Mentalist – A Journey Into The Unknown (Pride & Joy Music)

The hard melodic rock band Mentalist was formed in 2018 in Saarbrücken, Germany with A Journey Into The Unknown being the band's second album following on rapidly from the well received Freedom Of Speech which came out in 2020. The debut showed an exceptional band with a flair for songwriting and an aggressive power metal style..

Massacre – Resurgence (Nuclear Blast)

Massacre is a legendary name in death metal, with a history stretched as far back as 1986, so, believe it or not, the band celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. If you have followed their career, the conflicts, split-up, mud-throwing and drama between past and present band members have been almost a constant, and the..

Images Of Eden – Angel Born (Pavement Entertainment)

The American band that is Images Of Eden was formed in Pennsylvania by the singer and multi instrumentalist Gordon Tittsworth with the debut self-titled album coming out in 2001 and is an excellent and well rounded progressive metal delight. Tittsworth sang and played all instruments on the album which was a concept work about the..

Al Stewart – Time Passages (Esoteric / Cherry Red)

Last year I did an interview for Velvet Thunder with Eric Bloom and the conversation turned to Blue Oyster Cult’s most famous song, (Don’t Fear) The Reaper. Asking about its longevity, Bloom said that certain songs simply ‘have legs’ and they just keep on getting played and played until they burrow themselves into the public..

Ministry – Moral Hygiene (Nuclear Blast)

It is impossible to know where to begin when talking about Ministry. With origins in the late 1970's, the band actually began some 40 years ago in 1981 as a synth-pop act before evolving into a pioneering industrial band that has influenced too many to name. With a revolving line up which has featured artists..