Category: International Releases

Millencolin – The Melancholy Connection

Millencolin – The Melancholy Connection

In 25 words or less: Millencolin fans out there, I’m sure most of you have already bought this already….if you haven’t, what the hell are you waiting for?  First things first, Happy 20th anniversary to Millencolin, you crazy Swedish punksters!  In celebration of their 20 years, the guys have just released The Melancholy Connection, which is essentially a follow on from the 1999 […]

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Richard Marx – Inside My Head

Richard Marx – Inside My Head

“From seriously the most dependable artist in my entire collection, I applaud Richard Marx for yet another exceptional release.” Whilst this observation hasn’t been completely lost on me over the years, sitting down to write this review, I was reminded that when it comes to albums I’ve owned, Marx’s bazillion selling Repeat Offender album would sit somewhere amongst the first 10 […]

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Hardline – Danger Zone

Hardline – Danger Zone

“Dominated by melodic rock right to the very end, this is the album that many Hardline fans have most likely been waiting for since Double Eclipse.” Whilst the lineup of Hardline has changed much over the course of the bands 20 odd year history and 4 albums, there has been one constant – the unmistakable vocals of Johnny Gioeli, surely […]

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Daniel Pearson – Satellites

Daniel Pearson – Satellites

“I can’t explain why it only took the opening 10 seconds of Wishing Well for Daniel Pearson to have me completely hooked, but it did.” Isn’t music just a wonderful thing, or more specifically, aren’t our own personal reactions to music an even more wonderful thing?  Like I often do, do you often sit and wonder why sometimes your ears and […]

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H.E.A.T – Address The Nation

H.E.A.T – Address The Nation

In 25 words or less: “It is the music of H.E.A.T that provides the soundtrack for the utopian world that I, Scott A Smith, Esquire lives, here in 2012.” When I first discovered Swedish melodic rockers H.E.A.T back in 2008 on the back of their self titled, debut release, there was something so magical for me personally in what H.E.A.T […]

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Trixter – New Audio Machine

Trixter – New Audio Machine

In summary: Love them, hate them or just like them a little bit, Trixter make fun rock songs, so just listen to this and enjoy it for what it is, a cool rock record. Frontiers Records is renowned for reinventing artists and giving these 80’s and 90’s bands in essence a second shot at what they love, and that’s making […]

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Keane – Strangeland

Keane – Strangeland

In 25 words or less: “A friendly, accessible, enjoyable album that is perfect to just relax to and zone out.” The newest album from Keane has just been released and only being familiar with previous hits I’ve never sat down and listened to a full album but I’m looking forward to doing so this time around if the opening track […]

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Tribune – Elder Lore / The Dark Arts

Tribune – Elder Lore / The Dark Arts

In 25 words or less: ‘Prog, Metal, Thrash, Rock, Doom, take your pick, you’ve got it all here…’ In the what seems to be an ever growing list of bands we’ve not heard of contacting us, we give you Tribune and their new album ‘Elder Lore / The Dark Arts’, so let’s see what we’re in for. This band from […]

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SLASH feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators – Apocalyptic Love

SLASH feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators – Apocalyptic Love

In summary: “It’s exciting to me to hear new music from a new band, regardless of who is in it and how they came together, this feels like a new band to me and one I hope that will continue to make albums down the road.” From the opening riff of the title track ‘Apocalyptic Love’ you hear that tone, […]

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Halestorm – The Strange Case Of… Halestorm

Halestorm – The Strange Case Of… Halestorm

In 25 words or less: “Balls out rock, amazing ballads, modern rock songs, and balls out rock.  Yeah that’s right, said that twice, but it’s the truth.” It’s been three years since the release of Halestorm’s debut in 2009 and this new album has been a long time coming!  I’m happy to say that it was well worth the wait […]

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Casablanca – Apocalyptic Youth

Casablanca – Apocalyptic Youth

If you are familiar with the name Ryan Roxie, then you probably fall into one of two categories.  Category one, you are familiar with his involvement as a guitarist with the likes of Slash’s Snakepit, or more prominently, spending a decade between the years 1996 and 2006 and now once again in 2012  as guitarist with Alice Cooper.  Category two, […]

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Jack Blades – Rock ‘n’ Roll Ride

Jack Blades – Rock ‘n’ Roll Ride

In 25 words or less:” It’s gotta be said, as much as I enjoyed that last Night Ranger album, I think this Jack Blades solo release takes the cake.” Hot on the heels of Night Ranger’s release last year, Somewhere In California comes this mighty slab of rock in the form of a solo release from their front man, Jack […]

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Pretty Maids – It Comes Alive (Maid In Switzerland)

Pretty Maids – It Comes Alive (Maid In Switzerland)

Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, Pretty Maids have finally satisfied the wishes of long standing fans with a live DVD release….and what better way to celebrate their 30 years as one of Denmark’s greatest metal/rock bands than this  21 song 2 CD and DVD release, complete with bonus backstage footage and interviews.  (Please note however that this review is […]

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Jeff Scott Soto – Damage Control

Jeff Scott Soto – Damage Control

In 25 words or less: “Damage Control really is a must purchase for any Jeff Scott Soto fan and anyone who appreciates high quality melodic rock.” For someone who has long been hailed as one of the premiere vocalists in the melodic rock sphere for nearly 30 years, it surprised me somewhat to be reminded that Damage Control is only […]

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Soulfly – Enslaved

Soulfly – Enslaved

In 25 words or less: “This is a metal album from a band who know what they’re doing and do it well.” So on this nice Sunday afternoon I was looking for some music to set the mood and relax to. Of course the only choice was the new Soulfly album ‘Enslaved’, I mean, wouldn’t it be yours? This is […]

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Breaching Vista – Vera City

Breaching Vista – Vera City

OK so I’m interested right off the bat with the intro to this album, a great guitar sound and leaves me intrigued as to if this is what I can expect for the remainder of the album. It flows straight into a song called ‘Sleep’ which has a great musical hook and great structure to this song that did far […]

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Mr. Big – Live From The Living Room

Mr. Big – Live From The Living Room

25 words or less: A nice addition to the hardcore Mr. Big fan’s collection and yet another display of one the most prodigiously talented hard rock bands to ever walk this earth. Look, let’s cut straight to the chase as I know time is of the essence these days and most of you can probably only hold your attention span […]

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Sunstorm – Emotional Fire

Sunstorm – Emotional Fire

25 words or less: Emotional Fire is a required listen for all those existing Sunstorm fans and those who love hearing the sound of Joe Lynn Turner’s voice all over pulsating melodic rock songs. As a vocalist, Joe Lynn Turner is one of the true greats in rock, covering a multitude of styles with aplomb.  From Rainbow to Deep Purple to Yngwie […]

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Shinedown – Amaryllis

Shinedown – Amaryllis

In 25 words or less: “This is truly a great rock album, every song is as good as the next and it’s one that I’ll happily continue to listen to.” It’s been four long years since we last had a new album from US Rockers Shinedown and thankfully we now have some brand new music from them in the form […]

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Lamb Of God – Resolution

Lamb Of God – Resolution

In 25 words or less: Heavy. Heavy. Heavy. Awesome. Lamb Of God are back in a big way. This new album Resolution is so good that it’s hard to put into words. This is the heavy album I know I’ve been waiting for and although I got to hear it in November it was refreshing to hear it again in […]

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Drug Under – Forgive And Forget

Drug Under – Forgive And Forget

Let me start by saying that I’m a big fan of the Modern Rock / Metal genre. I say modern but by that I mean the majority of bands out there these days making music that have that heavy, dirty, crunchy yet still melodic style of Rock / Metal. So when a ballsy rocker of a new album comes out […]

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Primal Fear – Unbreakable

Primal Fear – Unbreakable

In 25 words or less: During 2012 I doubt there will be many releases which will top Unbreakable for sheer METAL brilliance and enjoyment, an essential listen for any true heavy metal fan! Well what a way to kick off the year with this mighty slab of metal from Primal Fear titled Unbreakable, the bands ninth release.  I know this comment may […]

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Mollo/Martin – The Third Cage

Mollo/Martin – The Third Cage

25 words or less: If you’ve been a fan of the past installments of Mollo/Martin or their past work, then this is a worthy addition to the collection… So if the “/” in made you think that Mollo/Martin involves two people…well you are spot on!  Mollo/Martin is made up of Italian guitarist Dario Mollo and former Black Sabbath singer Tony […]

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David Myles – Into The Sun

David Myles – Into The Sun

David Myles is an accomplished folk / acoustic rock kinda guy hailing from Canada who’s quirkiness and amazing songwriting has earned him many accolades in Nova Scotia with many more to come no doubt. His new album ‘Into The Sun’ is so easy to listen to its like I wasn’t even doing it at one point. First single ‘Simple Pleasures’ […]

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Monster Truck – The Brown EP

Monster Truck – The Brown EP

In 25 words or less:  Monster Truck is for those that love their ROCK loud, raw, sweaty, hairy and soaked in beer. Maybe this is not exactly something unique to myself, but when it comes to something that I haven’t heard before, whether it be a band name, album title or song title, I always like to play a little […]

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Soul Seller – Back To Life

Soul Seller – Back To Life

In 25 words or less: As with almost everything being released by the label Avenue Of Allies these days, this is a quality release definitely worth checking out. Italy’s Soul Seller first started way back in 1999 with brothers David and Mirko Zublena and here in 2011, with many line-up changes, comes their first album release, Back To Life.  Having […]

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Sencelled – Sencelled

Sencelled – Sencelled

In 25 words or less: Sencelled deliver song after song of catchy melodic power pop addictiveness If listening to an album chock full of awesome melodic rock doesn’t bring enough bliss to my ears, then mix it full of awesome power pop moments and I am in heaven.  So yes, it goes without saying that this release from Swedish four piece […]

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Paradise Inc. – Time

Paradise Inc. – Time

In 25 words or less: If you love European styled 80’s melodic rock, Time is a quality album worthy of your attention. Well here’s a first for me…it’s my first review of a band from Brazil.  Well mostly Brazil, with then a truly international cast of contributors.  Melodic rockers Paradise Inc. feature as it’s core a quartet of Brazilian musicians […]

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Vain – Enough Rope

Vain – Enough Rope

In 25 words or less:  Just like the 1989 release No Respect, Enough Rope is an essential hard rock classic. With it being over 20 years now since the glory days of 80’s hard rock, it’s certainly been intriguing to say the least to observe the bands, albums and songs that have “survived” so to speak in 2011.  There is […]

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Teenage Casket Company – Best Kept Secret

Teenage Casket Company – Best Kept Secret

In 25 words: A lethal combination of driving guitars, hooks, soaring choruses and pure addictiveness. Having first discovered Nottingham based Teenage Casket Company (TCC) on MySpace, yes MySpace, some 7 or 8 years ago, what I found in this “casket” was indeed a “best kept secret”.  A band that captured the essence of the anthemic style of power rock that […]

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