The Best Of 2016

By Cameron Arndt It’s been a year of uncertainty… tumultuous political happenings, distressing incidents, seemingly neverending celebrity deaths, including many in the music world, and – in the last month – the shocking demise of Team Rock, owners of Classic Rock Magazine, Metal Hammer and others who were the undisputed leaders in rock journalism. None of that is what we’re here for though and, through all the craziness, there’s been plenty of great new rock releases. Here we’ve collected just a few …

Music Review: The Book Of Souls (Iron Maiden)

Iron Maiden  – Book Of Souls (September 2016) By Cameron Arndt Iron Maiden’s previous album, The Final Frontier, was released way back in 2010. It was a good record, but for me never quite hit the heights of the preceding trio – the excellent Brave New World (2000), Dance Of Death (2003) and my favourite, A Matter Of Life And Death (2006). There were some great songs on it, but where El Dorado was classic Maiden, some tracks, like title …

Music Review: Ellipsis (Biffy Clyro)

Biffy Clyro – Ellipsis (July 2016) By Cameron Arndt From Scottish alt-rock heroes to all-conquering festival headliners, Biffy Clyro are certainly one of the biggest bands in Britain right now. This brings with it certain pressures as each new album has to cater to a larger and larger demographic, with the mainstream fans after anthemic tunes, the record company looking for hit singles and the older fans starting to miss the choppy rhythms and raucous vocals of old. Their previous …

Music Review: Sky Won’t Fall (Stevie Nimmo)

Stevie Nimmo – Sky Won’t Fall (March 2016) By Cameron Arndt I’ve seen Stevie Nimmo playing live twice, once as a guest of King King and then last year on the Nimmo Brothers 20th Anniversary Tour. His skills were certainly apparent on these occasions as he wonderfully complemented the playing of his brother, Alan, but until now I hadn’t taken the chance to listen to any of his recorded output. I’m a big fan of King King though and knowing …

Music Review: The Best Of 2015 (yep, 2015!)

In January 2016 I wrote a few articles based on my favourite records released the year before. I didn’t have anywhere to publish them at the time but kept them on file. With the site now up and running and 2016 rapidly coming to a close I thought I’d collect a few of the pieces together here – before I announce this year’s top albums! So here, in no particular order, are three of my top choices for 2015. Sure …