Author Archives: Phil Berisford

Album review: BILLY SHERWOOD – Citizen

BILLY SHERWOOD – Citizen

Frontiers Records [Release date 06.11.15] Billy Sherwood, man of many talents and currently bassist for Yes, has assembled an impressive cast of guest musicians for his “Citizen” album…but the question has to be can it deliver when so many of … Continue reading

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Album review: DANZIG – Skeletons

DANZIG – Skeletons

AFM Records [Release date 27.11.15] “Skeletons” is Glenn Danzig’s first studio release since “Deth Red Saboath” back in 2010 and it is an album of covers of songs that have influenced his career. The songs were supposedly recorded at various … Continue reading

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Album review: GAMA BOMB – Untouchable Glory

GAMA BOMB – Untouchable Glory

AFM Records [Release date 30.10.15] “Untouchable Glory” is the fifth album from Northern Ireland’s answer to vintage Anthrax, namely Gama Bomb. The band formed back in 2002 in Newry and bonded over a love of obscure thrash bands and zombies. … Continue reading

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Album Review: 21OCTAYNE – 2.0

21OCTAYNE – 2.0

AFM Records [Release date 25.09.15] 21Octayne are back with their sophomore album, thoughtfully titled “2.0”, a mere 16 months after their superb debut “Into The Open”. The line-up for “2.0” remains unchanged apart from the loss of bassist Andrew Lauer…so … Continue reading

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Album review: ROYAL HUNT – XIII : Devil’s Dozen

ROYAL HUNT – XIII : Devil’s Dozen

Frontiers Records [Release date 21.08.15] Danish progressive metal kings Royal Hunt return with “Devil’s Dozen” which is, surprise surprise, their 13th studio album. The man behind Royal Hunt and its music always has been (and always will be) keyboard maestro … Continue reading

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Album review: PRAYING MANTIS – Legacy

PRAYING MANTIS – Legacy

Frontiers Records [Release date 21.08.15] Praying Mantis were always lumped in with the NWOBHM but they were always more of a melodic rock band and “Legacy”, their 10th if you include the one issued under the Stratus banner in 1984, … Continue reading

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Album Review: – STAHLMANN – CO2

AFM Records [release date 28.08.15] Another AFM release and another German band I’ve never heard of…”CO2” is Stahlmann’s fourth studio album and follows on from “Adamant”, which made number 34 in the German album charts, back in 2013. Stahlmann were … Continue reading

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Album Review: – PYOGENESIS – A Century In The Curse Of Time

AFM Records [release date 14.08.15] Pyogenesis are back with “A Century In The Curse Of Time”…their first studio album in over 13 years…but as I’ve never heard of them this isn’t really much of a concern. The accompanying press release … Continue reading

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Album review: CONSTANCIA – Final Curtain

CONSTANCIA – Final Curtain

MelodicRock Records [Release date 10.07.15] Swedish melodic rock band Constancia are back with their sophomore album ‘Final Curtain’ a full 6 years after their debut ‘Lost and Gone’ was released back in 2009. The band was formed back in 2007 … Continue reading

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Album review: VINDICTIV – World of Fear

VINDICTIV – World of Fear

MelodicRock Records [Release date 10.07.15] Swedish neo-classical metal band Vindictiv return with their fourth album, “World of Fear”, and their first with well-travelled vocalist Mark Boals. Guitarist Stefan Lindholm, keyboard player Pontus Larsson and bassist Nalle Påhlsson have been in … Continue reading

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Album review: S.A.Y – Orion

S-A-Y - Orion

MelodicRock Records [Release date 22.05.15] S.A.Y are Swedish and ‘Orion’ is yet another melodic rock record from the Scandinavian melodic rock factory that keeps churning out releases like it was 1986 all over again. Who are S.A.Y then?  Perhaps friends … Continue reading

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Album review: ROOM EXPERIENCE – Room Experience

ROOM EXPERIENCE – Room Experience

MelodicRock Records [Release date 22.05.15] First thing’s first…Room Experience…what an absolutely awful name for a band!!! Let’s hope the music improves things… Who are Room Experience then?…well it’s the name for Italian keyboard player Gianluca Firmo’s solo project which features … Continue reading

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Album review: THE V – Now Or Never

THE V – Now Or Never

Frontiers Records [Release date 03.07.15] Who is ‘The V’ then? Why it’s non-other than Benedictum screamer Veronica Freeman and ‘Now Or Never’ is her debut solo album where she ventures away from her traditional style of lead vocals. Helping Veronica … Continue reading

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Album review: CHAOS MAGIC – Chaos Magic

CHAOS MAGIC – Chaos Magic

Frontiers Records [Release date 03.07.15] Chaos Magic is the band created by Frontiers as a showcase for Chilean vocalist Caterina Nix (Aghonya anyone?) with all song writing duties being supplied by that man Timo Tolkki…does he ever stop? First we … Continue reading

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Album review: ANZI – Black Dog Bias

ANZI - Black Dog Bias

Chemical Music Enterprises [Release date 22.06.15] “Black Dog Bias” is the sophomore album from London-based Finnish musician Anzi…who’s he then? Well he used to be the vocalist in Finnish punk rockers Stereo Junks! Nope that doesn’t help… well he used … Continue reading

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Album review: BEAUVOIR/FREE – American Trash

BEAUVOIR/FREE – American Trash

Frontiers Records [Release date 05.06.15] “American Trash” by Beauvoir/Free is a Crown of Thorns album in all but name and is a welcome return to the classic melodic rock sound of yesteryear. Jean Beauvoir, he of the impressive ever-present white … Continue reading

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Album review: BURNING POINT – Burning Point

BURNING POINT – Burning Point

AFM Records [Release date 12.06.15] Burning Point are yet another of AFM’s roster that I have never heard of! Burning Point are a metal band from Finland and this self-titled album is actually their sixth studio release but their first … Continue reading

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Album review: CAIN’S OFFERING – Stormcrow

CAIN’S OFFERING – Stormcrow

Frontiers Records [Release date 15.05.15] Cain’s Offering are a Finnish power metal super-group of sorts and “Stormcrow” is actually their second studio album following on from “Gather The Faithful” that was released back in 2009. The brains behind the band … Continue reading

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Album Review: – A LIFE DIVIDED – Human

AFM Records [release date 10.04.15] A Life Divided are another one of those European bands that I’ve never heard of but new album “Human” is actually their fifth studio release following on the heels of “The Great Escape” released in … Continue reading

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Album review: IMPELLITTERI – Venom

Frontiers Records [release date 17.04.15] Venom is the tenth studio album from Impellitteri and their first since “Wicked Maiden” back in 2009. My last dealings with Chris Impellitteri, however, were way back in 1988 with his debut “Stand In Line” … Continue reading

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