September 24, 2020

Harem Scarem – Change The World (Frontiers Music)

Formed in 1987 and still going strong, the melodic rock band Harem Scarem is one of Canada’s greatest exports with their superior and ever pleasing brand of AOR. They have a couple of blips behind them especially when they changed their name to Rubber for a couple of albums around the millennium but this was..

Semblant – Obscura (Frontiers Music)

I just knew that this was going to be a difficult album for me to review when I looked at the album publicity and saw the three words that were never meant to go together, melodic death metal! I’m quite a simple person and to me, there is quite a gulf between melodic metal and..

Coffeinne – Requiem

Coffeinne show that they have the ability to write top class material...... Coffeinne is a fairly new four-piece Spanish metal band, formed in Madrid in 2015. And before you go and Google this, Coffeinne is not Spanish for “caffeine” (“cafeína” is). The word does not seem to exist in any language I’m aware of so..

Crematory – Unbroken (Napalm Records)

With 15 studio albums released in 29 years, one cannot say Crematory are resting on their laurels – the guys (and girl!) just keep on releasing new music. Coming out less than two years after Oblivion, the new album Unbroken includes 15 songs into a duration of 66 minutes. OK, I can understand the confidence..

KYROS sign to White Star Records

LONDON’S POP-INFUSED PROG ROCK QUARTET KYROS SIGN TO WHITE STAR RECORDS Pushing the boundaries of songwriting and musical experimentation, London-based pop-infused prog rock outfit KYROS have recently announced their signing to White Star Records! Home to a broad spectrum of prog rock acts such as Quantum Pig, Voices From The Fuselage and The Paradox Twin,..

True Moon – II (Lovely Records)

True Moon are a foursome from Sweden who are genuinely and interestingly different. They have created a quite enchanting blend of darkwave, post-punk, and alternative rock that eclipses musical trends - a sort of cross between an 80's mix of Siouxsie and the Banshees, early Cure, Joy Division, Sisters of Mercy, The Mission; and more..

CB3 – Aeons

"Stars above, evil below and fire in between, a trinity in peace". The original meaning of the word aeon was "life force", so this new album called "Aeons" is legitimately painting a picture of a spatial trinity! CB3 (Charlottas Burning Trio) are a wacky trio from Malmo in Sweden who have been together for five..

Photo by Mick Morton
Photo by Mick Morton

Brian Downey

It was Eric Bell who came up with the idea of Tin Lizzie, like the comic spelling. It was on a kind of a shortlist, and I remember sitting there going ‘Nah, that doesn’t sound too good…’ In my mind, I am whizzing back in time to the early 1980s. The New Wave of British..