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Alberto Rigoni: Bassorama (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland I recently reviewed Alberto’s latest album, and it was only after I had written it that I realised that his previous album was in my backlog awaiting review as well (my backlog is definitely moving in the right direction, but it is painfully slow – but I will review everything I have ever been sent! Serves…

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Fallen Legion: Downfall (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Formed in Oshawa, ON, these guys have been around since 2008 and this is their fourth EP (no album as of yet), and has been self-released. I don’t really know anything about their history, but I do find it more than a little strange that a band like this haven’t been snapped up yet. There are…

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Nth Ascension: In Fine Initium (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland For their 2016 album, Nth Ascension made the move to American label MRR, and the confidence they gained from the critical acclaim of their debut is clearly apparent. Whereas the debut ‘Ascension of Kings” was an excellent album, this one just seems to have that touch more depth in every area. There are three songs more…

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Fred Farell: Distant Song (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland This is the sort of album that can only be produced by people who have a wealth of experience behind them, as it is full of the confidence that only comes from the long hours of playing. Here, singer Fred Farell is working with pianist Richie Beirach and Dave Liebman (saxophones, recorder), and together they have…

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Hallux: Hallux (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Inspired by Toxic Holocaust, Satan’s Wrath, S.O.D, Celtic Frost, and Power Trip, drummer Ian Demian-Pérez describes Hallux’s sound as “encrusted anti-authoritarian deathened thrash!”, while he describes their debut release as “a thrash album with influences that draw from Death, Black, Crossover and D-Beat, we are a band that deals with the deception, lies, and oppression enforced…

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Hartmann: Hands on the Wheel (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland I was a little surprised to realise that this is the fifth Hartmann album I have in my collection, and yet again Oliver has done exactly what I expect of him by now, namely producing an album containing immaculate vocals, with a depth and breadth that is often sadly missing from this style of music, while…

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Infrared: Saviours (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Ontario thrash band Infrared formed in 1985, but five years later with just one demo to their name, the band called it a day. But, in 2014 three of the original members Alain Groulx (drums, backing vocals), Armin Kamal (vocals, guitar) and Kirk Gidley (guitar, backing vocals) got together with bassist Mike Forbes to resurrect the…

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