ALBUM REVIEW: AC/DC – POWER UP

 

After months of rumours fuelled by glimpsed sightings and blurry photographs taken outside recording studios, the worst kept secret in rock was finally confirmed at the end of September this year. With a sudden flurry of activity on their website, the announcement was clear. AC/DC was back.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Blue Oyster Cult – The Symbol Remains

After nearly two decades spent exclusively on the live circuit, Blue Oyster Cult returns with their fifteenth full-length album, The Symbol Remains (Frontiers Records Srl). In a way similar to the recent releases by fellow Seventies Rock legend Alice Cooper, the band opts for a kitchen sink songwriting method. The fourteen tracks play out like a career retrospective of sorts, exploring a variety of moods between classic-minded rockers, synth-heavy AOR numbers, and atmospheric occult excursions.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Corey Taylor – CMFT

Metal heavyweight Corey Taylor has officially made his solo debut with the release of a full record. This new space has granted him the freedom to create songs you’d never find on a Slipknot record, for better or for worse. If you follow Taylor’s career exclusively because of Slipknot, CMFT (Roadrunner) might not be worth your time. But, for fans of Stone Sour, the collection of different hard rock styles and adjacent alternative influences are sure to please.  Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Idles – Ultra Mono – Partisan Records

Idles have come on in leaps and bounds since their last album Joy As An Act of Resistance (Partisan Records). It’s not even been 5 years since they were playing 100 capacity venues, yet here they are today having sold out giant venues like Alexandra Palace in under a day. With two giant albums under their belt, the big question was how the Bristol band were going to not only top it, but maintain the astronomical growth they’ve been on for the past 3 years.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Seether – Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

 

Seether is collectively known as Shaun Morgan (vocals), Corey Lowery (guitar), John Humphrey (drums), and Dale Stewart (bass) release their eighth album Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (Fantasy Records). The album clocks in at just under an hour and is jam-packed with awesome songs. There isn’t a wasted moment on Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.  

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ALBUM REVIEW: Massive Wagons – House of Noise

Massive Wagons‘ fifth album House of Noise (Earache Records) delivers unabashedly old fashioned Rock n Roll with lashings of riffs, hooks, and humour that will put a smile on anyone’s face. It builds on their fourth album, and Earache debut, Full Nelson by doing more of the same, but bigger and better. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix.

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CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Forty Years of AC/DC’s Back In Black

The comeback to end all comebacks, the story of Back in Black (Atlantic Records) began with tragedy but ended in triumph. While comebacks usually require some form of absence from the public eye, a few weeks would barely register as a blip on the timelines of most bands. But for AC/DC, that short space of time was literally life-changing. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Oreyeon – “Trudging To Vacuity”

Italian stoner-doom leaders Oreyeon recently released their new album, Ode To Oblivion, via the Heavy Psych Sounds label and have been jamming it out since it dropped. Ghost Cult streamed their album prior to release and now we are back to debut their mind-blowing new video for “Trudging To Vacuity”! Check it out! Continue reading

The Very Very Danger – Witness The Legitness

Ian Clement (Wallace Vanborn) and Michele De Feudis (formerly of Horses On Fire) have put their raw talent and imagination to deliver the outrageously fun, The Very Very Danger. Transforming into their own superheroes—Kitty taming the synths, Bunny behind the drums and Bear chugging away on the bass—they bring you Witness The Legitness (9000 Records/Consouling Sounds) Continue reading

Oreyeon – Ode To Oblivion

Bring up Italy when talking about Metal and you’re likely to conjure images of cheesy Power Metal a la Rhapsody of Fire or Arthemis, or melodic Gothic in the form of Lacuna Coil, but there’s a fair few decent Stoner and Doom bands, most notably Ufomammut, too. Another decent group is Oreyeon (previously known as Orion), whose sophomore album Ode To Oblivion (Heavy Psych Sounds) is a solid slab of spacey Doom and Stoner that doesn’t just dwell on the Black Sabbath and Kyuss tropes. Continue reading