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CD REVIEW: HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES – Hollywood Vampires

CD REVIEW: HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES – Hollywood Vampires

| 9 February 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES – Hollywood Vampires Republic/Universal Music 11 September, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 At first glance The Last Vampire, Christopher Lee’s sonorous intro track to supergroup Hollywood Vampire’s self-titled debut, seems almost out of place here. A brooding, gothic passage from Bram Stoker’s Dracula which was recorded shortly before […]

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CD REVIEW: THE NEPTUNE POWER FEDERATION – Lucifer’s Universe

CD REVIEW: THE NEPTUNE POWER FEDERATION – Lucifer’s Universe

| 9 February 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE NEPTUNE POWER FEDERATION – Lucifer’s Universe Erotic Volcano Records 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Where The Neptune Power Federation’s last album, 2012’s Mano Satano, was tongue-in-cheek OTT in the most gonzoid metal ways possible, this offering is a darker, more subtle beast… but no less amusing. The soundtrack accompaniment to a […]

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CD REVIEW: THE VEER UNION – Decade

CD REVIEW: THE VEER UNION – Decade

| 9 February 2016 | Reply

Label: Pavement Entertainment Release Date: January 29, 2016 Rating: 7.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Modern radio rock seems to have more and more players crawl out of the woodwork daily, but a few bands stand up through member changes, record label changes, and the ebb and flow of listener’s tastes.  The Veer Union is […]

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CD REVIEW: PRIMAL FEAR – Rulebreaker

CD REVIEW: PRIMAL FEAR – Rulebreaker

| 5 February 2016 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music srl Release Date: January 29, 2016 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur There is no shortage of quality metal being released in 2016.  The latest from Germany’s Primal Fear is the perfect example of heavy metal that should sit well with fans of European and American metal alike.  “Angels Of Mercy” […]

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CD REVIEW: NORDIC UNION – Nordic Union

CD REVIEW: NORDIC UNION – Nordic Union

| 4 February 2016 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music srl Release Date: January 29, 2016 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur There are a few artists that seem to strike gold every time the drop new material – in my honest opinion anyway.  One of those artists is Erik Martensson, whether at the helm of the band Eclipse or sharing the spotlight […]

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CD REVIEW: NORDIC UNION – Nordic Union

CD REVIEW: NORDIC UNION – Nordic Union

| 4 February 2016 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music srl Release Date: January 29, 2016 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Robert Kitay In general, I am not crazy about the record company made collaborations, but wow, Frontiers Records hit a home run with this one.  Nordic Union consists of Pretty Maids’ singer Ronnie Atkins and Erik Martensson of Eclipse and W.E.T., who recorded […]

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CD REVIEW: AXEL RUDI PELL – Game Of Sins

CD REVIEW: AXEL RUDI PELL – Game Of Sins

| 4 February 2016 | Reply

Label: Steamhammer / SPV Release Date: January 15, 2016 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Some lead guitarists shine on their own and others play second fiddle, so to speak, to a front man or are simply the icing on the cake.  In the case of Axel Rudi Pell, all three come into play at […]

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CD REVIEW: BAD BRAD – N2 The Ether

CD REVIEW: BAD BRAD – N2 The Ether

| 2 February 2016 | Reply

Label: Bad Brad Music Release Date: December 11, 2015 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Sometimes a first listen to an artist doesn’t let you into the heart and soul of their music.  When I first heard of (and met) Bad Brad, he was playing guitar with Colt Ford’s band.  When his disc was recommended […]

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CD REVIEW: PURITAN – LizzyBlues & Death EP

CD REVIEW: PURITAN – LizzyBlues & Death EP

| 2 February 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: PURITAN – LizzyBlues & Death EP Independent 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Formed (presumably at midnight) at an unholy crossroads where doom metal has unprotected sex with unadulterated Thin Lizzy-worship, Adelaide’s Puritan are an oddity to say the least. Opener Shaman sounds like Soundgarden playing ‘80s Sabbath – which isn’t […]

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CD REVIEW: SMOKEY BASTARD – Back To The Drawing Board

CD REVIEW: SMOKEY BASTARD – Back To The Drawing Board

| 2 February 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: SMOKEY BASTARD – Back To The Drawing Board Bomber Music 13 November, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Who knows how Smokey Bastard developed their musical mission statement. Was it the result of a band room jam, their weird and wonderful influences all mutating into this mad, colourful explosion of sound? Or did […]

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CD REVIEW: SHIT THE COW – 67p EP

CD REVIEW: SHIT THE COW – 67p EP

| 2 February 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: SHIT THE COW – 67p EP Independent 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 There’s not a band like Sweden’s Shit The Cow in all the world. They play in their self-invented style & genre (scrapyard rock, a kind of stoner garage hybrid), have the worst band name ever, and consistently produce […]

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CD REVIEW: ECLIPTICA – Ecliptified

CD REVIEW: ECLIPTICA – Ecliptified

| 2 February 2016 | 1 Reply

Label: Mars Music Productions Release Date: January 15, 2016 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur It is always a pleasant surprise when a new disc or download comes across my email that I had never heard of or expected to enjoy.  The latest from Ecliptica, 2015’s Ecliptified is one of those discs that has […]

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CD REVIEW: DAVID BOWIE – Blackstar

CD REVIEW: DAVID BOWIE – Blackstar

| 29 January 2016 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: DAVID BOWIE – Blackstar Sony 8 January, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 In hindsight, David Bowie’s 25th and final studio album is more than a piece of art incorporating his death, it’s his own, self-written epitaph. Recorded quietly with producer and long-time collaborator Tony Visconti and featuring Donny McCaslin and a ban […]

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CD REVIEW: CRUIZZEN – Free Ride

CD REVIEW: CRUIZZEN – Free Ride

| 25 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: CRUIZZEN – Free Ride Pure Rock Records November 2014 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Modelling your band on AC/DC is not without its risks: like Status Quo, much of the band’s output is generic and non-essential, and it’s not like no-one else has ever used the band as their template and […]

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CD REVIEW: ARMAGEDDON USA – Up In Flames

CD REVIEW: ARMAGEDDON USA – Up In Flames

| 25 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: ARMAGEDDON USA – Up In Flames Independent October 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½/10 Frantic, speedy and thrashy, Armageddon USA make unapologetically heavy metal that will have fans headbanging at – literally – breakneck speed. Formerly known simply as Armageddon, the band released their debut in 1988, The Money Mask, but were […]

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CD REVIEW: BELTANE FIRE – Spellbound

CD REVIEW: BELTANE FIRE – Spellbound

| 25 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: BELTANE FIRE – Spellbound Independent November, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 If you have a penchant for something a bit different, Beltane Fire’s long-awaited debut album may have the uniqueness that you hunger for. Constructed lovingly by vocalist Soda Lee and drummer Leroy Cleaver – life-partners and soulmates, and both long-term features […]

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CD REVIEW: THE RUMJACKS – Sober & Godless

CD REVIEW: THE RUMJACKS – Sober & Godless

| 25 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE RUMJACKS – Sober & Godless Shock Records 6 February, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Don’t let the jaunty acoustic guitar and tin whistle jig that opens Sober & Godless fool ya (or the album title, for that matter): The Rumjacks are a punk rock band and they’ve come for your rum-sodden […]

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CD REVIEW: STONE MACHINE – 10 Stones

CD REVIEW: STONE MACHINE – 10 Stones

| 25 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: STONE MACHINE – 10 Stones Lion’s Pride Music 6 November, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10   Hard rocking blues straight from the ‘70s that recalls the likes of the heavier end of Foreigner (Use You Up, Dirty Sweet) and Montrose (Down South Mama), and a slight whiff of Southern fancy […]

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CD REVIEW: CROSSROCK – Come On Baby

CD REVIEW: CROSSROCK – Come On Baby

| 24 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: CROSSROCK – Come On Baby Lion’s Pride Music December, 2014 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 Classy, uplifting, lightly accented melodic hard rock from São Paulo, Brazil, Crossrock have nailed the late ‘80s hair metal styles that ruled the rock world at the time. Opener Call You is reminiscent of early Dokken, […]

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CD REVIEW: RUSSELL MORRIS – Red Dirt – Red Heart

CD REVIEW: RUSSELL MORRIS – Red Dirt – Red Heart

| 24 January 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: RUSSELL MORRIS – Red Dirt – Red Heart Chugg Music 23 October, 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The climax to Russell Morris’s enormously successful Australiana trilogy is perhaps the most true blue, dinky-di Aussie of the lot, mining a folky blues seam as he sings of bushrangers and the wide open spaces […]

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