Album Reviews

Satan’s Host - Pre-dating God (Parts 1 & 2)

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SATAN’S HOST have been a strange case in the Metal scene; they’ve been around since the late '70s when they started out as a pure Heavy Metal band, only later to endorse extreme/Black Metal elements in their music. They released the now infamous “Metal From Hell” LP in 1986 having behind the mic none other than Harry Conklin of the JAG PANZER fame. When Conklin left the band to head for TITAN FORCE, the lineup disappeared but reunited without their frontman in the '90s and released a string of unsuccessful CDs in the '00s... With Harry returning to the fold, SATAN’S HOST embarked on a new trip in the Metal business and 2011’s “By The Hands Of The Devil” marked a second youth for the Colorado-based outfit.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Tuesday, 27 January 2015 22:19

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Ninja - Into The Fire

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When I read that the hometown of this outfit is the German town of Solingen, one thing crossed my mind: the mighty ACCEPT, haha! NINJA come from the same area and their first album was released in 1988. They have been sporadically in the spotlight with two releases in 1992 and 1997, so “Into The Fire” is the first new material in seventeen years.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Tuesday, 27 January 2015 22:15

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Rated X - Rated X

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Yup, I admit it; every release featuring the one and only Joe Lynn Turner behind the mic grabs my attention on the spot, regardless if US Hard Rock isn’t my first priority when choosing music to listen to. There is something I find irresistible in Mr. Turner’s vocals but I really cannot say exactly what it is. From RAINBOW (1980-1984) and DEEP PURPLE to Yngwie Malmsteen’s works, MOTHER’S ARMY, BRAZEN ABBOT and the most recent SUNSTORM (oh yes, this list easily can go on forever...), the amazing Joe has given us tons of hair-rising moments dressed with his non-aging hue and vocal-color that has long ago claimed trademark status. And this also applies to RATED X’s the self-titled debut and even if I’m not a fan of super-groups, I have to say that this band/project managed to get my attention, and not only because of Turner’s unique touch...

Written by Maria Voutiriadou Tuesday, 27 January 2015 22:13

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Stud - Rust On The Rose

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It feels like I have just reviewed STUD's first full length album “Out Of The Darkness” which was released in 2013. And perhaps it was about a year ago I dug into that one... time flies when having fun, you know! Still, it’s hard to keep track of everything... But no matter what, STUD’s debut album got stuck on me and perhaps for the wrong reasons. Their 80’s Hard Rock should go down fine for me as it did with the only issue being that the songs were a bit too familiar and it was easy to pinpoint from which classic track STUD had drawn their inspiration from. I have to admit I felt a little bit reluctant to take on “Rust On The Rose” but I’m glad I did.

Written by Erika Wallberg Tuesday, 27 January 2015 22:10

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