Category: 2016

Amaranthe - Maxilism

Amaranthe – Maximalism 3 (1)

I can say with some certainty that the first two Amaranthe albums were damned good. But this latest effort should…

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Erika - Deaf Dumb And Blonde

Erika – Deaf Dumb And Blonde 3 (1)

Three counts according to the album title. But Swedish songstress Erika can only lay claim to one of them. Blonde…

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Cheap Trick - Bang Zoom Crash Hello

Cheap Trick – Bang, Zoom, Crazy.. Hello 3 (1)

Cheap Trick have just been voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. It comes with a…

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Blackfoot - Southern Native

Blackfoot – Southern Native 2 (1)

Despite this new album from the legendary Florida rockers Blackfoot, this one leaves me stone cold. Sorry to introduce the…

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Fates Warning - Theories Of Flight

Fates Warning – Theories Of Flight 3.5 (2)

I think it goes without saying that Fates Warning may have outdone themselves here, when comparing this to past efforts.

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First Signal - One Step Over The Line

First Signal – One Step Over The Line 3 (1)

First Signal give us songs that sound ‘too busy’ arrangement wise. When listening to this it’s like trying to juggle…

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The Defiants - The Defiants

The Defiants – The Defiants 4 (1)

The Defiants debut album has been getting a lot of love by other reviewers. It certainly deserves it. I fully…

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Q5 - New World Order

Q5 – New World Order 3 (1)

Overall, I was underwhelmed by what was presented here. Q5 don’t really have an identity anymore. If you were to…

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Lucifer's Friend - Too Late To Hate

Lucifer’s Friend – Too Late To Hate 5 (1)

An excellent comeback that should please longtime fans of Lucifer’s Friend. Especially those who prefer their melodic side, you can…

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Heart - Beautiful Broken

Heart – Beautiful Broken 3 (1)

Heart return in 2016 with a new album and on a new label. This album is a mix of the…

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Stardust - Stardust EP

Stardust – Stardust EP 0 (0)

Great to see Eastern Europe strike again with a new AOR outfit worthy of attention. This quintet is known as…

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Foghat - Under The Influence

Foghat – Under The Influence 0 (0)

If you read the review of the 2010 album here, then essentially nothing’s changed sound wise. It’s a set of…

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Dare - Sacred Ground

Dare – Sacred Ground 4 (1)

‘Sacred Ground’ is a stirring release, and I’m very happy to see Dare return to something close to ‘Out Of…

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Anvil - Anvil Is Anvil

Anvil – Anvil Is Anvil 0 (0)

Anvil’s Steve Kudlow has taken the opportunity to write and opine about the world we live in today, on other…

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Tempt - Runaway

Tempt – Runaway 4 (1)

Tempt are a very good young band in the vein of fellow Americans Station, and from a pure hard rock…

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Treat - Ghost Of Graceland

Treat – Ghost Of Graceland 0 (0)

If you had any concerns about Treat following up the excellent ‘Coup de Grace’, those notions can be safely dispelled….

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Judas Priest - Battle Cry

Judas Priest – Battle Cry (Live) 0 (0)

No stranger to the world of redundant live albums are Judas Priest and in another stopgap move they’ve unveiled a…

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Billy Satellite - Billy Satellite II

Billy Satellite – Billy Satellite II 2 (1)

Nearly thirty years later, the 1985 Billy Satellite demos finally get an official release from AOR Heaven, but truth be…

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Existance - Breaking The Rock

Existance – Breaking The Rock 5 (1)

Fantastic French heavy metal, that’s all I will say, Existance may be the epitome of today’s modern metal, even if…

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Kansas - The Prelude Implicit

Kansas – The Prelude Implicit 4 (2)

A fair bit of time was required to absorb this Kansas effort ‘The Prelude Implicit’, as a Kansas fan you…

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