"Verse and middle play with creative and unusual ideas; but is it enough?"
Full of energy, passion and fantastic lyrics, but music lacks a wow-factor
8/10 Built around 3 key elements, Joe Garvey showcases the excellent sounds the up and coming artist
Refuse To Shine marks the first release from Mr. Mountain since their line-up change in 2014, and this exciting new track displays a remarkable difference and a maturity to their song…
This well-crafted, innovative album will amaze your ears!
March For The Sun is the latest EP from Yorkshire based Amongst Thieves, and it really packs a punch to make you sit up and listen. Impressively this is the second EP from a band that was only established in 2013, with an album on the horizon, big things are expected from this Post-Hardcore quintet. (more…)
Symphony X are back with a fantastic effort, Underworld that builds on their previous 8 studio albums. Michael Leopond says this album is “less heavy than Iconoclast” and more of “a combination of The Odyssey and Paradise Lost” which will surely excite most fans. The album returns to a more progressive metal style of writing that has brought Symphony X so much acclaim in the past, and continues to deliver. While not being strictly conceptual, Underworld definitely has an overall theme drawing on influences from Dante’s Inferno and Orpheus In The Underworld. (more…)
The Color Before The Sun marks Coheed And Cambria’s eighth studio album, and the first not to be based around The Amory Wars storyline. As a defining feature of the past 12 years, some fans could be forgiven for being fearful of what was to come, but the result is an album with a wider variety of song styles than usual, unhindered by the need to adhere to storyline and it creates some positive results that Coheed fans will really love.
This is now Trivium’s seventh studio album, and they have definitely come along way from when I first heard them over 10 years ago. The album follows a common theme for Trivium in that it is different to all of their other albums. It takes a bit of getting used to but the exceptional production by Michael “Elvis” Baskette and debut of Matt Madrio on drums definitely helps. (more…)
Book Of Souls is a colossal new effort by Iron Maiden. Coming in at 92 minutes, and including their longest ever song, it is not for the faint of heart. The album was written and recorded almost entirely in the studio, meaning there was very little rehearsal time but it could create a more raw, energetic Maiden sound. Unfortunately, it seems that a lot was compromised to gain these features. (more…)