Album Review: Heavy Water – Red Brick City

For most in 2020, bands had to stop all their release and recording plans, and that’s without taking into account touring. While most retreated into our screens and social media feeds with live streams, a couple of people by the name of Seb and Biff Byford decided to go the opposite way – form a … Continue reading Album Review: Heavy Water – Red Brick City

Golden Oldies / Album Review: Mr. Big – Lean Into It (re-issue)

Lean Into It is an undeniable classic of hair rock, and really launched Mr. Big into the big (sorry) time. It's littered with classics, from ballads to balls-out belters and it's about to be reissued with a bunch of extras. Mr. Big are one of those bands I'd love to see live but have never … Continue reading Golden Oldies / Album Review: Mr. Big – Lean Into It (re-issue)

EP Review: Nexus Imperium – Nexus Imperium

Nexus Imperium is the self-titled official debut of a two-piece experimental, atmospheric black metal act from Athens, Greece. There are five tracks, each one well crafted and with some interesting quirks amongst the heavy, unrelenting black metal blasts. Classing music as "atmospheric" allows for a lot of experimentation, and black metal these days often is … Continue reading EP Review: Nexus Imperium – Nexus Imperium

Album Review: NIK – Stasis

Nick Laidlaw plays guitar for Highland band Seed Of Sorrow who we have featured before, albeit eight years ago! This year he's back, rebranded himself a little as NIK, and embarked on a solo side project. The album, Stasis, is out on July 16th and will be available across all the usual digital platforms. NIK himself … Continue reading Album Review: NIK – Stasis

EP Review: Maziac – Permutations

Maziac released their debut album Forged in 2019, around which time we featured them as a Band of the Day. The follow-up to that release, Permutations, is due out at the end of this month so what can you expect after two long years (especially "that" year)? Mixed and mastered by Justin Hill of SikTh, you … Continue reading EP Review: Maziac – Permutations

Guest EP Review: Karnayn – The Blood by Dave Cyderbaby

As a writer of a certain age, people often expect me to write solely about set genres of rock and metal. It is so refreshing for me to be able to review something that little bit different, that something a little bit darker than my norm. When I came across this, not only was I … Continue reading Guest EP Review: Karnayn – The Blood by Dave Cyderbaby