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Album review: EXIST – So True, So Bound

Exist - So True, So Bound

Prosthetic Records [Release date 09.06.17] I’ve made it no secret my undying love for all things Chuck Schuldiner (Death, Control Denied…not so much Voodookult) and even the band Cynic formed by former members of Death ranks as some of my … Continue reading

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Album review: DIAMOND HEAD – Death and Progress/Evil Live

Dissonance Diamond Head were at the forefront of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, and were influential on many, most notably Metallica, who covered several Diamond Head tracks, most famously Am I Evil. Formed in the West Midlands in … Continue reading

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Album review: HAT FITZ AND CARA – After The Rain

HAT FITZ AND CARA – After The Rain

Self release [Release date: 11.11.16] The Irish-Australian duo of Hat Fitz and Cara stand out among their contemporaries because of their hill country grooves, their bluesy minimalism, some well crafted folky songs, occasional great hooks and an essential contrasting dynamic … Continue reading

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Album review: ALESTORM – No Grave But The Sea

ALESTORM - No Grave But The Sea

Napalm Records [Release date 26.05.17] Pirate metal heroes Alestorm are back to wreck havoc! If you have not heard the folk metal shenanigans of Alestorm you really are missing out. They weave many a piratical and sea faring tale, taking … Continue reading

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Album review: BURNING WITCHES – s/t

BURNING WITCHES – s/t

BW Records/Non-Stop Music [Release date: 29.05.17] It’s a shame about the hackneyed packaging of this all-girl Swiss metal band as leather-clad goddesses and the ridiculously-penned demonic and dark subject material. Because beneath all that vaguely comedic chaff, there are some … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) July-September 2017

42 Decibel - Overloaded

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Updated 12.06.17 June 2nd ADRENALINE MOB ‘We Are The People’ Century Media DON AIREY ‘K2 – Tales of Triumph & Tragedy’ Gonzon Multimedai (limited editoion 100 copies) http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/donairey ALL TIME LOW ‘Last Young Renegade’ COLDPLAY ‘Kaleidoscope’ … Continue reading

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Interview: ORDEN OGAN

ORDEN OGAN

GRTR! recently caught up with Orden Ogan’s Dirk and Seeb ahead of the band’s upcoming album, ‘Gunmen’ which is released on AFM Records on July 7. The ‘Gunman’ video is very good indeed and will the storyline be carried onto the next … Continue reading

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Album review: THE AMORETTES – Haulin’ Ass

THE AMORETTES – Haulin’ Ass

[Release date 16.06.17] This is exactly what happens when testosterone bleeds across gender boundaries – three gal-rockers from Edinburgh, cunningly calling themselves The Amorettes – a cutesy name which suggests a motown-era backing group type deal….which they definitely ain’t !! … Continue reading

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Gig review: KISS – Hydro, Glasgow, 27 May 2017

KISS – Hydro, Glasgow, 27 May 2017

On arrival at the Hydro tonight there was a tight cordon of security following the tragedy at Manchester Arena the previous week. Whilst being searched the security guard asked if I had seen Kiss before to which I replied, yes … Continue reading

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Album review: RAVEN – Reissues

RAVEN - Reissues

Dissonance Productions [Release date 02.06.17] Formed in the mid 70s by brothers John and Mark Gallagher, initially with twin guitars and progressive rock leanings, Settling as a threesome, with drummer Rob Wacko Hunter, Raven were an integral part of the … Continue reading

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Album review: TYGERS OF PAN TANG – The MCA Years

TYGERS OF PAN TANG - The MCA Years

Caroline International [Release date 19.12.16] 5-CD box set Formed in the north east of England in the late-70s, Tygers Of Pan Tang were part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and achieved moderate success, including the minor hit … Continue reading

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Album review: RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Legendary Years

AFM Records [Release date 26.05.17] After a lot of turmoil, and a number of recent line-up changes, the new look Rhapsody Of Fire lay their cards on the table with their new album, which sees the new line-up rerecord a … Continue reading

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Album review: DANZIG – Black Laden Crown

AFM Records [Release date 26.05.17] My history with Glenn Danzig as a solo artist has been kinda iffy. I loved his stuff with The Misfits and Samhain, and the first three solo Danzig albums are stunningly brilliant. The fourth had … Continue reading

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Album review: LABYRINTH – Architecture of a God

LABYRINTH - Architecture of a God

Frontiers [Release date 21.04.17] Labyrinth seemed to have disappeared off the scene follwoing 2010′s ‘Return to Heaven Denied Pt. II: A Midnight’, however they added vocalist Mark Boals to the line-up in 2014. Then last year a reunion of founding members Olaf … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JAGUAR, GIRLSCHOOL, SAMSON

JAGUAR Power Games

JAGUAR Power Games (Dissonance Productions) Jaguar were one of the fastest and most underrated bands in the NWoBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) movement, and along with Raven would have a huge impact on the forthcoming speed metal and … Continue reading

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Interview: DIGGETH

Some bands, regardless of how big they are, what size venue they are playing or how many albums they have released just manage to grab you straight away with hard, punchy, instantly memorable rock tunes. When I wandered into Hastings’ … Continue reading

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Album review: MARSHALL LAW – Marshall Law

MARSHALL LAW - Marshall Law

Dissonance [Release date 28.04.17] If you don’t know the name, you should. Part of a second new wave of British Heavy Metal, Marshall Law formed in the West Midlands in the late 80s and had much acclaim at the time. … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ADRENALINE RUSH, BLOOD COMMAND, LIGHT FREEDOM REVIVAL

ADRENALINE RUSH Soul Survivor

ADRENALINE RUSH Soul Survivor Frontiers [Release date 21.04.17] Album number two from Adrenaline Rush, the band built around former pop singer Tave Wanning. The band have undergone a couple of line-up changes with Sam Soderlindh (lead guitar) and Joel Fox (bass) … Continue reading

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Album review: LIV SIN – Follow Me

LIV SIN - Follow Me

Despotz Records [Release date 28.04.17] Formed in Gothenberg in 2002 with a musical agenda promising and delivering “old-school metal” Swedish band, Sister Sin, made six well-received albums before calling it a day in 2015. However, two years on, lead singer … Continue reading

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Album review: AYREON – The Source

Ayreon - The Source

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 28.04.17] It’s 12 years since Ayreon’s first album ‘The Final Experiment’ and the key elements of a conceptual sci-fi story with prog rock underpinnings remain at the heart of the new album ‘The Source.’ It’s … Continue reading

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