Scissorfight – Doomus Abruptus Vol.1

Scissorfight – Doomus Abruptus Vol.1
Salt Of The Earth Records
Release Date: 06/12/2019
Running Time: 34:29
Review by ‘Dark Juan’

Nefarious and blood soaked greetings from the nether face of God, your Ipssissimus of groove, and trusted local pet sitting service, Dark Juan. I trust you have all been burning churches and defiling virgins in my name while I have been away singlehandedly combating Coronavirus? Coronavirus caught Dark Juan and is currently self-isolating for 14 days. My mighty and puissant immune system dealt it what could only be described as a biblical arse-kicking and it slunk off to try to infect Chuck Norris. That went as you might expect it would. Reports that our lord of the netherworld Satan is currently self-isolating are true. I last left him nursing his Hello Kitty hot water bottle and clutching his My Little Pony bedspread in new and exciting levels of misery and upset. So I laughed at him. And called him a bedraggled cunt! He wanted his DVD of She-Ra, Princess of Power on while he was in bed. I denied him this and left him wretchedly watching Thomas The Tank Engine. The howls of despair were music to my ears, thankfully fucking drowning out Ringo bastard Starr waffling about Sir Topham Hatt.

Anyway, this review is brought to you by the charnel house aroma of Hodgson Fartpants’ anal artistry, Leffe Brun and other quality beers and the number 13. We are (as I am sure you have already been made aware by the title up there ^^^^) currently experiencing Scissorfight’s latest offering, “Doomus Abruptus Vol.1”.

Opening track ‘Caveman Television’ is best described as the aural equivalent of the old timey Scissorfight song title New Hampshire’s Alright (If You Like Fighting). It is a rock n roll soundtrack to an archetypal bar brawl. It’s like being glassed in the face by a heavily bearded (probably gay but in self denial) redneck in a back street bar in some godforsaken fucking little logging town in the arse end of America. And then five minutes later being his best mate and giggling over beers with blood pouring into your bottle of Dos Equis.  I’m sure you’ll all agree that this already is sounding like a jolly good night out. See Wrexham for more details.

If you’re not familiar with Scissorfight, then you really need to have a word with yourself and possibly flagellate yourself with razor wire and wash out the subsequent wounds with spirit vinegar, you absolutely shocking tart. Scissorfight have provided us with the kind of good time metal that the scene has been sadly lacking in since heavy metal bands totally lost their sense of humour (notable exceptions exist for this – Lawnmower Deth since forever and the formative experience that was a Lullaby For A Unicorn show. No moshing, just metal fans all over the floor colouring in pictures of fucking unicorns….) and have forgotten that their sole reason for existing is to entertain. Scissorfight entertain and amuse in large and orgasmic measure. The sex wee quotient is quite high, but in deference to the electric bill, the water bill and also my somewhat parlous underwear situation after reviewing White Crone recently, I am writing this review stark bollock naked.  The good burghers of Elland are delighted, because I am also doing it on the front patio of Dark Juan Terrace.

Five hundred and fifty-odd words in then, and I have told you precious little about Scissorfight. Allow me to remedy this forthwith. Formed in 1995 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Scissorfight have had one mission and one mission only – to deliver the kind of kick ass rock and roll that makes you want to get your groove on and chase members of the human race that are way out of your league (YOUR league, obviously, for there are no people on this earth immune to the blandishments of Dark Juan on a mega charm offensive. Just ask the Ever Metal staff….) and drink beer and dance like it’s the last day of Homo Sapiens. “Doomus Abruptus Vol.1” is the first release by the band since taking an almost ten year hiatus, the selfish bastards. They play deceptively simple music, but they are too groovy for this earth. The sheer scale of the groove cannot be understated. The groove is everything. The production job on this album is frankly too fucking colossal to describe. The guitar sound is massive fuzzed out perfection, the bass face-vibratingly humungous and the drums have the kind of sound that you’ll hear when being repeatedly smacked against unyielding concrete by hydraulic rams controlled by an absolute sadist (Hi!!!). And then there is the vocal of one Mr. Doug Aubin. A man possessed of a voice so gravelly, tarry and huge, it is reported that most of the state of Maine’s roads were resurfaced with it.

Every song is fucking brilliant, if you like tongue in cheek lyrics, the ultimate in groovy song arrangements and not too heavy you will probably love the fuck out of this. If you enjoy pasty faced, scrawny, screeching small people in extreme metal bands, you’ll hate this with the kind of passion that only the most austere and martial black metal can bring you. However, if you appreciate a wall of noise blasting you clear into the wall  five metres behind you whilst liquefying your internal organs with the power of bass, you’ll fucking love it. Stand out songs are ‘Coagulus’ (what your blood will be doing as it pools around your rapidly cooling corpse after the unholy aural assault you have just experienced) and ‘Where Eagles Drink’. Any song about drinking gets my vote. Anyway, you get sleaze, melody, some of the greatest gruff yet melodic vocals ever committed to record and riffs. The fucking riffs. Riffs of majesty and splendour. Southern tinged riffs of such magnificence you will go into a riff induced coma and when you wake up again all you’ll hear is Scissorfight riffs ad infintum in a bizarre kind of riff tinnitus.

Well done, you exemplary bastards. Well done.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is feeling so groovy right now it feels like it really should be a member of George Clinton’s Parliament. 9/10 for one of the most fun records I have heard in years.


01. Caveman Television (Looking out of the cave entrance?)
02. Dumpfight (I clearly have a sick mind considering the image in there.)
03. Coagulus (And again. Gutter, my head. Filthy gutter.)
04. Rock And/ Or Die (I will just fucking rock, chaps. I’m living forever.)
05. Where Eagles Drink (Would that be Colonel Suslov’s Grey Eagles? Or the Philly Eagles?)
06. Piss In The Wind (The story of the life of Dark Juan’s bank balance.)
07. The Battle Of (Mudhole Mountain) (Really need to do some kind of wholesome activity.)
08. Lead Venom (On a lead with a collar?)
09. Whatcha Get (When you end up with a demented Englishman reviewing your album.)


Jay Fortin – guitar, multi-instrumentalist
Paul Jarvis – bass
Doug Aubin – vocals
Rick Orcut – drums


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Scarlet Aura- Stormbreaker

Scarlet Aura- Stormbreaker
Silver City Records
Release Date: 27/03/2020
Running Time: 54:06
Review by Tsarina Wilson

Well I hope you are all ready for the return of Scarlet Aura because they are back with a bang and a loud one at that. Their new album “Stormbreaker” is like a very heavily shaken can of beer which erupts as soon as the opening track starts and doesn’t stop until the last note of the final song. First track ‘The World Is Not Enough’ is an instrumental but from the first vocal track ‘Metal Hell’, with Aura’s husky, but such powerful, voice you are completely drawn in and from then on, its pure metal all the way!

For those of you who may not be familiar with Scarlet Aura (where have you been living) you are in for a treat. Fronted by Aura Danciulescu, who has the voice of a metal angel, she is joined by Mihai Danciulescu on lead guitar and vocals, Rene Nistor on bass, guitar and vocals and last, but not least, Doru Gheorghita on drums. They are from Bucharest, Romania and pack a potent punch.

“Stormbreaker” continues the trilogy of “The Book of Scarlet”, which consists of three albums and accompanying fantasy books. “Hot n Heavy”, which I was also lucky enough to review, was the first album in the trilogy and was released in 2019 alongside first book “The Book of Scarlet-Ignition”. The books are written by Aura and combine song lyrics and the story of “Scarlet”, so you get an insight into their Metal/Rock world, it uncovers their storyline and for any fan it’s an absolute must.

It features the previously released single ‘High In The Sky’, which was debuted on their summer tour in 2019. It may start like some metal ballad but don’t be fooled by that and Aura’s vocal range is mind blowing. One thing I have found with all of their music is, no matter how intense it is you can hear every word that is sung! With this particular track I can imagine lighters/torches in the air and people singing it at the top of their voices.

One of my favourites is ‘Daddy’s Lil Monster’ this track has it all including great guitar riffs and drumming. It contains the line “I’m on your skin to skin like a spell” and this track will get under your skin and stay there; you won’t get it out of your head and will be singing it for hours. However, I think once you listen to ‘Scarlets United’ you will be hooked totally and this album will be on permanent repeat! This track is like a fan call and if we are all invited to be part of Scarlet United, well I’m signing up to be a part of it.

No matter which is your favourite track you cannot get away from the intense musicianship which sometimes overwhelms you. Not many Rock/Metal bands can combine catchy yet compulsive listening like Scarlet Aura do. Tracks dig into subjects that many bands don’t seem to cover from personal feelings of love to having the courage to do things and they aren’t scared to cover the journey of things that not only trouble others but themselves as well. Most of you would have heard of the quote “Music soothes the soul”, well Scarlet Aura are a band that do that for me. You can sit back and chill out to a track while the next has the hair on your arms standing on end and the next has you with your fist in the air.

Is it possible to sum up “Stormbreaker” in a few words? Powerful, mind blowing and unique come to mind but that doesn’t begin to cover it. Scarlet Aura go from strength to strength with each release and Aura makes a good point in one of her comments “Music heals the spirit, metal heals the heart”; yes, you are so right.

Scarlet Aura will be on tour in Spring 2020 which will see them playing through Germany, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, The Netherlands and Austria together with Visions of Atlantis and Edenbridge along with solo album release shows in Romania and Bulgaria. Beyond that they have already announced tour dates for the Autumn where the band will join Primal Fear and Freedom Calls, as guests, for 24 concerts in 10 countries during September-October 2020.


01. The World Is Not Enough
02. Metal Hell
03. Battle Cry
04. Stormbreaker
05. Loose Cannon
06. I Am The One
07. High In The Sky
08. The Heretic
09. Daddy’s lil Monster
10. A Blast From The Past
11. Scarlet United


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Alun’s Top 10 Albums of 2019

Alun’s Top 10 Albums of 2019

We have already posted a few of our reviewers’ Top Tens of 2019 and now it’s Alun’s turn. We would like to thank him for all the work he has done for us over the past year. He certainly knows what he is talking about music-wise so go check out the albums on his list and see what you think.

1. Crobot – Motherbrain


2. Monolord – No Comfort


3. Giant Dwarf – Giant Dwarf

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4. Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovel – Very Uncertain Times

sir admiral

5. Earth – Full Upon Her Burning Lips


6. Sunn O))) – Life Metal


7. Acid Reign – The Age of Entitlement

acid reign

8. Obey – Swallow The Sun


9. Speedealer – Blue Days Black Nights


10. Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Yn Ol I Annwn

mammoth weed


With honourable mentions for Firebreather, L7, Sacred Reich, Wizard Rifle, Duel and Helligators



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Alphastate – The Grind


The Grind Cover

Alphastate – The Grind
Sliptrick Records
Release Date: 03/04/2018
Running Time: 37:28
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King

Alphastate are a Greek metal band, formed in 2013 as a personal project of Pete Breaker (guitars). Vocalist Manos Xanthakis joined in in 2015 and the line up was complete in 2016 with the additions of Dimitris Tsounakis on bass and Fivos Andriopoulos on the drums. They released their first album “Out of the Black” in 2015 and received excellent and positive press globally.

Says the band: “we wanted to combine modern metal with 80’s and 90’s influences such as Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera and Nevermore to create a very personal and extreme style with no boundaries.”

So, what genre of metal are Alphastate? To pigeonhole them into one category would be wrong and do them a severe injustice. They play heavy metal that is heavier than normal, but they have thrown in a bit of power too, with just a hint of doom (think Sabbath, Candlemass and Trouble), and this gives them an almost unique sound.

I always think the vocals make any band and am always on the lookout for bands that have distinctive and different singers. If I am totally honest, on the first run through of the album, I didn’t actually like Manos’s vocals but after listening a few times, I realised I really didn’t give him much credit. His vocals are deep, and unmistakably Greek, which is by no means a bad thing. He could quite easily fit into a band such as Firewind if they were ever on the lookout.

I must admit that I hadn’t listened to the band’s first album before listening to this one, but the promo notes that came with the album stated that they wanted to take a more modern and aggressive approach musically with this new album. They wanted “very loud and distinctive guitars, a more modern production that had the vocals pushed up front and drums that punched through the sound.”

I think they were successful on all three counts. Take the guitars out of this album and they would slot straight into a Pantera album, the drums are strong and tight, and I have already mentioned the vocals above.

This album includes a lot more of the band’s own thoughts and experiences making it the most personal release so far, and sonically it is their best. They have made an album that is “pure aggression with the best songs they have ever written.”

One thing that I wasn’t overly keen on with this album, was the lack of variation. Each song seemed to sound much like the last, and I am not sure if this is due to unfamiliarity with the tracks. Maybe with a few more listens through, the songs may start to separate a bit.

But this doesn’t take away from the fact, that this is a solid album, and for a band that has only really been together properly since 2016, it’s a good sign of things to come.
Give these guys a go……and they may just surprise you!


01. Trapped
02. Phantom Desires
03. Speak Your Mind
04. Theater Of Lies
05. The Grind
06. Forevermore
07. Behind The Dark
08. Heaven’s World
09. Man Made God






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Deadheads – This One Goes to 11



High Roller Records
Release date 26/01/2018
Review by Vikkie ‘Queen of Rock’ Richmond
Running time: 38:00

I confess to having never heard of Swedish four-piece, Deadheads, although “This One Goes to 11” is their third album. Labelling themselves as ‘energetic rock and roll’, this band are all that and more; this album is eleven tracks of frenetically paced, good time rock which was fairly infectious to listen to.

The first track, ‘Black Out’ gallops along with brattish guitars and a thumping pace and although it was light on lyrics with a repetitive chorus, it certainly stuck in my brain for a while after listening.

I found a punkish element to next song, ‘Don’t Mind The Ghost’, which featured a simple hook and echoing vocals; in fact, pretty much all of the songs had a punk feel to them, with some nice keyboard/piano work showing on ‘Manic Mondays’.

The pace slowed a little with ‘Too Lost To Be Found’, which had a real vintage flavour to it and was one of my more favoured tracks on the album. I particularly liked the last track, ‘Status Low’; it wasn’t vastly different to the other songs, but I enjoyed the lyrics and the key changes made it feel a little less mad and ever so slightly more laid back.

I think if you take the time to listen to this album five or six times in a row, you will probably find nuances and changes from song to song; just listening to it twice through, it sounded kind of samey in places.

Quality and production-wise, the sound is a little muffled on some tracks – whether that was intentional, I’m not sure, but it was a bit irritating in places. Deadheads have been touring on and off in Europe, so perhaps they will be popping up on the UK festival circuit next year. I’d make a point of catching them live if I can; the songs are infectious and carry a certain amount of punk groove, so it would be interesting to see how that translates onto a live stage.
● Black Out
● Don’t Mind The Ghost
● Somebody Along The Way
● Manic Mondays
● Too Lost To Be Found
● The Plan
● Instant Control
● 2 Steps Before The Fall
● Lucifer
● My Time
● Status Low



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Winter’s Edge – The Guardians of Our Time Pt 1


The Guardians Of Our Time Pt.1 Cover

Release Date: 17/08/2018
Running Time: 35:43
Review by Lotty Whittingham

It was only last year that Winter’s Edge officially became a band. It was initially started as a solo project by guitarist Jeremy Lawler in the year 2009. It was set up to feature different musicians from around the world.

Those years have seen them experiment with their sound; include talent from the underground metal scene and line-up changes. After a two-year break, they have worked tirelessly to bring forth their latest release “The Guardians Of Our Time Pt.1” It shows listeners a solid collection of songs that will open more doors for the band regarding their career and their already huge sound has the potential to grow further. It also shows that the band are back and they mean business.

The album gets off to a promising start with the intro tracks ‘Open Worlds’ and ‘Guardians Of Our Time’; ‘Open Worlds’ is the atmospheric instrumental that has the listener glued and intrigued right away. ’Guardians Of Our Time’ gives the listener a first glimpse of the talent that is to be expected on the album; from the versatile vocal work of Charlotte Jones to the pounding drum work from Ed Anderson.

Across the album, it is clear why over the years their fan base has grown very quickly. The versatile selection of songs on the album showcase what Winter’s Edge have to offer in terms of musical talent and there is something about the band’s sound that makes someone want to be a better version of themselves.

The pounding rhythm alongside the dominant riff in ‘Path Of Desperation’ ensures that the listener is ready and willing for what’s to come next. The fist pumping energy the track gives off is infectious and will bring you to life in a recorded or live setting.

‘Dying Star’ is a beautiful ballad that initially makes the listener think they will be taking a break from the ground-breaking distortion. Don’t be fooled, this is a deception. It doesn’t make the ballad any less stunning, in fact it adds to this great track. The growls alongside the clean vocals in this track work together well, showing the vast range of Charlotte Jones’ vocals.

It ends on an excellent note with ‘In The End’ and ‘Through The Ferryman’s Eyes’. ‘The former provides one last blast of the bands talent before the latter brings the album to a close with an atmospheric interlude. The song contains excellent guitar work, vocal talent and some great musicianship.

Long-time fans of the band will know that The Ferryman has had great significance throughout the band’s career. The title of their first album was “The Ferryman’s Eyes” so it is great to see a reference to their previous material and that they haven’t forgotten their roots.

By the end of the album, you are left wanting more. You are not ready for it to end. “The Guardians Of Our Time Pt.1” marks a triumphant return from Winter’s Edge. Keep your eyes peeled and ears out for them; you would be a fool to miss them!
1. Open Worlds
2. Guardians Of Our Time
3. Path Of Desperation
4. Momentarily
5. Break It Up
6. Dying Star
7. Fatal Dreams
8. In The End
9. Through The Ferryman’s Eyes
Banner, Promo Pic


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Seven Sisters – The Cauldron and The Cross


Dissonance Productions
Release Date: 13/04/2018
Running Time: 51:18
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King

After having the opportunity to interview Graeme from Seven Sisters recently, I thought to myself that I really should give their new album The Cauldron and The Cross a spin, and why not give it a review at the same time.

Seven Sisters are a four-piece heavy metal band from London, who are, in their own words, forged from the same steel as the NWOBHM acts of yesteryear. Formed in 2013 by Kyle McNeil (vocals/guitars) and Graeme Farmer (guitars) in 2013, they are inspired by the likes of the Paul Di’anno era of Iron Maiden, Angel Witch and Virtue.

Says the band: “we have a mix of old school heavy metal (the NWOBHM movement in particular) and elements of power metal, thrash metal and things like that. We’re pretty progressive in places, but our songs are heavily melodic and hopefully pretty catchy too.”

The band have gained a reputation over the past few years as a stellar act in the heavy metal scene, playing shows all over the UK and Europe off the back of two independent releases, “The Warden Demo” in 2014 and “Lost in Time” 7” in 2015. They have since signed to Dissonance Productions and The Cauldron and The Cross is their second album.

With its main source of inspiration being a book written by Marion Zimmer Bradley called “The Mists of Avalon”, The Cauldron and The Cross is a concept album, a story that involves the two religions of Paganism and Christianity. With its myth and magical title tracks and a cover artwork depicting what looks like a scene from a fantasy film, this album has all the hallmarks of a typical power metal release.

But, this is power metal with a twist. Although, the power elements are unmistakably there, the thrash elements the band themselves stated were an influence can also be heard, but then so can the NWOBHM traits.

But that’s not all. On top of all this are the subtle prog influences too. I have never really been a prog rock/metal fan but the time changes throughout the individual tracks are clear to hear. Time changes are one of the aspects of prog music that turned me off the genre, but in this album, they seem to flow a lot better. And this, along with the changes in key, really does make it seem as if the music and lyrics are talking to you.

This is a band that obviously has an immense talent. Despite the relatively short time they have been together, they work so well and sound like they have been doing this for years. And that is something not found very often.

I read somewhere that the band intended on being a five piece, looking to recruit a singer to fill the fifth place and that Kyle was only a stand in singer. I can honestly say, that in my opinion, NOT getting that fifth person was the best thing for the band. Kyle is an absolutely fantastic singer with a voice that can cover a whole variety of ranges. He is ideally suited to the music the band play and I think that if they were to replace him now (please don’t) the whole dynamic of the band will change.

This album has everything from the speed metal of the opening track “Premonition” to the Maiden-influenced “Once and Future King” to the slower pace of “Blood and Fire.” There is also the ‘obligatory’ power ballad in “Oathbreaker” but this is, by no means, just a track that has been thrown in because people expect a ballad. It fits perfectly into the structure of the album and is one of the best tracks on it.

Stand out tracks for me, apart from “Oathbreaker” as mentioned above, are “Blood and Fire” and the double epic tracks “The Cauldron and The Cross Parts 1 and 2” at the end of the album, but my absolute favourite must be “The Turning of The Tide.” I could have that track on repeat for hours and not get bored with it.

So, should you go out and by this great album from this fantastic young band? Yes, you sure as hell do! This is a must for power metal fans, thrash metal fans, NWOBHM fans and traditional heavy metal fans alike.

I absolutely adored this album, and, for me, this is one of the best albums that has been released this year.

The Premonition
Blood And Fire
Once And Future King
Partings The Mists
Turning Of The Tide
A Land In Darkness
The Cauldron And The Cross Pt.1
The Cauldron And The Cross Pt.2



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