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.
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