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BABES IN TOYLAND – Barbe-Q-Barbies talk about their upcoming album ‘Borrowed Time’

With a new contract with Dissonance and a new album ready to roll, it’s no wonder the members of Barbe-Q-Barbies are very happy with life right now. “With this album we were not afraid to be ‘us’ in every way,” says vocalist Niki, as effervescent as a bottle of bubbly. “That’s pretty much the strength of it. You know, we weren’t afraid if…

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LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION – Alex Wank talks about Tempter’s recently released lost album ‘Turpis Rex’

After many years spent languishing in the vaults, the sole Tempter album ‘Turpis Rex’ was finally released in 2018. The brainchild of ex-Pungent Stench drummer Alex Wank and a guitarist/vocalist known as Tarpiu, Tempter’s rise and fall was a curious turn of events, as Alex Wank explains.     “I think Pungent finished in the summer of 2007,” he recalls, “and Tempter started probably…

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BEAUTY IN BLACK – If there’s one band that could never be accused of standing still, it’s Therion…

If there’s one band that could never be accused of standing still, it’s Therion. Dissonance’s ‘The Nuclear Blast Recordings’ six CD set (which features the band’s first four albums – ‘Of Darkness’, ‘Beyond Sanctorum’,  ‘Symphony Masses: Ho Drakon Ho Megas’ and ‘Lepaca Kliffoth’ –  as well as the ‘Live In Midgard’ double) ably shows how dramatically the band changed over a short period…

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Classic Album Review: Girlschool – ‘Demolition’ 1980.

CLASSIC ALBUMGirlschool – ‘Demolition’ (DISS048CDD)Originally released on Bronze, BRON 525, June 1980 Girlschool’s roots lay in the London-based Painted Lady, but when Kim McAuliffe (rhythm guitar/vocals) and Enid Williams (bass guitar/vocals) hooked up with Kelly Johnson (lead guitar/vocals) and Denise Dufort (drums) in March 1978 things took a change for the better. The largely covers-based sets started to feature more and more original material…

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SEVEN SISTERS at Metal Assault

On 16 February London’s Seven Sisters found themselves at the Metal Assault festival in Germany, sharing the stage with the likes of Fifth Angel, Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime and Saracen. And by all accounts they did a great job. “I have never seen them as confident on stage as tonight,” reckoned the reviewer from Germany’s Rock Hard magazine. “The material off the new…

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