Author: Team Uber

Duncan Reid And The Big Heads – ‘Live At Akkurat’ (Self-Released)

If you don’t know the name Duncan Reid then you do indeed have only yourself to blame, either for living in isolation for a lot longer than the rest of us or failing to read your favourite website for the past decade. After all, we are talking about a former member of one of the most respected power pop bands in the entire damn Überverse – that’s The Boys, in case you’re wondering – and subsequently the producer of four increasingly fine solo albums… well, in conjunction with his Big Heads, a group of musicians whom we’re reliably informed don’t live up to their names, as they’re a rather modest bunch, at least outside of their ability to consistently produce wonderfully crafted rock ‘n’ roll songs (oh, and their frontman’s assertion that they are “the world’s best-looking power pop band!)… In fact, the only question you should be asking yourself is “where the feck is Akkurat?”

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Frozen Crown – ‘Winterbane’ (Scarlet Records)

In the interest of full disclosure, John B loves Frozen Crown. They are one of his top modern power metal bands. So, the minute he heard they might be releasing a new album he immediately requested it. It can be a little nerve-racking when a band you love changes up their lineup, especially three all at once. JB had to check it out to see if they would still live up to what he loved before and he was not disappointed at all. Sure, there is a definite change in the overall feel of the album -that is a given with that much of a change in creative talent – but he still loves what they have created…

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Motorjesus – ‘Hellbreaker’ (AFM Records)

This is another of those sort of albums that Monk just loves – one that does exactly what it says in the title, which sets out its proponents’ intention clearly and simply: and that is to create the sort of dirt-encrusted heavy-ass, pedal-to-the-metal rock ‘n’f’n’ roll that comes roaring out of the depths of hell like Vin Diesel with a tank full of napalm under his hood and straight into the darkest recesses of your soul…

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Giotopia – ‘Trinity Of Evil’ (Self-Released)

John B loves when an album tells him a story. He probably mentions it at some point in every review. Few things win more points with JB than when music feels like it is taking him somewhere. He expects it at a track level but when it is at an album level it is sure to get his attention. This is true with the music itself as well as the lyrics. He believes this shows a deeper pride in one’s work. It also can be difficult to pull off well. As with any storytelling, it can be hard to keep the audience’s attention but when you nail it you end up with an awesome album. The question is how does our man feel about ‘Trinity Of Evil’? Do Giotopia nail it?

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