Archive for April 2012

Steeltrooper and Diamond Lil at Scruffy Murphy’s, B’ham   1 comment

Scruffy’s saw two fabulous sets last night from the already infamously talented Steeltrooper and the emerging raw talent Diamond Lil.  Steeltrooper’s sets are always fun and filled with drive, passion and verve and this was no exception.  New and steadfast Trooper fans were treated to the first public performance of a new song – ‘Reaper Ride’ – which was everything we’ve come to expect from Steeltrooper already – instantly catchy, fast-paced, brilliantly melodic and simply the epitome of true power/speed metal.  Confidently and cheerfully delivered, Steeltrooper always play an enjoyable set and their material just goes from strength to strength.  Frequently offering something new and always giving 100% to everything they do, Steeltrooper are fast becoming metal stars in the making.  Their debut album ‘Eternal Warrior’ is out now.  Check them out on .


Diamond Lil, a rapidly emerging blues rock talent, also based in the West Midlands, performed like true stars of the stage.  The ease and confidence with which they play is a rare gift and shows real potential for success.  The songs have some great catchy grooves and the riffs are divine.  The incredible vocal talent was effortlessly delivered with such a natural flow that it’s easy to see that these guys are headed for greatness.  There’s a smoothness to Diamond Lil’s performances that’s rarely seen and which stands out a mile.  These guys are well suited to their style and know how to capture the essence of blues rock at its finest.  Enjoyable, memorable and a much-needed addition to the world of blues rock, Diamond Lil have arrived.  Check them out on .

Posted April 26, 2012 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Ruthless – Metal Without Mercy EP Review   2 comments

Warning! Orgasmic riffs contained within!

The re-issued Ruthless ‘Metal Without Mercy’ EP is nothing short of an accomplished work of art. Beginning with ‘Bury The Axe’, this track reminded me very much of G’ ‘N’ R’ and Sabbath, in particular the echoes of ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ within it, yet it is still unique!  It’s got it all! Powered up drum rolls, life, energy, passion, great riffs just buzzing with pizazz and skilled craftsmanship.

Moving on to the title track, ‘Metal Without Mercy’, aptly titled, it does what it says on the tin! Another great start, just feel those vibes! Headed in the right metallic direction from the start. Brilliantly paced throughout. As I said at the beginning, warning! Orgasmic riffs contained within and I meant it! If ever there was a truly perfect metal song in existence, this is it! The enthralled screams of ‘METAL’ are just divine! Get some down ya!

‘The Fever’ follows on from the rest. Frenetically paced right from the outset. A magic follow up to the preceding 2 tracks. It didnt even end for me with ‘Metal Without Mercy’. Metal Majesty! Catchy as hell. The harmony is blissful. It goes like a high speed train on fire and ends with another soul-piercing scream. Ten out of ten!

Out now on My Graveyard Productions (Italy).

Posted April 6, 2012 by jennytate in Uncategorized