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The Shams - One And All EP CD Album Review

The Shams: One And All (EP)

Melodic Rock
3.5/5.0

While I have Irish in my blood from ancestry, my knowledge of Irish slang and euphenisms is quite limited. From some scant research, in Irish Cork County slang ... [ Read More ]

Santa Cruz 2015 Second CD Album Review

Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
4.5/5.0

Stealing a page from 1987, and bands like Guns N Roses and Skid Row, is Finnish wunderkinds Santa Cruz. With their self-titled sophomore effort, the foursome revisits ... [ Read More ]

Motor Sister - Ride CD Album Review

Sacral Rage: Illusions In Infinite Void

Traditional Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

Here's another band revisiting classic heavy/power metal with some skill and creativity. From Athens, Sacral Rage have one EP to their credit, but now they arrive with ... [ Read More ]

Motor Sister - Ride CD Album Review

Motor Sister: Ride

Heavy Rock/Metal
4.0/5.0

If you know the band Mother Superior, then you're one step ahead of me when it comes to explaining Motor Sister. Most may know the band as Henry Rollins' back up ... [ Read More ]

Lonely Robot - Please Come Home CD Album Review

Lonely Robot: Please Come Home

Melodic Progressive Rock
5.0/5.0

As if he isn't busy enough. While his principal gig is It Bites, vocalist, guitarist, and composer John Mitchell also spends time with Frost, Kino, and Arena, among ... [ Read More ]

The Gentle Storm - The Diary CD Album Review

The Gentle Storm: The Diary

Melodic/Symphonic/Progressive Rock
4.5/5.0

Prolific composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen and vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen are no strangers to each other. They worked together several times ... [ Read More ]

Axemaster - Overture To Madness CD Album Review

Axemaster: Overture To Madness

Heavy/Power Metal
3.5/5.0

Ohio's Axemaster has been mucking it about in the American underground metal scene for some 30 years. Yet, it appears most of their recognition and success ... [ Read More ]

Thunderheart - Night of the Warriors CD Album Review

Thunderheart: Night of the Warriors

Heavy Metal
3.5/5.0

Thunderheart hails from Spain, born out of several successful metal bands including Calibre Zero,Steel Horse, and Wild. The band offers a trio of musicians with Willy ... [ Read More ]

Various Artists - Stoned A Pysch Tribute to The Rolling Stones CD Album Review

Stoned: A Psych Tribute to The Rolling Stones

Psychedelic Rock
1.5/5.0

I've never been a huge Stones fan, but I had a few albums as a kid and have followed their career mostly through to the Nineties. They've had an impact on so many ... [ Read More ]

Doghouse Swine - Fearless (EP) CD Album Review

Doghouse Swine: Fearless (EP)

Hard/Punk Rock
4.0/5.0

If truth be told, there are at least two musical genres that I've had a declining interest in over the last five years, passing them by for review. One is thrash metal simply ... [ Read More ]

Trauma - Rapture and Wrath CD Album Review

Trauma; Rapture and Wrath

(Traditional)Heavy Metal
3.0/5.0

Bay Area metal band Trauma's history dates back better than 30 years, with some notable highlights. They had one song on 1982's Metal Massacre II from Metal Blade ... [ Read More ]

The Storyteller - Sacred Fire CD Album Review

The Storyteller: Sacred Fire

Power Metal
3.5/5.0

As we all know, the larger European theater is rife with classic power metal bands, with Scandinavia adding more than a few of their own. It's like the abundance of lawyers ... [ Read More ]

M-Opus - 1975 Triptych CD Album Review

M-Opus: 1975 Triptych

Melodic Progressive Rock
3.0/5.0

It appears Irish progsters M-Opus, principally Jonathan Casey (vocals, keyboards) and Colin Sullivan (guitars), want to be time travelers, probably in Dr. Brown's tricked ... [ Read More ]

Prowler - Stallions Of Steel CD Album Review

Prowler: Stallions Of Steel

Traditional Heavy Metal
3.0/5.0

Here's another visit to the early Eighties. German band Prowler is revisiting the days of traditional metal born from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, only with ... [ Read More ]

Evil Invaders Pulses of Pleasure CD Album Review

Evil Invaders: Pulses Of Pleasure

Heavy/Speed Metal
4.5/5.0

Not so coincidentally, thirty years ago Canadian speed metal band Razor released Evil Invaders to some acclaim in the metal world. This month Belgium's Evil ... [ Read More ]

Bigfoot 2015 EP CD Album Review

Bigfoot: Bigfoot (EP)

Hard Rock
4.0/5.0

Bigfoot has been spotted. Nope, he's not been seen in the American Northwest, but in Manchester, England. And the large hairy fellow is playing some mean hard ... [ Read More ]

Spacewalk - A Salute to Ace Frehley CD Album Review

Various Artists: Spacewalk - A Salute to Ace ...

Melodic Hard Rock
2.5/5.0

So I get Spacewalk - A Salute to Ace Frehley in the mail a few days back. Looking at the cover, my first reaction is, How did Dimebag Darrell play for this ... [ Read More ]


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Click to read the Lonely Robot - Please Come Home CD album review

As if he isn't busy enough. While his principal gig is It Bites, vocalist, guitarist, and composer John Mitchell also spends time with Frost, Kino, and Arena, among other UK prog outfits. So he thinks, I've got a few ... [ Read More ]

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