Alive – Turned Up To Destroy (Sliptrick Records)

Well, what a surprise this album was. Again, I'm guilty of judging an album by its cover and the rather gaudy comic strip art cover told me to get ready for some 100mph glam/sleaze derivative which is fine by me but I was totally unprepared for the cultured yet aggressively hard hitting old school rock..

TOYAH – Toyah! TOYAH! TOYAH! (CD/DVD Edition) (Cherry Red)

These reissues are a long-overdue reassessment of Toyah's early-'80s output, and reaffirm just how much depth and sheer great musicianship and songwriting there was to her catalogue. The deluxe Toyah reissue series reaches its third instalment here, with this 1980 live album getting the treatment. It is slightly confusing now, as a later compilation album..

Visions Of Atlantis – Pirates (Napalm Records)

It has not been an easy ride for Austrian symphonic metal band Visions Of Atlantis. Formed in 2000, the band has suffered inconsistency in their recorded output which has not been helped by the considerable line-up changes over the years. The band’s first five albums between 2002 and 2013 had no less than four lead..

Steve Dalton – Primitive (Pride & Joy Music)

Steve Dalton is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Sheffield but he has now relocated to Sölvesborg in Southern Sweden. He released a demo several years ago called Steel City which was most appropriate for the City of Steel on which he played everything with the man who gets everywhere, Alessandro Del Vecchio, supplying the vocals..

DeVicious – Black Heart (Pride & Joy Music)

DeVicious is a quality heavy melodic rock band from Germany with Black Heart now being the band's fourth album since its formation in 2016. They have steadily built up a solid reputation for quality melodic metal but, strangely, the first three albums all featured different singers but Black Heart now sees all of the musicians..