Hard Rock Reviews

Here is an index listing our reviews of hard rock and metal. Our rock review articles are listed by artist and title. Enjoy!

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Abney Park - Aether Shanties

Parley! Parley! Tali ventures forth from goth to steampunk territory. Check out her review of Abney Park's steam themed Aether Shanties. Air ship pirates abound in this musical treat. Yar!

AC/DC - Black Ice

In 2013, we said... It's been too long since veteran rockers AC/DC released their last studio album in 2008. Check out the crisp Black Ice.

AC/DC - Highway to Hell

Blimey, Tali turns her attention to the classic rock album Highway to Hell by AC/DC. Sounds like she has been hanging around Paul Jack too long and his taste in retro music is starting to rub off. So, what does Tali make of this 1979 Aussie release?

Acer Fury - Crazy King

A slice of Germanic metal nostalgia - Crazy King by Acer Fury, a 14 track compilation of classic power metal.

Alice Cooper - The Eyes of Alice Cooper

After getting her grubby little mitts on some of PJs old CDs, Tali picks out some noughties Alice Cooper.

Alice Cooper - Welcome 2 My Nightmare

The Alice Cooper Band reunite with a spooky sequel to a 70's classic.

Antrum - Retrospective Lucid Alienations

A slice of blackened death metal with a sci-fi twist

Archi Deep and the Monkeyshakers - #3

Some new music for you to check out - Archi Deep and the Monkeyshakers have a new album out, called #3. Read our full review to see how we rate it. And keep an eye out for their grand new single, Nowhere Man

Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold

Eponymous, batty metal fun from Avenged Sevenfold.

Ayria - Hearts for Bullets

Venturing outside the rock arena into a new area, check out Hearts for Bullets by Ayria for something cool and different.

Ayria - Plastic Makes Perfect

Tali checks out Aryia's electronica masterwork.

Black Sabbath

Paul Jack's creepy tale of retro-reviewing Black Sabbath's eponymous first album. Weird things going on all right! Read on to find out what strange things went bump in the night...

Black Sabbath - Paranoid

We step into our time machine to look back at one of heavy metals most enduring albums - that's right, it's time to check out Paranoid by Black Sabbath.

Black Spiders - Sons of the North

Bravely announcing themselves as a brand new force in town, Black Spiders 2011 debut album Sons of the North is a hard rock album reminiscent of a swathe of great classic rock acts from the last four decades.

Blue Oyster Cult - Heaven Forbid

Amazingly good 1998 AOR album from the traditionally umlauted ones. A decade after their previous studio release Imaginos, was Heaven Forbid worth the wait? You bet!

Blue Oyster Cult and their eponymous first album.

Douglas Adams once wrote that the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything is 42. Paul Jack travels back in time 42 years to the early days of Blue Oyster Cult. Tune in for a history trip. No Cully Stout Beer in sight.

Buffalo Crows - Bovonic Empire

More heavy rock moos, err sorry, news, from Australia, as Buffalo Crows release their third album, Bovonic Empire. Sorry about the pun.

Corrington Wheeler

Corrington`s first solo album. A post-hardcore EP, a non-profit release in support of a worthy cause.

Creature Feature - The Greatest Show Unearthed

Creepy carnival-eqsue music from Creature Feature. Does reviewer Tali find every track fun and fresh? Have a look!

Deep Purple - Now What!?

Now what do we 'ave 'ere then? A laid back new album from Deep Purple? Really sir? A 19th studio album? Go on then, what's it like?

Demon - Night of the Demon

A nostalgic look at British metal band Demon and their first album in it's re-released splendour.

Dio - Holy Diver

Wow! Following the sad and still mourned loss of Ronnie James Dio 2012 sees the release of a fantastic Deluxe Edition of Dio's all time hard rock / metal classic album Holy Diver. And that's gotta be worth checking out!

Dio - Magica

This review is dedicated to the late, great Ronnie Jamed Dio, whose work touched so many lives. With thanks to the nice people running @OfficialRJDio for suggesting we write about Magica.

Doctor Steel II: Eclectic Boogaloo by Doctor Steel

More weird noises oozing from Tali's evil steampunk laboratory. Trepidation abounds as the lab door creaks open, pushed by a slime green tentacle. The strains of Dr Steel's second album Doctor Steel II: Eclectic Boogaloo get louder, louder, and... Right, this has gone far enough. Just check out Tali's latest review of Eclectic Boogaloo, OK!

Emerald Aquarium - The Grass IS Greener

A rather good - and FREE - 2016 punk /grunge EP from Emerald Aquarium. Check it out.

Emilie Autumn - Opheliac

Corset clad angry violinist, Emilie Autumn, shares her anger, thoughts or just some fun stories with the world through this brilliant album.

Escape Artists - ..Never Die

There's a powerful pop-punk sound coming out of Vienna these days, courtesy of Escape Artists. Find out more about their second album, ..Never Die.

Flight of the Conchords

He, he, he. Don't tell the regular reviewers, but while they popped out of the Rock Hard Reviews office Auntie Ethel managed to sneak in and write all about one of her favourite bands, Flight of the Conchords. She does think Bret and Jemaine are lovely, doesn't she?

Ghost - If You Have Ghost

Who you gonna call If you have ghosts? Melodic Swedish occult rock outfit Ghost, that's who! Just how good is their new EP of cover tracks? Check out the review of If You Have Ghost to find out.

Ghost - Opus Eponymous

Ghost or Ghost BC? Either way Opus Eponymous is a refreshing dose of harmony and melodic, satanic hard rock. Who said dark and doomy music needed to be errr.. dark, doomy, raucus and screamo? Cos Ghost proves them wrong!

Guns N Roses - Appetite for Destruction

Groundbreaking 80's rock masterpiece from a new band on their way to the big time.

Hawkwind - The Chronicle of the Black Sword

Moved by the passing of Huw Lloyd Langton on December 6th 2012 , Rock Hard Reviews made a snap decision to drop the article planned for publication this week and instead write about Hawkwind's 1985 Elric based studio album 'The Chronicle of the Black Sword', which features Huw's work.

Heaven and Hell - The Devil You Know

Loud and heavy doom rock from the masters formerly known as Black Sabbath, and a sad, fond studio farewell to Ronnie James Dio.

Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi - Who Cares

Rock legends Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi team up with pals all in the name of charity. A compilaiton of new, rare and classic material covering a range of musical styles, but certainly not lacking in hard rock content. Read the review and buy a copy - WhoCares is in a good cause!

Infant Sorrow - Get Him To The Greek

Check out cheeky, cheery Infant Sorrow. It is a proper album for the Get Him To The Greek movie, rather than a traditional soundtrack. How great is it? Go read the review and see!

Iron Maiden (by Iron Maiden!)

Slip somewhere back in time to the birth of NWOBHM and check out Iron Maiden's eponymous first album in all its melodic heavy metal glory.

Jorn - Unlocking the Past

Do you yearn for the glory days of hard rock? Whether you want to rediscover the past or find out what all the fuss was about back in the day, why not let Jorn fulfill that yearning?

Kidneythieves - The Invisible Plan

While we all eagerly awaited the next EP from Kidneythieves, why not kick back with an old one ? The Invisible Plan

Kidneythieves - Trypt0fanatic

Ever discovered cool music through the medium of video games? Deus Ex fan Tali did. Check out her album review.

King Diamond - Abigail

A retro review of King Diamond's classic album Abigail. Ghostly goings on in the haunted La'Fey mansion gives us an album widely considered to be among the band's best work.

Lake of Tears - A Crimson Cosmos

After being challenged to pick out some really good weird old forgotten classic, Paul Jack stumbles upon a dusty copy of A Crimson Cosmos by Lake of Tears. See how good this fantasy themed musical whimsy really is.

Lillian Axe - Love and War

Late 80's glammy cross between Led Zep and GnR. Surprisingly good, with a sharper edge than most glam rock.

Massive - Full Throttle

Wake up to the full on hard rock sound of Full Throttle, the amazing debut album from Aussie rockers Massive.

Mazz-XT - At the Brink of Eternity

Rock Hard Reviews is honoured to check out At The Brink Of Eternity by Mazz-XT. An auspicious album full of classic hard rock influences and heavy riff melodic charm, it marks Scott Ginn's return to rock music after a 20 year hiatus. Welcome back dude!

Megadeth - United Abominations

2007's return to form for Dave Mustaine and Megadeth. Angry, loud thrash metal by crafted by experts.

Mercury Rising - Bad News

We check out spring 2016 release Bad News, an awesome EP by hard rock band Mercury Rising.

Miracle of Sound - Level 2

Tali's quest to shout it out loud for commercial quality music inspired by video games continues this week with - surprise, surprise, Level 2 by Miracle of Sound. (Actually, old rock guru Paul Jack is rather keen on Khajit like to sneak, but don't let him know we told ya!)

Miracle of Sound - Level 3

More music inspired by video gaming this week, with Miracle of Sound. Level 3 - great name for a third album. And such creativity. PS No Refunds!

Miracle of Sound - Level 4

We focus on awesome video game inspired music this week as Tali immerses herself in Level 4 from Ireland's Miracle of Sound.

Miracle of Sound - Level 5

Gav is back! Check out Level 5, another must-have collection of awesome tunes from Miracle of Sound for the avid gamer. Or should that be 'by the avid gamer'?

Motion Device - Welcome to the Rock Revolution

Rock ain't dead. The spirit of rock lives on in Motion Device. Defo. Go check out their inaugural release, Welcome to the Rock Revolution. And wish Motion Device all the best with recording the sequel right now - we do!.

Mudvayne - The End of All Things to Come

After watching Ghost Ship and going 'Hey, it's that guy from Dexter!', Tali gets inspired by Not Falling and decides to dig out Mudvayne's The End of All Things to Come.

Muse - Absolution

Tali takes time out to muse over Muse's album Absolution. Does Muse's music keep Tali amused and inspire her when working on creative projects? Absolutely! (Tali has asked us to make it quite clear that she did not write this cheesy intro for her review!)

Neutral Noise - Little Garden

Polish band Neutral Noise have a new album out. It's called Little Garden. Check out what we think of this cool titled treat.

NOISE - Echoes

Music for the sophisticated listener... Echoes, by Icelandic band NOISE.

Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz

Paul Jack takes off his rose tinted specs and dusts off Ozzy's early eighties album. Blizzard of Ozz marked the beginning of Ozzy Osbourne's successful solo career post Black Sabbath. How does it stand up today?

Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman

So, in another retro review moment, what did Rock Hard Reviews think of Ozzy's second album, Diary of a Madman? (Not to be confused with Paul Jack's well known typo 'Diary of a madam' - Ed)

Pendulum - In Silico

Tali has been venturing into drum and bass territory this week, as a backdrop for creative writing sessions. But is there something of interest to the hard rock brigade in In Silico?

Prosevere - Hurts Like Hell

Delighted to hear from Gary Segars, singer for Prosevere this week about the release of their first full length album Hurts Like Hell. And a mighty fine album it is! Go check out our full review.

Rainbow - The Singles Box Set 1975-1986

Take a walk down the memory lane of rock with the newly released collectors' edition for February 2014 - Rainbow's The Singles Box Set 1975-1986.

Rival Sons - Head Down

We said... Time for something new and exciting - Head Down by Rival Sons. Heck, it's been a long time since PJ got so interested in a new band!

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Guitar virtuoso Roger Pedersen's third solo outing is Guitar Madness and other nice songs. Rock Hard Reviews checks out what the master of shredding has been up to.

Roses Unread - The Silver Lining

Roses Unread unleash a new album... The Silver Lining is a melodic scorcher, and you can check out the full album review here.

Royal Republic - We are the Royal

Fun, light, danceworthy pop rock from Sweden? Check out what our reviewer thought of this cheeky album.

Sabbat - History Of A Time To Come

Paul Jack returns from his sabbatical to pick through a lost thrash metal classic.

Scorpion Child (by Scorpion Child!)

Continuing our trend of reviewing eponymous debut albums, this week Rock Hard Reviews gives Scorpion Child a spin, and likes what we find.

Sick Puppies - Tri-Polar

Tali decides to share with us her thoughts and playlist recommendations about Aussie band Sick Puppies third album.

Sirens by LifeCry

And now ladies and gentlemen, introducing for your listening pleasure... a four piece metal act all the way from Hertfordshire, England. Please put your hands together for LifeCry, and their brand new debut album Sirens...!

Skyclad - Oui Avant Garde a Chance

Rock Hard Reviews goes pagan this week as we check out a blast from the past - a lost classic from the beloved 'purveyors of folk metal', Skyclad. If you don't get the title's pun then read it out loud: Oui Avant Garde a Chance.

Songs of Anarchy - Sons of Anarchy soundtrack

Fan of the series? Wanna bring a bit of SAMCRO into your life? Check out the soundtrack album Songs of Anarchy. Its rather good...

Stone Kings - From Creation to Devastation

July 2016 release from Stone Kings, 12 hard rock tracks, quite literally from Creation to Devastation.

Tequila Mockingbyrd - Fight And Flight

Highly rated debut album by Tequila Mockingbyrd.

Tequlia Mockingbyrd - T-Byrds Are Go!

Full disclosure - Paul Jack is very grateful to drummer Josie for getting in touch about their new EP. He's found a new band he loves. Read what he had to say about their EP... T-Byrds Are Go!

The Cassini Projekt - Filler

An intense and varied compendium of music from Ireland, courtesy of Alex McDonnell.

The House That Dirt Built by The Heavy

If Borderlands 2 themed music inspires you to check out the band behind the cool tunes then look no further than this review of The Heavy's 2009 offering.

The Pretty Reckless - Light Me Up

Rather than Going To Hell, Tali reviews an earlier release from The Pretty Reckless. Light Me Up is a great intro to the band's work.

This Is Hell - The Enforcer

We said... New music with a retro thrash sound - playlist this EP from This Is Hell

Thunder - Backstreet Symphony

Like a long lost friend that hasn't changed, the sound of Thunder is the sound of raw guitars, great vocals and classic rock from the pre-grunge era. Backstreet Symphony was Thunder's debut album, chock full of hard rock from 1990.

Thunderbird - Heavyweight

2016 release Heavyweight... A raw and punchy album from Thunderbird, in the style of the golden era of Oz Rock.

Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever

Paul Jack retro-reviews Tom Petty's first solo album, the 1989 classic Full Moon Fever. How has it stood the test of time, and what exactly was a yuppie?

Triumph Over Logic - Soundtrack To Life

Rock Hard Reviews goes down under once again, as we check out Soundtrack To Life, the new album by Triumph Over Logic.

Victims Of The New Math - Satellite Head

Second outing, and a slice of nostalgia from Victims Of The New Math

Viridian - Hope

Hope... The 2015 release from Louisiana band Viridian. It's a five track EP and a miscellany of alt/metal with prog overtones for your listening pleasure.

White Zombie - Supersexy Swinging Sounds

In search of energy, motivation and retro Rob Zombie, Tali ventures into remix territory. Is this an album for hammock fans or for the industrial / alternative crowd?

Whitesnake - The Purple Album

Whitesnake, the Purple Album review. Read it here. Is this the highest scoring album on Rock Hard Reviews?


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(Tali, May 2013)

Looking back at the year 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, Rock Hard Reviews takes a look back at some highs and lows for rock and metal throughout the year.

Other Stuff

21st Century Robin Hood

And in other news... Tali has been busy this week polishing and setting free from captivity two of her short stories about a near-future Robin Hood character who fights injustice in today's society and rights wrongs using modern technology in place of bows and arrows. For your personal reading enjoyment only, you can download a copy free of charge - the link just above will take you there.

If you enjoy the stories and would like to know what happens next then drop us a line through our social media pages (links can be found at the bottom of this page). Tali might just write some more for you. There is a third story in the pipeline, featuring one of the rarer Robin Hood characters, a certain whitehanded gentleman.

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