Category: Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal

Naxatras – lll

Naxatras – lll       Naxatras is a hard psychedelic rock band from Greece. They play a warm psychedelia full of fat grooves, dreamy melodies, heavy riffs and trippy guitar solos all with the vintage touch of the 70’s. They have been playing and developing their sound since 2012. In 2015, they recorded their […]

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Metallica – Hardwired To Self Destruct

Metallica – Hardwired To Self Destruct       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘… Hardwired…To Self-Destruct does indeed rage, roaring out the gate with a title track where James Hetfield bellows “We’re so f***ed/S*** out of luck.” That palpable desperation recalls the free-floating angst that fueled Metallica’s ’80s, but Hardwired…To Self-Destruct doesn’t find the quartet scrambling […]

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Black Stone Cherry – Folklore And Superstition

Black Stone Cherry – Folklore And Superstition       Eduardo Rivadavia: ‘For all its spirited, hard-hitting performances and wide-eyed country boy attitude, Black Stone Cherry’s eponymous debut still gave off a faintly fishy smell of new millennium corporate rock, with certain icy guitar tones and aluminum-plated vocal textures sounding more like Nickelback or Shinedown […]

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Joe Satriani – Surfing With The Alien

Joe Satriani – Surfing With The Alien       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Surfing with the Alien belongs to its era like Are You Experienced? belongs to its own — perhaps it doesn’t transcend its time the way the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s 1967 debut does, but Joe Satriani’s 1987 breakthrough can be seen as the […]

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Nazareth – Hair Of The Dog

Nazareth – Hair Of The Dog       Donald A. Guarisco: ‘After slowly but surely building a fanbase around the world with albums like Razamanaz and Loud ‘N’ Proud, Nazareth finally hit the big time in 1975 with Hair of the Dog. The title track sets the mood for this stark album of hard […]

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Guns N’ Roses – Greatest Hits

      Dan Gennoe: ‘If time is the true test, then Guns N’ Roses’ Greatest Hits confirms that they really were one of the greatest rock & roll bands in the world. While, in retrospect, fellow graduates of the class of 1987 are about as cool as poodle perms and spandex, the L.A. bad […]

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Uriah Heep – Look at yourself

      Donald A. Guarisco: ‘The third time proved to be the charm for Uriah Heep: on Look at Yourself, the group perfects its fusion of heavy metal power and prog rock majesty, and the result is one of the best albums in the Heep catalog. The gauntlet is thrown down on the title […]

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Paladin – Charge !

Paladin – Charge !       Jo-Ann Greene: ‘Having failed to ignite the populace with their eponymous debut, a set brimming with joie de vivre and creative crossovers, Paladin decided the only way to break into the mainstream was to assault it. And this they set about doing with their sophomore set, 1972’s Charge. […]

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Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Royal Blood – Royal Blood       Scott Kerr: ‘The bludgeoning opener to Royal Blood’s self-titled debut, “Out of the Black” is a riff-fueled onslaught that belies their two-piece status; with just a heavily processed bass guitar and a drum set between them, they make some four-piece rock bands look inconsequential. … In roughly […]

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Jethro Tull – Aqualung

Jethro Tull – Aqualung       Rovi Staff : ‘The leap from 1970’s Benefit to the following year’s Aqualung is one of the most astonishing progressions in rock history. In the space of one album, Tull went from relatively unassuming electrified folk-rock to larger-than-life conceptual rock full of sophisticated compositions and complex, intellectual, lyrical constructs. […]

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Stone Temple Pilots – Purple

Stone Temple Pilots – Purple       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Stone Temple Pilots had hits with Core, but they got no respect. They suffered a barrage of savage criticism and it must have hurt, since their second effort seems a conscious effort to distinguish themselves as a band not indebted to grunge. That didn’t […]

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Ted Nugent – Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent – Ted Nugent     Greg Prato: ‘ After disintegrating the Amboy Dukes in the early ’70s, Ted Nugent finally decided to strike out on his own as a solo star. Even without a recording contract, Nugent toured constantly, built up a fervent following, and created a smoking hard rock quartet with the […]

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UFO – Strangers In The Night

UFO – Strangers In The Night       Greg Prato: ‘Unfortunately, this concert album is often overlooked when discussions of the great live rock albums of the ’70s arise. UFO’s Strangers in the Night deserves to be right up there with Kiss’ Alive! and Thin Lizzy’s Live and Dangerous, based on the excitement the […]

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Coverdale/Page – Coverdale Page

Coverdale/Page – Coverdale Page     Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Everything about Coverdale/Page, right down to the goofy copping of the Presence artwork, is an attempt to recapture the pompous majesty of Led Zeppelin. It doesn’t succeed, of course, but it does leave all of the Zep clones in the dust. Although Jimmy Page plays better […]

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Deep Purple – Deep Purple III

Deep Purple – Deep Purple III     Bruce Eder: ‘This is a record that even those who aren’t Deep Purple fans can listen to two or three times in one sitting — but then, this wasn’t much like any other album that the group ever issued. Actually, Deep Purple was highly prized for many […]

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Alter Bridge – Blackbird

Alter Bridge – Blackbird Sharon Mawer: After the demise of Creed, Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips, and Brian Marshall obviously had unfinished business and hired singer/songwriter Myles Kennedy, who quickly formed a writing partnership with Tremonti, and the new band Alter Bridge brought out their debut album One Day Remains in 2004. Three years later in […]

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Scorpions – Love at First Sting

Scorpions – Love at First Sting Barry Weber: ‘Although the Scorpions had already achieved fame after 1982’s Blackout, Love at First Sting brought them their biggest single of the decade, the slick anthem “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” with some greatly underrated songs to back it up. The album opens with the hair-raising “Bad Boys […]

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Three Days Grace – Human

Three Days Grace – Human     Marcy Donelson: ‘With lead singer Adam Gontier leaving the band in 2013, Human is Three Days Grace’s first album with a new vocalist, bass player Brad Walst’s brother, Matt Walst (My Darkest Days), who had done some co-writing on previous releases. A darker, loss-inspired work, Human was also […]

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Slayer – Show No Mercy

Slayer – Show No Mercy       Jeremy Ulrey: ‘Released at the forefront of the early-’80s thrash movement, Show No Mercy proved to be only a small step toward Slayer’s domination of the extreme metal scene, basically amounting to a cleaned-up version of black metal stalwarts Venom. Everything about this album, from the production […]

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Motörhead – Overkill

Motörhead – Overkill Jason Birchmeier: ‘Motörhead’s landmark second album, Overkill, marked a major leap forward for the band, and it remains one of their all-time best, without question. In fact, some fans consider it their single best, topping even Ace of Spaces. It’s a ferocious album, for sure, perfectly showcasing Motörhead’s trademark style of no […]

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