Hunter City Madness – See You In Hell

Once the second track PLEATHERFACE got going I was instantly awashed with something a little bit special and hella awesome. Yes, the metalcore element is there, but it’s only a small piece of what the bands sound really is and the tune sounded like a modern day PANTERA in the riffing and vocal department…

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Lacerta – Mind Processor

From the song titles and the artwork I was expecting some typical death metal but I was actually in for a little bit of a surprise. See, LACERTA are definitely fall under the death metal banner, complete with non-stop growly vocals and lyrics of death and gore, but what stood out to me was that musically they have a lot more going on than most bands in the genre and actually have some fairly complex riffs and interesting song structures…

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Nelson – Lightning Strikes Twice

LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE seems to be their best work since the 1990 mega album AFTER THE RAIN and is possibly one of the best AOR albums of 2010. It rocks out a bit and heads toward melodic rock territory, but never enough to make pure AOR fans uneasy and I can’t help but think that this is the album BON JOVI should have released after KEEP THE FAITH…

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Oliver Loy – Oliver Loy

There’s a simple fact about the recently released self-titled debut album from guitar virtuoso OLIVER LOY, and that is, if you don’t usually like instrumental guitar albums there’s nothing here to change your mind and really no use in keeping an eye out for it…

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Unruly Child – Worlds Collide

The sweet guilty feeling of distrust alarm your ears in an aesthetically pleasing way as this soft ballad hits the spot. The title track features a sonorous ensemble with Free delivering on every verse with sense and conviction, one of the edgier tunes on WC stands as a prime cut.

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Creation’s End – A New Beginning

If you needed more guidance then why not recruit one of the best drummers in the Prog scene and John Macaluso who helped produced the record himself, talk about a bunch of New York dudes huh? Anyhow this is what drew me to the table when I heard Macaluso was involved in the project I knew it would be high quality material.

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Mark Wilkinson – Shadowplay Book Review

I only hope that some of our readers can find room in their collection for what can only be described as one of the best album art books ever released and a true tribute to one the best artists in the field. Fans of MARILLION and FISH should really delve into this book as is does include some insights into what some of the more intricate album artwork represents.

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Moritz – Undivided

Now the bands new full length album hits the mark just right with an unexpected portrayal of smooth melodic rock grain and sand. The arena breezy lines of this new record grants Moritz a welcome back into a genre that have eluded them previously.

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Black Country Communion – Black Country Communion

I have nothing more to say about Glenn Hughes other then he’s one of the best all around vocalist in Rock and has been for a long time, and his performance in BCC is proof of that. The talents of Joe Bonamassa who has primarily been sticking to his blues influence rock in his solo efforts is seamless here. The other 2 pieces fit like gravy to mash potatoes..

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Skin – Breaking The Silence

The heavy artillery diesel of the crashing guitar riff in “Indestructible” is a warming track which sparks up the bottom half of the record. The last track “Born To Rock & Roll’ ends this come back journey in high gear as Skin leaves a good taste in my mouth with a perfect return to form from these cagy veterans of the UK rock scene.

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Dimitri – The Long War

The culmination of 22 years has finally let Dimitri put his influences into one full record and as far as the music is concerned it plays pretty well when you measure it on it’s own. You won’t have to go far to find where the similarities range because the opening track “The Long War” sounds like they synth keyboard sounds of The Final Countdown.

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Infinight – Like Puppets

Though INFINIGHT are coming in to their tenth year together as a band, this newly released album LIKE PUPPETS is only their second full length release, coming a full five years after the 2005 debut. The base of the albums sound is in the traditional sounding power metal vein, but the influence of thrash metal is quite evident and if you listen close enough there is a bit of a feeling of progressive metal scattered in there too…

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