Category: International Releases

Muse – The 2nd Law

Muse – The 2nd Law

Muse is one of those bands that are hard to categorise.  Simple as that and you know they are… are they rock?  Are they opera?  Are they electro?  Yeah, I know right?  So I’m calling Muse a new genre of music called Electrockera.  Here was have ‘The 2nd Law’ which is the their sixth as a band, each previous have […]

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Kix – Live In Baltimore (CD)

Kix – Live In Baltimore (CD)

When it comes to releases on Italian label Frontiers Records, nothing really surprises anymore.  So when I heard the winds blowing news of a live KIX CDC/DVD to be released in 2012 and a brand new studio release in 2013, despite the fact that the band haven’t had any recorded output since essentially 1995, I didn’t even batter an eyelid.  […]

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Dokken – Broken Bones

Dokken – Broken Bones

When you are talking hard rock bands of the 80’s, Dokken are right up there in the highest echelon with songs such as Dream Warriors, Lightning Strikes Again, Just Got Lucky, The Hunter, Unchain The Night undeniable classic anthems.  But that was then and 2012 is now with the Don Dokken led version releasing Dokken’s 11th studio album Broken Bones.  […]

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Bullet – Full Pull

Bullet – Full Pull

The Swedish band with one of the more delightfully named frontmen in rock ‘Hell Hofer’ hit us with their now fourth album and first for monster German label, Nuclear Blast.  If you are familiar with Bullet from past outputs such as previous release Highway Pirates or Bite The Bullet then I’m sure you will have already decided whether you love […]

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The Dollyrots – The Dollyrots

The Dollyrots – The Dollyrots

In 25 words of less: “I think The Dollyrots has just become my favourite “pop” album of 2012!” I always like to give credit, where credit is due and when it comes to The Dollyrots, I have to thank Bowling For Soup for putting me onto The Dollyrots as a result of their mutual association over the years touring together […]

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Less Than 4 – By Blood, By Heart

Less Than 4 – By Blood, By Heart

In 25 words – “By Blood, By Heart definitely propels Less Than 4 to be amongst the leaders of the new generation of Swedish sleaze.” So here’s a quick quiz for you, what number is Less Than 4?  Well if you said 3, then you are correct and the relevance of this is that these cocky young whipper snappers from […]

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Ensiferum – Unsung Heroes

Ensiferum – Unsung Heroes

For those of you into your folk, viking, battle, pirate metal, I am sure Finnish five-piece “heroic metallers” Ensiferum are a band in which you are well familiar?  I mean how could you possibly miss them, with their overtly visual image and rousing anthems.  3 years since the release of previous album From Afar the band return with new album […]

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OFF! – OFF!

OFF! – OFF!

CD reviews aren’t necessarily an easy thing to write, some flow immediately, others can be agonised over for what seems like hours.  I guess much like writing a song hey?  The irony of this is that the new release from OFF! whilst having 16 tracks, clocks in at around 17 minutes in total, for the whole CD.  Does that make […]

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Lynyrd Skynyrd – Last Of A Dyin’ Breed

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Last Of A Dyin’ Breed

In 25 words or less: Last Of A Dyin’ Breed stoutly keeps the flag of everything Lynyrd Skynyrd represent, past, present and future flying loud and proud. I’m a 37yo who grew up in Melbourne, Australia on a diet of 80’s hard rock, you know, Poison, Europe, White Lion, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Winger, Tesla, all that kind of awesome stuff […]

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Tommy Justice – Setting Fire To History

Tommy Justice – Setting Fire To History

In 25 words or less: “will hook in anyone with a love of the Kane Roberts, Chris Laney, Desmond Child and Mutt Lange style of bombastic rock anthems.” Hailing from the UK, Tommy Justice is not a name you are likely to have heard of before, unless you’ve already read our interview with him on the pages of May The […]

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Matchbox Twenty – North

Matchbox Twenty – North

Back in 1996, before YouTube, before Facebook, before My Space and come to think of it, before the internet was what it is today, I stayed up for hours to hear a song on the radio, a song that half the time never got back announced, and all I knew was that the lyrics “Reach down your hand in your […]

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Eclipse – Bleed And Scream

Eclipse – Bleed And Scream

In 25 words or less: “A Top 10 album of the year…yep, I think this one will make the list without question!” Swedish hard rockers Eclipse are set to unleash upon the world today (August 24th which is when I write this) their highly anticipated new album Bleed and Scream, which follows on from their killer 2008 release Are You […]

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Kobra And The Lotus – Kobra And The Lotus

Kobra And The Lotus – Kobra And The Lotus

In 25 words or less: “If you are entranced by the vocals of Kobra Paige, then you have 41 minutes of aural pleasure awaiting you…” In a metal world now dominated by virtually every sub-genre imaginable, on this, their self titled album, Canadian’s Kobra and the Lotus deliver 11 tracks of straight up heavy metal, simple as that.  Signed to […]

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Loverboy – Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival

Loverboy – Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival

Loverboy – yes that’s right, the Canadian rock legends Loverboy have just released on August 24th, a new album titled Rock N Roll Revival.  With Working For The Weekend and Turn Me Loose being a couple of classic 80’s rock anthems, over their 30 plus years, the band has sold over 10 million albums worldwide.  Whilst the last 20 or […]

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DORO – Raise Your Fist In The Air (EP)

DORO – Raise Your Fist In The Air (EP)

The undisputed queen of metal, Doro, marks her arrival on new record label Nuclear Blast (fellow Germans), with the release of this four track EP, Raise Your Fist In The Air.  With a new full length album due out in October set to contain the tracks on this EP, this release acts merely as a teaser for what is to […]

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The Darkness – Hot Cakes

The Darkness – Hot Cakes

In Summary: It’s like The Darkness set out to make an ‘all killer no filler’ type album with ‘Hot Cakes’ and they’ve done exactly that in my opinion. The Darkness are back. Were they missed? I think totally. The void that they left of that fun throwback retro rock sound and image was missing for far too long, but now […]

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The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten

The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten

In Summary: “If more bands could make albums of this calibre then the charts and the world would be in a much better place.” Already loving the previous works of The Gaslight Anthem, I was excited when this record was coming and finally released. This is the bands fourth effort and as you’ll read below, in my opinion by far […]

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Versus The World – Drink, Sing, Live, Love

Versus The World – Drink, Sing, Live, Love

In 25 words or less: “When you find that album that connects on first listen well then I think you’ve got something pretty special.” Versus The World have just released their new album, seven years after their debut, which has gotta be some record somewhere ha ha.  The good thing is, this is new band to me, I dig that […]

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The Offspring – Days Go By

The Offspring – Days Go By

In Summary:  “Will The Offspring ever change the world with their music?  No.  Is this album something that should be enjoyed by as many as possible though?  Hell yes.” I remember hearing The Offspring for the first time in 1994 when they asked us to ‘Come Out And Play’ and we had to ‘keep them separated… ‘and from there they’ve […]

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Saving Abel – Bringing Down The Giant

Saving Abel – Bringing Down The Giant

In summary: “These guys have made a really good rock record that has something for everyone and here’s hoping that everyone will give it a chance. It deserves it.” Here in Australia, it’s easy to remember Saving Abel for one song, that one being ‘Addicted’ as really, that’s the only one that got any love down here, well for those […]

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HELLYEAH – Band of Brothers

HELLYEAH – Band of Brothers

In summary: ‘This album is like someone has finally turned on the blender and made a Pantera, Mudvayne, Damage Plan and Nothingface cocktail, and called it a Hellyeah. This album kicks ass.’ It’s been two years since Hellyeah’s last release, being ‘Stampede’ and now they’re back, this time they’ve taken a turn, and by turn I mean the volume knobs […]

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Rush – Clockwork Angels

Rush – Clockwork Angels

In 25 words or less: “I can see why they’ve been around for so long and will be for much longer.  Clockwork Angels, yeah, check it out.” Now this may shock a lot of people but this is in fact the first Rush album I’ve ever listened to. Yeah. I know right? So here’s me losing my virginity to their […]

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Everclear – Invisible Stars

Everclear – Invisible Stars

In 25 words or less: ‘Invisible Stars’ is a welcome return after six years for Everclear and to a sound you instantly know that has been updated to suit today. Remember this one… “We can live beside the ocean, leave the fire behind.  Swim out past the breakers, watch the world die…” We first heard Everclear back in 1995 with […]

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Working Class Dogs – A Tribute To Rick Springfield

Working Class Dogs – A Tribute To Rick Springfield

In 25 words or less: Rick Springfield rules! Tribute albums – now aren’t they always an interesting proposition, there sure have been some shockers released over the years, others just unnecessarily bastardise some true classic songs, then there’s the flip side….who are these albums for the listening pleasure of?  In the case of the cynical out there reading this, you […]

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The Morning After – Legacy

The Morning After – Legacy

“Legacy is a high octane concoction of 80’s influenced hard rock, AOR, modern metal and New Wave Of British Heavy Metal…full of fist pumping whoaaaaaaa, whoooooaaaa’s” Well aren’t these boys from Essex, UK who call themselves The Morning After and deliver a totally 80’s influenced amalgam of hard rock, AOR, modern metal and New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, an […]

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Hartmann – Balance

Hartmann – Balance

“When it comes to Hartmann it’s all about earthy melodic rock songs with a dollop of blues and modern rock elements” Hartmann – Balance, this being the fourth album now from the former At Vance frontman Oliver Hartmann.  More than just that claim to fame however, Oliver Hartmann possesses some mighty vocal chords which has seen him contribute them to […]

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Wig Wam – Wall Street

Wig Wam – Wall Street

It’s been interesting following the fortunes of Norway’s Wig Wam who initially blasted onto the scene back in 2005 with their entry into the Eurovision song contest with In My Dreams.  Similarly over in Sweden, there was The Poodles who followed a similar trajectory.  Both bands have struggled to shake their Eurovision moniker and quite frankly, also to be taken […]

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Kane Roberts – Kane Roberts

Kane Roberts – Kane Roberts

“Delivers everything you would expect from an album featuring a Rambo like guitarist with a machine gun guitar.  There’s loads of gargantuan guitar work, some massive fist pumping anthems” Kane Roberts – for some he may be best known as probably one of the most identifiable members of Alice Cooper’s band, the hulk like guitarist with an arsenal of machine […]

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Angel King – World Of Pain

Angel King – World Of Pain

“World Of Pain shows that Angel King are more than adept at delivering some pretty hot sleaze rock songs, but just not a whole albums worth.” Unfortunately, when you come from Sweden as Angel King do and when you have the tag of glam/sleaze rock, immediately the expectations of those from this corner of the world in Australia are sky high. […]

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Eve 6 – Speak In Code

Eve 6 – Speak In Code

Eve 6, yes this is the same band that back in 1998 had a radio hit here in Australia with Inside Out, the song that saw the at the time teenagers “wanting to put their tender heart in a blender”.  For me, Eve 6 is best defined by their second album Horrorscope which in the year 2000 was as close […]

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