Phobetor: When Life Falls Silent (2020)

Phobetor: When Life Falls Silent (2020)

This is the debut album from UK-base trio Phobetor who comprise Debora Conserva (vocals), Mitch Revy (guitar), Marc Dyos (drums) plus session bassist Richard Hunter. Although Conserva can sing gently when she wishes to, for the most part this is all about guttural...
Primacy: Seeds of Change (2020)

Primacy: Seeds of Change (2020)

This is the debut album by West-Auckland alternative Metal band Primacy, which was produced and mixed by guitarist Jared Tobin and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Between the Buried and Me, Sepultura amongst others). They state their influences are as diverse as...
Slipknot: We Are Not Your Kind (2019)

Slipknot: We Are Not Your Kind (2019)

Back in 1999 I was sent an album to review by a new band from Des Moines, Iowa. This was before there had been any mass media in the UK, and on hearing it I knew this band were going to be huge, but there was no way I could ever have imagined the impact they would...
Stench Of Profit: No Place To Hide (2020)

Stench Of Profit: No Place To Hide (2020)

When the band has a name like Stench of Profit, and the first song is just instrumental keyboards, one just knows the rest of the album is not going to be like that, which is of course what we have here. Here we have 20 songs and a total running time of 36 minutes in...
Julie Bevan: Kaleidoscope (2019)

Julie Bevan: Kaleidoscope (2019)

If one were to guess the origin of this album, one would certainly not say that it comes from New Zealand, as this has its heart firmly in South America and, at times, even Cuba. Kiwi guitarist Julie Bevan has longstanding ties with Brazil, and here we have six songs...
Miss Used: Paraland (2020)

Miss Used: Paraland (2020)

Miss Used are a four-piece grunge blues band based in Auckland, who were formed in 2018, and this is their first EP. I have been fortunate enough to catch these guys in concert a few times recently, and they are somewhat unusual in that both guitarists are singers,...
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