BLACK METAL BONANZA – “mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the blackest of them all…” – Dissonance Productions’ seven new black metal box sets go under the microscope.

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on pinterest Share on email June saw the release of seven black and death metal box sets, featuring a staggering 31 albums or EPs from five very different bands. And while everyone knows that the best extreme metal comes from Scandinavia, this bumper clutch of releases – unleashed on 26 June – goes a long way…

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CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Soldier – ‘Sins Of the Warrior’

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on pinterest Share on email Soldier – ‘Sins Of the Warrior’ (DISS034CDD) Originally released on Heavy Metal Records, HMR XD 245, November 2005 Probably best known for their one and only single ‘Sheralee’, released in 1982, Soldier picked up the tag of ‘the band that got away’, in that they never made an album back in…

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CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Cloven Hoof – ‘Cloven Hoof’, 1984.

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on pinterest Share on email Cloven Hoof – ‘Cloven Hoof’ (DISS060CDD)Originally released on Neat Records, NEAT 1013, 1984With a self-pressed EP ‘The Opening Ritual’ and an exciting session for Radio One’s ‘The Friday Rock Show’ already in the bag – bassist Lee Payne reckons it was hearing Tommy Vance broadcast the four tracks in June 1983…

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CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Quartz – Quartz 1977

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on pinterest Share on email Quartz – ‘Quartz’ (DISS0142CDD)Originally released on Jet Records, UAG 30081, May 1977“After this very extensive American tour we did ten dates throughout the UK, some of them with Bandy Legs from Birmingham opening for us. I had met their guitar player, Geoff Nicholls, through Albert Chapman, who managed them. They later…

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CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Diamond Head – ‘Death And Progress’

Diamond Head – ‘Death And Progress’ (DISS020CDD) Originally released on Bronze Records, ESSCD192, June 1993 Having called (borrowed) time on Diamond Head in 1985, the creative duo of Brian Tatler and Sean Harris joined forces once more in April 1990 and immediately started writing new material: ‘Kiss Of Fire’ was apparently written pretty much at their first get-together. Fired up and on a…

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