Author: Gary Clarke

STARKILL – Fires of Life

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Parker Jameson is the lead guitarist and vocalist, plus keyboardist and orchestrated programmer for Starkill.  If this wasn’t sufficient, he also undertakes production duties on Fires of Life.  This full length debut album also credits James Murphy (former guitarist in respected bands Testament and Death) with mastering responsibilities.  They have both succeeded in giving Fires of Life… Read more »


Red Rose – It Comes from the Heart

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Rock music in its many varying forms has been played right around the world by an abundance of different bands and artists, but you’re about to be taken by Screamer Magazine to the Middle East for an insight into a new band who are reaching out to the rock music collective.  Through the heat of… Read more »


APPARITIONS – Kiss Me Sleeping

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The audio whirlwind that is Apparitions used to be known as This Twilight City and they played in their own words “underground pop rock.”  Rising like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes of that previous existence, the sound that can be discovered on the debut studio album by Apparitions is somewhat of a colliding selection… Read more »


INTRONAUT – Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)

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Hard working and earning their stripes, Intronaut deliver a solid album in the shape of Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones).  After touring with the likes of Mastodon, Animals As Leaders and Red Fang, you get a sense of what sort of sound to expect. This intense and highly motivated quartet, kick off Habitual Levitations… Read more »


68-75 – Sanctified E.P.

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The band 68-75 released their self-titled debut E.P. in 2012 and it slipped by most people unnoticed.  This wasn’t due to the content being lacklustre or suffering in quality, but due to these guys juggling their independence and working without the aid of serious record label support.  Like building a wall, they have placed their… Read more »


RED ROSE – On The Cusp Of Change

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If the Danish band Royal Hunt collided with the Israeli progressive rock outfit Orphaned Land, then you may imagine the overall style and sound of Red Rose.  On their second studio album On The Cusp Of Change, Red Rose charge onward through eight songs backed by the beat of Orphaned Land drummer, Matan Shmuely.  With constantly changing song… Read more »


HELKER – Somewhere in the Circle

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Somewhere in the Circle is the third studio album from the Argentinean heavy metal overlords and their first to offer up lyrics in English.  For those who are interested, there will also be a Spanish version of this album. You get anthems incorporating strong chugging guitars, solid drumming, plus some Ronnie James Dio style lead vocals… Read more »


KAMELOT – Lineup changes, concepts and alliances

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Florida-based progressive metal outfit Kamelot is no newcomer to the mighty realms of the universe of rock music.  Not many bands can say they have succeeded in releasing 10 studio albums all showcasing the various elements that main man Thomas Youngblood finds so instinctively creative within the sonic backdrop of Kamelot’s sound.  Whether it be melody or… Read more »


SISTER SIN – Sinning Now and Forever

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Sister Sin are a busy band who have gone through a few minor lineup changes to settle on the four-piece we hear today.  With three studio albums unleashed on the heavy metal community, not four as is occasionally reported — due to Dance of the Wicked containing around seven songs and recorded more in demo form… Read more »


SISTER SIN – Now And Forever

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Swedish heavy metal merchants Sister Sin deliver their third proper studio album Now And Forever with a real sense of confidence, as they realize their identity and direction.  It’s a popular misconception that this album is their fourth, but in actual fact the first release called Dance of the Wicked was a selection of demos, and therefore… Read more »


KAMELOT – Silverthorn

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Prepare yourself for an album that provides both drama and constantly weaving epic musical backdrops.  Silverthorn begins the journey with a two-minute introduction mixing up some elegant piano with some husky, quietly spoken dialogue before launching into the urgent Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife), which showcases both the heavier end of their spectrum with the more melodic… Read more »


ONE-EYED DOLL – Committed

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The spotlight shines brightly on Kimberly Freeman with her Dave Lee Roth-style high kicks and that fascinating voice, which resembles Jack Off Jill on occasions, then a female version of Serj Tankian on others.  Make no mistakes, this is a rock album for sure.  Jagged guitar with short bursts dancing in perfect time with the steady and… Read more »


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