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  • Leaner, meaner rock n' roll machine...   Yep, after many weeks locked in our own sweatshop of aural delights we are proud to announce our new arrival...   The brand spanking new Midlands Rocks website.   Faster, easier to ...
    Posted 3 Mar 2012, 13:55 by Peter Keevil
  • Vengeance - Crystal Eye Review by Lisa NashVengeance are a Dutch band who have been in existence for 30 years now. Leon Geiwie, Kerri Kelli, Chris Glen & Chris Slade also make up Steel ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 09:13 by Tony Gaskin
  • Freedom Call - Land Of The Crimson Review by Lisa Nash German power metal quartet return with their 10th album. Klaus Sperling, Chris Bay, Sammy Saemann & Lars Rettkowitz make up the current line up of the ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 09:11 by Tony Gaskin
  • Kev Bayliss - The Project Review by Dave Evans For those of you with a keen ear, Kevin Bayliss was the vocalist with Voodoo Johnson, a Midland based hard rock band who released 2 E ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 09:08 by Tony Gaskin
  • Sons of Icarus - You Want It All Review by Dave Evans The blurb says Sons Of Icarus; “are all set to soar into rock’s heady stratosphere..”. It is a confident boast that befits the bullish attitude ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 09:03 by Tony Gaskin
  • Great White - Essential Review by Brian McGowan If you’re expecting a selection of tracks from the band’s albums, prepare to be disappointed. Yes, the Big Ones are here, upfront, loud and ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 08:58 by Tony Gaskin
  • Son Of A Bad Man - Here's to falling in...... Review by Kimberley Easton I must admit, I had never heard of this band till I started this review. I done some searching online for some background stuff and previous ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 08:54 by Tony Gaskin
  • M.A.D.I.S.O.N - Diary of our days Review by Andy Boden Shropshire based melodic rocksters M.A.D.I.S.O.N. are currently pulling up trees on the live circuit here in the UK, as well ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 08:50 by Tony Gaskin
  • Icehouse - White Heat Review by Brian McGowan Constantly panned outside of their native Australia for being nothing more than Bowie/Roxy wannabes, Icehouse’s worldwide breakout moment came with 1987’s ‘Crazy’, written ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 08:46 by Tony Gaskin
  • Morpheus Rising - Let The Sleeper Awake Review by Lisa Nash Si Wright, Pete Harwood, Damien ‘Daymo’ Sweeting, Andy Smith & Paul ‘Gibbo’ Gibbons make up Yorkshire 5 piece Morpheus Rising. The band refer to themselves as NWOBHM ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 08:42 by Tony Gaskin
  • Bud rogers - Whiteout Review by Andy Boden Bud Rogers is no stranger to the music business. No no no, Bud has been around for a while, collaborating and writing, producing and performing. But ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 08:38 by Tony Gaskin
  • Jeff Scott Soto - Damage Control Review by Harry Paterson Having Jeff Scott Soto on your label must be as much a source of frustration as it is joy. The man’s versatility and eclectic tastes ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 08:36 by Tony Gaskin
  • Legion - Nemesis Review by Woody The prolific song writing partnership of guitarist Vince O’Regan and vocalist Phil Vincent return with their band Legion’s third album Nemesis. Believe it or not ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 08:33 by Tony Gaskin
  • Casablanca - Apocalyptic Youth Review by Brian McGowan Yet another class act from Sweden, signed by Dave Laroxx’s Rocket Songs’ label. Laroxx is credited with finding and nurturing new kids on the AOR ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 08:31 by Tony Gaskin
  • Frozen Rain - Ahead of Time Review by WoodyIt’s been four years since Kurt Vereecke’s Frozen Rain released their debut album which featured lots of guest musicians and turned out to be a ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 08:25 by Tony Gaskin
  • Hi Fi - The Complete Collection Review by Brian McGowan Another fabulous re-release from Rockville. Following hard on the heels of their Pavlov’s Dog reissues comes this “2 albums on 1CD” (and DVD) release ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 08:22 by Tony Gaskin
  • Newman - Under Southern Skies Review by Woody Hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed The Art Of Balance Newman waste no time and release their 8th studio album Under Southern Skies. Although ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 08:17 by Tony Gaskin
  • Lee Small - Jamaica Inn Review by Woody The Black Country’s Lee Small is a name on many people’s lips at the moment after the stunning Shy album was released late last year ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 08:14 by Tony Gaskin
  • Dear Superstar - Damned Religion Review by Jack Arkell Manchester riff machines make their statement For whatever reason, bands today seem to have lost sight of the basics of good rock music. Musical integrity has ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 08:09 by Tony Gaskin
  • Secrets of the Moon – Seven Bells Review by Jason Germany’s Secrets of the Moon refuse to identify their music as simply black metal, and rightly so. Of course, their sound bears all the tropes of ...
    Posted 29 Feb 2012, 04:46 by Jason Guest
  • Hail Spirit Noir – Pneuma Review by Jason With an array of styles including and far beyond that of metal incorporated into their sound, Greece's Hail Spirit Noir push the boundaries of progressive metal ...
    Posted 21 Feb 2012, 10:05 by Jason Guest
  • Soen – Cognitive Review by Jason Inevitably, Soen’s line-up has drawn much attention from many, and is it any wonder? Martin Lopez occupied the drum stool for Opeth for many a ...
    Posted 21 Feb 2012, 14:07 by Jason Guest
  • Heavy Manic Souls - Heavy Manic Souls Review by Andy Boden Heavy Manic Souls is the eponymously titled debut album by French quartet (Chris Francheteau/Guitar, Eric Robin/bass, Rod Chaillou/Drums, Eric Dufour/Vocals) that is ...
    Posted 6 Feb 2012, 12:49 by Tony Gaskin
  • Royal Hunt - Show Me How To Live Review by Paul Quinton Although it’s less than a couple of years since Royal Hunt’s last album, ‘X’, the Danish symphonic prog maestros have released a new album ...
    Posted 6 Feb 2012, 12:39 by Tony Gaskin
  • Nightwish - Imaginarium Review by Mark 'Tosh' Davies ‘Bloody hell, this sounds like heavy metal Abba’….One of the comments that I made when samples of the album Imaginarium first hit the internet ...
    Posted 31 Jan 2012, 12:48 by Tony Gaskin
  • Red White and Blues - Shine Review by Andy Boden For those of us who have been around long enough to remember the big hair, stadium rock fervour that rocked the nation at the back end ...
    Posted 31 Jan 2012, 12:37 by Tony Gaskin
  • Wolfsbane - Wolfsbane Save The World Review by Lisa Nash The Original four Howling Mad Shitheads return with a fourth studio album. Blaze Bayley, Jase Edwards, Steve Danger, Jeff Hateley reunited in 2010, 21 years from ...
    Posted 31 Jan 2012, 12:41 by Tony Gaskin
  • Angeline - Disconnected Review by Brian McGowan By definition, with their second release, Angeline lost the element of surprise. They caught me and many off guard with the debut, ‘Confessions’. Here was a ...
    Posted 31 Jan 2012, 12:39 by Tony Gaskin
  • Tower City - The Ones That Matter Review by Brian McGowan Harvested from the fertile ground of their two nineties’ albums, ‘A Little Bit Of Fire’ (96) and ‘All Or Nothing’ (98), comes this remastered “best of ...
    Posted 31 Jan 2012, 12:06 by Tony Gaskin
  • Coastland Ride - Top Of The World Review by Brian McGowan Second album from Coastland Ride, with the band apparently uncertain about which direction they should take. The album’s twin openers – ‘Act Of Faith’ and ‘Wait ...
    Posted 31 Jan 2012, 11:51 by Tony Gaskin
  • One Man's Trash - History Review by Brian McGowan One Man’s Trash is a collaboration between ex Survivor vocalist, Jimi Jamison and respected musician/producer, Fred (Alannah Myles/Paul Carrack/Dominoe etc etc) Zahl ...
    Posted 31 Jan 2012, 11:42 by Tony Gaskin
  • Clare Free – Dust and Bones Review Rob Stanley Clare Free is quietly making a rather large name for herself on the UK Blues circuit and in my opinion is one of the most exciting female ...
    Posted 30 Jan 2012, 13:14 by Jason Guest
  • The Long Haul - Debtors (EP) Review by Jason According to their Facebook page, The Long Haul are “Hardcore/Progressive”. Yet ‘Lenders’, the impressive instrumental solo guitar piece that opens the EP, is the only aspect ...
    Posted 26 Jan 2012, 08:48 by Jason Guest
  • Lamb of God – Resolution Review by Jason When it comes to metal, sobriety doesn’t always do what it promises: James Hetfield packed in the pop and Metallica produced St Anger and Lulu; Dave ...
    Posted 26 Jan 2012, 02:04 by Jason Guest
  • Christgrinder – Smoke Crack, Worship Satan (EP) Review by Jason Smoke Crack, Worship Satan”. OTT and tongue-in-cheek, though the title may not inspire confidence in the EP, the music contained within will assuage any doubts ...
    Posted 22 Jan 2012, 04:15 by Jason Guest
  • Anvil – 2012 Re-releases Review by Jason Since the movie, Anvil have been doing all they can to get the recognition they think that they deserved but were never granted. But what band wouldn ...
    Posted 11 Feb 2012, 09:57 by Jason Guest
  • Lantlôs – Agape Review by Jason Another band to have suffered being labelled with the ‘post black metal’ tag, Lantlôs’s style, is distinct and unique in terms of both mood and sound ...
    Posted 21 Jan 2012, 09:46 by Jason Guest
  • Dirty Sunshine - Flashlight Review by Tony Gaskin Fans of avant-garde rock outfit, Anubis, will be familiar with the name Simon Haycock, but outside this circle Simon is an unknown artist, but with ...
    Posted 18 Jan 2012, 12:59 by Tony Gaskin
  • Low Cut Connie - Get Out The Lotion Review by Tony Gaskin Low Cut Connie are a Trans-Atlantic combo who via the wonders of modern technology have pooled together the resources of Birmingham-based Dan Finnemore, Adam ...
    Posted 18 Jan 2012, 13:19 by Jason Guest
  • Philipp Fankhauser – Try My Love Review by Rob Stanley It seems that Philipp Fankhauser’s Try My Love has been around for a couple of years in the rest of Europe, but has only just ...
    Posted 17 Jan 2012, 09:05 by Jason Guest
  • Jon Amor Blues Group – Debut album Review by Rob Stanley The usual PR blurb that accompanied this debut CD from Jon Amor Blues Group states that the band draw inspiration from blues greats such as Muddy ...
    Posted 17 Jan 2012, 08:55 by Jason Guest
  • Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters - Ladies Drink for Free Review by Ian Savage You know, I'm REALLY not sure what to make of this. Given the band name, lyrics revolving around cheap women and wine (and other country ...
    Posted 17 Jan 2012, 09:47 by Jason Guest
  • Come The Light - Eyes Wide EP Review by Tony Gaskin Come The Light are a trio of young Black Country musicians that have emerged from the now defunct Skullfox. Fronted by the dark brooding presence of ...
    Posted 17 Jan 2012, 09:48 by Jason Guest
  • Church Of Misery – Master of Brutality (2001) & The Second Coming (2004) Review by Jason Brimming with songs about serial killers and Black Sabbath-inspired and doom-laden riffs, Japan’s Church of Misery have been dealing in chunky slabs of stoner ...
    Posted 16 Jan 2012, 05:55 by Jason Guest
  • RAM – Death Review by Jason Album number three from Sweden’s RAM, Death is drawn straight out of the big book of heavy metal. Think Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Mercyful ...
    Posted 15 Jan 2012, 11:44 by Jason Guest
  • Blood Ceremony - Eponymous Debut & Living With The Ancients Review by Jason Blood Ceremony (2008) Like Coven’s Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls and Black Widow’s Sacrifice, Blood Ceremony’s debut calls upon dark, occult forces for its ...
    Posted 15 Jan 2012, 11:50 by Jason Guest
  • Orange Goblin - A Eulogy for the Damned Review by Jason On February 13th 2012, Orange Goblin will release their seventh album, A Eulogy For The Damned. Appearing almost five years after their last album, it’s been ...
    Posted 10 Jan 2012, 15:34 by Jason Guest
  • Pure Reason Revolution - Valour EP Review by Paul Quinton It’s always a pity when a band you like and genuinely admire choose to call it a day, but there was an extra pang when ...
    Posted 10 Jan 2012, 04:38 by Jason Guest
  • Houston - Relaunch Review by Brian McGowan Many rock magazines would have us believe that last year, with their eponymous debut, Houston single handedly resurrected the AOR genre. Us aficionados already knew that ...
    Posted 9 Jan 2012, 05:36 by Tony Gaskin
  • Eloy - The Tides Return Forever Review by Brian McGowan A reissue of the 1994 release, remastered and bearing a bonus in the form of a remix of the title track. As probably one of the ...
    Posted 9 Jan 2012, 05:31 by Tony Gaskin
  • Carmen Gray - Gates of Loneliness Review by Brian McGowan Looking back, 2000 was the pivotal year for Finnish rock band, Carmen Gray. Vocalist Nicklas Nyman joined and guitarist brothers, Lappe and Tommi Tikka took on ...
    Posted 9 Jan 2012, 13:22 by Tony Gaskin
  • Tenhi – Saivo Review by Jason Since 1996, the Finnish melancholic neofolk band Tenhi has been focussing their dark and minimalistic music around many a melancholic theme that is usually the remit of ...
    Posted 24 Jan 2012, 13:03 by Jason Guest
  • Animals As Leaders - Weightless Review by Jason Virtuoso guitarist Tosin Abasi must have more fingers on each hand and more joints on each digit than your average human being because he can make an ...
    Posted 8 Jan 2012, 02:12 by Jason Guest
  • Mhorgl - Heresiarch Album number three from Australian black metallers Morghl, Heresiarch undeniably proves that this is the product of a band that what their 2007 debut The Sacrificial Flame and sophomore 2010 ...
    Posted 22 Dec 2011, 04:58 by Jason Guest
  • Dakesis - Trial by Fire Review by Tony Gaskin Long awaited album from local underground metal stalwarts finally gets unleashed!! It’s taken a while to put pen to paper for this review, but I ...
    Posted 21 Dec 2011, 03:41 by Jason Guest
  • Korn - The Path of Totality  Review by Jack Arkell The 'black sheep' of metal try something completely different. In a recent interview, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis branded his band the 'black sheep of the metal ...
    Posted 21 Dec 2011, 05:48 by Jason Guest
  • Gundogs - My Melody EP Review by Andy Boden Now THIS is good! Lifted from this years ‘Little Deaths’ album, ‘This Is My Melody’ serves as a timely reminder of what quality songwriting is all ...
    Posted 22 Dec 2011, 05:47 by Jason Guest
  • The Devil’s Blood – The Thousandfold Epicentre Review by JasonPress Play to listen to 'She' Arriving amid the wave of a small coven of occult bands such as Ghost, Blood Ceremony and the like and accompanied ...
    Posted 19 Dec 2011, 16:13 by Jason Guest
  • Ronin - Hybris Review by Lisa Nash Ronin are Loz Crame (Guitar/Backing vocals), Kit Kinrade (Vocals/ guitar), Dave Whittaker (Bass), Jake Howarth (Drums). Worcester is producing some fine young bands just now ...
    Posted 22 Dec 2011, 05:49 by Jason Guest
  • Fastway - Eat Dog Eat Review by Dave Evans Fastway formed in 1983 by ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke and Pete Way, as both became disillusioned with their own bands. The band personnel list is quite numerous ...
    Posted 22 Dec 2011, 05:50 by Jason Guest
  • Alice Cooper - No More Mister Nice Guy Live Review by Brian McGowan Concert Live’s idea of making a CD recording of the gig immediately available to the audience is an excellent one. And if you miss out ...
    Posted 9 Dec 2011, 03:26 by Tony Gaskin
  • Pettybone - From Desperate Times Come Radical Minds Review by Jason Opening the album with their manifesto, Pettybone (press Play on the right), “the voice of the voiceless” have one thing on their collective minds: revolution. The “fucked ...
    Posted 30 Nov 2011, 13:08 by Jason Guest
  • The Virginmarys - Portrait Of Red EP Review by Ali Lewsley “Portrait of Red “was released as a track on the first Virginmarys’ EP “Cast the First Stone”, the other five tracks on this EP are unreleased ...
    Posted 30 Nov 2011, 13:23 by Tony Gaskin
  • Crash Street Kids - Sweet Creatures Review by Brian McGowan CSK’s previous 3 albums cleverly re-enacted the sounds of the sixties as reflected in the glitter ball of seventies’ glam, refracted through the murky ...
    Posted 29 Nov 2011, 11:48 by Tony Gaskin
  • Stormzone - Zero To Rage Review by Dave Evans Belfast Metallers Stormzone have certainly crammed a lot into the last 6 years. To date; 3 albums, and countless European tours, that have seen them supporting ...
    Posted 29 Nov 2011, 11:42 by Tony Gaskin
  • Savage Messiah – Plague of Conscience Review by JasonBefore we start with the review, press 'Play' on the right to start the video and click here to download the album for free. Yes, free. Just ...
    Posted 30 Nov 2011, 11:00 by Jason Guest
  • Senser - Biting Rhymes EP Review by Jason(Click Play to listen to Senser's version of Public Enemy's 'Channel Zero') Senser’s 1994 debut album Stacked Up caused quite a stir, and rightly ...
    Posted 28 Nov 2011, 13:58 by Jason Guest
  • Frozen Theory - Freedom Is An Illusion Review by Tony Gaskin Confident debut album from Black Country Melodic Metalcore outfit. Extreme metal has always been associated with the dark satanic mills of the West Midlands so it ...
    Posted 22 Nov 2011, 07:25 by Tony Gaskin
  • Nile - Worship The Animal (1994 - The Lost Recordings) Review by Dan Perks Nile are probably one of the most recognizable names in death metal, incorporating well researched Egyptian culture and lore into modern death metal. This latest release ...
    Posted 22 Nov 2011, 03:07 by Tony Gaskin
  • Michael Schenker - Temple of Rock Review by Brian McGowan If he was ever away, one of rock’s great survivors is certainly back. In life as in art, Schenker’s career seems to have been ...
    Posted 22 Nov 2011, 02:55 by Tony Gaskin
  • Black Widow - Sleeping With Demons Review by Sophie Maughan If you like your music with a touch of the macabre, or perhaps some good old fashioned references to the dark-horned Lord, then this may ...
    Posted 21 Nov 2011, 12:04 by Paul Broome
  • Anterior - Echoes Of The Fallen Review by Chop Dragged kicking and screaming from my usual diet of black and death metal, Anterior's latest offering was a pleasant surprise. Hooks, riffs, melody, no grimness? What ...
    Posted 21 Nov 2011, 12:04 by Paul Broome
  • Soley Mourning - Zaire Review by Dave Evans Melodic hard rockers Soley Mourning have certainly paid their dues. Whilst on tour with Magnum in 2009 the Black Country band endured something of a ‘Spinal ...
    Posted 21 Nov 2011, 07:04 by Tony Gaskin
  • Sworn To Oath - Leave You For Dead EP Review by Andy Boden Every now and then a band rises through the mists of musical mediocrity and deserves – no, demands – to be heard. Sworn to Oath is one such ...
    Posted 21 Nov 2011, 06:49 by Tony Gaskin
  • Daylight Robbery - Cross Your Heart....And Hope To Die Review by Harry Paterson The significance of Birmingham, and its environs, in the development of heavy metal is, of course, both well known and longstanding.  Metal Gods, Rob Halford and ...
    Posted 22 Nov 2011, 02:40 by Tony Gaskin
  • The Answer - Revival Review by Brian McGowan ‘Revival’ captures the 21st Century zeitgeist by taking the raw sexual energy of seventies’ rock, and giving it a slick, contemporary sheen. It’s music ...
    Posted 21 Nov 2011, 06:31 by Tony Gaskin
  • The Whiskey Syndicate - Stick or Twisted EP Review by Andy Boden Sometimes, reviewing is easy. The music is so good or so bad the piece often writes itself. But then every now and then something comes along ...
    Posted 21 Nov 2011, 04:43 by Tony Gaskin
  • Rose Funeral – Gates Of Punishment Review by Chop Fans of either old school or technical death metal will undoubtedly enjoy this release. If the following check list of bands sounds like your thing – Origin, Dying ...
    Posted 19 Nov 2011, 08:14 by Jason Guest
  • Serpentine – Living & Dying In High Definition Review by WoodyAn essential purchase for Melodic Rock fans!The second album from the Serp’s features Tony Mills (Shy/TNT) on vocals for the last time and this ...
    Posted 5 Nov 2011, 06:57 by Peter Keevil
  • Tracer - Spaces In Between Review by Andy Boden Although Tracer have been around for a while, releasing EPs independently, but they have struggled to make a dent in the market. That is, until Spaces ...
    Posted 30 Oct 2011, 12:12 by Jason Guest
  • Chickenfoot - III Review by Andy Boden  Chickenfoot follow in the (chicken)footsteps of previous super-groups who have succeeded in producing less than super music. Whilst the 2009 debut caused little more ...
    Posted 30 Oct 2011, 12:10 by Jason Guest
  • Greg X - Dreams Review by Woody  Greg who? Well this is the debut album from this Polish born but now London based, guitarist and those of you into your melodic rock will suddenly ...
    Posted 30 Oct 2011, 06:39 by Peter Keevil
  • Hammers of Misfortune – 17th Street Review by JasonPress Play to listen to 'The Grain' from 17th Street San Francisco’s Hammers of Misfortune have always walked their own path. Their first four albums (see ...
    Posted 29 Oct 2011, 09:05 by Jason Guest
  • Morgue Orgy - Murders Most Foul Review by Chop Along with Slab, Morgue Orgy are the Birmingham band that most make you wonder “why are they not signed?” If you've had the joy of seeing ...
    Posted 20 Dec 2011, 11:39 by Jason Guest
  • Valhalla Smith - All The Pieces Of The Desert Review by Chop Having witnessed their live abilities during a particularly impressive display at The Old Wharf, this EP gives the listener a fair idea of what makes the band ...
    Posted 22 Oct 2011, 14:23 by Tony Gaskin
  • Allele - Next To Parallel Review by Chris Maddox If you type in Allele into Google you will discover two things. Firstly, Allele is a scientific term used in Genetics and secondly Allele, are a ...
    Posted 22 Oct 2011, 14:19 by Tony Gaskin
  • Blue October - Any Man In America Review by Jack Arkell Well-regarded in the United States yet seen as one-hit wonders in the UK, Blue October release their sixth studio album with a view to ...
    Posted 22 Oct 2011, 14:12 by Tony Gaskin
  • Megadeth - Th1rt3en Review by Jack Arkell After a couple of years away from the studio that has seen them tour the world with the rest of The Big Four, one of thrash ...
    Posted 20 Dec 2011, 11:36 by Jason Guest
  • Fiona - Unbroken Review by Brian McGowan Defying several laws of logic and nature, Fiona Flanagan – for yes, it is she - lets her assets speak for themselves on the album’s artwork. And ...
    Posted 22 Oct 2011, 14:02 by Tony Gaskin
  • Robin George's LovePower - LovePower and Peace Review by Brian McGowan ‘LovePower And Peace’ is an eclectic but somehow cohesive collection of songs put together by Robin George and Angel Air Records in aid of charity. Uniquely ...
    Posted 22 Oct 2011, 13:57 by Tony Gaskin
  • John Waite - Rovers Return Review By Brian McGowan Released in 1987, ‘Rovers Return’ was the last of the four solo albums that Waite sandwiched between his stints fronting proto melodic rock men, The Babys ...
    Posted 22 Oct 2011, 13:50 by Tony Gaskin
  • Venom - Fallen Angels Review by Jason Venom’s virtue of instrumental incompetence shines as brightly as it ever did on Fallen Angels. After over 30 years of playing together, Venom’s ragged, almost ...
    Posted 19 Oct 2011, 08:57 by Liam Booth
  • Artania - Night Shall Crown Ye Review by JasonDecorating their barrage of tremolo-picked riffs, nail-chomping vocals, and skin-bashing drums with symphonic keyboard work and a female vocal, Russia’s Artania display more ...
    Posted 20 Oct 2011, 13:53 by Jason Guest
  • Voodoo Johnson - Black Powder Mother Loader Review by Harry Paterson Folk hanging around on the off-chance of Voodoo Johnson releasing a naff record are advised as follows: pull up a chair, bring some sandwiches and ...
    Posted 12 Oct 2011, 15:18 by Tony Gaskin
  • JD & The FDC's - Burn This City Down Review by Harry Paterson Jamie Delerict understands that most vital and fundamental of rock ‘n’ roll truths. Call it punk, metal, rock, whatever, if it has the attitude and the ...
    Posted 12 Oct 2011, 14:49 by Tony Gaskin
  • Madina Lake - World War III Review by Lisa Nash Twins Nathan & Matthew Leone (Vocals & Bass respectively) are joined by Mateo Carmargo (Guitar) & Dan Torelli (Drums). This is their first offering since joining Sony, and is ...
    Posted 10 Oct 2011, 10:32 by Tony Gaskin
  • Mastodon - The Hunter Review by Jason Guest With four element-related albums of ever-increasing musical integrity behind them, Mastodon have little, if anything, to prove. Weaving together a complex narrative featuring such ...
    Posted 7 Dec 2011, 16:10 by Jason Guest
  • Voices of Extreme - Break The Silence Review by Brian McGowan In the six years since the debut release, ‘Hypocrite’, VOX have beefed up the muscle in their music and cut away the fat, edging toward a ...
    Posted 10 Oct 2011, 10:38 by Tony Gaskin
  • Glorior Belli - The Great Southern Darkness Review by Jason Guest Since their inception in 2002, Glorior Belli have become increasingly lauded as one of the key bands alongside such ominous figures as Deathspell Omega and Blut ...
    Posted 16 Dec 2011, 13:56 by Jason Guest
  • Crowned By Fire - Prone to Destroy Review by Lisa Nash Northern Los Angeles rock ruffians follow up their 2007 EP with a full length album. John Fitterer (Vocals), Justin Manning (Guitars), Nic Miller (Bass), William Liermann ...
    Posted 5 Oct 2011, 09:57 by J McGowen
  • The Devil Wears Prada- Dead Throne Review by Jack Arkell Christian Metalcore act come of age with fourth LP Formed in 2005, The Devil Wears Prada only really gained recognition a couple of short years ago ...
    Posted 5 Oct 2011, 09:53 by J McGowen
  • Lockin - These Three Skulls Review by Tony Gaskin I love it when a band throw something unexpected at you, and this is the case with a five track EP I had sent to me ...
    Posted 2 Oct 2011, 04:48 by Tony Gaskin
  • Reckless Love - Animal Attraction Review by Woody Reckless Love exploded onto the melodic rock scene last year and their brand of infectious commercial party rock made them instant favourites with fans! With a sleazy ...
    Posted 2 Oct 2011, 04:00 by Tony Gaskin
  • The Trews - Hope and Ruin Review by Woody I stumbled across these guys recently and was intrigued by their sound so when the opportunity came to review “Hope and Ruin” I thought it was a ...
    Posted 2 Oct 2011, 03:34 by Tony Gaskin
  • Big Life - Big Life Review by Woody Big Life are a band put together by long time friends Mark Thompson Smith (Vocals) and  Steve Newman (Guitars & Keyboards) and on disc they are joined by ...
    Posted 2 Oct 2011, 03:29 by Tony Gaskin
  • Street Fight Silence - Secrets EP Review by Lisa Nash Band members, Russ Merry, Chris Penfold and Chrissy Cooley are from Bracknell. This is power pop, young, fresh and aimed at a younger audience. It is ...
    Posted 1 Oct 2011, 00:54 by Peter Keevil
  • Machine Head - Unto the Locust Review by Mark ‘Tosh’ Davies. Following ‘The Blackening’ was always going to be challenging, after an album of that magnitude takes you around the world many times to play more ...
    Posted 30 Sep 2011, 11:47 by Liam Booth
  • Popa Chubby - Back To New York City Review by Rob Stanley Massive man mountain Popa Chubby AKA Ted Horowitz is back with his 22nd CD “Back to New York City” which, if you read all the ...
    Posted 22 Sep 2011, 13:55 by Tony Gaskin
  • Rise to Remain - City of Vultures Review by Jack Arkell Metalcore newcomers incite national pride with debut album Rise to Remain have come a long way since their humble beginnings as ‘Halide’. Five years and a ...
    Posted 22 Sep 2011, 13:39 by Tony Gaskin
  • Opeth - Heritage Review by Jason Guest With the opening title track, an instrumental piano piece, and ‘The Devil’s Orchard’, listeners know they are in for something very different to what this ...
    Posted 1 Oct 2011, 06:00 by Jason Guest
  • Undue - Bad Town Review by Lisa Nash Undue are a traditional rock band from Walsall, and this is their debut EP. Band members are Ben Read (Guitar), Mark Broome (Guitar), Darren Richardson (Bass ...
    Posted 19 Sep 2011, 13:07 by Tony Gaskin
  • The New Saints - Songs for the Black Hearted Review by Rob Stanley I always credit one band in particular for kick starting my love & passion for music.  The band in question took the traditional rock sound and turned ...
    Posted 21 Sep 2011, 06:47 by Peter Keevil
  • Primus - Green Naugahyde Review by Jason Guest With classics like Frizzle Fry and Sailing the Seas of Cheese to their name, Primus was a band that sat atop the “alternative” metal mound of ...
    Posted 7 Dec 2011, 16:13 by Jason Guest
  • Nightvision - Consequence of Sin Review by Mark "Tosh" Davies It’s great when you find out a band are from right on your doorstep, it’s even better when they unleash an album that ...
    Posted 19 Sep 2011, 13:14 by Tony Gaskin
  • Puddle of Mudd - Re:(Disc)overed Review by Jack Arkell Ah, the dreaded covers album. There is something quite perverse about basing an entire record on other artists’ songs. That is what Puddle of Mudd have ...
    Posted 19 Sep 2011, 12:42 by Tony Gaskin
  • Pombagira - Iconoclast Dream Review by Chop Not so much an album as a concerto, Pombagira's boldness in releasing a single song, 42 minute, doom epic is by and large a resounding success ...
    Posted 19 Sep 2011, 12:36 by Tony Gaskin
  • Toxic Federation - Distance Review by Harry Paterson On October 17th, Toxic Federation will release their third album. Ah, yes. The Difficult Third Album. .. The one a band is supposed to make to ...
    Posted 19 Sep 2011, 12:19 by Tony Gaskin
  • Profane Omen - Destroy! Review by Jason Guest With the opening track, Finnish melodeath mob Profane Omen show that they really are ‘A Force To Be Reckoned With’ by throwing out plenty of huge ...
    Posted 17 Sep 2011, 09:48 by Jason Guest
  • Pestilence - Doctrine Review by Jason Guest 2009’s Resurrection Macabre prompted many a mixed response. Some thought it an unsuccessful return, some argued that it wasn’t the “real” Pestilence as band ...
    Posted 15 Sep 2011, 05:43 by Jason Guest
  • Lenny Kravitz - Black and White America Review by Lisa Nash This is the 9th studio album by Lenny Kravitz, and in essence is a funk rock musical exploration, it’s a real cocktail and Lenny ...
    Posted 14 Sep 2011, 04:55 by Tony Gaskin
  • Imperial Circus - Above The Deep Review by Jason Nottingham-based Alt Rock band Imperial Circus is a pleasant surprise. Esoteric and exotic, the instrumental opener ‘Nykur’ is no indication of what to expect from Above ...
    Posted 15 Jan 2012, 00:36 by Jason Guest
  • Huron - Mary Celeste Review by Lisa Nash This is the second album by Plymouth based Huron, a follow up to the successful Cheyne Stoking in 2009 that was championed by Bruce Dickinson on ...
    Posted 14 Sep 2011, 05:04 by Tony Gaskin
  • Ronnie James Dio - Mightier Than The Sword Review by Lisa Nash Mightier Than The Sword is more than just a compilation, a best of, it’s a journey through the musical evolution of the Voice of Heavy ...
    Posted 14 Sep 2011, 04:43 by Tony Gaskin
  • Chimaira - The Age Of Hell Review by Dan Perks What have we come to expect from Chimaira? Crushing riffs, mind boggling kick pedal drumming and venomous brutal vocals spring to mind, and the “the Age ...
    Posted 14 Sep 2011, 04:33 by Tony Gaskin
  • This Wicked Tongue - Carry This Review by Jack Arkell Less is more from the dynamic Worcester quartet. Releasing an EP consisting of just three tracks is a brave move by any artist, but with a ...
    Posted 14 Sep 2011, 04:29 by Tony Gaskin
  • Staind - Staind Review by Jack Arkell More of the same from Staind? Far from it, actually… They’ve been one of the most important bands on the alt-rock scene in the ...
    Posted 14 Sep 2011, 04:23 by Tony Gaskin
  • The Treatment - This Might Hurt Review by Lisa Nash The Treatment are Matt Jones (Vocals), Ben Brookland (Guitar),Tag Grey (Guitar), Dhani Mansworth (Drums), Swoggle (Bass) and they originate from Cambridge. I enjoyed the nostalgia ...
    Posted 5 Sep 2011, 13:02 by Tony Gaskin
  • Steve Lukather - All's Well That End's Well Review by Lisa Nash Band - Steve Lukather (Vocals/Guitars), CJ Venston (Keys & Atmospheres), Steve Weingarten (Keys), Carlitos Del Puerta (Bass), Eric Valentine (Drums), Lenny Castro (Percussion), Joseph Williams, Phil Collen ...
    Posted 5 Sep 2011, 12:59 by Tony Gaskin
  • Long Day Fear - Bones Review by Harry Paterson Greasy, biker-metal that owes as much to The Almighty as it does to one of the band’s stated influences, Black Label Society. Sure, there ...
    Posted 5 Sep 2011, 12:53 by Tony Gaskin
  • The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - How I Go Review by Harry Paterson Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayall, Gary Moore, Walter Trout, Joe Bonamassa and a great many more have all, in their own ways, helped answer ...
    Posted 5 Sep 2011, 12:45 by Tony Gaskin
  • Dave McPherson - The Hardship Diaries Review by Lisa Nash This is a solo effort by Dave McPherson, a side project from his band InMe, a melodic rock band from Essex, but this is more of ...
    Posted 5 Sep 2011, 12:41 by Tony Gaskin
  • I Chaos - The Human Repellent Review by Jack Arkell Pure evil, and excessively morbid. And that’s just the artwork… When you think of Death Metal, the Netherlands isn’t the first place that comes ...
    Posted 5 Sep 2011, 12:35 by Tony Gaskin
  • Black Country Communion - 2 Review by Harry Paterson Listen to this album once. Then have a rummage through your loose change and select a coin. Now toss it in the air. Heads, you’ll ...
    Posted 2 Sep 2011, 12:53 by Tony Gaskin
  • Max Raptor – Portraits Review by Paul Broome  Now you’re talking. If you like your punk rock groove-led, anthemic and unashamedly British then I prescribe this, the debut mini-album from Midlands ...
    Posted 26 Aug 2011, 04:03 by Paul Broome
  • Raven Vandelle - EP Review by Lisa Nash Raven Vandelle are Dave Taylor (vocals, guitar) and brothers Jimi Crutchley (bass), and Nick Crutchley (guitar). I had the benefit of having heard these tracks live ...
    Posted 22 Aug 2011, 02:35 by Tony Gaskin
  • Mind Set A Threat - EP Review by Lisa Nash Mind Set A Threat are Dave (Throat), Pabz (Guitar), Gary A (Drums), Adam (Guitar/Vocals), M.C (Bass) and hail from Edinburgh. They class themselves as ...
    Posted 22 Aug 2011, 02:25 by Tony Gaskin
  • Airrace - Back To The Start Review by Woody It’s been a while, but the long awaited second album from Airrace is here, just 27 years after the debut created waves back in the day ...
    Posted 22 Aug 2011, 02:05 by Tony Gaskin
  • Karl Demata - Cross The Mountain Review by Rob Stanley Probably better known for his work with prog / post rock band “Crippled Black Phoenix” Karl Demata has decided it is time to release his debut CD ...
    Posted 20 Aug 2011, 01:08 by Tony Gaskin
  • Eric Sardinas and Big Motor - Sticks & Stones Review by Rob Stanley Larger than life hard rocking blues maestro Eric Sardinas is back with the much anticipated 5th album “Sticks and Stones”. In my opinion Sardinas is ...
    Posted 20 Aug 2011, 01:09 by Tony Gaskin
  • Incubus - If Not Now, When? Review by Jack Arkell Calculated gamble from accomplished Californians. The seventh studio release from Incubus is surely the riskiest yet from the multi-platinum selling band. Taking a more mellow ...
    Posted 20 Aug 2011, 00:46 by Tony Gaskin
  • Adrenaline Mob - Adrenaline Mob EP Review by Mark 'Tosh@ Davies Mike Portnoy is certainly a busy boy; he was defiantly the kid that fidgeted in class not able to stay quiet for a second. His ...
    Posted 20 Aug 2011, 00:40 by Tony Gaskin
  • Fall Against Fate - If Not For Ourselves Review by Jack Arkell This EP almost never was. After numerous member losses, the future looked anything but rosy for Fall Against Fate. With ‘If Not For Ourselves’ though, the ...
    Posted 17 Aug 2011, 04:06 by Tony Gaskin
  • Kids in Glass Houses - In Gold Blood Review by Paul Broome KiGH are a band I've been keeping half an eye on for a while now, I always felt they had the potential to be Wales ...
    Posted 12 Aug 2011, 14:35 by Paul Broome
  • Far Cry - Optimisim Review by Woody After the success of Far Cry’s previous album “High Gear” and subsequent appearance at MelodicRock Fest 2 in Chicago the band plan to capture that momentum ...
    Posted 10 Aug 2011, 04:38 by Tony Gaskin
  • Virgil and The Accelerators - The Radium Review by Rob Stanley It is not often that I get all emotional about a CD,  but ‘The Radium’, which is the first real offering from VATA, ticks all of ...
    Posted 10 Aug 2011, 04:01 by Tony Gaskin
  • Royal Republic - We Are The Royal Review by Jack Arkell Regal album from future monarchs of rock. ‘We’ve come to claim the throne’ sings frontman Adam Grahn during opening track ‘The Royal.’ And you know ...
    Posted 10 Aug 2011, 03:51 by Tony Gaskin
  • Revoker - Revenge For The Ruthless Review by Jack Arkell Straight up metal from South Wales. Any questions? With all the hype surrounding Revoker recently, there was always the possibility that their debut album could have ...
    Posted 10 Aug 2011, 03:45 by Tony Gaskin
  • Diamond Plate - Generation Why? Review by Jason Guest Chicago’s Diamond Plate have recently signed with Earache for their first full-length, Generation Why? Opening with a collage of news headlines from around the ...
    Posted 6 Aug 2011, 09:22 by Peter Keevil
  • Infinity - Infinity Review by Woody Infinity was rescued from the unreleased vaults thanks to Andrew McNiece of Melodic Rock Records, who has finally let loose these songs 22 years after they were ...
    Posted 4 Aug 2011, 06:38 by Tony Gaskin
  • White Wizzard - Flying Tigers Review by Rob Stanley I guess that now is the right time to come clean and admit that although I’ve dipped the proverbial toe into White Wizzard water many ...
    Posted 15 Jan 2012, 01:44 by Jason Guest
  • In Flames - Sounds of a Playground Fading Review by Mark 'Tosh' Davies It’s no big secret that In Flames have not been the most consistent band in the last few years with somewhat mediocre albums and ...
    Posted 4 Aug 2011, 06:24 by Tony Gaskin
  • Stonehouse - Unplugged Session Review by J McGowen Recorded on a balmy, Sunday afternoon at the foothills of Snowdonia this past Spring, the Welsh band, Stonehouse laid down nine amazing tracks that incorporate their ...
    Posted 3 Aug 2011, 11:29 by J McGowen
  • The Browning - Burn this World Review by Jack Arkell A full-flavoured musical cocktail straight out of Dallas. It is extremely difficult to be original these days, with a music industry full of carbon copy ...
    Posted 1 Aug 2011, 13:15 by Tony Gaskin
  • Cerebral Ballzy - Cerebral Ballzy Review by Jack Arkell Daily Mail readers, brace yourselves, the new kings of hardcore are in town. With their raucous early live shows leaning towards the wild rather than the ...
    Posted 1 Aug 2011, 08:54 by Tony Gaskin
  • Soren Andersen - Constant Replay Review by Rich WardStanding on top a large PA system, legs astride and cranking out a scorching solo of ‘Burn’ whilst playing in Glenn Hughes’ solo band was more ...
    Posted 31 Jul 2011, 03:54 by Tony Gaskin
  • Die Pretty - Battle Over Brooklyn Review by Jack Arkell A change of sound brings improvement for the New York quartet. There is something infectious about the music that Die Pretty have shared with us in ...
    Posted 31 Jul 2011, 00:54 by Tony Gaskin
  • What The Night Brings - Bound By Apathy Review by Jack Arkell The hotly anticipated second EP from What the Night Brings has landed. Believe the hype. It takes all of about two seconds for the brutality that ...
    Posted 31 Jul 2011, 02:15 by Tony Gaskin
  • Trivium - In Waves Review by Claire Frays It’s at times hard to believe that Trivium is still a relatively young band and yet this is their FIFTH offering! Trivium definitely know how ...
    Posted 31 Jul 2011, 00:39 by Tony Gaskin
  • Lionville - Lionville (Avenue Of Allies) Review by Woody Lionville is a project put together by Italian main man Stefano Lionetti who composes most of the music on the album and plays guitar ...
    Posted 30 Jul 2011, 07:21 by Woody
  • Steele - Tricks Up My Sleeve ( Z Records) Review By Woody An album written and recorded in the early ‘90’s gets released in Japan in the mid 90’s and finally sees the light of ...
    Posted 30 Jul 2011, 07:13 by Woody
  • Shadowman - Watching Over You (Escape Records) Review by Woody Shadowman are something of a super group featuring Steve Overland of FM on Vocals, Steve Morris of Heartland on Guitars and Keyboards with the Thunder ...
    Posted 30 Jul 2011, 07:02 by Woody
  • Stampede – A Sudden Impulse (Rock Candy)Review by WoodyI have to admit Stampede is a new name to me and I only discovered the band upon their reformation and subsequent live dates. The ...
    Posted 30 Jul 2011, 04:47 by Peter Keevil
  • ...And Stars Collide - The Courage to Start Again Review by Paul Broome It's no secret that I love me a bit of post-rock. Give me a ten-minute reverb-soaked instrumental with interweaving guitar lines telling ...
    Posted 29 Jul 2011, 13:14 by Paul Broome
  • Vader - Welcome to the Morbid Reich Review by Jason Almost exactly two years after ‘Necropolis’, Vader are back with a new album and a new line-up. Mainstay Piotr Wiwczarek has gathered around him, again, a ...
    Posted 28 Jul 2011, 07:46 by Jason Guest
  • Communic - The Bottom Deep Review by Jason Overshadowed by the corpsepaint, the leather gauntlets peppered with spikes the size of Goliath’s toothpicks, the utter grimness and unending blasphemy of Norway’s most (in ...
    Posted 7 Dec 2011, 15:54 by Jason Guest
  • Martyr De Mona - Martyr De Mona Review by Tony Gaskin We’re very privileged here at Midlands Rocks to get our hands on one of the first copies off the press of the new self titled ...
    Posted 14 Jul 2011, 17:22 by Tony Gaskin
  • Night Ranger - Somewhere In California Review by Woody Iconic AORsters Night Ranger return with a new album in their 30th anniversary year. Featuring founder members Jack Blades on bass & vocals, Kelly Keagy on Drums & Vocals ...
    Posted 13 Jul 2011, 03:20 by Paul Broome
  • Snakebite - Created From Nothing Review by Harry Paterson   Snakebite. Not the most pleasing experience to be had, it’s fair to say. Similarly, the popular proletarian Midlands cocktail of the same name, comprising respective ...
    Posted 12 Jul 2011, 10:54 by Woody
  • Origin - Entity Review by Jason Guest The eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2008’s ‘Antithesis’, Origin have delivered Entity, a collection of unremitting technical and pugilistic attack on the antennas. There are ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2011, 03:17 by Tony Gaskin
  • World Under Blood - Tactical Review by Jason Guest Tactical may very well be the wrong title for this record. Something along the lines of perseverance or dogged determination would be more apt given the ...
    Posted 9 Sep 2011, 05:13 by Jason Guest
  • Japanese Voyeurs - Yolk Review by Harry Paterson   The knock on the door thundered through the dirty flat. Mick winced in pain, rolled from the sofa and staggered toward the source of discomfort. The ...
    Posted 30 Jun 2011, 11:09 by J McGowen
  • Decapitated - Carnival is Forever Release Date: 15th July 2011 Review by Jason Guest Decapitated have suffered the kind of loss that would put any other band permanently out of commission. With the untimely death ...
    Posted 7 Dec 2011, 16:17 by Jason Guest
  • In Solitude - The World. The Flesh. The Devil. Review by Jason Guest With a couple of demos, a single, and their 2008 eponymous debut behind them, it appears In Solitude have fully digested their late 70s/early 80s ...
    Posted 15 Jan 2012, 01:28 by Jason Guest
  • Sepultura - Kairos Review by Jason Guest   Ever in the shadow of the Cavalera’s, Max in particular, Sepultura have been dismissed as being the band in name only. But since the Cavalera ...
    Posted 7 Dec 2011, 16:06 by Jason Guest
  • Heather Findlay - The Phoenix Suite Review by Paul Quinton It’s been almost exactly a year since Heather Findlay left Mostly Autumn, where she graced the position of lead singer for 13 years, seeing the ...
    Posted 13 Jun 2011, 04:16 by Tony Gaskin
  • Lock Up - Necropolis Transparent Review by Jason Guest Nuclear Blast Release Date: 1st July 2011 In a word: brutal. Yep, I know, it’s an adjective that’s thrown around a lot to describe ...
    Posted 20 Dec 2011, 11:30 by Jason Guest
  • Rival Sons - Pressure and Time Review by Tony Gaskin If John Lennon, Keith Moon and John Entwistle were jamming up there along with our lord Jesus, it would probably sound something like this. Mind you ...
    Posted 1 Jun 2011, 05:27 by Tony Gaskin
  • Ipsissimus - The Way of Descent Review by Jason Guest In Ipsissimus’ own words, the album title The Way of Descent “encapsulates the lyrical matter of the songs in Gnostic, Luciferian and Merkavah traditions as applied ...
    Posted 31 May 2011, 11:13 by J McGowen
  • Samael - Lux Mundi Review by Jason Guest Industrial, orchestral, black and powerful, Samael’s latest Lux Mundi (which translates as ‘Light of the World’) takes a firm stand against any form of religion ...
    Posted 7 Dec 2011, 15:48 by Jason Guest
  • Amorphis - The Beginning of Times Review by Jason Guest Finnish metallers Amorphis have been knocking around now for twenty years and have released nine albums whose styles range from death growls to power anthems to ...
    Posted 31 May 2011, 10:36 by J McGowen
  • Pain - You Only Live Twice Review by Jason Guest Pain, the ‘hobby project’ of Peter Tägtgren, is best known for its industrial metal outpourings in the vein of the Swedish metal sound. Yet the first ...
    Posted 31 May 2011, 10:32 by J McGowen
  • She Screams Murder - Chronicles of Sanity Review by Tony Gaskin Over the last few months, a young melodic metalcore outfit have been rising rapidly through the ranks of the generic mediocrity that’s so prevalent around ...
    Posted 26 May 2011, 08:04 by Tony Gaskin
  • Anaal Nathrakh - Passion Review by Jason Guest With a title etymologically derived from suffering and endurance (hence The Passion of the Christ), there could be no better choice of appellation to aptly indicate ...
    Posted 7 Dec 2011, 16:01 by Jason Guest
  • Earthtone9 - For Cause & Consequence Review by Jason Guest As you may have heard, after a long hiatus, Earthtone9 are back with an EP of brand spanking new tracks. For those that are convinced that ...
    Posted 24 May 2011, 05:25 by Sean Larkin
  • Mayan - Quarterpast Review by Jason Guest     The brainchild of Epica’s guitarist Mark Jansen, keyboardist Jack Driessen and guitarist Sander Gommans (both ex-After Forever), Mayan’s debut Quarterpast is altogether a ...
    Posted 1 May 2011, 01:44 by J McGowen
  • Black Page Turns - Lightning Strike EP Review by Vicky Brown   I have never come across these guys before and have no pre-conceptions or biased opinions. But Black Page Turns (a four piece band from Leicester ...
    Posted 23 Apr 2011, 03:36 by Paul Broome
  • Thunderbird 13 - Welcome to the House of Sin Review by Dan Perks Welcome to the House of Sin is a hard hitting southern flavoured all out rock fest. Every song is packed full of riffs and thumping drums ...
    Posted 23 Apr 2011, 03:29 by Paul Broome
  • Hell - Human Remains Review by Jason Guest Hell is a band that almost made it in the 80s and Human Remains is an album that very nearly isn’t. Touring for years and ...
    Posted 29 Nov 2011, 11:26 by Jason Guest
  • The Soulless - Isolated Review by Jason Guest Until September 2010, The Soulless went under the monstrous moniker ‘Ignominious Incarceration’, a throwaway name chosen because the band didn’t foresee the kind of success ...
    Posted 17 Apr 2011, 09:13 by Liam Booth
  • Scar Symmetry - The Unseen Empire Review by Jason Guest Hidden dimensions appear to hold a deep fascination for drummer and lyricist Henrik Ohlsson. 2009’s Dark Dimensions dealt with the unseen worlds and dimensions that ...
    Posted 17 Apr 2011, 09:01 by Liam Booth
  • Snakeman 3 - Snakes and Stones Review by J McGowen Snakeman 3, from Northampton, is a mod, garage rock band that has recently returned from a tour in Germany with some other local acts to evangelise ...
    Posted 16 Apr 2011, 03:42 by J McGowen
  • Nukeateen - Reginald's Revenge Review by J McGowen   Last year marked the return of a Northampton grunge band, Nukeateen, which split back in 1999 before they could realise the full potential of its album ...
    Posted 16 Apr 2011, 03:08 by J McGowen
  • Aeon of Horus - The Embodiment of Darkness and Light Review by Jason Guest Australian Prog/technical Death Metallers Aeon of Horus’ debut album has been upon this earthly plane since 2008 and thanks to a Midlands-based record label ...
    Posted 16 Apr 2011, 02:03 by J McGowen
  • John Waite - Rough and Tumble Review by Rob Stanley Right before we start its confession time. I never liked John Waite! I always found his music to be dull, boring, bland etc. the list of ...
    Posted 15 Apr 2011, 13:23 by Paul Broome
  • Demonaz - March of the Norse Demonaz - March of the Norse Review by Jason Guest One of the founding members of black metal legends Immortal and one half of the Doom Occulta brothers, Demonaz has delivered ...
    Posted 10 Apr 2011, 04:25 by Sean Larkin
  • Graveyard - Hisingen Blues Graveyard - Hisingen Blues Review by Jason Guest Comparisons with Led Zep are inevitable when a band chucks together a bunch of blues rock tunes. At the merest mention of another ...
    Posted 31 Jul 2011, 01:54 by Jason Guest
  • Falling Red - ‘Hasta La Victoria Siempre’ Rocksector Records       Last year I had the fortune to review ‘Shake The Faith’, Falling Red’s debut album. http://www.midlandsrocks.co.uk/reviews/album-reviews/fallingred_shakethefaith. What hit ...
    Posted 10 Apr 2011, 03:35 by Peter Keevil midlandsrocks
  • Devildriver - Beast Review by Mark ‘Tosh’ Davies There is no denying that Devildriver are without doubt one of the hardest working bands in metal today, releasing almost an album a year and ...
    Posted 7 Apr 2011, 09:08 by Liam Booth
  • Marillion - Live from Cadogan Hall Review by Paul Broome It seemed to me that for the last few years of the 20th Century and the first few years of the 21st Century Marillion spent a ...
    Posted 3 Apr 2011, 15:09 by Paul Broome
  • Skindred - Union Black Review by Tony Gaskin Welsh Ragga Metallers Skindred are back with a bang! Union Black is the fourth studio album from the boys from Newport, and Benji and his crew ...
    Posted 1 Apr 2011, 07:49 by Tony Gaskin
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Sinocence - Scar Obscura - The first thing that hits you about this album is the artwork. With artwork this good, the music contained within has a lot to live up to.


Black Country Communion - Black CountryI gave the album three spins, and by that time it was like an old friend. The songs are cleverly crafted and it goes without saying the vocals and musicianship is of the highest order. For a project that has had its problems - ou wouldn’t know it from the band’s chemistry.


The Ocean - Anthropocentric - The album is well structured and the musical themes are given space to develop in each track and some fine passages emerge. Each track segue’s into the next and gives the album a wholeness, a coherent progression.


Structures - Signals - An epic debut release from Tamworth's Structures, spread across three EPs, and one that definitely signals a great future for this post-rock/metal collaborative...


Skin - Breaking the Silence Skin is leaving us with another memento to their legacy in the form of this, their 4th album. It’s not an album that’s going to change the world but its sound and style is what you’d expect from the band and I can say without a doubt will please the band’s fan base immensely.


Issa - Sign of Angels Issa is a new name to the world of melodic rock but this Norwegian beauty has been doing the rounds in the background of the music biz for years, building up a formidable reputation and now she gets her chance to step into the limelight.


Legion - Legion This band seems to have come out of nowhere, with their debut album due to drop at the end of October and they are already causing enough of a stir to get a five album deal with Z Records!


Negligence - Coordinates of Confusion Meaty bass, machine-gun double-kick drum beats, razor-like riffs, shredding lead breaks, and vocals that range from gruff to falsetto are all here, all that thrash has always excelled at.


Taken By the Tide -  There Is No Such Thing as an Atheist in a Foxhole -  ...the EP is a battery from start to finish, the finishing riffs kicking the twitching and stunned casualty to within an inch of its life to savour its final breath. Run, Forrest. Run!


Drive, SheSaid - Dreams Will Come: The Best Of ...And More - Drive, She Said first emerged in the late 80s as a band featuring writing talents of Mark Mangold (Touch, American Tears, The Sign) and vocalist Al Fritsch. Their first, self-titled, album was a real gem of an AOR album, which sounds almost as good today, and unlike many of its contemporaries is well worth revisiting...


Love Amongst Ruin - Love Amongst Ruin - The debut album from a brand new band, but featuring some very familiar faces. Ex-Placebo drummer Steve Hewitt steps out from behind the kit, and is joined by Donald Ross Skinner amongst others...


Lost In Vegas - A State of Mind - The years of work the band have put in before knuckling down to record what is essentially their debut release (aside from the self-released 'Addiction' EP which came out in 2006) have definitely paid off...


Hail of Bullets - On Divine Winds - From stomping and lurching mid-paced death metal grooves to melodic sky-soaring lead breaks and harmonies, On Divine Winds is incendiary. War. What is it good for? Heavy bloody metal!


Joe Satriani - Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards - This is an excellent album. Satch has a unique voice, multilingual in terms of melody, harmony, timbre, style, moods, atmospheres, and whatever else one cares to mention and on Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, he has let that voice sing, loud...


Terry Brock - Diamond Blue - It has indeed been a long wait for this album with Terry’s last solo effort “Back to Eden” emerging nine years ago...


Alter Bridge - AB III - Alter Bridge have once again delivered a colossal album of gigantic proportions; all I ask for in an album is for it to make me smile and press the repeat button… AB III has certainly accomplished that on both counts.


Citizen Charlie - Up Yours - ...Charlie is a definite star in the making, like the aforementioned Joan Jett, Courtney Love and Brijitte West she has the voice to carry the thoughts of a disaffected generation. And given the right mix of guidance and luck then Citizen Charlie will in my opinion make serious waves in this particular genre.


Awake - Bleed From You - This is an impressive master class in all things ‘Melodic’, ‘Symphonic’ and Hard Rock - a song that soars to the skies and takes us all on the ride of our lives.


Frozen Theory - Only Our Enemies Leave Roses - From the eruption of Black Country metal that's engulfing us at the moment, an ice cool bunch of lads are rising above the generic masses


First Signal - First Signal - Woody's back again, this time reviewing the debut album from what is being billed as "a new exciting Melodic Rock studio project presenting the alliance between two well known faces in the scene: Canadian singer Harry Hess (ex-HAREM SCAREM) and producer/bassist Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, PLACE VENDOME, KHYMERA etc.)." Consider yourself told.


Stan Bush - Dream The Dream - Woody reviews the latest album from prolific one-man AOR machine Stan Bush - and endeavours to show us that he's more than just that bloke who wrote the songs for the 80s Transformers cartoon movie.


Elvenking - Red Silent Tides - Since the release of Elvenking’s 2007 fan-splitting, Folk Metalcore heap of musical nonsense “The Scythe”, all eyes have been upon the once-great Italian idols, scrutinising them wearily, hoping that they won’t fuck up as severely on their next effort.


Gov't Mule - Mulennium - Remember where you were on 31 December 1999? It’s only taken them ten years but Gov’t Mule have finally issued a three disc set of their gig that saw in the new Millennium at the Roxy Theater, Atlanta. A captivating release, it is all the more notable for the fact that founding member and bassist Allen Woody passed away just a few short months into the year 2000.


Isolysis - Condemned  - Isolysis are a metal quartet from Derbyshire. Formed in 2005 they have steadily built up a loyal fan base through their relentless gigging and ‘no compromise’ live shows. Lead by the formidable Bane, the band really came into their own with the final addition to the jigsaw - guitarist Dan Monic - who joined in 2007. This lead to the band writing and recording this, their debut album.


Y&T - Facemelter  - It would have been too much to hope for an album that reached the heights of the band’s 80s heyday, or to emulate five-star albums like ‘Earthshaker’, ‘Black Tiger’ or ‘Mean Streak’, but it’s a real pleasure to report that ‘Facemelter’ is a strong, consistently enjoyable hard rock album that more than does their illustrious legacy justice.


Mark Sweeney - All In  - Crystal Ball singer Mark Sweeney returns with his second solo album “All In” his follow up to his critically acclaimed 2007 debut album “Slow Food”.


Signify - Signify - What more can you ask from a young band who have the look, the showmanship, the talent and the knack for writing and playing a good lick? Well, a great debut album would be nice!


Police Bastard - It's Good To Hate  - With obvious punk roots that have been given a metal edge, this ep is full of visceral vocals, unfortunately, this EP accurately sums up the feeling of much of the down trodden and under privileged in society today, a nation that’s depressed and in need of serious medication.


Goodluck Jonathan - This Is Our Way Out EP - Sure-fire bet for the "Best band named after a Nigerian President" award. Their debut EP, 'This Is Our Way Out' is hailed by the band as "edgy math-Rock n Roll"...


HeKz - Orfeo EP - 'Orfeo' is the latest EP from Bedfordshire-based Trad Metal band HeKz, fresh off a performance at Bloodstock...


Melechesh - The Epigenesis - Melechesh sing primarily about Mesopotamian/Sumerian polytheistic mythology, and incorporate Middle Eastern tonalities and rhythms into their mixture of black, thrash, and death metal. Though they may not be the first to venture into such territory (Israel’s Orphaned Land spring to mind, though they remain within Judeo-Christian mythologies), they have a sound that is unique, and on their latest offering, The Epigenesis, they continue to subtly integrate into their sound traditional instruments such as yayli tanbur, Azeri Tar, baglama saz, Indian sitar and Persian santur...


Cataract - Killing the Eternal - Yep, it’s another band on the Metal Blade roster that are miffed at something and are gonna tell us all about it. Incessantly. Swiss metalcore merchants Cataract’s latest offering is upon us. One look at the album cover says it all. This is a band determined to make their mark in a scene that has its fair share of bands with the same goal...


Stone Sour - Audio Secrecy - Corey Taylor is one talented guy, there is no denying that he has been blessed with the pipes of an angel and the growl of a pissed off banshee wailing in a darkened forest. Audio Secrecy is the bands difficult third album; however nothing is difficult when Mr. Taylor and masked partner Jim Root join forces again to create what could be Audio Pornography!...


Love Commandos - Sirens - An infestious album full of exciting guitar riffs and catchy tunes that'll transport you back to those smoke filled clubs of the 90's. 17 years in the making, but well worth it!


Chris Laney - Only Come Out At Night - This was not what I expected and is far more commercial than I thought. It’s a real Melodic Rock gem that makes me want more. Its an album full of dance floor fillers with an infectious beat and old school stadium rock influences. If you like to turn it up loud and give your head a pounding, then grab your dancing shoes, grab this album and get ready to ROCK!


Death Angel - Relentless Retribution - Thrash revivalists take note. Death Angel are a band that are immune to the pressure to create “old school” thrash that is brutal-for-brutality’s-sake and have delivered an album that should turn a few heads. Relentless Retribution is a huge improvement over 2008’s Killing Season which was good but had something missing and didn’t quite do the band justice.


FURY UK - A Way of Life  - is UK Metal band Fury UK’s third studio album, and see’s the trio of  Chris Appleton, Luke Appleton and Martin McNee continue their own brand of hard hitting, classy and intelligent music.


Pretty Maids - Pandemonium - There are lot’s of albums out there masquerading as melodic metal, screw them; you want some TRUE melodic metal get your ears round this bad boy!


Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare - Their first album since the tragic loss of drummer The Rev, will it prove a worthy tribute?  We find out...


Liberty Lies - New Addiction - A four track EP that manages to get across in the short time allowed everything that this band is about. It has power and passion; energy and emotion, in bucket loads.


Fleshwrought - Dementia / Dyslexia - At the helm of Fleshwrought is Navene Koperweis, known for his drum duties in the deathcore merchants Animosity and with the instrumental progressive metallers Animals as Leaders. Here, he handles all of the instruments and Koperweis is clearly an accomplished multi-instrumentalist.


Pay No Respect - Moving On - “Mini album”. Now doesn’t that sound sweet? Petite, perhaps. Maybe even delicate. What could possibly be concealed beneath such an innocuous moniker? A veritable smorgasbord of dainty ditties designed to delight, I would wager. And I couldn’t be more wrong. Moving On is a beast.


New Dawn - Unite - Debut album from a young melodic rock group hoping that the band name is prophetic. Huge crunchy riffs and funky bass, no it's not Nu-metal reborn, it's New Dawn from the wilds of Staffordshire out to conquer the Midlands Metal scene and beyond


Primordial - Spirit the Earth Aflame - First released in 2000, Primordial’s third album Spirit the Earth Aflame is to be re-issued by Metal Blade in a 2-disc edition, with the second disc comprised of live tracks, early b-sides, and other rarities. As an album, it’s hard to put the experience into words as Primordial’s sound merges black metal with doom and folk and Celtic sounds into something that combines yet transcends both metal and folk.


Blood Revolt - Indoctrine - A hushed prayer – “Make my aim true and steady” – followed by three gunshots opens this album. And what follows is truly punishing in sound and, particularly, in concept. The concept behind Indoctrine is that of a man's revolt against the system and organized religion finding salvation and vengeance at the barrel of a gun.


Patchwork Grace - Play Dead EP - PG have a great knack of writing quality hook-laden, guitars slung low, three and a minute trash/pop-rock ditties that enter your subconscious and don’t let go like a rabid dog on heat. Some bands would be happy just producing ONE song of this quality. Here Patchwork Grace appear to just sweat 3 of ‘em them out for fun.


Dirty Little Rabbits - Dirty Little Rabbits - Formed in Iowa in 2007, DLR are often referred to as Shawn Crahan’s other band. Whilst its fair to say that Shawn will be best known for his work as ‘Clown’ with the metal behemoth that is Slipknot, to dismiss DLR as just another side project would be to do them a huge disservice.


Furyon - Gravitas - As debut albums go, this is right up there with the best of them. Furyon have managed to create a body of work that infuses all their influences and yet the sound is uniquely their own....


Through Her Eyes - Winter Of Ashes - A seven track mini album from this Black Country quartet, that is a brutal display of in your face Midlands Metalcore, and whilst Midlands Metalcore fans contemplate the recent demise of local favourites, Beyond Redemption and the forced hiatus of Adust, then they could fill that gap in their lives by checking out these guys


Revolting Cocks - Got Cock? - Since winding up Ministry in 2008 Al Jourgensen and friends certainly haven't started slowing down - but does the third RevCo album in less than two years deliver?


Allegaeon - Fragments of Form and Function - Metal Blade’s roster is impressive. The addition of technical progressive death outfit Allegaeon (pronounced “uh-legion”) serves to fortify the label’s reputation as one of the best in metal today.


Hammers of Misfortune - Back Catalogue Re-Issue - A marathon session sees Midlands Rocks Jason Guest plow through the back catalogue of the Californian Prog Rockers. All four epic albums are to be re-issued on Metal Blade Records in anticipation of a new release in 2011


Winter In Eden - The Awakening - British Symphonic Metal flag bearers release their full debut album and Paul Quinton checks to see if they can mix it with the big boys in a genre dominated by bands from mainland Europe


Voodoo Johnson - 10,000 Horses - One of the most highly anticipated albums of 2010 is finally with us! Midlands Rocks gets it grubby little hands on the first full studio release from local favourites Voodoo Johnson.


This Burning Age - A Muzzle For The Masses - This is a powerfully emotional offering, which is very personal, but as you listen to each song and read the words, you find yourself looking at it from a 1st person perspective. Each song will have a different meaning to each individual, and this is what makes this album so special.


LA Guns - Shrinking Violet Deluxe Reissue - One of the most quintessential, Hollywood sleaze bands to come out of the 80s glam metal scene is the LA Guns. This band is steeped in US metal history with notable family lineages tracing back to Guns-n-Roses, WASP and Ratt. The press kit accompanying this reissue of Shrinking Violet ends to remind me that this version of LA Guns is the real, accept no substitutes thing...


FM – Metropolis - When FM reformed for what they thought would be a one-off show at Firefest in 2007, no one could have predicted what would happen in the next two and a half years. That initial reunion proved to be such an emotional experience for the band...


The Reasoning - Adverse Camber - Since recording their second album, ‘Dark Angel’, the Reasoning have made an obvious effort to give themselves a new direction and some fresh impetus, even so early in their career...


Zappa Plays Zappa - Reurn Of The Son Of - Dweezil Zappa brings the Zappa Plays Zappa project to the Civic Hall on July 23rd. Ahead of what is sure to be an excellent gig, Dean Pedley takes a look at his latest live album, “Return Of The Son Of”.


Pro-Pain - Absolute Power - Garnering the respect of the underground scene since the early 90s is no easy task and so Pro-Pain’s latest, Absolute Power, has a lot to prove since the band that created it also created their own mighty reputation as metal/hardcore pioneers.


Walter Trout - Common Ground  - Walter Trout, the New Jersey born guitar maestro, was once described by legendary broadcaster ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris as “The world’s greatest rock guitarist”. His career began back in the tail end of the 60s. But it was when he supported the likes of John Lee Hooker and subsequently joined Canned Heat did his reputation as a live guitarist really gather pace.


Masterplan - Time to Be King - Time to Be King is the fourth instalment of Power Metal wizardry by the multinational music mystics “Masterplan”. For those unaware, the band features an impressive all-star metal line-up, which includes Ex-Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow and Norwegian vocal-demigod Jørn Lande.


Korzus - Discipline of Hate - ...Brazilian thrashers Korzus were there the first time around, forming way back in '83, and if Discipline of Hate is anything to go by, I'm surprised that they haven't seen the same kind of success as Sepultura...


Magnum - The Gathering (5 CD Box-set) - ...As an avid fan of the band this is indeed a mouth watering prospect, not least because neatly packaged away amongst the lavish booklets and unseen photographs are 82 - count ‘em, 82 tracks, over 5 discs. Included in this is their much lauded ‘Live’ show from London’s Hammersmith Odeon 1988 - in its entirety...


Sevendust – Cold Day Memory - "Without a doubt this is the best album Sevendust have produced in years, it simply slaps you with the subtlety of a wrecking ball while the vocals soar majestically through your concrete heart."


Whitechapel - A New Era of Corruption - "From the outset, Whitechapel’s third album is ruthless and relentless in its depiction of a forsaken and bleak world and of the degeneration of humanity into a cold, uncaring beast hell-bent on self-destruction."


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Mojo - "As any long time fan will attest, no two Petty releases are ever the same and “Mojo” finds him with one foot placed firmly in Blues territory..."


Crashdiet - Generation Wild - An album sleaze lover’s are going to shout about for a long time. A hard rocking goodie with a massive scream of a rebellious call to arms! It’s big, loud & nasty so Crank It Up and shout it out loud!...


Triad EP - Sons of Nottingham, Triad, release a 3 track EP of quality Rhythm and Blues...


John Norum - Play Yard Blues - Dave Evans takes a listen to the man from Europe's latest solo album...


Liberty Lies - New Addiction - Can the Black Countrys hardest working band transfer their high energy live set to the studio? Jason takes time to find out.


Godsmack - The Oracle - Get ready for some mainstream metal at its aggressive best. Modern hardrock daddies, Godsmack, hit hard with its first album in four years.


Rock Sugar – Reimaginator - Ladies and Gentlemen prepare to be hot, sticky and sweet this summer. Get ready to be covered in sugar...Rock Sugar.


Asia - Omega - “Phoenix” divided opinion, yet I personally thought it was ok and it did have its moments, but “Omega” is a far more rounded and complete album and a definite improvement on the previous.


Sedona - Golden Valley - Sedona are a French trio and an out and out west coast AOR outfit. West coast style AOR is something of a rarity these days, so big thumbs up in the direction of the label, Avenue Of Allies, for taking risks and putting out albums in this style.


Darksite - Vicious EP - Darksite are a 4 piece rock / metal band based in Wales who are forged on the heavy riffing foundations laid by previous ‘face melters’ such as Metallica, Megadeth and Pantera. Their sound however boasts a modern twist adding elements of bands such as Five Finger Death Punch and Meshuggah.


Ajenda - Vicious Circle EP - According to the blurb, Ajenda are a power pop / rock band from Northern Ireland, who are an eclectic mix of individuals who boast a sound based on huge melodies and ‘groove-laden’ anthems... so what do they sound like on CD?


Carnypig - The Cautionary Tale of the Carnypig - John Colson immerses himself in the debut album from this Midlands-based one-man band, and emerges somewhat impressed...


4Bitten - No More Sins - The debut album from this Greek female-fronted rock outfit, currently doing the rounds of the UK's rock scene...


Philip Sayce - Innerevolution - Sayce already has a wealth of musical experience under his belt, and ‘Innerevolution’ is the culmination of all those years of hard work and dedication.


Newman - The Art of Balance - This is the 7th proper studio album from Newman, not including the “Best Of” - Decade. You could say “The Art Of Balance” is the first album by the full Newman band...


Skyforger - Kurbads - Skyforger have been peddling their brand of Latvian Pagan Folk Metal since 1995 and opening a whole new world of  ancestral culture and themes to a bewildered metal audience with a great deal of success along the way.


Captain Horizon EP- The Captains on board but is it mutiny or full steam ahead?


Martyr De Mona - Promo EP - A tasty little titbit from this young four piece metal outfit from Dudley in the West Midlands


Enochian Theory - Evolution: Creatio Ex Nihilio - A concept album that will get us questioning our place in the universe...........


Serpentine - A Touch Of Heaven - Finally back on British soil (for how long we shall see), Woody brings us a review of the debut album from UK AOR hopes Serpentine...


Crazy Lixx - New Religion - Woody's back on the case, and stays in Sweden to bring his review of this, the second album from the curiously-named Crazy Lixx...


Snakewater - Dirty Rock 'n' Rolla - Some blues for a change, and northern British blues at that.  Paul Broome passes his verdict on the debut album from this Manchester-based three piece...


Treat - Coup de Grace - ...and after topping up his tan in South America, next stop for Woody's jet is Sweden...


Auras - New Generation - Well the clouds of volcanic ash don't seem to have grounded Woody's private AOR jet, he's back in Brazil now to bring us his review of the debut album from Auras...


Chickenfoot - Get Your Buzz On: Live DVD - Bit of a departure here, it's not a CD - it's got moving pictures with it, and Dave Evans is reviewing it...


Hard - Time Is Waiting For No One - Woody's working on his frequent flyer miles again, this time it's off to Hungary for the new album from the confidently-named Hard...


Exit State - Death of a Rock Star - J Appleby gets hold of the forthcoming debut long player from Norther rockers Exit State, and lets us know what it's all about...


Anubis - Waking the Dead - Last month saw the long awaited release of the new album from local heroes Anubis.  Tony Gaskin gets to grips with it here...


Jayce Landberg - Good Sleepless Night - More from Woody, as he checks out the new album from 'guitar virtuoso' Jayce Landberg...


Sora - Desire and Truth - Woody ventures a little out of his AOR comfort zone, to review the second solo album from Erol Sora...


Batusis - Batusis EP - Dave Evans reviews the first release from the joint project of New York Doll Sylvain Sylvain and The Dead Boys' Cheetah Chrome...


Confined Within - The World Stops Turning EP - While Woody jets off around the world on his AOR discovery mission, Jason stays much closer to home to review the debut EP from Stafford-based metallers Confined Within...


Shylock - Rock Buster - And from Brazil Woody heads back across the Atlantic to European climes to review the latest album from German melodic rockers Shylock...


N.O.W. - Force of Nature - Time for another entry in Woody's 'World of AOR' global talent trek.  This time he's taking us all the way to Brazil, as he reviews the debut album from Alec Mendonca's N.O.W. project...


Steve Vai - Where The Wild Things Are - A live album from guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, but does it deliver the rock goods or is it just another excuse for Mr V to show off a bit?...


Blackthorn - Gossamer Witchcraft -  Bringing a whole new meaning to the term “girl power” is this power metal/classical group called Blackthorn that hail from the dark and frozen expanses of Russia...


Stage Dolls - Always -  It's AOR so it must be time to go over to Woody, for him to review this latest offering from Norway's stars of the AOR-scene Stage Dolls...


Foreigner - Can't Slow Down -  It has taken Foreigner some fifteen years to release a new studio album but in 2009 the time was right to unleash Can’t Slow Down in the US where it reached a very respectable # 29 and now a few months later we finally get to appreciate the album on this side of the Atlantic...


Path to Pedition - Departure EP - Midlands five piece Path To Perdition are intent on crushing all comers if the contents of this EP are anything to judge by. Lurking unashamedly in the murkiness of old school death metal they occasionally venture into grind and technical death metal – but not for long...


Brian Howe - Circus Bar - It’s a real shame that Brian hasn’t got a larger back catalogue, as he is a talented songwriter and has an amazing voice; a strong vocalist who I’m surprised hasn’t done more. Some of the Brain Howe era Bad Company songs are my favourites of that band’s output...


Nightvision - As The Lights Go Down - As a debut album, this is a very impressive body of work. Nightvision have managed to construct an album that acknowledges its influences, Megadeth, Metallica, Black Label Society, Black Stone Cherry and more alternative bands like Alice In Chains and Soundgarden - yet still admirably retaining its own identity...


The Fores - Unknown Destination - Here’s one for those out there that shake their fists in the air and proclaim “They don’t make music like they used to!”  Well apparently, God has answered your appeals in the form of a West Midlands outfit called The Fores...


Giant - Promise Land - I’m sure camps will remain divided on this one, and it’s true given the new look Giant line up they could have easily chosen another band name and still been successful.  Although retaining the name keeps the legacy of the band alive...


Falling Red - Shake the Faith - Every so often a band appears on the scene who quite simply make you wish you were sixteen again - Falling Red are one such band.  This Cumbrian four-piece offer up Rock n' Roll delights that make you forget for a moment that you have a day job and responsibilities...


Voodoo Six - A Little Something For You - EP - ...last year they introduced us to new vocalist Luke Purdie, and as this EP proves, all the classic hallmarks of Voodoo Six still remain intact while the band have added a few new ingredients to the pot...


Dave Evans - Judgement Day - Album - As the singer Bon Scott replaced Dave Evans in AC/DC, Evans’ place in Rock n Roll folklore was secure. So when I heard he had a new solo album out - his third, I was intrigued to see how Mr Evans had matured over the years...


Furyon - Gravitas sampler EP - If you are lucky enough to be going to see Winger when they hit the region In March and April, then I urge you to arrive early enough to check out their support band Furyon.  I was lucky enough to be sent a precursor to their soon to be released full-length album 'Gravitas'...


Delain - April Rain - This is without doubt a very well crafted body of work - very much in the vein of Within Temptation and Nightwish. And when you consider Westerholt is the brother of Within Temptation's Robert AND the album has vocal input from Nightwish’s Marco Hietala on a couple of tracks, it's no surprise that it was going to be anything less than polished...


Vincent and the Onepotts - Devils Eye - For those of you with knowledge of these types of things, a new band comprising former members of Pigfish, The Blunts and Drongo’s For Europe will be a particularly tempting proposition... and Vincent and the Onepotts are exactly that...


State of Rock - A Point of Destiny - State of Rock are a new band formed around the nucleus of ex-Frontline members Robby Boebel (Guitars) , Hutch Bauer (Bass), Rami Ali (Drums) joined with prolific and respected English singer Tony Mills (Shy/TNT)....


Mezzotonic - Mezzotonic EP - The debut EP from the Midlands great funk rock hopes arrives on our doormat.  But do they have the power and the songs to spearhead the great funk rock revival of 2010?  We think they may just have...


Blaze Bayley - Promise and Terror - "Promise and Terror" is Blaze Bayley's fifth studio album since going solo and I have to admit, before I sat down to listen to it, my main concern was if it could stand up to his 2008 offering "The Man Who Would Not Die" - which was a joy to behold and would be a great addition to anybody's music collection.  I needn't have worried...


Last Autumn’s Dream - A Touch Of Heaven - A Touch Of Heaven is another solid effort from Last Autumn’s Dream which is sure to please established fans as well as all fans of traditional sounding melodic rock. A Highly recommended release and a good musical start to the year!


Human Temple - Murder Of Crows - Six years after their debut release. “Insomnia”, Finnish melodic rockers Human Temple return with their follow up album, “Murder of Crows”.  Midlands Rocks' Woody gives his ears an AOR treat.


Joe Perry - Have Guitar Will Travel - This is an album I have been eagerly awaiting, the continuing public disintegration of Aerosmith has been right up there with all the best rock n’ roll gossip of recent years, and has added a ‘unique’ fascination that no publicity campaign could have dared hope to match... does the album stand up to the scrutiny?


Tara's Secret - Vertigo - "This is probably the best British Melodic Hard Rock Album that has been released in the past decade!" So states Midlands Rocks' very own AOR guru, Woody. Check out his review of TS' latest studio offering and see if you agree.


Katatonia - Night Is The New Day - Album number 8 from Swedish melodic, ambient, metal outfit, Katatonia - could it be their best breakthrough/crossover album?


Nico's Alchemy - Fundamental Darkness - All hail the man in black. Nah not the lute playing one, the Itallion stallion, new master of the stratocaster - Nico Tamburella. Dean Pedley samples the mystic arts and finds that all that glitters is indeed gold!


Black Page Turns - Nail in the Coffin - Leicester based hard-edge rockers, Black Page Turns release their latest 2-track studio offering. Dean Pedley assesses their potential to break out of the box (coffin! geddit?)


Breed77 - Insects - After something of a delay, the new album from Breed77 finally gets its release.  Tony Gaskin takes a listen to it for Midlands Rocks'...


Riot:Noise - Fight the People (EP) - Midlands Rocks' Tony Gaskin is back again, this time with the new EP from Bristolians Riot:Noise...


Zico Chain - These Birds Will Kill Us All (Single) - Midlands Rocks' Tony Gaskin takes a listen to the new 'stop-gap' single from the London rockers...


Full Scream Ahead - We Write Our Own Anthems (EP) - Midlands Rocks' Paul Broome on the debut EP from the rising Bristol-based band...


Senser - How to do Battle - Midlands Rocks' Jason gets under the skin of Senser's lastest political slab of rock...


Triaxis - Key to the Kingdom  - Midlands Rocks' Dean Pedley gives the debut album from the Welsh female-fronted classic metallers a spin or two...


Aceldama - Seduce, Deceive and Lead Astray  - Dean Pedley gets all coy as he is lead astray (see what we did?! Genius!) by the debut album of Aceldama ...


Adust - 'Question the Illogical' (EP) - Midlands Rocks' Tony Gaskin takes a listen to the second EP from Birmingham-based band Adust, the first for their new label...


Forever Never - 'Forever Never' - Midlands Rocks' Dean Pedley passes judgement on the sophomore release from the Essex metallers...


Fury UK - 'VR' - Second-album from the Manchester 3-piece metal outfit - booked to appear at next month's Hellfire Festival. Midlands Rocks' Dean Pedley gives his opinion...


Third Bullet - 'Revelations' - Midlands Rocks have a listen to the debut album from much-lauded Birmingham-based rock trio, Third Bullet - see if it blows us away...


New Generation Superstars - 'Raising The Stakes' - Midlands Rocks have been given a sneak peek at the new album from Nottingham’s New Generation Superstars’ – Raising The Stakes - out on Underdog Records on 3rd August. Midlands Rocks’ Peter Keevil gets under the skin …


Tara's Secret - album preview - Midlands Rocks has had a sneak preview of the new album by returning melodic rockers Tara's Secret and it's a belter! The as yet unnamed album is by far a more muscular creature than the UK five piece's last effort, 2006's Tomorrow The World. Read on for Ian Harvey's review...