August 10, 2020

Mayhem – Daemon (Century Media Records)

More than 5 years have passed since Mayhem last released new material, with Esoteric Warfare and, to say the anticipation was high, would be an understatement. Daemon appears to be the second full-length album with heavy contribution in the composing department from The Konsortium and Nidingr axeman Teloch, who was not afraid to dig deep..

MAINHORSE – MAINHORSE (Esoteric)

What's this? It's the sound of a massively distorted guitar, fuzzed up to the psychedelic eyeballs and dying to run amok over the record ... Sometimes you just look at an album and you know exactly what it's going to sound like. Such as this one. The band's name is Mainhorse, the cover features a..

HAWKWIND – ALL ABOARD THE SKYLARK (Cherry Red)

Opener  Flesh Fondue ... might well be the best song Hawkwind have written in this millennium Hawkwind don’t lack a sense of humour. Their previous album, the serious sounding Road To Utopia, was in fact a relaxed and sometimes humorous reworking of Hawkwind classics along with brass and string accompaniment.  Now their latest effort, All..

Vanden Plas – Ghost Xperiment -Awakening (Frontiers Music)

So, how do you follow the quite magnificent and sublime Chronicles Of The Immortal World Parts One and Two, the outrageously epic sci-fi collaboration the band produced with the German author Wolfgang Hohlbein? Well, you start by taking time to recharge the batteries and then make a triumphant return, albeit a slightly delayed one, with..

Michael Sweet – Ten (Frontiers Music)

Michael Sweet is the singer and guitarist from the American Christian rock band Stryper and he was also involved with the melodic rock legends Boston from 2007 to 2011 and, yes you’ve guessed it, this is his 10th solo recording.  If you are yet to sample the wares of Michael Sweet then you are in for a real treat as he..

KXM -Circle Of Dolls (Frontiers Music)

If you like your hard rock to be direct and frill free then KXM is a band that you definitely need in your life. This thrilling and vibrant power trio is made up of the hugely talented dUg Pinnick of King’s X, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken and Ray Luzier of Korn and they gel..

Voyager – Colours In The Sun (Season Of Mist)

… ostensibly a gentle, tuneful track backed with twinkly keyboards, but try tapping your foot to it – there is an extra beat every second bar, putting the song into an overall 9/8 or some such. Aussie prog metal outfit Voyager return with this, their 7th album, and they bring everything to the party for..