July 14, 2020

4TH LABYRINTH – BETTER

It’s been four years now since Cambridge-based band 4th Labyrinth released their debut album Quattro Stagioni, and the release of this long-awaited follow-up is very much what it says on the tin, or in this case, in the title. This is Better. Even main man Marcel Kunkel - a larger than life personality who has..

LITTLE FEAT – AIN’T HAD ENOUGH FUN (Floating World)

Now this is a very interesting reissue, and one which is in some ways a contradiction in terms. Little Feat, as everyone surely knows, originally split at the end of the 1970s when their leader, founder and general talisman Lowell George died unexpectedly. They reconvened a few days later with reasonable if not spectacular success,..

Urn – Iron Will Of Power (Season Of Mist)

Is “unholy black worship” a style? In the case of Finland’s Urn – yes, it is. I remember these guys from as far back as 2001, when their debut album 666 Megatons (recorded in two days only!) stated quite clearly what their ethos was. With 5 full-lengths in their 25-year career, Urn cannot be called..

JOHN LODGE

Photo: Brian Aris At the end of the day, it’s just nice to get out there with the old bass and take a few of the old songs with me and sort of say to them “See, I haven’t forgotten you”. Throughout the long career of the Moody Blues, although all of the members have..

Opeth – In Cauda Venenum (Nuclear Blast)

There is a kind of divinity in the darkness that has pervaded Opeth's music in the quarter century since their debut album Orchid floated into an unsuspecting world, an unassailable character that prevents it from ever crossing into 'cheesy' territory. It's like an old, mossy stone angel in some forgotten graveyard: otherworldly and foreboding, but..

Block Buster – Losing Gravity (Frontiers Music)

Block Buster is a new hard rock band formed in Kuopio, Finland by brothers Aarni and Jaakko Metsäpelto and their biggest claim to fame so far is that they were chosen to open for Bon Jovi despite still being under the legal age to play clubs in Finland and have since gone on to support Anthrax..

The Defiants – Zokusho (Frontiers Music)

Zokusho is the second album from melodic rockers The Defiants, a relatively new band put together by vocalist Paul Laine, bassist Bruno Ravel and guitarist Rob Marcello. You may know them from their work with the American hard rock band Danger Danger with Ravel and Marcello still being members of the band and Laine having..