So what’s in the name of a band? There’s often a good hint in a band's name of the type of music you can expect to hear. Seeing a band called Shaft of Steel put in my mind a horde of pillaging Vikings. It must therefore be some form of metal, most likely the extreme..
This is the debut album by Dirty Shirley and I wasn’t sure what to expect given that the album cover is fairly non-descript and looks like something I would expect on a modern indie album with attitude, I’m more used to the usually sumptuous power metal covers and they can nearly always tell you everything..
This is the fourth release by the Lincolnshire born singer/song writer/guitarist Jack Broadbent and I’m amazed by the scale of his voice, songs and dexterity. This whole album screams American roots with a blues bias and it is just so surprising that Broadbent is actually English as he seems to have the U.S. sound ingrained..
Marko Hietala, he of the long blonde locks and outlandish twin beards, is most known as the bass player and a (sometimes lead) vocalist with Finnish bands Nightwish and Tarot – the latter an outstanding band who were never as well known as they deserved to be. A true rock ‘n roll bass player with..
The lasting impression listening to this album is of a master craftsman who knows what he is good at and takes great joy in delivering it. If the name Jesse Damon rings a bell and you can’t quite place it then there‘s a massive hint in the title of his new album: Damon’s Rage. If..
Take Control leaps from the speakers with a riff you could boil down to make soup with... Ah yes, the NWOBHM, or New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, to give it its full name! For those who were around at the time, it really was the most tremendously thrilling time to be a metal fan...
The first thing fans of RPWL will want to know is just how similar it is to the band's output, I imagine. The answer to that is, pleasingly, close enough without being indistinguishable Looking at the cover of this promo disc, the first solo album from RPWL vocalist / keyboard man Yogi Lang, threw up..
...Medicine Man ... has every single aspect of what made the Stones genuinely thrilling in 1972 right in place. Okay, an admission here before we go any further: when I see EPs by a new band I generally tend to give them cursory attention at best. Not because of any distrust of the music contained..
With The Far Star, Apotheus have created a fascinating and original concept album that cuts across the progressive, progressive metal and melodic death genres. Put your hand up please if your favourite band is from Portugal. No takers there, I suspect, unless you happen to be a big fan of the Fado. OK, put your..
One of the impressive things about the album is the track sequencing, which juxtaposes the disparate influences of the tracks without ever making it abrupt enough to jar the flow. This is an album I’ve been waiting for eagerly since it was first mooted some months ago. For those who aren’t aware, Moon Halo is..