album vying for attention. I’m sure right now he’s working… Continue Reading →

Crystal Viper – Queen Of The Witches (AFM)

When I found myself originally pointed in the direction of Crystal Viper’s debut by Russ Smith I never really looked back. Apart from the fact they look perfect as a heavy metal band (y’know, those band pictures where you can’t… Continue Reading →

Civil War – The Last Full Measure (Napalm Records)

It’s the third album from Sabaton refugees Civil War (What? At least I didn’t call them “Sabaton 2.0”, “Sabaton Lite” or “Diet Sabaton” as I’ve seen them referred to by other, harsher reviewers!). So let’s get that out of the… Continue Reading →

Charred Walls Of The Damned – Creatures Watching Over The Dead (Metal Blade)

Charred Walls Of The Damned, who some might refer to as a “supergroup” have delivered their third album albeit after a five year break. Certainly, the collective CV’s of the band members name check some of heavy metal’s finest –… Continue Reading →

The Dead Daisies – Make Some Noise (SPV)

Every few years or so, there always seems to be a huge influx of musicians already in bands looking to collaborate with each other for various reasons. Some of these collaborations become fully fledged bands with a life of their… Continue Reading →

Inishmore: The Lemming Project (Dark Wings)

Inishmore hail from Baden, Switzerland and have been kicking around for quite some time in one form or another. The band existed round the turn of the 2000’s with three releases under their belt but they disbanded in 2009. Reforming… Continue Reading →

Primitai – Night Brings Insanity (S/R)

Now this is a heart-warming listen and then some. Boasting a denim-and-leather fuelled assault of unashamed melodic metal, this Berkshire-based five-piece have chosen to roar out of the traps all guns blazing with their fourth full-length. Polished and professional, there’s… Continue Reading →

Mob Rules – Tales From Beyond (SPV)

Formed in 1994, Teutonic power metallers Mob Rules have been going strong for over twenty years. Up to their ninth studio album after one best of, making their album total at ten, the six piece have honed their chops over… Continue Reading →

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