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One Night Of Blood (Cd+dvd)
One Night Of Blood (Cd+dvd)
Price: £18.80

5.0 out of 5 stars "Monstrous power metal anthem[s]", 4 April 2016
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After a little more than a decade of incessant touring – a period which has also seen them manage to record six excellent albums - Swedish power metal hellions Bloodbound have now released their first live package, recorded at last year’s Masters Of Rock festival in the Czech Republic.
“The Masters Of Rock festival has always been great for Bloodbound. We’ve played there several times and it always felt like coming home, [and] that’s why recording a live DVD there was an obvious choice for us.” said keyboard player Fredrik Bergh, who, along with guitarist Tomas Olsson, is one of the only two surviving members of the band’s original incarnation.
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Heroes On Tour (Bonus DVD)
Heroes On Tour (Bonus DVD)
Price: £15.65

5.0 out of 5 stars An heroic epic..., 4 April 2016
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A little under three years ago, Swedish troopers Sabaton took the decision to commit their incendiary live performances to the annals of posterity, with the release of their awesome ‘Swedish Empire’ package, recorded on the epic trek which ensued after the release of their career-defining ‘Carolus Rex’ album. Now, they’ve gone and done it again, with this offering culled from the tour which followed the release of their subsequent battle anthem-packed ‘Heroes’ opus magnificus.
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Nordic Union
Nordic Union
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5.0 out of 5 stars "This is a magnificent album that ticks all the right boxes for the melodic hard rock genre… and then some.", 3 Mar. 2016
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This review is from: Nordic Union (Audio CD)
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Nordic Union is a project which does exactly what its name suggests, bringing together two generations of the Scandinavian melodic hard rock scene – in the form of Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins and uber upstart workaholic Eric Mårtensson (Eclipse/W.E.T/Age Sten Nilsen’s Ammunition). It’s a pairing brought together by Frontiers Records boss Serafino Perugino, who seems to have a knack of matchmaking potentially magical musical matrimonies – albeit to varying degrees of success.
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The Year The Sun Died
The Year The Sun Died
Price: £7.89

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5.0 out of 5 stars A triumphant return..., 2 Jan. 2015
This review is from: The Year The Sun Died (Audio CD)
Sanctuary are something of an anomaly in the history of thrash metal - a band who promised so much but ultimately delivered so little (while, it could be argued, there are many acts who have taken the reverse course). Originally formed back in 1985, they released two decent enough albums ('Refuge Denied' in 1987 and 'Into The Mirror Black two years later) before being engulfed in the grunge tidal wave which swept through the metal scene in the early Nineties and claimed the careers of so many promising bands who just could not stand up to its unstoppable force. Sanctuary's place in metal lore is assured, however, by the fact that vocalist Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard subsequently teamed up with guitarist Jeff Loomis - who, ironically, had just been to about to join Sanctuary - to form Nevermore and went on to earn some degree of the success which their original band should have enjoyed.
Read the rest of this review at http://www.uberrock.co.uk/cd-reviews/30-october-cd/12609-sanctuary-the-year-the-sun-died-century-media.html


Blood In Blood Out
Blood In Blood Out
Price: £15.50

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5.0 out of 5 stars Further proof that many of the 'old guard' thrash metal militia are still very much relevant forces in the modern era, 2 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Blood In Blood Out (Audio CD)
When guitarist Gary Holt joined Slayer - initially as touring guitarist to cover the then extremely ill Jeff Hanneman and then subsequently as his full-time replacement following the latter's untimely death - there were many who thought that this would spell the end of Exodus, the band to which Holt thus far had dedicated his entire musical life... but, then, this is one band which has survived adversity before - not least in the form of the death of one of its founding members, in the shape of vocalist Paul Baloff - and true believers knew that they could do so again. And, their faith has been proven, with the re-emergence of the band after a four-year hiatus, with Steve Souza back wielding the microphone and a tenth studio album that proves, yet again, the staying power of this most consummate of thrash acts.
Read the rest of the review at http://www.uberrock.co.uk/cd-reviews/30-october-cd/12796-exodus-blood-in-blood-out-nuclear-blast.html


Risen
Risen
Price: £11.97

5.0 out of 5 stars A paean, and a tribute, to the redemptive power of rock music, 2 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Risen (Audio CD)
This intercontinental ballistic missile of a band trace their roots back to the formative half of 2012, when Swiss guitar virtuoso Mark Rossi was working on some demos with German engineer Rolf Munkes, who in turn hooked the axeman up - via the internet - with Outloud vocalist Chandler Mogel. Add one-time Jorn collaborator Nic Angileri on bass and drummer Trevor Franklin, and out of disorder came Khaøs - four musicians who never actually met until after they had released their debut EP, 'Rising'... It may sound like a recipe for potential disaster, but the ingredients seemed to blend and, lo, two years later, the quartet have now moved things to the next level with their first full-length album.
Read the rest of this review at http://www.uberrock.co.uk/cd-reviews/17-january-cd/13345-khaos-risen-mrr-records.html


Stranger
Stranger
Price: £8.27

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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like your metal fast and furious, with genuine 100% passion and with real grind and grit to it, then this definitely is t, 2 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Stranger (Audio CD)
While most bands try to follow their debut album as quickly as possible, Californian grinders Cretin waited a full eight years to release their second opus, with the result being issued via Relapse Records at the end of last year. But, then, these Santa Cruzers seem to like to take their time about things – or, is it, as bassist Matt Widener told PM when it was announced that the band were returning to the studio (around about this time last year), that they are, indeed, “easily distracted”? The band actually trace their history back more than 20 years, having first been formed in 1992, then going on a lengthy hiatus before re-emerging in 2003 (following drummer Col Jones’ departure from Exhumed)… but, even then, it took another three years for them to record and release their first album.
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Pandemonium
Pandemonium
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is no denying the prodigious talent that is Max ..., 29 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Pandemonium (Audio CD)
There is no denying the prodigious talent that is Max Cavalera, and the indelible stamp he - and, as a direct result, his family - has left on the global metal scene. There can be no doubt that he almost singlehandedly put Brazil on the thrash map during his time with Sepultura and via classic albums such as 'Beneath The Remains', 'Arise' (still one of the most played albums of that generation here at this particular outpost of the Überverse) and 'Chaos A.D.' - before internal (and, it has been argued, external) politicking and a bitter family dispute forced him to quit the band he had formed and subsequently add a dynamic new twist to the genre, by molding it with world music via the mighty Soulfly.
Read the rest of my review on www/uberrock.co.uk: http://www.uberrock.co.uk/cd-reviews/30-october-cd/12797-cavalera-conspiracy-babylonian-pandemonium-napalm-records.html


Silence in the..
Silence in the..
Price: £19.85

4.0 out of 5 stars "...a dark, eerie and esoteric opus...", 29 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Silence in the.. (Audio CD)
This second album from New York trio Occultation is a dark, eerie and esoteric opus which combines classic elements of doom metal, progressive rock and ambient electronics into a package which is atmospheric, thought-provoking and strangely pleasant in more or less equal measures.
Read the rest of my review at PlanetMosh.com: http://planetmosh.com/occultation-silence-in-the-ancestral-house/


Codex Perfida
Codex Perfida
Price: £3.96

4.0 out of 5 stars "...a dark and mysterious album: one which works on a multitude of levels...", 29 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Codex Perfida (MP3 Download)
Having made their debut at the recent Primordial-curated Redemption Festival in their home city of Dublin, Vircolac are a quartet who believe in taking things back to the old school – to the extent that (at the time of writing) this four-track EP is only available on cassette...
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