Iain Purdie

My better side
Top Reviewer Ranking: 9,061
Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (86 of 104)
Location: Glasgow

Rock, metal, thrash, etc. Concerts, cinema, books. Sci-fi, thrillers, comedy. Watching telly. Messing about on the internet. Playing Xbox.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 9,061 - Total Helpful Votes: 86 of 104
Strikers by Ann Christy
Strikers by Ann Christy
Required disclosure - I was sent this book as a winner of a giveaway on GoodReads.

I wasn't exactly sure what I was getting when I won the giveaway, and that's fine. It's nice to try something new once in a while, and when someone sends me something for free I'm more inclined to ensure I work my way through it and give it a shot.

I didn't need that inclination with Strikers as, within the first chapter or so, I was already enjoying it!

According to the blurb at the back, the author is a serving naval officer so it's perhaps unusual that the main setting is an arid Texas with water only featuring much later in the story. It's a simple first-person tale of a… Read more
(r)Evolution ~ Hammerfall
(r)Evolution ~ Hammerfall
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant stuff, 1 Sep 2014
I first encountered Hammerfall courtesy of a Metal Hammer cover disc. I think the track – certainly the album involved – was “Crimson Thunder”. It was probably the first track I ever heard which could class as battle metal, and I was hooked.

Since then, I’ve been a little disappointed by other Hammerfall releases. It’s not that they’ve not been good, just that Crimson Thunder is just such a damn fine album that I’ve found it hard to compare. Until now.

(r)Evolution is a collection of stunning tracks, lovingly produced to show off the music as a whole and the lyrics in particular. Joacim’s vocals are as clear as anything Bruce Dickinson has wailed out over screaming… Read more
Blind Rage ~ Accept
Blind Rage ~ Accept
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Accept rode the wave of a resurgence in metal a few years ago with a German number four album in Blood of the Nations. During a period where classic acts are returning, reforming and proving that rock & roll doesn’t die, Accept have been selling out shows and playing the main stage at some of the top festivals.

Success continued with Stalingrad and two years on, we have Blind Rage.

Blind Rage starts with a “Stampede” (literally, that’s the first track) and never lets up. It’s as metal as anything Manowar ever released and anthemic as they come. Mark Tornillo‘s vocals remind me of a lower toned Brian Johnson and his voice rides comfortably over the chugging rhythm… Read more

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