Saturday, 30 December 2017

Friday, 29 December 2017

Album Review: SWEET & LYNCH - Unified

Sweet & Lynch - Unified
01. Promised Land
02. Walk
03. Afterlife
04. Make Your Mark
05. Tried & True
06. Unified
07. Find Your Way
08. Heart Of Fire
09. Bridge Of Broken Lies
10. Better Man
11. Live To Die


Thursday, 28 December 2017

Album Review: JOSH TODD & THE CONFLICT - Year Of The Tiger

Josh Todd & The Conflict - Year Of The Tiger
01. Year Of The Tiger
02. Inside
03. Fucked Up
04. Rain
05. Good Enough
06. The Conflict
07. Story Of My Life
08. Erotic City
09. Push It
10. Atomic
11. Rain (Clean)


Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Album Review: KOBRA AND THE LOTUS - Prevail I

Kobra and the Lotus - Prevail I
01. Gotham
02. TriggerPulse
03. You Don't Know
04. Specimen X (Mortal Chamber)
05. Light Me Up
06. Manifest Destiny
07. Victim
08. Check The Phyrg
09. Hell On Earth
10.  Prevail


Monday, 25 December 2017


Top 30 Hard Rock/Metal/Goth/Punk/Alternative singles of 2017
It's taken ages, not to mention some ruthless culling, to bring you my top 30 favourite songs of 2017. With so many amazing tracks released this year, compiling this list has been tough, but I think I've pretty much cracked it.


Sunday, 24 December 2017

Album Review: MARILYN MANSON - Heaven Upside Down

Marilyn Manson - Heaven Upside Down

01. Revelation #12
02. Tattooed In Reverse
03. We Know Where You Fucking Live
04. Say10
05. Kill4me
06. Saturnalia
07. Je$u$ Cri$i$
08. Blood Honey
09. Heaven Upside Down
10. Threats Of Romance


Saturday, 23 December 2017

Album Review: ANTI-FLAG - American Fall

Anti-Flag - American Fall
01. American Attraction
02.The Criminals
03. When The Wall Falls
04. Trouble Follows Me
05. Finish What We Started
06. Liar
07. Digital Blackout
08. I Came, I Saw, I Believed
09. Racists
10. Throw It Away
11. Casualty


Friday, 22 December 2017

Album Review: CJ WILDHEART - Blood

CJ Wildheart - Blood
01. Tea Leaf
02. Gutless
03. Lazybones
04. Beak
05. 50 Percent Indian
06. Tired Of Sex
07. Kiss It
08. Plastic Invasion
09. Itch
10. Lost In The Game


Sunday, 17 December 2017

Gig Review: HIM & Biters at The Academy, Manchester (UK) 16/12/2017

Earlier this year, Goths across the world went into mourning as HIM announced that they were going to call it a day. I've been a massive fan since their Razorblade Romance album came out, which is one of my favourite records of all time, so I was upset to hear the news. The silver lining in this black cloud was that they announced a farewell tour. I booked my tickets straight away, which was a wise move, as all of the UK dates sold out very quickly.

I arrived nice and early to catch the support band, retro-rockers Biters (see my review of their album here), and I'm really glad that I braved the long queue in the freezing cold to make sure I didn't miss their set.


Friday, 15 December 2017

Album Review: WARRIOR SOUL – Back On The Lash

Warrior Soul - Back On The Lash

01. American Idol
02. I Get Fucked Up
03. Back On The Lash
04. Thrill Seeker
05. Goin’ Broke Gettin’ High
06. Black Out
07. I’ve Got The Rock
08. Further Decay
09. That’s How We Roll


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Album Review: IRON MAIDEN - The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter

Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter

01. If Eternity Should Fail (Live at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia - Friday 6th May 2016)
02. Speed of Light (Live at Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town, South Africa - Wednesday 18th May 2016)
03. Wrathchild (Live at 3 Arena, Dublin, Ireland - Saturday 6th May 2017)
04. Children of the Damned (Live at Bell Center, Montreal, Canada - Friday 1st April 2016)
05. Death or Glory (Live at Wroclaw Stadium, Wroclaw, Poland - Sunday 3rd July 2016)
06. The Red and the Black (Live at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan - Thursday 21st April 2016)
07. The Trooper (Live at Estadio Jorge Magico Gonzalez, San Salvador, El Salvador - Sunday 6th March 2016)
08. Powerslave (Live at Plaza Dell'Unita D'Italia, Trieste, Italy - Tuesday 26th July 2016)
09. The Great Unknown (Live at MRA Arena, Newcastle, England - Sunday 14th May 2017)
10. The Book of Souls (Live at Download Festival, Donington, England - Sunday 12th June 2016)
11. Fear of the Dark (Live at Arena Castelao, Fortaleza, Brazil - Thursday 24th March 2016)
12. Iron Maiden (Live at Estadio Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Tuesday 15th March 2016)
13. The Number of the Beast (Live at Open Air Festival, Wacken, Germany - Thursday 4th August 2016)
14. Blood Brothers (Live at Download Festival, Donington, England - Sunday 12th June 2016)
15. Wasted Years (Live at HSBC Arena, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Thursday 17th March 2016)


Friday, 8 December 2017

Album Review: GHOST - Ceremony And Devotion

Ghost - Ceremony and Devotion

01. Square Hammer
02. From The Pinnacle To The Pit
03. Con Clavi Con Dio
04. Per Aspera Ad Inferi
05. Body And Blood
06. Devil Church
07. Cirice
08. Ghuleh/Zombie Queen
09. Year Zero
10. Spoksonat
11. He Is
12. Mummy Dust
13. Absolution
14. Ritual
15. Monstrance Clock

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Album Review: LIVING COLOUR - Shade

Living Colour - Shade

01. Freedom of Expression (F.O.X.)
02. Preachin' Blues (Robert Johnson cover)
03. Come On
04. Program
05. Who Shot Ya (Notorious B.I.G cover)
06. Always Wrong
07. Blak Out
08. Pattern in Time
09. Who's That
10. Glass Teeth
11. Invisible
12. Inner City Blues (Marvin Gaye cover)
13. Two Sides


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

TV Series Review: MARVEL'S THE PUNISHER (Season 1)

Marvel's The Punisher (Season 1)

Marvel have really outdone themselves over the last few years with their string of hugely popular movies, and now TV series, all set in the same universe. I've been reading the comics since I was a kid, and love all of the movies too, even the one with Dolph Lundgren in! The Punisher is easily one of my favourite Marvel characters, so it was extremely important to me that they nailed it with this new series.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Album Review: THE RELENTLESS - American Satan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

01. Me Against the Devil
02. Hell Is For Children (Pat Benatar cover)
03. Let Him Burn
04. Nights in White Satin (The Moody Blues cover)
05. We Lose Control
06. Save a Prayer (Duran Duran cover)
07. Cadence of My Heart
08. Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode cover)
09. Forgive Me Mother
10. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) (Neil Young cover)

American Satan is a movie that was released in October 2017, about a young band called The Relentless, following their dreams in Los Angeles. They end up making a Faustian deal to ensure their success, but this comes at a price. It stars Metal's Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) and Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria) as two of the band members.

I saw a trailer for the movie and it looked awesome. The music sounded great too. Unfortunately, it hasn't been released outside of America yet, but the second it does, I'll be on it!

Initially, I thought "Fuck! Andy Biersack has never sounded so good!" Then the penny dropped. He's just the actor. The singer is actually Remington Leith from the band Palaye Royale. The Relentless, although credited as the artist on the soundtrack, is an imaginary band anyway, so who cares? He sounds amazing, regardless.

The music harks back to the 'over the top' Heavy Metal soundtracks from 80's Horror movies, but with an Industrial sheen, coupled with a Nu-Metal heaviness that allows this record to tread that magical line between retro and contemporary. This is also compounded by a number of the tracks being classic covers, which are all given a modern twist, but retain the qualities that made them great the first time round.

The whole album is really good, but were I forced to pick favourites, I'd go for Me Against The Devil, and the haunting renditions of Nights In White Satin and Hey Hey, My My, which are nothing short of superb.

The American Satan soundtrack is a surprisingly magnificent release, and is up there with The Crow, The Lost Boys, and Suck. I really hope that the movie is as good as the music. I'll let you all know in due course.


Sunday, 3 December 2017

Album Review: BLACK SABBATH - The End (Live)

01. Black Sabbath
02. Fairies Wear Boots
03. Under The Sun / Every Day Comes And Goes
04. After Forever
05. Into The Void
06. Snowblind
07. Band Introductions
08. War Pigs
09. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
10. Bassically / N.I.B.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Album Review: VAMPS - Underworld

VAMPS - Underworld
01. Underworld
02. Calling
03. Break Free
04. Don't Hold Back
05. Bleed For Me
06. In This Hell
07. Inside Of Me
08. Rise Or Die
09. Sin In Justice
10. B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Blood)
11. Rise Up

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Album Review: TH3 CLIMB - Illusion Of Your Life

Th3 Climb - Illusion Of Your Life
01. When All Are Gone
02. So Far
03. If I Could
04. Dreaming Alone
05. Illusion Of Your Life
06. Just Another Lie
07. To The End
08. Present


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Album Review: BITERS - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be

Biters - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be
01. Let It Roll
02. Stone Cold Love
03. Callin' You Home
04. Don't Turn This Good Heart Bad
05. Gypsy Rose
06. No Stranger To Heartache
07. Vulture City
08. Hollywood
09. Chasin' The Feeling
10. Goin' Back To Georgia

Monday, 27 November 2017

Album Review: HELL IN THE CLUB - See You On The Dark Side

Hell In The Club - See You On The Dark Side

01. We Are On Fire
02. The Phantom Punch
03. Little Toy Soldier
04. I Wanna Swing Like Peter Parker
05. Houston, We've Got No Money
06. A Melody, A Memory
07. Showtime
08. The Misfit
09. Withered In Venice
10. Bite Of The Tongue
11. A Crowded Room

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Album Review: BEAST IN BLACK - Beserker

Beast In Black - Beserker

01. Beast in Black
02. Blind and Frozen
03. Blood of a Lion
04. Born Again
05. Zodd the Immortal
06. The Fifth Angel
07. Crazy, Mad, Insane
08. Hell for All Eternity
09. Eternal Fire
10. Go to Hell
11. End of the World
12. Ghost in the Rain 


Saturday, 25 November 2017

Album Review: PROPHETS OF RAGE - Prophets Of Rage

Prophets Of Rage - Prophets Of Rage

01. Radical Eyes
02. Unfuck The World
03. Legalize Me
04. Living On The 110
05. The Counteroffensive
06. Hail To The Chief
07. Take Me Higher
08. Strength In Numbers
09. Fired A Shot
10. Who Owns Who
11. Hands Up
12. Smashit


Friday, 24 November 2017

Album Review: SKARLETT RIOT - Regenerate

Skarlett Riot - Regenerate

01. Break
02. Closer
03. Stand Alone
04. What Lies Beneath
05. Calling
06. Affliction
07. Outcast
08. Paralyzed
09. The Storm
10. Warrior

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Album Review: ESPRIT D'AIR - Constellations

Esprit D'Air - Constellations
01. Ignition
02. Rebirth
03. Guiding Light
04. The Hunter
05. Starstorm
06. The Awakening
07. Reminisce
08. Versus
09. Shizuku (Bonus Track)
10. Grudge (Bonus Track)
11. Deai (Bonus Track)


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Movie Review: THE BABYSITTER (2017)

The Babysitter 2017

The Babysitter is a 'Netflix Original' Horror Comedy starring the ludicrously attractive Samara Weaving (Ash vs Evil Dead and the dreadful Australian TV soap Home and Away).


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

EP Review: CROSSFAITH - Freedom

Crossfaith - Freedom EP

01. Freedom (Feat. Rou Reynolds)
02. Rockstar Steady (Feat. Jesse)
03. Diavolos


Monday, 20 November 2017

Album Review: PRIEST - New Flesh

Priest - New Flesh
01. The Pit
02. Vaudeville
03. History In Black
04. Populist
05. The Cross
06. Private Eye
07. Nightmare Hotel
08. Virus
09. Call My Name
10. Reloader


Sunday, 19 November 2017

Movie Review: JIGSAW (2017)

Jigsaw 2017

I've been a huge fan of the Saw movies since they started, and it's easy to see why Saw has become one of the biggest franchises in modern Horror. The whole idea of the 'games' is so simple yet brilliant, and opens the doors for all manner of ingenuitive traps culminating in wonderfully shocking and savage death scenes. However, what made the first couple of films truly magnificent were the twists in the story. I feel that as the franchise went on, the writers struggled to find new twists that would genuinely surprise the audience, and the compulsory twists became predictable and, in some cases, a bit shit. I was glad that the Saw series ended when it did, before spiralling into the world of 'straight to DVD' low budget cash grabs as so many other franchises have fallen into in the past, tarnishing their legacy (I'm looking at you in particular, Hellraiser!).


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Album Review: THE HAUNTED - Strength In Numbers

The Haunted - Strength In Numbers

01. Fill The Darkness With Black
02. Brute Force
03. Spark
04. Preachers Of Death
05. Strength In Numbers
06. Tighten The Noose
07. This Is The End
08. The Fall
09. Means To An End
10. Monuments


Friday, 17 November 2017

Album Review: SALTIMBANKYA - Masquerade: A Circus Drama

Saltimbankya - Masquerade: A Circus Drama

01. Prologue - Masquerade (Feat. Noel Cordoba)
02. Open Your Eyes
03. The Voice
04. Gipsy Queen (Feat. Luis Robisco)
05. Blue Moon (Feat. Marti Doria)
06. Go Away
07. Epilogue - A Spark Inside Us
08. Tu Enemigo


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Album Review: GWAR - The Blood Of Gods

GWAR - The Blood Of Gods
01. War On Gwar
02. Viking Death Machine
03. El Presidente
04. I'll Be Your Monster
05. Auroch
06. Swarm
07. The Sordid Soliloquy Of Sawborg Destructo
08. Death To Dickie Duncan
09. Crushed By The Cross
10. Fuck This Place
11. Phantom Limb
12. If You Want Blood (You Got It) [AC/DC Cover]


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Album Review: INCUBUS - 8

Incubus - 8

01. No Fun
02. Nimble Bastard
03. State Of The Art
04. Glitterbomb
05. Undefeated
06. Loneliest
07. When I Became A Man
08. Familiar Faces
09. Love In A Time Of Surveillance
10. Make No Sound In The Digital Forest
11. Throw Out The Map


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Album Review: GUN - Favourite Pleasures

Gun - Favourite Pleasures
01. She Knows
02. Here's Where I Am
03. Favourite Pleasures
04. Take Me Down
05. Silent Lovers
06. Black Heart
07. Without You In My Life
08. Tragic Heroes
09. Go To Hell
10. Boy Who Fooled The World
11. (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) (Bonus Track / Beastie Boys cover)
12. 20 Storeys (Bonus Track)
13. Come Undone (Bonus Track)
14. All I Really Need (Bonus Track)


Monday, 13 November 2017

Album Review: BLONDIE - Pollinator

Blondie - Pollinator

01. Doom or Destiny
02. Long Time
03. Already Naked
04. Fun
05. My Monster
06. Best Day Ever
07. Gravity
08. When I Gave Up on You
09. Love Level
10. Too Much
11. Fragments 


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Album Review: OBEY THE BRAVE - Mad Season

Obey The Brave - Mad Season
01. On Thin Ice
02. Drama
03. On Our Own
04. Mad Season
05. 97 Again
06. Les Temps Sont Durs
07. Low Key
08. Feed The Fire
09. The Distance
10. Way It Goes
11. RIP
12. This Is It


Friday, 10 November 2017

Album Review: ANNIHILATOR - For The Demented

Annihilator - For The Demented
01. Twisted Lobotomy
02. One To Kill
03. For The Demented
04. Pieces Of You
05. The Demon You Know
06. Phantom Asylum
07. Altering The Alter
08. The Way
09. Dark
10. Not All There


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Album Review: FOZZY - Judas

Fozzy - Judas

01. Judas
02. Drinkin With Jesus
03. Painless
04. Weight Of My World
05. Wordsworth Way
06. Burn Me Out
07. Three Days In Jail
08. Elevator
09. Running With The Bulls
10. Capsized
11. Wolves At Bay


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Album Review: H.E.A.T - Into The Great Unknown

H.E.A.T - Into The Great Unknown

01. Bastard Of Society
02. Redefined
03. Shit City
04. Time On Our Side
05. Best Of The Broken
06. Eye Of The Storm
07. Blind Leads The Blind
08. We Rule
09. Do You Want It
10. Into The Great Unknown


Friday, 27 October 2017

Album Review: L.A. GUNS - The Missing Peace

L.A. Guns - The Missing Peace

01. It's All The Same To me
02. Speed
03. A Drop Of Bleach
04. Sticky Fingers
05. Christine
06. Baby Gotta Fever
07. Kill It Or Die
08. Don't Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
09. The Flood's The Fault Of The Rain
10. The Devil Made Me Do It
11. The Missing Peace
12. Gave It All Away


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Album Review: PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES - That Shallot

Peter and the Test Tube Babies - That Shallot

01. In Yer Face
02. C U Next Tuesday
03. None Of Your Fucking Business
04. Wrong
05. Silicone Beer Gut
06. Youth Of Today
07. Say What You Want
08. Trampkiller
09. When Girlfriends Attack
10. What Next?
11. Crap Californian Punk Band (Feat. Lars from Rancid)
12. Honesty
13. 17 Red
14. Pissedenstein


Sunday, 22 October 2017

Album Review: AUTOGRAPH - Get Off Your Ass

Autograph - Get Off Your Ass!
01. Get Off Your Ass
02. Every Generation
03. All I Own
04. You Are Us, We Are You
05. Meet Me Half Way
06. I Lost My Mind In America
07. All Emotion
08. Watch It Now
09. Ready To Get Down
10. Turn Up The Radio (Live)


Friday, 20 October 2017

Album Review: PVRIS - All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell

PVRIS - All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell

01. Heaven
02. Half
03. Anyone Else
04. What's Wrong
05. Walk Alone
06. Same Soul
07. Winter
08. No Mercy
09. Separate
10. Nola 1

Monday, 9 October 2017

Gig Review: STRAY FROM THE PATH & CAPSIZE at Rebellion, Manchester (UK) 08/10/2017

Being useless, I turned up late to the show and missed Renounced and Obey The Brave. What was really annoying was that Obey The Brave were scheduled to go on at 8:45pm as the third band on the bill. They went on second, and I missed them, which was a real shame. I sped up the motorway to make sure I was in time for their set, but alas, someone decided to put them on early and I was fucked out of seeing them. I saw a few other people in their T-Shirts turn up late, and they looked noticebly pissed off about this last minute, unannounced reshuffle. To ease my woes, I bought their new album from their merch stall. Anyway.....


Monday, 2 October 2017


Black Country Communion - BCCIV

01. Collide
02. Over My Head
03. The Last Song For My Resting Place
04. Sway
05. The Cove
06. The Crow
07. Wanderlust
08. Love Remains
09. Awake
10. When the Morning Comes

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Album Review: STRAY FROM THE PATH - Only Death Is Real

Stray From The Path - Only Death Is Real

01. The Opening Move
02. Loudest In the Room
03. Goodnight Alt-Right
04. Let's Make a Deal
05. They Always Take the Guru
06. Plead the Fifth
07. Strange Fiction (feat. Keith Buckley)
08. All Day & a Night (feat. Bryan Garris)
09. The House Always Wins (feat. Vinnie Paz)
10. Only Death Is Real


Friday, 29 September 2017

Album Review: VINCE RIPPER AND THE RODENT SHOW - Planet Shockorama

Vince Ripper And The Rodent Show - Planet Shockorama

01. Planet Claire (The B52's cover)
02. Teenagers From Mars (Misfits cover)
03. 7 And 7 Is (Love cover)
04. Outer Limits
05. The Invasion Is Coming (The Invasion cover)
06. I Can't Find My Mind (The Cramps cover)
07. Silver Machine (Hawkwind cover)
08. Rocket U.S.A (Suicide cover)
09. Love Me (Jerry Lott cover)
10. The Blob (The Five Blobs cover)
11. Mystery Plane (The Cramps cover)
12. Flying Saucers Rock And Roll (Billy Riley cover)
13. EST, Trip To The Moon (Alien Sex Fiend cover)
14. Scary Monsters (David Bowie cover)

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Album Review: 3TEETH - Shutdown.exe

3Teeth - Shutdown.exe

01. Divine Weapon
02. Pit Of Fire
03. Atrophy
04. Oblivion Coil
05. Shutdown
06. Degrade
07. Tower Of Disease
08. Tabula Umbra
09. Voiceless
10. Slavegod
11. Insubstantia
12. B.O.A
13. Away From Me

Monday, 25 September 2017

Album Review: REX BROWN - Smoke On This

Rex Brown - Smoke On This

01. Lone Rider
02. Crossing Lines
03. Buried Alive
04. Train Song
05. Get Yourself Alright
06. Fault Line
07. What Comes Around...
08. Grace
09. So Into You
10. Best Of Me
11. One of These Days

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Album Review: ARCH ENEMY - Will To Power

Arch Enemy - Will To Power

01. Set Flame To The Night
02. The Race
03. Blood In The Water
04. The World Is Yours
05. The Eagle Flies Alone
06. Reason To Believe
07. Murder Scene
08. First Day In Hell
09. Saturnine
10. Dreams Of Retribution
11. My Shadow and I
12. A Fight I Must Win
13. City Baby Attacked By Rats (Charged G.B.H. cover) [Bonus Track]


Friday, 22 September 2017

Album Review: WINTERSUN - The Forest Seasons

Wintersun - The Forest Seasons

01. Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)
02. The Forest That Weeps (Summer)
03. Eternal Darkness (Autumn)
04. Loneliness (Winter)
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