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Album review: MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP – Immortal

MSG

Nuclear Blast Records [Release date 29.01.21] You would forgive Michael Schenker if he announced he was about to step back from music for a bit and take things easy. Now 65 and celebrating not only 50 years in the business but 40 … Continue reading

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Album review: DRAGONY – Viribus Unitis

Dragony

Napalm Records [Release date 15.01.21] This is the 4th album from the Austrian Power metal crew Dragony and it is a tale from the glorious days of empire when Emperor Franz Joseph ruled. However, this is no straightforward, boring history lesson … Continue reading

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Album review: IRON MAIDEN – Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City

Iron Maiden

Parlophone  [Release date 20.11.20] Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister stated a few years ago that older bands with hit laden back catalogues were idiots to record new songs and play them live. His argument was that the fans just want to hear the … Continue reading

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Album review: THE OUTLAWS – Live At Rockpalast 1981 (CD/DVD)

The Outlaws

MiG Records [Release date 25.09.20] Back in 1981 The Outlaws were riding high on the success of their ‘Ghost Riders’ album and this show at the 1st Rockpalast Open Air Festival was the band’s debut show in Germany. Their brand … Continue reading

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Album review – VOLBEAT – Rewind, Replay, Rebound (Live in Deutschland)

Volbeat

Republic Records [Release date 27.11.20] Live music has been absent in all our lives for far too long throughout 2020 so the chance to relive the German leg of Volbeat’s 2019 tour is an enticing package to anyone starved of gigs. The … Continue reading

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Album review: RUNRIG – One Legend – Two concerts (Live At Rockpalast 1996 & 2001)

RUNRIG

MiG Records [Release date 30.10.20] A year or so ago I went along to the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow for the world premiere of the Final Dance DVD which was recorded at the band’s final show in Stirling. It … Continue reading

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Album review: NINE BELOW ZERO – Live At Rockpalast 1981 &1996

MiG Records [Release date 30.10.20] As a latecomer to the Nine Below Zero party having only caught them live in the last couple of years at the Butlins Rock and Blues Festival, this set is the ideal package to explore … Continue reading

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Album review: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – A Decade Of Destruction Vol. 2

Decade vol2

Better Noise Music [Release date 09.10.20] This album is the second ‘greatest hits’ package that FFDP have released following on from Volume 1 back in 2017. It has proved to be a very aptly timed release as it neatly rounds … Continue reading

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EP Review: NUCLEAR POWER TRIO – A Clear And Present Rager

Nuclear

Metal Blade Records [ 30.10.20] Forget G20 summits or G7’S for that matter, where better for three world leaders to meet up but in a recording studio in Colorado. The premise of this EP is that Donald Trump (guitar), Vladimir … Continue reading

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Album review: SILVERA – Edge Of The World

SILVERA – Edge Of The World

Mighty Music [Release date 16.10.20] With worldwide lockdowns and the inability to get out on tour many bands over the last few months have taken to the studio as a refuge from the real world. As a result of this … Continue reading

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Album review: DEE SNIDER – For The Love Of Metal Live!

dee

Napalm Records [Release date 31.07.20] To front a rock band takes a few special ingredients. The candidate should be larger than life, outspoken, overblown, like the sound of their own voice, have massive self-confidence and not give a flying f**k for … Continue reading

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Album review: SKERRYVORE – Live Across Scotland

Skerryvore

Tyree Records  [Release date 11.07.20] 2020 should have been a huge year for Skerryvore. The band had big plans to celebrate their 15th anniversary culminating in one hell of a party with several thousand friends in the grounds of Inveraray … Continue reading

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Album review: ALESTORM – Curse Of The Crystal Coconut

Napalm Records [Release date 29.05.20] The Perthshire pirates are back with more tales of the high seas told in their own special way, forget sea shanties we want metal! As per usual the album won’t be to all tastes, its … Continue reading

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Album review: RUSH – Permanent Waves 40th Anniversary Edition

UCM [Release date 29.05.20] Back in January 1980 Rush released their seventh studio album which met with great critical acclaim and saw the band reach their highest chart positions worldwide. That album was Permanent Waves and it was the first … Continue reading

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Album review: MYRATH – Live In Carthage

earMusic [Release date 17.04.20] Carthage has a lot of history, not all good unfortunately. It was one of the richest cities in the ancient world and was the centre of the Punic empire which proved to be a thorn in … Continue reading

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Album review: TRIVIUM – What The Dead Men Say

Roadrunner Records [Release date 24.04.20] In the uncertain world of virus and lockdown that we are currently facing it can be a joyless existence. Tours postponed, album releases delayed and little in the way of light at the end of … Continue reading

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Album review: SKINTRADE – The Show Must Go On

Ninetone Records [Release date 17.04.20] A few years back I went along to see The Quireboys playing in Glasgow, an excellent night as it always is with Spike and the guys. What made that night extra special was the support … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – TERRAPLANE – Black And White

Back in the depths of time there was a programme on Channel 4 called No Limits. It was a youth culture show presented by Jonathan King (we will gloss over that one!) and a host of new presenters. It also … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot – GRAND PRIX – Samurai

Chrysalis [1983] Back in 1983 I ventured along to my first gig on my own at the tender age of 14 to see Iron Maiden at the Playhouse in Edinburgh (Friday 13th May to be exact) and what a show … Continue reading

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Album review: BLENDED BREW – Shove It Down

Mighty Music [Release date 01.05.20] On the info sheet for this album Blended Brew are likened to AC/DC, Deep Purple and Rival Sons. Well two out of three ain’t bad as Mr Loaf once sang as I didn’t get much … Continue reading

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