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SUBSCRIBE – Bookmarks

SUBSCRIBE – Bookmarks

| 12 September 2012 | Reply

Zene360/EMI, 2011 By Shane Pinnegar 9/10 If it’s stunning, unique progressive metal you’re looking for, then go no further than Hungarian sextet SUBSCRIBE. Together since 1999, this is their third full length album – and although that doesn’t seem like a particularly strong work ethic, they are apparently huge in their home country, and music […]

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SPiT LiKE THiS – Normalityville Horror

SPiT LiKE THiS – Normalityville Horror

| 12 September 2012 | Reply

Dark Lord Records, May 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 9/10 You’ve had those days when you want to walk away from your jobs, turn your back on all the idiots harping and making demands upon you, get into a souped up supercharged chrome n’ black pirate flag-sporting hot rod of doom and put the pedal to […]

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SPIDERS & SNAKES – London Daze 2012 Reissue

SPIDERS & SNAKES – London Daze 2012 Reissue

| 12 September 2012 | Reply

Cleopatra Records, 2012 reissue By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Lizzie Grey was a big feature of the Sunset Strip scene for many years, but he never cracked the big time like some of his former band mates. Originally released in 2000, this fifth album from his outfit SPIDERS & SNAKES is a sugary sweet and highly […]

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SNEW – What’s It To Ya

SNEW – What’s It To Ya

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Maman Music, 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 SNEW are back, blazing burnouts through the parking lot, hopped up on strong liquor and Accadacca albums, cranking their shit up to eleven. “What’s It To Ya” sees new bassist Willie Basse on board – a veteran of Sunset Strip legends Black Sheep alongside Slash, who has also […]

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SLEEPFREAK – Sleepfreak EP

SLEEPFREAK – Sleepfreak EP

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Self released, May 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 9/10 They may describe themselves as Metallica meets Led Zeppelin, but there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface of SLEEPFREAK’s debut EP. For starters, these are 6 great songs – which is damn good value for money for an EP. The heaviness of the guitars and […]

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SKINMASK – EP 1

SKINMASK – EP 1

| 12 September 2012 | Reply

By David Vaickus 8/10 Back in December of 2011 I came across an unsigned band from Los Angeles California called Skinmask. They were opening a show locally in Chicago for one of my favourite bands The Dreaming. I remember seeing some pictures and descriptions of them and thinking, what the hell is this? Needless to […]

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SISTER’S DOLL – Welcome To The Dollhouse

SISTER’S DOLL – Welcome To The Dollhouse

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

Self released, 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 I’ll wager that this is NOT what you’d be expecting if you knew that SISTER’S DOLL was a trio of brothers, aged 14, 17 and 19, from a small farming town 3 hours from the nearest city in Western Australia. What “Welcome To The Dollhouse” is, is an […]

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SHIT THE COW – volume/cow EP

SHIT THE COW – volume/cow EP

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

2012 By Shane Pinnegar 7/10 If you can bring yourself to look past SHIT THE COW’s unfortunate name, you may just discover something pretty original and very interesting. Daniel Kjellberg and Peter Söderberg – both are credited with guitars and vocals – hail from Sweden’s icy Stockholm and call themselves “Scrapyard rockers”, crediting their inspirational […]

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SHINEDOWN – Amaryllis

SHINEDOWN – Amaryllis

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

Roadrunner Records, March 2012 By David Vaickus 8/10 Shinedown are one of the few bands that can release an album full of hit singles from top to bottom. Their last album, The Sound of Madness, has sold over a million copies and spawned six number 1 singles on active rock and 1 top 10 single […]

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SHARAYA – The Road To…

SHARAYA – The Road To…

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Self released, 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 7/10 This may sound contradictory, but there’s a real Evanescence feel to some of the tracks on SHARAYA’s debut album, even though they should certainly not be pigeon-holed into the symphonic metal genre in any way shape or form. Songs like Addiction, Come Down and Recovering have the same […]

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SHADOWQUEEN – Self Titled

SHADOWQUEEN – Self Titled

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

2012 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Shadowqueen’s debut album is a powerful and heavy melodic rock album that references classic, modern and traditional Aussie rock and has something for just about everyone (Though Bieber and Glee fans need not apply). Hailing from Melbourne, female lead singer/bassist Robbi Zana has an uniquely earthy, rich and sweetly aggressive […]

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SAVAGE – Sons Of Malice

SAVAGE – Sons Of Malice

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

2012 By Shane Pinnegar 7/10 At the tail end of the NWOBHM, Savage burst on the scene in a flurry of KERRANG! attention and U.S. metalhead pronouncements that they were destined to be the new Iron Maiden. Rather an optimistic claim since – apart from a few standouts – their first 2 albums never really […]

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RUSH – CLOCKWORK ANGELS

RUSH – CLOCKWORK ANGELS

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

Released June 2012 By Guest reviewer Craig Skelton, bassist & keyboardist with melodic rockers STONE CIRCLE 9/10 Canadian prog rock power trio, Rush are no strangers to long form story telling but in the past their stories (By-Tor & The Snow Dog, 2112, Cygnus X-I to name but three) have always been told in one […]

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RIFF X – Search For A Better Day EP

RIFF X – Search For A Better Day EP

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

2012 By Shane Pinnegar 7.5/10 Female fronted metal from the far northlands of Newcastle, England, RIFF X’s second EP is a solidly headbanging three tune sampler featuring the powerful and throaty vocals of Briggita Balogh. Aptly named, RIFF X have riffs to burn – the title track is relentlessly pounding and catchy, it’s unlikely to […]

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RAYGUN REBELS – Bring Me Home

RAYGUN REBELS – Bring Me Home

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

Deathtone Heavy Productions, 2010 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 A hard rockin’ slab of rifferama with a touch of sleaze from the Bavarian hinterland, “Bring Me Home” doesn’t waste time trying to reinvent the wheel or be anything other than what it is – guitar driven, good time, rock n’ f’n roll with a tip of […]

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PSYCHONAUT – Shock ‘Em Dead

PSYCHONAUT – Shock ‘Em Dead

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

2012 By Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Psychonaut dark overlord Mark DeVattimo (guitars, vocals) and lieutenants Simon Hallet (thunderous bass), Mike Kaval (rip roaring guitars) and session drummer Brody Simpson (Lombardo-esque drum fury) have constructed a fantastical world which owes as much to Black Sabbath and Slayer as it does to Frank Zappa, Star Wars, horror movies, […]

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PISTENBROKE – Second Coming EP

PISTENBROKE – Second Coming EP

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

Self-released, 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 7/10 The reprobates who make up Adelaide’s PISTENBROKE are many things – Sunday School teachers with a black belt in subtlety, however, they are NOT, as their second EP clearly demonstrates. Defining their sound is pretty easy – take the first albums from Motley Crue and Rose Tattoo, Motorhead’s “Iron […]

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ON THE LEVEL – Live At The PBC

ON THE LEVEL – Live At The PBC

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

Self released, 2011 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Live at The PBC catches On The Level in blistering form, playing their trademark rocking boogie & blues with style and charm, and perfectly balancing a fun & tight delivery with their natural rawness. Dave Gillam’s voice is charcoal mellowed and perfectly suited to the blues – dripping […]

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MURDER BAY – Never Was An Angel

MURDER BAY – Never Was An Angel

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

2012 reissue, Eonian Records By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 In the late eighties and early nineties, purveyors of the glory days of the Sunset Strip Sound were practically living in the land of plenty with fat cat record companies throwing bottomless cheques at any potential “next big thing”, and hundreds of thousands of kids ready to […]

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MOTORTRAIN – Straight Six EP

MOTORTRAIN – Straight Six EP

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

Vanity Music Group, 2011 By Shane Pinnegar 6.5/10 Hailing from “the middle of nowhere, Oklahoma”, MOTORTRAIN play rock n’ roll – 2 guitars, drums, bass and voice – nothing more, nothing less. Combining the heads down dirty denim boogie of AC/DC, the supercharged rock n’ roll belligerence of Motorhead, and the Southern groove of Junkyard, […]

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