Tag Archives: metal

Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) January – March 2018

Joe Satriani - What Happens Next

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January 12th ASKING ALEXANDRIA S/T Summerin Records AUDREY HORNE ‘Blackout’ Napalam Records AVATAR ‘Avatar Country’ BLACK VEIL BRIDES ‘Vale’ CORROSION OF CONFORMITY ‘No Cross No Crown’ Nuclear Blast FLEETWOOD MAC S/T (re-issue of 1975 album with … Continue reading

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Album review: KYLE SHUTT – Doom Side Of The Moon

Doom Side Of The Moon

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 08.12.17] ‘Doom Side Of The Moon’ celebrates 50 years of Pink Floyd by re-imagining a heavier version of ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. It’s an attempt to get inside the textural richness of Pink Floyd’s … Continue reading

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The Best of 2017: top albums, top live acts – the reviewers’ choice

The Best of 2017

Every year we ask the GRTR! Team to list their favourite albums and live acts of the year. As ever, reflecting the range of our coverage, it’s always a diverse selection that may not list the most obvious. The reviewers … Continue reading

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Album review: TANKARD – Hymns For the Drunk

TANKARD - Hymns For the Drunk

AFM Records [Release date 12.01.18] I’ve said it before and I’ll say it until I’m tits up and in the ground: Germany has produced some of the best Metal bands around. From so many varying sub genres, the German Metal … Continue reading

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Album review: BLIND GUARDIAN – Re-issues

Battalions Of Fear/Follow Me Blind/Tales From The Twilight World/Somewhere Far Beyond/Tokyo Tales’/Imaginations From The Other Side/The Forgotten Tales (compilation)/Nightfall In Middle Earth/A Night At The Opera/Live Nuclear Blast [Release date 27.10.17] German power metal band Blind Guardian have produced some … Continue reading

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Gig review: ALICE COOPER – Manchester Arena, 15 November 2017

ALICE COOPER - Manchester Arena, 15 November 2017

The release of Killer in 1971 was a defining moment in my love affair with rock and I’ve waited 40 plus years to see Alice perform with what remains of the original Alice Cooper band, Glen Buxton having passed away … Continue reading

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Album review: BARBARA BLACK – Ad Libitum

BARBARA BLACK - Ad Libitum

[Release date 18.09.17] Barbara Black (not a very Spanish name) is, by all accounts, one of the best female voices on the Spanish female singer/songwriter, rock/metal scene. A classically trained singer, as well a pianist, and make-up artist and hairdresser … Continue reading

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Gig review: MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST– O2 Ritz, Manchester, 4 November 2017

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST– O2 Ritz, Manchester – 4 November 2017

Around this time of year there are cries around the country of ‘Christmas gets earlier every year’ as the first decorations are spotted and every TV ad features snowy scenes and perfectly wrapped presents. Manchester took this a step further … Continue reading

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Album review: SCREAM SERENITY – Eye Of The Storm

SCREAM SERENITY - Eye Of The Storm

3MS Music [Release date 01.12.17] A suitably named debut from a suitably named band. I feared I might be the wrong person to review this humungous slice of unbridled power combining the weight of Maiden, Metallica and Sabbath, but with … Continue reading

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Album review: LA GUNS – The Missing Peace

LA GUNS - The Missing Peace

Frontiers [Release date 06.10.17] To be fair, I am a big fan of L.A Guns. Now before you assume that this review is going to be a one sided love fest, let me assure you that this is an upfront … Continue reading

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Album review: DEVOID – Cup Of Tears

DEVOID - Cup Of Tears

MelodicRock Records [Release date 13.10.17] Devoid is the brainchild of French guitarist Shad Mae and features vocalist Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz (Evidence One and many other guest vocal spots), keyboardist Jorris Guilbaud, bassist Ben Toquet and drummer Ben Wanders. Joining this core … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – Decade Of The Eagle

SAXON - Decade Of The Eagle

BMG [Double CD/4 vinyl 180gm LPS Release date 17.11.17] British metal legends Saxon, still going strong, released what is considered the first album of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal genre. Originally called Son Of A Bitch, the band formed … Continue reading

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Album review: ANNIHILATOR – For The Demented

[Release date 03.11.17] Annihilator’s brief rise to fame in the late 80’s early 90’s was one that helped propel heavier music into the mainstream along with bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, and many others. With a hyper aggressive aproach to … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (September 2017 – November 2017)

The Best of 2017

Albums of the Month September 2017 BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION BCCIV (Mascot) “…a set of tunes that rock up, for my money, a significant cut above ‘Afterglow’ and stand shoulder to shoulder with anything on the band’s first two albums.…This is … Continue reading

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Gig review: W.A.S.P. – White Rock Theatre, Hastings, 12 October 2017

WASP - White Rock Theatre, Hastings, 12 October 2017

Loud, brash, obnoxious, Blackie Lawless’s LA metal outfit W.A.S.P. burst on to the scene in the early 80s and were never far from controversy. Over time, however, the band evolved and their output started showing signs of growing maturity. To … Continue reading

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Album review: SONS OF APOLLO – Psychotic Symphony

SONS OF APOLLO - Psychotic Symphony

Inside Out [Release date 20.10.17] Sons Of Apollo only formed earlier this year and come labelled with the ‘supergroup’ tag, which can be a blessing or a curse – luckily a blessing in Sons Of Apollo case. The Sons Of … Continue reading

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Album review: VUUR – In This Moment We Are Free Cities

Inside Out [Release date 20.10.17] Vuur is the brainchild of former Gathering and current Stream Of Passion vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen. She is joined in Vuur by drummer Ed Warby (Ayreon), bassist Johan Van Stratum (Stream Of Passion) and guitarists … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (May-August 2017)

The Best of 2017

Albums of the Month May 2017 COCO MONTOYA Hard Truth (Ruf Records) “It’s rare for an artist in the middle of his career to push himself up to another level, but ‘Hard Truth’ does precisely that … an album that … Continue reading

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Album review: ICE AGE – Breaking The Ice

ICE AGE - Breaking The Ice

GMR [Release date 21.10.17] Many fans of 80s thrash may well remember all girl Swedish band Ice Age. Originally formed in Gothenburg by Sabrina Kihlstrand, Pia Nystrom, Sabrina’s sister Helena (later replaced by bassist Viktoria Lafsson), and drummer Tina Stromberg, … Continue reading

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Album review: GAMMA RAY – Reissues (Land Of The Free/Alive ’95)

earMUSIC [Release date 29.09.17] earMUSIC’s Gamma Ray re-issue schedule continues with the band’s fourth studio album (original released in 1995) getting a deluxe 2CD re-issue. The second disc adds three songs (including the band’s blistering cover of Holocaust’s ‘Heavy Metal … Continue reading

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