Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Album Review: FOREVER STILL - Breathe In Colours


01. Rewind
02. Fight!
03. Breathe In Colours
04. Is It Gone
05. Survive
06. Do Your Worst
07. Pieces
08. Rising Over You
09. Say Your Goodbyes
10. Embrace The Tide
11. Is It Gone (Acoustic Version)
12. Perfect Day (Lou Reed cover)

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Album Review: A NEW REVENGE - Enemies & Lovers

A New Revenge - Enemies & Lovers

01. The Distance Between
02. The Way
03. Never Let You Go
04. Glorious
05. The Eyes
06. Fallen
07. Only The Pretty Ones
08. Enemies & Lovers
09. Here's To Us
10. Scars

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Monday, 13 May 2019

Album Review: TESLA - Shock

Tesla - Shock

01 You Won't Take Me Alive
02 Taste Like
03 We Can Rule The World
04 Shock
05 Love Is A Fire
06 California Summer Song
07 Forever Loving You
08 The Mission
09 Tied To The Tracks
10 Afterlife
11 I Want Everything
12 Comfort Zone

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Sunday, 12 May 2019

Album Review: THE WILDHEARTS - Renaissance Men

The Wildhearts - Renaissance Men

01. Dislocated
02. Let 'Em Go
03. The Renaissance Men
04. Fine Art Of Deception
05. Diagnosis
06. My Kinda Movie
07. Little Flower
08. Emergency (Fentanyl Babylon)
09. My Side Of The Bed
10. Pilo Erection

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Saturday, 11 May 2019

Album Review: DIE KLUTE - Planet Fear

DIEKLUTE - Planet Fear

01. If I Die
02. Out Of Control
03. The Hangman
04. Rich Kid Loser
05. For Nothing
06. Human Error
07. It's All In Vain
08. Born For A Cause
09. Infectious
10. Push The Limit
11. She Watch Channel Zero?! (Public Enemy cover)
12. Mofo
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Friday, 10 May 2019

Album Review: NEW YEARS DAY - Unbreakable

New Years Day - Unbreakable

01. Come For Me
02. MissUnderstood
03. Skeletons
04. Unbreakable
05. Shut Up
06. Done With You
07. Poltergeist
08. Break My Body
09. Sorry Not Sorry
10. My Monsters
11. Nocturnal
12. I Survived

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Thursday, 9 May 2019

Album Review: MARK MORTON - Anesthetic

Mark Morton - Anesthetic

01. Cross Off (feat. Chester Bennington)
02. Sworn Apart (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)
03. Axis (feat. Mark Lanegan)
04. The Never (feat. Chuck Billy + Jake Oni)
05. Save Defiance (feat. Myles Kennedy)
06. Blur (feat. Mark Morales)
07. Back From The Dead (feat. Josh Todd)
08. Reveal (feat. Naeemah Maddox)
09. Imaginary Days
10. Truth Is Dead (feat. Randy Blythe + Alissa White-Gluz)

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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Album Review: SKOLD - Never Is Now

Skold - Never Is Now


01. Never Is Now
02. Small World
03. Pharmaceuticals
04. Roses
05. Please Remain Calm
06. Ravenous
07. In Another Life
08. This Is The End
09. Idle Hands
10. Temple Of Rage
11. Be Brave
12. American Bluff
13. This Is What You Get
14. Insatiable
15. And So 

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Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Album Review: BLUTENGEL: Un:Gott

BlutEngel - Un:Gott

01. Together As One
02. Into The Void
03. König
04. Praise The Lord
05. Not My Home
06. Alles
07. Seductive Dreams
08. Vampire
09. Surrender To The Darkness
10. I’m Alive
11. Am Ende der Zeit
12. Teufelswerk
13. Resurrection Of The Light
14. Morningstar
15. The Last Song

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Monday, 6 May 2019

Gig Review: AESTHETIC PERFECTION + PRIEST + AMELIA ARSENIC + NATURE OF WIRES at The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton (UK) 12/04/2019

AESTHETIC PERFECTION + PRIEST + AMELIA ARSENIC + NATURE OF WIRES at The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton (UK) 12/04/2019


It's very rare for me to go to a gig purely to see a support band, but that was the case for me tonight. I absolutely love Priest. Their debut album, New Flesh (read my review here) was my favourite record of 2017 (full list here), so I've been looking forward to seeing the band live for months.

First up was UK based Electronica trio Nature of Wires. I'd never heard of them before, but I was very pleased that I came down early to check them out. They had a Gary Numan-meets-Dance music thing going on, and coupled with some hauntingly catchy vocals from their singer Sarah Bouchier, I was won over quite quickly. I've heard a few bands that sound a bit like this recently, but what sets them apart from the pack is not only Sarah's amazing voice, but also that their music is laced with Pop hooks making it instantly accessible.  

Nature of Wires at The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Nature of Wires

Amelia Arsenic was up next. Unfortunately, her backing band were sick and unable to perform. Not wanting to miss the opportunity to play, she performed with a backing track on a laptop. In fairness, many artists in this genre have almost everything on a backing track anyway, and it sounded great regardless. I also have a lot of respect for artists who step up in the face of adversity and make sure that the show goes on. Amelia did just this, and put on an excellent performance. Her music has a Sleigh Bells mixed with Pretty Addicted vibe which I liked a lot. The songs were catchy and, coupled with her strong image, I can see Amelia being really successful in the future.
Amelia Arsenic at The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Amelia Arsenic

There appears to have been a lot of drama in the Priest camp recently with rumours of firings and subsequent new band members. Having a band with people wearing masks and not using their real names allows line-up changes to happen behind the scenes without the audience being aware. I wonder which band this reminds me of? Anyway, if I hadn't read about these line-up changes on the internet I honestly wouldn't have realised, as Priest looked and sounded like Priest. Phew.

Opening with The Pit, it was clear that I was not the only one here to see the main support band. There was a massive buzz in the audience, with plenty of people singing the words to every song. Having only one studio album, they squeezed most of their songs into their set, including personal favourites like The Cross, Private Eye and Populist. Their set tonight was slick and nothing short of electrifying. I can't wait to see them again at the earliest opportunity!

Priest at The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Priest
Priest at The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Priest
Priest at The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Priest
By the time headliners Aesthetic Perfection hit the stage, the venue had filled up nicely. I'd checked out a few of their tracks on YouTube before the show, but other than that, I wasn't really familiar with the band. Fortunately for me, all of the songs I'd listened to prior to the gig were in the set, such as Gods & Gold, Never Enough, Love Like Lies, and my personal favourite, the ludicrously catchy Antibody.

Aesthetic Perfection were nothing short of excellent. The band crackled with energy and oozed charisma. I think having a live drummer and some live guitars thrown in there gave their show a badass Rock band vibe, and really added to their sound. Their set was tight, intense, and everything any fan could want. I was really impressed. I'm going to have to check out their back catalogue now and catch them again next time they come around.


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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Album Review: RIVAL SONS - Feral Roots

Rival Sons - Feral Roots

01. Do Your Worst
02. Sugar on the Bone
03. Back in the Woods
04. Look Away
05. Feral Roots
06. Too Bad
07. Stood By Me
08. Imperial Joy
09. All Directions
10. End of Forever
11. Shooting Stars

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Sunday, 21 April 2019

TV Series Review: CRITTERS - A NEW BINGE



The original Critters is one of my favourite movies of all time, so when I heard about this TV show, I was extremely excited. However, after seeing the trailer, I felt my excitement turn to disappointment and dread. Not only did it look really low budget, to the point where the Critters looked tacky and unrealistic (the originals were masterpieces of their time), but the series also seemed to venture into parody territories. The original had a lot of comedic elements, but overall had a different  tone to what is presented in the trailer. It reminded me a little of how disappointed I was with Gremlins 2, as the writers just didn't seem to get the vibe of the source material. Here in the Critters - A New Binge trailer, there's a scene with two of them wearing comedy suits, which doesn't bode well. The trailer admittedly looks fun, but it very much gave me the impression that its creators have got Critters wrong. However, let's not forget how shit Critters 4 was, so surely this new series has to be an improvement?

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Friday, 29 March 2019

Album Review: BACKYARD BABIES - Silver & Gold

Backyard Babies - Silver & Gold

01. Good Morning Midnight
02. Simple Being Sold
03. Shovin‘ Rocks
04. Ragged Flag
05. Yes To All No
06. Bad Seeds
07. 44 Undead
08. Sliver And Gold
09. A Day Late In My Dollar Shorts
10. Laugh Now Cry Later
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Thursday, 28 March 2019

Album Review: BATTLE BEAST - No More Hollywood Endings

Battle Beast - No More Hollywood Endings

01. Unbroken
02. No More Hollywood Endings
03. Eden
04. Unfairy Tales
05. Endless Summer
06. The Hero
07. Piece Of Me
08. I Wish
09. Raise Your Fists
10. The Golden Horde
11. World On Fire
12. Bent And Broken (Bonus Track)
13. My Last Dream (Bonus Track)

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Movie Review: THE DIRT (2019)

The Dirt


This movie has been in the pipeline for years, ever since the runaway success of the book. It almost felt surreal to finally be watching it. What was really cool was that it launched on Netflix last Friday, and all of my 'Metal' friends all seemed to be watching it at the same time. It was like being a kid in the 80's, when we all came into school on the Monday and talked about some film or TV show that we'd watched over the weekend!

Anyway, having read The Dirt a few years ago, the movie is an excellent adaptation. Naturally, a lot had been barely touched upon or omitted altogether as there was too much to fit into a single movie. 

I think it's important when reviewing a movie like this to remember that it's just that. It's not a documentary, it's a film designed to entertain. Due to the volume of source material, the pacing, and the character development, a few things clearly had to be changed to make the story work in this context. The timeline is more than a little sketchy, and there are a few untruths that will annoy a few die-hard Motley Crue fans.

I was expecting The Dirt to be an over-the-top Sex Drugs n' Rock n' Roll film veering a little too much into the realms of cheesy clichés, kinda like American Satan (read my review here) but without the supernatural element. It is very much that, but had some real depth in places that made it a more credible piece of work and saved it from being superficial trash.

I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed The Dirt. The actors were really convincing and some of the scenes and sets had been lovingly re-created from original photos and video footage. The film was fast-paced, really funny in places, and ultimately made the four reprobate band members quite endearing, despite their never-ending list of flaws.

The movie certainly did tackle some of the darkness and tragedy that plagued the band at certain points in their career. They stated in the press that the film wouldn't shy away from these issues, but that's only a half-truth. For example, there's the scene where Tommy Lee punches his fiancée in the face on the tour bus. I'm not sure what the real-life events were, but in the movie, she's only focussed on a matter of minutes before the punch and not at all afterwards. She's demonised to a ridiculous degree, fucking Nicki Sixx behind Tommy's back moments before meeting his parents, referring to Tommy's mother as a cunt several times, them stabbing Tommy in the back with a pen. When Tommy loses it and punches her, there isn't a single viewer who wouldn't have thought that the character deserved it. It's a little uncomfortable considering that this is 'based on a true story', and it's highly unlikely that this is an accurate representation of what really happened.

In addition, Vince Neil's car crash scene where Hanoi Rocks' drummer Razzle is killed is pretty horrific as it should be. I was pleased that it was mentioned that there were two other people in critical condition. Sometimes these other victims aren't mentioned in the music press as though only rock stars count. However, although the film mentioned the ludicrously short jail sentence Vince received, it didn't explain why. When the law doesn't apply to the rich and famous in the same way it does to ordinary folk, people get pissed off and I think the writers of the film didn't want to vilify Vince's character too much by telling the whole truth. In fairness, it would have been a shit film if the viewer started to hate the main characters, and the screenplay was tweaked a few times to ensure that Motley Crue always bounced back as the flawed but loveable heroes they clearly want to be perceived as.

One thing that did piss me off a little was how the John Corabi era was glossed over as some mistake, and their first show was reminiscent of Spinal Tap supporting the puppet show. For the few seconds John was in it, he was portrayed as boring and crap. In reality, John was in the band for 5 years and the self-titled Motley Crue album not only scored 5 K's in Kerrang!, but is still revered by many fans as the best album they ever did. John saved their career through the Grunge years and he's rewarded by being made to look like a bell-end. The fact that the band signed off on the script shows the lack of respect for a guy that used to be their friend.

My above criticisms aren't that major really. As I said before, it's just a film. A story based on some truth with plenty of entertaining fantasy filling in the gaps, helping Motley Crue to be remembered the way they'd like to be remembered, and taking the fans on an unforgettable roller-coaster ride.

Now let's wait for Guns n' Roses to announce that they're making a movie like this too!

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Album Review: QUEENSRŸCHE - The Verdict


01. Blood Of The Levant
02. Man The Machine
03. Light-Years
04. Inside Out
05. Propaganda Fashion
06. Dark Reverie
07. Bent
08. Inner Unrest
09. Launder The Conscience
10. Portrait
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Monday, 18 March 2019

Album Review: A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH - When The World Becomes Undone

A Pale Horse Named Death - When The World Becomes Undone

01. As It Begins
02. When The World Becomes Undone
03. Love The Ones You Hate
04. Fell In My Hole
05. Succumbing To The Event Horizon
06. Vultures
07. End Of Days
08. The Woods
09. We All Break Down
10. Lay With The Wicked
11. Splinters
12. Dreams Of The End
13. Closure

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Album Review: IN FLAMES - I, The Mask

In Flames - I, The Mask

01. Voices
02. I, The Mask
03. Call My Name
04. I Am Above
05. Follow Me
06. (This Is Our) House
07. We Will Remember
08. In This Life
09. Burn
10. Deep Inside
11. All The Pain
12. Stay With Me
13. Not Alone (Bonus Track)
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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Album Review: BEAST IN BLACK - From Hell With Love

Beast In Black - From Hell With Love

01. Cry Out For A Hero
02. From Hell With Love
03. Sweet True Lies
04. Repentless
05. Die By The Blade
06. Oceandeep
07. Unlimited Sin
08. True Believer
09. This Is War
10. Heart Of Steel
11. No Surrender
12. Killed By Death (Motorhead cover)
13. No Easy Way Out (Robert Tepper cover)

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Sunday, 10 March 2019

Movie Review: LORDS OF CHAOS (2018)



Out of all of Metal's subgenres, none has quite the high volume of utter cunts as the Black Metal scene. As a teenager, I remember the reports of the church burnings and murders, and how this scene sky-rocketed from nowhere as edgy teens embraced their inner nihilist after being easily impressed by the violence, racism, homophobia and general intolerance being purveyed by a handful of assholes in Norway.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past thirty years, you will probably be familiar with the infamous story that Lords Of Chaos is based upon. In short, Øystein "Euronymous" Aarseth, founder of Mayhem and arguably the inventor of True Norwegian Black Metal, is obsessed with being in the most evil band in the world. He is involved in a few church burnings along with his mates, and eventually gets stabbed to death by his former bass player and Burzum main-man Varg Vikernes. Oh, and before that, original Mayhem singer Dead blows his brains out, and Faust (from Emperor) stabs a gay man to death in some bushes. Fun true fact: Faust stabbed the man thirty-seven times as well as repeatedly kicking him in the head. He only served nine years in jail before being released.

As expected, many Black Metal fans worldwide have condemned this movie as inaccurate. However, with so many varying accounts of the story, everyone seems to have their own truth. Having done a bit of research, the script seems to be way more accurate than many Black Metal cry-babies believe. Sorry, but Varg Vikernes was a murderous Nazi sympathising scumbag, and he is depicted as the knob he is in real life. Having said that, this is a movie and there will always be some creativity and bending of the truth in order to make the story work in this context. After all, Lords Of Chaos is not a documentary.

Director Jonas Åkerlund, who incidentally used to play drums for Bathory, has done a fantastic job, especially with his attention to detail. Some of the real-life photos and locations from that era are replicated incredibly well. I was a little put off by the use of American actors instead of Norwegian ones, but in fairness, they are excellent, particularly Rory Culkin, whose depiction of Euronymous shows the character's vulnerable side as well as the vile qualities he was known for. The film accurately shows the geeky, awkward and immature side of these young men. As the viewer, you feel yourself being dragged further down the rabbit hole as their attempts to shock and convey an image of authentic evil, get out of hand as they continually try to impress and compete with one another.

I thoroughly enjoyed Lord Of Chaos. It had a good balance of humour and unsettling darkness, as well as being a perfectly paced, beautifully filmed, and overall well-made film. It has also given the Black Metal scene some mainstream attention, which I'm sure will enrage genre purists and gatekeepers everywhere. Such sweet tears.

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Saturday, 9 March 2019

Album Review: HERMAN FRANK - Fight The Fear

Herman Frank - Fight The Fear

01. Until The End
02. Fear
03. Terror
04. Sinners
05. Hatred
06. Hail & Row
07. Hitman
08. Stay Down
09. Rock You
10. Don't Cross The Line
11. Are You Ready
12. Wings Of Destiny
13. Waiting For The Night
14. Lost In Heaven

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Album Review: PAPA ROACH - Who Do You Trust?

Papa Roach - Who Do You Trust?

01. The Ending
02. Renegade Music
03. Not The Only One
04. Who Do You Trust?
05. Elevate
06. Come Around
07. Feel Like Home
08. Problems
09. Top Of The World
10. I Suffer Well
11. Maniac
12. Better Than Life

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Album Review: FLOTSAM AND JETSAM - The End Of Chaos

Flotsam and Jetsam - The End Of Chaos

01. Prisoner of Time
02. Control
03. Recover
04. Prepare for Chaos
05. Slowly Insane
06. Architects of Hate
07. Demolition Man
08. Unwelcome Surprise
09. Snake Eye
10. Survive
11. Good or Bad
12. The End

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Album Review: KANE ROBERTS - The New Normal

Kane Roberts - The New Normal

01. King Of The World (Featuring Nita Strauss)
02. Wonderful
03. Beginning Of The End (Featuring Alice Cooper and Alissa White-Gluz)
04. Who We Are
05. Forever Out Of Place
06. Leave This World Behind
07. The Lion's Share
08. Leave Me In The Dark
09. Above And Beyond
10. Wrong 
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Monday, 4 February 2019

Album Review: METALLICA - Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic at the Masonic

Metallica - Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic at the Masonic


01. Disposable Heroes
02. When A Blind Man Cries (Deep Purple cover)
03. The Unforgiven
04. Please Don't Judas Me (Nazareth cover)
05. Turn The Page (Bob Seger cover)
06. Bleeding Me
07. Veteran of the Psychic Wars (Blue Oyster Cult)
08. Nothing Else Matters
09. All Within My Hands
10. Enter Sandman
11. The Four Horsemen
12. Hardwired
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Saturday, 2 February 2019

Album Review: BRING ME THE HORIZON - amo

Bring Me The Horizon - amo

01. I Apologise If You Feel Something
02. Mantra
03. Nihilist Blues (feat. Grimes)
04. In The Dark
05. Wonderful Life (feat. Dani Filth)
06. Ouch
07. Medicine
08. Sugar Honey Ice & Tea
09. Why You Gotta Kick Me When I'm Down?
10. Fresh Bruises
11. Mother Tongue
12. Heavy Metal (feat. Rahzel)
13. I Don't Know What To Say

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Album Review: MAGNUM - Live at the Symphony Hall

Magnum - Live at the Symphony Hall


01. When We Were Younger
02. Sacred Blood Divine Lies
03. Lost On The Road To Eternity
04. Crazy Old Mothers
05. Without Love
06. Your Dreams Won't Die
07. Peaches and Cream
08. How Far Jerusalem
09. Les Morts Dansant
10. Show Me Your Hands
11. All England's Eyes
12. Vigilante
13. Don't Wake The Lion
14. The Spirit
15. When The World Comes Down

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Saturday, 26 January 2019

Album Review: ARCH ENEMY - Covered In Blood

Arch Enemy - Covered In Blood


01. Shout (Tears For Fears cover)
02. Back To Back (Pretty Maids cover)
03. Shadow On The Wall (Mike Oldfield cover)
04. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest cover)
05. Nitad (Moderat Likvidation cover)
06. When The Innocent Die (Anti-Cimex cover)
07. Warsystem (Skitslickers cover)
08. Armed Revolution (Skitslickers cover)
09. Spräckta Snutskallar (Skitslickers cover)
10. The Leader (Of the Fuckin’ Assholes) (Skitslickers cover)
11. City Baby Attacked By Rats (G.B.H. cover)
12. Warning (Discharge cover)
13. The Zoo (Scorpions cover)
14. Wings Of Tomorrow (Europe cover)
15. The Oath (Kiss cover)
16. The Book Of Heavy Metal (Dream Evil cover)
17. Walk In The Shadows (Queensryche cover)
18. Incarnated Solvent Abuse (Carcass cover)
19. Kill With Power (Manowar cover)
20. Symphony Of Destruction (Megadeth cover)
21. Aces High (Iron Maiden cover)
22. Scream Of Anger (Europe cover)
23. Starbreaker (Judas Priest cover)
24. The Ides Of March (Iron Maiden cover)
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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Movie Review: ANOTHER WOLFCOP (2017)

Another Wolfcop poster


2014's Wolfcop was an awesome movie. It was a Horror film with plenty of black comedy, and it reminded me of a number of movies from the 80's. I loved it so much it made my Top 20 movies for Halloween back in 2016. I was really pleased to hear that it had been successful enough to warrant a sequel, hence the creation of Another Wolfcop.

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Monday, 14 January 2019

Album Review: SOILWORK - Verkligheten

Soilwork - Verkeligheten


01. Verkligheten
02. Arrival
03. Bleeder Despoiler
04. Full Moon Shoals
05. The Nurturing Glance
06. When The Universe Spoke
07. Stålfågel (feat. Alissa White-Gluz [from Arch Enemy])
08. The Wolves Are Back In Town
09. Witan
10. The Ageless Whisper
11. Needles And Kin (feat. Tomi Joutsen [from Amorphis])
12. You Aquiver (feat. Dave Sheldon)

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Saturday, 12 January 2019

TV Series Review: TITANS (Season 1)

DC Titans


Titans is a modern take on DC's classic Teen Titans comics. It's considerably darker and the tone reminds me quite a bit of Zach Snyder's Watchmen movie, but with an added injection of fun, dragging it from the pit of misery that so many DC titles have suffered in. It's still violent and dark, but the lighter moments make it really special.

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Sunday, 6 January 2019

Movie Review: SUMMER OF 84 (2018)

Summer of 84

Since the monumental success of both the new IT movie and TV phenomenon Stranger Things, the public appetite for all things 80's appears to be insatiable. Summer Of 84 is a coming-of-age meets murder mystery movie, featuring a group of teenagers in the American suburbs who find themselves investigating a local serial killer.

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Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Album Review: ACCEPT - Symphonic Terror: Live At Wacken 2017



01. Die By The Sword
02. Restless And Wild
03. Koolaid
04. Pandemic
05. Final Journey
06. Night On Bald Mountain (Mussorgy)
07. Scherzo (Beethoven)
08. Romeo And Juliet (Prokofiev)
09. Pathétique (Beethoven)
10. Double Cello Concerto (Vivaldi)
11. Symphony No.40 (Mozart)
12. Princess Of The Dawn
13. Stalingrad
14. Dark Side Of My Heart
15. Breaker
16. Shadow Soldiers
17. Dying Breed
18. Fast As A Shark
19. Metal Heart
20. Teutonic Terror
21. Balls To The Wall

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