BAD TOUCH – HALF WAY HOME REVIEW

‘Bad Touch’ are here with a brand new original material debut album entitled ‘Half Way Home’. Forming five years ago this young Rock band have had many live experiences playing huge festivals such as Download, Steelhouse, legends of Rock and 2012’s Hard Rock hell. In this short period of time the band has achieved all of this as well as now supporting Rock Band ‘The Answer’ on their UK tour 2015. Now getting ready to release their debut album late April this year, I have been fortunate enough to get my hands on it early.

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Hardcore Superstar – HCSS Review

The fine purveyors of sleaze rock are back with their tenth studio album. And the good news, the Gothenburg boys, now in their 21st year of existence, are as mean and salacious as always. The madness opens with the bluntly titled Don’t Mean Shit, a demonic cocktail of raw power and fearsome attitude. Jocke Berg’s robust vocals deliver with every note on a song laced with anger.

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Archer – Culling the Weak Review

Sometimes a band comes around that just offers an interpretation of a sound that is tried and true and make it all their own. Catching Archer on stage opening for German metal legend Doro, I got the chance to watch these three young guys decimate the gathered crowd at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Ga. I knew from the moment they started playing that I would be picking up any album they may have had to sell. I don’t get that instantly inspired that often.

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Tattermask – Carpe Noctem Review

Beyond a shadow of a doubt one of the best bands in the Charlotte NC area to see live and listen to their albums would have to be Tattermask. Within a short amount of time they have become a band that if I miss seeing I feel bad about it. I was beyond happy to make it out for their CD release party a few weeks ago celebrating the hard work they put into their latest EP Carpe Noctem.

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Something Clever – Season of Darkness Review

Something Clever is a band out of Charlotte, NC. They’ve been around a couple years now and have slowly moved from an alt rock sound to more of a modern hard rock/metal outfit. They’ve been on my radar almost a year now, with all intents of getting out and seeing them live. I managed to do that, ironically, for their CD release party for their latest offering Season of Darkness.

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Kiske/Somerville – City Of Heroes Review

When the first Kiske/Somerville album was released in 2010, the album received good acclaim by both fans and the press. So, the question was: would there be a follow-up? Amid lots of speculation, everyone was hoping that there would be a follow-up to their first album. Michael Kiske and producer Mat Sinner mentioned to me in 2013 that a new Kiske/Somerville record is on the way and it would be great. Then two years went by and now “City Of Heroes” will finally hit the stores on April 17th. Can this album meet the high expectations created by the first album?

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FM – Heroes and Villains Review

Sometimes you have to feel sorry for FM. To consistently deliver albums of such high quality means that fans’ expectations go up and the band of course are under increasing pressure to come up with the goods every time. To say that they comfortably manage to produce those goods does them a disservice as I’m sure that the time and effort taken to write, record and produce the 12 tracks on the album is considerable.

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LYNYRD SKYNYRD (VINYL BOX SET 1973-1977) REVIEW

Lynyrd Skynyrd are now back for the very first time with the ultimate Vinyl Box set featuring all their incredible hits in a mixture of studio recordings and live EP’s guaranteed to satisfy any fan. Building their initial career on touring (particular stand out live performances being ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and ‘Free Bird’) it seems only right that the live tracks from the album ‘One more on the road’ are included.

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Talon – Fourplay Review

L.A. melodic rockers Talon, born from the ashes of ‘VOXEN’, stick their claws straight into the flesh of the melodic rock niche with their latest, and arguably strongest, release Fourplay. Buoyed by the recent return of original vocalist Michael O’Mara, founding member John Parker claims that that the band have undoubtedly “come full circle”.

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