Album Reviews

Jimmy Barnes – Rage And Ruin

Since the beginning of his solo career, BARNES has gone from Aussie pub rocker, to AOR hero, to crooner, to soul man and many other things in between. While his rock and AOR days are where his best performances came from, each different era still managed to herald at least one or two great songs…

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Lonely Kamel – Blues For The Dead

BLUES FOR THE DEAD is certainly an interesting album, and one that I quite enjoyed. Who it will directly appeal to however is something I’m still not too sure of. Musically LONELY KAMEL certainly have their own distinct sound, which is made up by a combination of classic blues rock/psychedelica and the more modern style of stoner rock/desert rock…

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Raimund Burke – Christmas Classics

There is a bit of simple fact to this album really, if you are a fan of instrumental hard rock music or guitar virtuoso music, there is no better way to spend Christmas than with this new album from RAIMUND BURKE in the background. Each song is treated with due respect but also offers plenty in the fretboard fireworks department…

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Superhorrorfuck – Livingdeadstars

Getting to the music there is more averageness but some good stuff hidden amongst the wreckage. The band’s sleazy rock sound is also met with some punk rock style vocals and a slight horror punk mentality that when heard is the highlight of the album. YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR HEAD ON and HOLY ZOMBIE show some merit and it’s a shame that the rest of the album couldn’t reach the same heights…

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Synthetic Breed – Perpetual Motion Machine

The new album pretty much starts off where the previous one finished, so if you liked the first album you’re in luck. The only notable difference I could find is that the actual musicianship is further improved this time around and these guys are slowly but surely starting to sound like virtuosos of their respective instruments…

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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…