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Spell ‘For None And All’ CD/LP/DD 2016

21st April 2016 at 6:28 pm

Spell

Spell is certainly an apt moniker for this relatively new power trio from Vancouver, BC. The first time I encountered the For None And All artwork whilst doing a spot of band browsing, I was honestly blown away by the mystique, the smoke, the…
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Wytch Hazel ‘Prelude’ CD/LP/DD 2016

9th March 2016 at 7:13 pm

Wytch Hazel

Since their formation in 2011, Lancaster’s Wytch Hazel have been something different. Never committing fully to a genre and genuinely sounding like they are not of this time, the divine quartet have won over a varied audience with their Surrender single and The Truth…
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Wizards Of Firetop Mountain – S/T – 12″/DD 2015

21st December 2015 at 7:06 pm

Wizards Of Firetop Mountain - S/T

Esteemed Shaman Editor: “Hey Ollie, would you like to review the new one from Wizards Of Firetop Mountain?” Me: “Who?” Esteemed Shaman Editor: “Wizards Of Firetop Mountain…you might like them” OK, it may not have happened exactly like that but it’s not far off….
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Sonic Medusa ‘The Sunset Soundhouse Tapes’ DD 2015

27th November 2015 at 5:31 pm

Sonic Medusa

Featuring members of Goatsnake, The Obsessed and Hollywood Rose (the band that spawned Guns n Roses dontcha know), Sonic Medusa‘s list of members will already have people running lazily to the words ‘Supergroup’ in order to describe this LA quartet. Formed in 2009 the…
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Ironsword ‘None But The Brave’ CD/LP/DD 2015

7th July 2015 at 6:50 pm

Ironsword

Epic sounding heavy metal is as victorious in 2015 as it has ever been with more bands than can be counted battling it out for the crown of the next Manilla Road. However, what may come as a surprise is that the criminally underrated…
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Hypnos – S/T – CD/LP/DD 2014

24th October 2014 at 9:07 am

Hypnos - S/T

(Puts on Arnie voice) ‘Come with me if you want to rock’. Jump into the DeLorean, strap yourself in, wind it up to 88mph and get the Flux Capacitor revving up to it’s full 1.21 gigawatts of power because we’re going back to undo…
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Amulet ‘The First’ CD/LP/DD 2014

28th September 2014 at 10:36 am

Amulet

Since the arrival of their none more denim Cut The Crap demo in late 2011, London’s Amulet have made quite a name for themselves with their no nonsense take on heavy metal. Supporting everyone from Angel Witch to The Sword demonstrated the broad appeal…
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Manilla Road ‘Mystification’ CD Reissue 2014

22nd April 2014 at 10:23 am

Manilla Road

There are few bands that have as strong a back catalogue as US heavy metal band Manilla Road. Having released several underground classics since their formation in 1977, it is still somewhat of a crime that their status never got bigger in the overall…
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Scorpion Child – S/T – CD/LP/DD 2013

16th December 2013 at 9:58 am

Scorpion Child - S/T

It always seems strange when Nuclear Blast release a rock record. Their cause-and-effect relationship with the likes of In Flames and Nightwish seemingly tagged them as a Eurometal label yet here we are. Scorpion Child join like-minded cats Blues Pills and Orchid in bringing…
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Second Graves ‘Antithesis’ 10″ 2013

3rd November 2013 at 11:10 am

Second Grave

Right from the opening twin lead intro to ‘Mourning Light‘ I’m not sure I’m the right person for a fair review of Second Grave’s ‘Antithesis‘ 10”. I’ve listened to it several times over and sweated about how to punt it as a less than…
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