Archive for July 2017

Vescera – ‘Beyond The Fight’   46 comments

American Italian heavy-metal band Vescera formed in 2016. Their debut album, ‘Beyond The Fight’, was released in 2017, via Pure Steel Records. It’s composed of front man Mike Vescera, former Nitehawks members, guitarist Mike Petrone and bassist Frank Leone and Annihilator drummer Fabio Alessandrini. Vocalist Mike has previously provided vocals for Yngwie Malmsteen, Loudness and his own band, Obsession. All tracks on Vescera’s debut album were written by bassist Frank.

Blackout In Paradise – That’s one heavy duty, high impacting drum intro! You won’t hear that often. Hard-hitting vocals to match and the same can be said of the riffs – mega powered as they are. Everything comes together so naturally, it’s as if this band was meant to be. It’s one solid, highly crazed, energetic burst of excitement. Fun paced, lively feel, everyone giving their all. One thing’s for sure. You’re gonna want to hear more. To call it an impressive start would be a massive understatement.

In The Night – More focused space within the intro drumming this time, with the rest following suit, as the pace calms slightly, but definitely no less exciting. Just thoroughly metal and all that goes with it. Packed with intensely colourful riffs, equally intense melody, life affirming vocals and sheer, unbridled power. It rocks so hard, it’s beyond any words.

Stand And Fight – Racing into life, with sheer volume, power screams from metal Heaven and utterly delightful, entrancing instrumentals. Climbing up those riff scales, with a level of freedom and abandon only the truly metal will comprehend and speeding through the track, to the end, it’s just a full on metal delight.

Dynamite – Another drumming battalion introing, slightly reminiscent of Ozzy’s ‘The Ultimate Sin’ album, in places, but ultimately, moving with total accomplished expertise, into their own individual metal celebration. Turn it up to the max. Hammering it home, all the way, metallic exuberance doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Looking For Trouble – Blitzing the show, with immediate impact, there’s a slight Queen essence in here, but again, it’s just so thoroughly metal. Old school, combined with new spins and a classic line-up make this an exceptional sound. If you ever wondered what truth sounds like, in metal music format, this is it.

Vendetta – Straight in there, once again, with all guns blazing; vibrancy is something Vesecra could teach the world. Keeping the pace consistently, with highbrow momentum, the performance is just flawless. Vivid and alive, great catchy hooks and pace throughout, loaded with melody, steel force and metal thunder – it’s utterly breathtaking.

Troubled Man – With one all-powerful drum hit and startlingly clear vocal intro, it lays down the vibe and ups the impact even more. Challenging themselves to strengthen the power, every time, they’d stand up to the highest judgement. Effortless, full flavour, top-level metal. So much fun to be had within it.

Never Letting Go – Introing here, with an anthemic sound, resonant of Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’, but even more metal, louder, faster and getting increasingly so. Hear a bit of Rainbow’s ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ in there, too? That brilliant blend of various old school influences, added to which, their own completely unique and heavily laid down twists and vibes are what makes this whole album so damn special and so damn sexy. Ending on a classic harmony combo, it just takes you straight to metal Paradise.

Suite 95 – Ooh, Judas Priest fans’ll get off on this ‘Hell Patrol’ type intro. It’s got all the right stuff. Feel-good sounds, determined enthusiasm, lively, uplifting riffs, fresh, exuberant drumming, classic smooth, slick vocals, all delivered with consummate ease. It just works, on every imaginable level.

Overall – An absolute blast of high octane, super fuelled, adrenaline buzzed metal, to excite, astound and thrill your senses, to overload. Even then, it still won’t be enough. Such a magical combo of life affirming genius as this is rare as gold dust – which just about summarises ‘B.T.F.’

10/10 **********

For fans of old school greats, such as Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Def Leppard, Anthrax, WASP, Queen, Saxon.

Posted July 9, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

All Kings Fall – ‘Drink To The Lost’   134 comments

Heavy metal band from Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA, All Kings Fall, present their debut album ‘Drink To The Lost’. Influences: Pantera, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Gwar, Jeff Loomis. Performing with the energy and aggression of thrash, with an old school flavour; they have one simple mission – ‘to keep the metal scene raw, real and heavy’.

New Year’s Eve 2016 commemorated their first year together, which was when they performed ‘Of The Earth’ and ‘Toxic Ruin’. April Fools’ Day 2017 saw the release of ‘Drink To The Lost’. (Engineered by Mark Golde, of Rock Garden Studios, remastered by Roger Walters, of Muddy Banks Studios). The album’s already received airplay on Rock 94.7 and 96.9 Fox Homegrown, amongst others. Having been featured alongside high-profile mid-west bands, such as, Morbid Saint, All Out Mutiny and Sleaze, opened for national bands, The Art Of Dying, Letters From The Fire and Adelitas Way and performed at the 2017 Michael Graves benefit has already secured them plenty of exposure. They’re presently playing live gigs most weekends, while producing their new album, ‘Grip Control’ – most tracks from which are being performed live.

Shadows Beneath My Grave – World class thrash intro – setting the scene for instant carnage and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. As their promo claims, they actually do deliver. All the right sounds you associate with high-level sleazy thrash metal are offered here. Throat wrecking energised vocals, with a catchy buzz to the whole thing, it’s an ideal start to what promises to be a lively album.

Wake Up – I already have! Track one saw to that. ‘Wake Up’ gets straight into the very sounds that ensure you do just that, though and stay awake. A distinct 9o’s vibe to this and it takes you back to all the fun, exciting bands around back then. Deliciously old school and just filled with feel-good, colourful vibes, from start to finish.

Elephant Graveyard – The melodic essence of those yummy riffs opens the show, rapidly followed by some majorly energetic power screams, along with a volley of drums, fit to knock you flat on your face. It’s a track which rains metal down on you, with relentlessly joyful momentum and you’ll just want more.

Fight Or Die – Battering your senses, with a full on, drum assault, some unusual (dodgy sounding) grunts and tastefully sleazy lyrics. This is metal that’s unafraid, unashamed and unwilling to repress its energy for a single moment. A real sense of release and tons of anger. It’s the stuff true metal’s made of. Palpable power screams, loaded with sincerity of a level rarely heard, thrash attack instrumentals and a general sense of enthusiasm to kill.

Throne Of Bone – Dare we ask?! Awesomely metal beat, instantly catchy rhythm, slightly calmer track, but definitely no less fun or impassioned. Very subtle echo of Rammstein’s ‘Mutter’, at the end, which closes it really nicely. Just fun time metal, as usual.

Bury The Hatchet – Slicing into life, with full impact heavy thrash metal, in the most exhilarating way. You’ll remember that intro riff, for certain, for its slicing motion. Lots of Pantera influence in here and ‘Walk’ fans especially’ll enjoy this. Finishing off with a battery of drum rolls; it rocks ‘hard, heavy and animal’, (to quote the great Krusher Joule).

Scorched Earth – More of that gorgeous slide riffage, with a bit of deep throated growl and a ton of thrashy vocals – complemented by some very fittingly timed drumming; these guys know how to do thrash right. Enjoy the melody in that riffage, around 3/4 in and just rock out to the rest. Aptly titled, it’s a scorcher of a track.

Grasping Water – Opening with a cavalcade of drums and a total thrash vibe, it rocks, in the most metal way. It’s almost like a summons to rock out. Definitely more of a brutal edge to it, this is one for enraged frames of mind and lessons in how to blow the roof off rock venues).

Glass Jaw – Whoar! That’s the sound I just made at the outset and so will you. Power screams of maximum power and a whole heap of energy. Short, but immense, with a glaringly strong message. Lyrically astute; this’ll stick in your mind.

Drink To The Lost – A final battlecry drumming intro, throwing in some great backing harmonies and exuding aggression – they really go for it this time, upping the power even more, if that was even possible. You’re left in no doubt about AKF’s will to rock.

Overall – Fucking Hell! Like the spirit of thrash metal itself, emanating a fuck ton of energy and every last bit of passion and zest left within it. It’ll wake you up, shake you up and rattle your entrails, like a bag of broken bones. Get some now.

10/10 **********

For fans of Skid Row, Pantera, Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, Amon Amarth, Trivium, Carcass and Taint.

Facebook: @allkingsfall

Instagram: @AKFbandofficial

Twitter: @AKFbandofficial

Booking Contact – Mike Gill

Posted July 7, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

14 Pieces – ‘This Narrative Forlorn’   3 comments

Anticoagulant – Opening with an encroaching warning sound, ‘Jaws’ style, before launching into immense heaviness. Melo-death vocals characterise the track, supported by similarly performed instrumentals and it does have catch. Equal parts melody and death, so something here for both melodic and growly extreme fans.

Lost In Darkness – Positive drum attack intro and getting heavier all the time. Clearer bass involvement here and it really comes into its own, providing a secure concrete backdrop. More riffage and harmonies, constructively employed backing vocals and really, just more of everything. Blending the melody with the death aspects well, that strategic blend makes it an easier listen then many melo-death tracks. There’s a spark of light to this, which is at once, intriguing and free.

Meat Puppett – Introing with some pleasant and very agreeable riffage, before bringing in another combo of heavy and light. Enough growl and death vibes to fit into metal-core, as well as melo-death territory, yet it holds an almost proggy experimental thread, opening it up to a more freestyle angle. There’s an audible freshness, yet it doesn’t stray too far from easily definable genres. Comfortable enough.

Consuming Obsession – Wall of sound, hitting you, in a very metallic way. Extreme vocals make an appearance, soon blending, once more, with softer, background melodic ones. Definitely more growl to this one, though. Slight echo, if you listen carefully, of G’N’R’s ‘Double Talkin’ Jive’, riff wise and just a harder overall sound. Edging into the kind of productive anger that works, when taken into the studio. The rawness is escaping.

Asphyxia – Upping the pace, speed and heaviness; this is a volume increase on that raw aggression I referred to above. Varying the vocals, to include deeper melodic sections, these work well with the growlier bits. Now the energy’s releasing itself, adding more plausibility and though it may seem a curious place to throw it in, that laughter at the end does make me smile.

Transmutation – Good confident, bold intro, really going for it this time. Making the most of the closing track, they really do throw the passion into this one. It’s always a great sound to hear. Just more of everything makes this a really strong, powerful track. Pity it ends there, but it’s a great closer.

Overall – Clear effort wins the day here. A good example of what can be achieved, with solid equal band efforts, with passion and energy thrown in. Enjoyment of process shines through and generally, it’s just a decent piece of metal, increasing in plausibility, with every track.

7/10 *******

For fans of melo-death, extreme, black and thrash metal.

EP available on: Google play, Amazon, Spotify, ITunes and all major online retailers.

Posted July 6, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

BROOMFILLER – ‘Third Stage Propellor Index’   51 comments

Agnostic Orgasmic – Crashing into life, with a very 70s/80s vibe – tons of melody, plenty of the punky attitude they’re going for and the whole thing comes together really nicely. Carrying an uplifting air to it, something about this says, ‘breath of fresh air’ and I’m liking it. Lots. An easy listen, performed with that sense of laid-back professionalism with which you can relax instantly. Encouraging start.

Figure It Out Quickly – Really chilled out sound, before bursting back into life, with more of that fun punkness I’m digging so much. Short and sweet, but you get the message. It’s all about light-hearted fun.

How Long, So Long – Nicely played riff intro and the vocals just flow into life, with effortless ease. Liking those twiddly paradiddles and the catchy chorus, making it so pleasurable to listen to. An abrupt end, yet it doesn’t seem to matter, as somehow, it’s already proved its enough.

High School Reunion – Very tasty old school punk riff intro, from which everything else just flows again. Varying the tone, here and there, alternating the pace and tempo, in such a workable way, to create a really listenable sound. Slightly sinister edge to the melody, in places, but picking the catchy lighter vibe back up again, in all the right places. Ending on a well-placed slide riff; job done.

Ordinary Day – Intro here reminding me slightly of AC/DC’s ‘She Likes Rock ‘N’ Roll’, whilst also echoing slightly, Black Bikini Alpha’s ‘Swag’. Those references aside, it’s just another pleasant listen, with an easy rhythm, with plenty of catch. Perhaps less substance to this one, but still, difficult to find any negatives about it. It’ll do fine.

A Different Way Of Falling – Lovely acoustic riff intro there, before moving fluidly into a gently amped up section, with intriguingly thought-provoking lyrics. Slightly samey in some ways, but again, no real bad points to note. Good wind down material, for a warm spring day.

Amputake – Okay, now it gets markedly heavier, at least at the outset, but yes, it’s still keeping a fairly heavy thread, in the choruses. Now the drums really come into effect and it’s as if a metal robot’s suddenly taken over. It does alternate between heavy and light, but it’s an interesting touch, if slightly perplexing as to why it’s introed at this point. The vocals flex their heavier muscles here, to quite positive effect. Ending on an energetic shout, it’s versatile, if nothing else.

Milly – Returning to gentility, just briefly, before heaviness comes into its own again. Rather maudlin lyrics, with a sound to match. Fairly percussive, in its general sound and introing a slight sense of R.E.M.’s ‘Losing My Religion’, towards the close. You get the impression there are many different influences behind it and the outcome’s a bit of a mixed bag, sound-wise. No bad thing.

Tears Me Apart – Nice harmony intro. Lifting the mood back up again, (slightly, at least), but there’s just so much ease of flow, you just can’t help but be carried away by it. Quite brief in length, but it wraps it all up in the short time it has to do so. Creates a sensation of floating down a river. All in all, a relaxed, enjoyable listen.

Trant So – Opening up, with quite a classy lounge type sound, interwoven with heavier sections. Lots of melody and it’s a well chosen closer. Just a very melodic track, maintaining the laid-back feel that’s characterised the album throughout and proving consistency and self assured confidence, to the end.

Overall – A great listen, composed of a fitting mixture of punk sounds and influences, ranging from old school 70s/80s, to 90s modern and 00’s new wave. Laid-back, easy vibe, with positive flow and lightness of touch, for mood enhancing quality.

7/10 *******

For fans of Green Day, R.E.M., Linkin Park, The Clash, The Superphone.



Posted July 5, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Cherokii – ‘Hurricane’   Leave a comment

Two-piece punk n’ roll band, Cherokii, from Oxford, formed June 2015. Tipped as band to watch in 2016, they’re known as one of Oxford’s liveliest live acts. Becoming renowned for their exciting, high-impact presence and performances, they’re now known as ‘Royal Blood on steroids’. Cherokii’s demo ‘Warehouse’ and singles ‘Hurricane’ and ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ have been played on BBC introducing and they’ve also supported Raven Eye and Electric Six on stage. Having already played several gigs at Oxford’s O2 Academy, they’re now confirmed for numerous festivals, including: Wychwood, Common People, Riverside, OXROX and DPM, in Repaix, France. Aiming to move up the ladder, from local to national band to watch, 2017 looks like a big year in the making, for Cherokii.

Hurricane – Immediate rocky intro, moving into an unusually rap-like section, with a bluesy undertone. Easy beat, rolling rhythm, confidently performed; it’s clearly got potential. Echoes of noise and pop rock combined, it’s a sound more reminiscent of chart rock, than heavier fayre, but the audible enthusiasm should compensate and its commercial viability will take it far. A tad repetitive, especially towards the close, would definitely benefit from more focus on injecting individuality and a greater range of notation, but as an early work, it’s a good start.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf – Instantly noticeable intro, with well honed lyrical timing. Very visually evocative of Native American culture, throwing in Tomahawk sound effects and ritual imagery – a unique approach in itself. Again, though, awkward to categorise, genre specifically and as such, hard to place in your imagination, as a live act. However, such one-off styles as this can hold hidden benefits, in memorability terms and there’s often much to be said for acquired tastes. It’s vocally diverse, being equally sung and spoken and the cultural references may reflect the need for more modern socially representative genres within the industry.

Overall – An acquired sound, which though brave in diversifying and differentiating itself from the crowd, could benefit from the use of catchy hooks and inclusion of some standard rock sounds, with which fans could identify. The clashing sounds and influences in each track leave room for confusion too, as it’s initial styles are more generically derivative, whilst the second track leaves the impression of being far more culturally influenced. Given it’s punk n’ roll nature, it’s surprisingly devoid of any discernible punk sound, leaning much more towards the Native American atmosphere. Whilst it may not be for everyone, Cherokii’s music may open up a niche market and succeed in bringing Native American (specific) rock to the masses.

5/10 *****

For fans of cultural niche rock and Native American music in particular.


Posted July 4, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Zero Tolerance – ‘Abismal’   1 comment

Founded in 2010, Zero Tolerance from Chile, originally played covers, while finding their feet, till familiar enough with each other to play originals. Their debut gig locally, the same year, was well received, so they played more. 2011 was beset with difficult life circumstances, meaning things were put on hold till 2012, when their debut album was produced. They toured the album locally, to positive acclaim. It was eventually recorded in 2013 and finally released in 2014. At present, ZT are gigging infrequently, to allow them to focus on completing the second album. They remain as eager as ever to take up opportunities, as they become available. ‘Abismal’ was recorded in Quillota, Chile, at drummer Pablo’s Chilean-Colombian record label HQ – ‘WP Records Label and Distro’, which Pablo runs, in conjunction with his colleagues.

Intro – Banging, heavy intro. Plenty of steel and no bullshit. Just pure metal, ramped up to the max and already, it’s killer territory. Certainly no filler here. Chugging riffs, vibrant energy and a great impression, instantly. Exciting and fresh, it’s left me wanting more.

Cataclismo – Another crushingly metallic intro, stunning with its immediacy and wasting no time in showcasing its versatility, with vocals straddling black/death and Latin American thrash and sound to kill. The production values are simply amazing. Just feel the rolling thunder behind those battlecry drums and explosive riffs. Like Viking metal, violent thrash and everything in between, combined. You just can’t fail to be impressed by the palpable power driving this.

Falso Creador – It gets even louder, pushing up the power and ramping up the anger. The lyrics alone hold so much intensity, but together with the head splitting instrumentals, amount to what I can only describe as murderous expression, whose volume alone could kill.

Zero Tolerancia – Sheer magma flows from the top and keeps on flowing. There’s no escape from the death rays of metal sound emanating from ‘ZT’. Such unshakeable conviction exudes from every facet and it’s plain to see why they’ve taken their time with this release. Art like this is certainly not perfected overnight. It’s a volcano of face meltingly red-hot lava you can feel, as its energy pours down the mountain, surging through you and burning into your soul.

Agonia – Riffing its way through the fray, with the sheer abandonment of excess, it’s another killing track of inexplicable loudness and aggression, with a shockingly abrupt ending and a permanent impression of irrepressible energy. Readers of John Lydon’s book, ‘Anger Is An Energy’ can do no better than listening to this track, to comprehend that term fully.

Ahogando el Tormento – Never letting up for a minute, the hammer force drums take over here, not merely making their presence known, but battering their way onto the scene, with such force of will, you have to hear it to believe it. The ferociously fire fuelled riffs aren’t far behind. Just an insanely energised concoction of some of the angriest, rawest metal you’ll ever hear. I swear those vocals are almost monster like, growing increasingly so, by the minute. All in all, a monstrous melting pot of molten metal.

Colision – Pantera fans, delight! Taking flight, with the ‘Cowboys From Hell’ style riffs, this flies in a new direction, while keeping the vivid blood red energetic anger. Prepare to be heavily metallicized and never recover. Beating down every door in sight, it’s an unspeakably vicious metal attack.

Morfina Inmaterial – Changing the atmosphere, swapping the aural assault, for film score like darkness and creepy intrigue, just briefly at the intro, before bringing the incensed impassioned anger back again. Maintaining that relentless fired up fury, till the end; you needn’t worry that the anger’s dissipating, as it’s going nowhere soon. The energy’s so involving in here, it’s taking you with it, wherever it chooses to go.

Esclavos Del Poder – Opening with a one-off lightning cymbal hit, the animal-like dredged up, blood ravaged vocals hit you again, before you’re treated to some mean and moody riffs, much in the Zakk Wylde vein. Really going for it, with a full on, powered, high-impact cohesion of team effort metal, to blow the cobwebs away and strip the last of the skin from your face. Brutal isn’t the word.

Abismal – Introing the long-awaited title track, with another scorching riff, it doesn’t disappoint. No time’s wasted here. Wholehearted, face ripping metal you wouldn’t dare mosh to, for fear of losing a limb and bleeding out from every orifice, as all your vital organs are ripped from you. That’s about the strength of this metal. A better testament to the power of heavy metal, I can’t imagine.

Overall – A brutal, steel-edged monster of an album. Get the migraine therapy ready, cos you’re gonna need a lie down in a dark room, with maximum strength pain relief after this. Can you think of a bigger compliment to metal than that? No. Didn’t think so. It’s the hardest, heaviest, strongest steel toe capped boot of metal you’ll ever hear.

10/10 **********

For fans of Pantera, Kyrbgrinder, Boltthrower, Skreamer, In My Embrace, Eternal Fear, Satarial and all forms of brutal, viking, extreme thrash metal. Abismal.rar

Also available physically, for $7 US. Contact bandpage or

Posted July 3, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

After Dusk ‘The Character Of Physical Law’   27 comments

Heavy metal from Athens, Greece, founded in 1998, After Dusk have so far produced 3 albums, played at various festivals and venues and completed their demo, ‘Senses Of Dusk’, in 2005. Their 1st album, ‘The Witch’s Pact’, was produced and self released in 2006, as a limited copy release. ‘Hybris’, their 2nd album, came out in 2008, released internationally, in 2009. 3rd album, ‘The Devil Got His Soul’, in 2012 and a single entitled ‘Gamma Ray Burst’, in 2013. ‘TCOPL’ was released in May 2017, in an attempt to merge all their influences (heavy, thrash and black metal). Self produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by George Emmanuel. So far, their music’s been highly and widely acclaimed and was very well received by Metal Hammer.

The Character Of Physical Law – Crashing intro, as heavy as fuck! Setting the scene in an instant, it’s clear from the off where we stand with After Dusk. Heavy metal all the way. Turning up the volume and keeping it at max, there’s darkness and light, a bit of gothic stuff, a sinister edge, heavy riffage, solid drums aplenty and melody, suffused with concrete slabs of blackness. Ending on a well timed cymbal hit, one thing this doesn’t suffer from is samey monotony. It’s a positive feast of eclectic metal, combined, to produce a sound as hard, definitive and heavy as hell.

Masters Of Earth – Back into the loudness and atmospheric echo chamber we go. Lifting the mood here, the vocals soar upwards, slotting so perfectly, into the collective skull crushing metal sound. Throwing in a cleverly placed power scream, the freshness and feel of the pounding instrumentals hammers at your brain.

A Phantom Epiphany – Sliding right in there, with some well classy sleaze riffs and anthemic power vocals, the noise of all-encompassing steel overtakes you, leaving no room for anything else but metal. Filling the space in your head with violent, spirited metal, finishing on an all-time, unforgettable riff you’ll be hooked on forever more. (Guess the sound-alike source).

A Corpse With A Smile – Rare, penetrating organ intro, the vocals just fly through this and the riffs match the sense of upward flight, taking centre stage, briefly, for some exceedingly fine melodies. Slight Ozzy-esque vocals in here, a tad reminiscent of ‘Over The Mountain’, fittingly enough. Losing none of that hard as stone essence, the drums come into focus again, towards the close, showing once more, what they’re made of.

Mindinfestation – Right in there, losing no time at all, with a magnificent riff display of sheer brilliance. Power is the word, where this track’s concerned and again, you’ll be reminded of another elusive track from rock’s back pages, on which they build, so inventively, creating their own unique formula, which rocks so hard, it ends on a leaden drum hit you’d be hard-pressed to find replicated anywhere. Sussed it out yet? Yep. It’s Maiden’s ‘Where Eagles Dare’. A damn fine riff on which to construct your own signature spin and they do carry it off with aplomb.

Pyroclastic Flow (Honeydoom) – Ooh, introing with an electrifying riff, highly reminiscent of Judas Priest’s ‘The Ripper’. Carrying on, down those magically metallic riff scales, with their own thunderously heavy performance, searing those riffs onto your brain, with blazing firebrands. Never resting on their laurels for a minute, introing a new, mind meltingly beautiful melody, just before the closing drum finale; ‘PF’ has to be a hit.

Even The Sun Must Die – Bang! Drumming extravaganza opening, just in case you thought for a moment you knew what to expect. Vocals just as powerful, but taking a slight backseat, this time, with a notably gentler tone, allowing a stronger instrumental focus. Fist pumping choruses, battering your senses, with those hard-line drums and penetrative riffs – it’s another hands down winner.

Take The Bitterness Away – Introing now, with a gentle acoustic/electric combo, touching your senses so softly, yet so powerfully. Taking things in a whole new direction, there’s so much inherent beauty, emotion and expression wrapped up in this. You’ll feel it moving and flowing right through you. A metal song made for the heart. Simply gorgeous.

King Of Misery – More electricity, hitting you full in the face, in riff form – it’s very welcome and interweaves heaviness and gentility, with absolute accomplishment. Just a glorious riff fest, made of all the right ingredients. Injecting so much catch into those riffs, giving those epically heavy drums one final outing, it ends on a cohesive vocal, riff and drum combo, so effortlessly delivered, it need do no more.

Overall – A simply stunning, fired up album, full of sheer delights, from start to finish. Metal mastery, magnificently displayed.

10/10 **********

For fans of old school metal, eg Iron Maiden, Metallica, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Megadeth, Alice Cooper; new wave artists, eg, Sebastian Bach, Trivium, White Wizzard.

Posted July 2, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized