Doctor Smoke – Dreamers and the Dead (Review)

Doctor Smoke - Dreamers and the DeadThis is the second album from Doctor Smoke, an occult metal/rock band from the US.

Doctor Smoke combine metal and rock influences into 43 minutes of infectious material. The songs boast a relatively good range of stylistic influences, while still retaining a holistic feel and good flow to the album; the tracks all share largely the same template, but one that’s made up a few different details and nuances. Continue reading “Doctor Smoke – Dreamers and the Dead (Review)”

Wormwood – Arkivet (Review)

Wormwood - ArkivetThis is the third album from Swedish black metallers Wormwood.

This is Swedish melodic black metal that exists within a post-black metal framework, with the latter allowing the former a broader range than it usually benefits from. Wormwood’s music has an epic streak, an atmospheric proclivity, and a good grasp of emotion and depth. Arkivet is a mix of the classic and the contemporary, and the band have balanced these influences very well to produce an evocative and compelling album. Continue reading “Wormwood – Arkivet (Review)”

The Age of Truth – Resolute (Review)

The Age of Truth - ResoluteThis is the second album by US heavy rockers The Age of Truth.

Are you after some fluid grooves and engrossing riffs? Do you want good tunes delivered with an assured attitude? Looking for a band that are able to kick out the jams, but also have enough range and depth to keep bringing you back to them? Well, The Age of Truth have you covered. Continue reading “The Age of Truth – Resolute (Review)”

Reach – The Promise of a Life (Review)

Reach - The Promise of a LifeReach are a Swedish rock band and this is their third album.

Reach play song-based rock music, and they have produced 38 minutes of this for us to enjoy on The Promise of Life. You can imagine Reach as a mix of bands such as Muse and Queen, as a rough starting point. Continue reading “Reach – The Promise of a Life (Review)”

Uada – Djinn (Review)

Uada - DjinnThis is the third album from Uada, a black metal band from the US.

Bursting at the seams with 60 minutes of ambitious, energetic material, Djinn is melodic black metal played by a talented band that know how to write the style. Clearly influenced by the classic blackened style, Uada have taken these influences and channelled them into music that has its own personality and character. Continue reading “Uada – Djinn (Review)”

Burning Witches – Dance with the Devil (Review)

Burning Witches - Dance with the DevilBurning Witches are a heavy metal band from Switzerland and this is their third album.

2018’s Hexenhammer was an enjoyable slab of traditional heavy metal, and now the band are back with a new album, and a new singer. Continue reading “Burning Witches – Dance with the Devil (Review)”

Forming the Void – Rift (Review)

Forming the VoidForming the Void are a progressive stoner/sludge doom band from the US. This is their fourth album.

After enjoying Forming the Void’s split with Pyreship, I was eager to hear more from the band. Thankfully, that desire has been catered to in the form of Rift; 46 minutes of new material for me to wrap my ears around. Continue reading “Forming the Void – Rift (Review)”

The Night Flight Orchestra – Sometimes the World Ain’t Enough (Review)

The Night Flight OrchestraThe Night Flight Orchestra are a Swedish hard rock band and this is their fourth album.

The Night Flight Orchestra are shockingly good. I mean really, really good. By all rights I shouldn’t like this kind of thing, as it’s not the sort of music I tend to listen to very often, if at all, but something about the execution of this band’s tunes really grabs me hard. Continue reading “The Night Flight Orchestra – Sometimes the World Ain’t Enough (Review)”

Wooden Shjips – V. (Review)

Wooden ShjipsWooden Shjips are a US psychedelic rock band and this is their fifth album.

This album contains 42 minutes of warm, amiable, fuzzy rock. This is a band that promote peace and positivity, and this comes off this retro-soaked album in waves. Continue reading “Wooden Shjips – V. (Review)”

Graveyard – Peace (Review)

GraveyardGraveyard are a hard rock band from Sweden and this is their fifth album.

Even though this is the band’s fifth album, this is my first encounter with them. Featuring a very enjoyable classic version of hard rock, this is retro-styled and blues-infected, resulting in a soulful album of tunes and rocking anthems. The band’s multifaceted and rich songwriting shines strongly, and Peace provides a very satisfying and gratifying listen. Continue reading “Graveyard – Peace (Review)”