I wanted to start this review and end it in one sentence, “go and buy this, it’s f**king awesome”. Job done I said to myself as I switched the laptop off and went off to pour myself a very well deserved beer having written such a poignant commentary.
The Temperance Movement caused a serious ripple when they released their five track Pride EP in 2012.
High Noon brings the return of longtime vocalist Mark Fox and apparently a renewed passion (to an extent) for the band as a whole.
Don’t know about you, but I get a royal pain in my face hearing of new, up and coming rock bands constantly been touted as “ the saviours of rock n roll“, or terms to that effect. All too often the statements turn out to be grossly wide off the mark, and the majority of the bands usually disappear up the arsehole of anonymity. The latest band to be given that said treatment is Inglorious, who have been called “the future of British rock“.
Rage of Angels sophomore effort is something very special indeed. Whilst the début included a who’s who of melodic rock royalty providing guest vocals on each of the tracks, this is a far stronger more streamlined release that benefits from Rob Moratti being front and centre on each of the 10 tracks on offer.
Recorded at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto as part of their 40-year anniversary tour, this well packed 4 disc set contains 3 CDs and 1 DVD showcasing the slick, tight, polished progressive rock machine that is Rush.
Black Tide are back after an extended break (and several personnel changes along the way) with their third full length album, “Chasing Shadows”, which is already dividing opinion amongst their diehard fans. Few bands can boast the attention and praise that Black Tide received at such an early age in their career, resulting in them being rewarded with support slots for major players such as Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet For My Valentine. Their debut album, “Light From Above”, was extremely well received by media and fans alike, as was the follow-up, “Post Mortem”.
In keeping with 2013’s album “Second Coming”, Stryper have indeed been ‘reborn’ and are currently riding high on a second career. Whether they ever manage to reach the heady heights of their career in the 1980s remains to be seen but on the strength of recent releases, the quality of their output cannot be brought into question.
So what of their latest offering, ”Fallen” to be released 16th Oct? Will it be “The Rock That Makes Me Roll” or will it be heading straight to the “Abyss”?
Circle II Circle is back and has delivered the best album from their catalog yet. Reign of Darkness, as the name suggests, is a heavier, darker album from them, but nails what has made them such a fantastic band over the years, melodic, heavy, and captivating. This one does not disappoint, and will hopefully propel them to a higher profile position in the music world. If you have ever been a fan of this band or Zak in Savatage then this album should please you greatly.