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Oct 26, 2015
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Chastain – “The 7th of Never” & “The Voice of the Cult” REISSUE (2015)

Label: Divebomb Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Back in the 80s, there were many guitar heroes. You had your Yngwie’s, Vai, Vinny Moore, Marty Friedman, etc. etc. but for my money one of the best (and most underrated) was David T. Chastain. He made some great albums with his bands Chastain as well as CJSS – hell they are still making some great albums. In addition to Mr. Chastain he also featured some killer musicians including the original (and current) Chastain vocalist, the legendary Leather Leone. Now, in the 80s there were not a ton of female vocalists like there is today. Many were in the hair metal/more commercial hard rock style. However, there were a few like Doro and Leather Leone, who did enough to stand out based on the sheer talent and vocal ability they possess. But I digress… Recently the good folks at Divebomb Records has re-issued two of the late 80s Chastain records: “The 7th of Never” (released in 1987) and “The Voice of the Cult” (released in 1988) with bonus material. Continue reading »

Nov 4, 2014
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Voices of Destiny – “Crisis Cult” (2014)

Label: Massacre Records

Review by Tony Cannella

The symphonic metal outfit from Germany, Voices of Destiny returns with a new singer Ada Flechtner (ex-Coronatus) and their 3rd album “Crisis Cult”; since changing vocalists is often one of the biggest decisions a band can make, you had better make sure that you have found the right one. Well, in listening to “Crisis Cult”, I couldn’t help but think to myself that Ada is the perfect choice to be the bands new female voice.

“Crisis Cult” is basically a concept record. Lyrically it is perhaps the bands best and musically they straddle the line between head banging metal and a more melodic tone, but all of the songs have a bombastic element. The majority of the vocals are handled by Ada, but keyboardist Lukas Palme also contributes with his grunting vocals. Continue reading »

Oct 6, 2012

Sabbath Assembly – “Ye Are Gods” (2012)

Label : Svart Records/The Ajna Offensive

Review by Luisa Mercier

Four are the entities of God: Christ, Jehova, Satan and Lucifer and each of them can be found in human nature shaped as hate, love, joy and pain. This vision, that reminds me of the Manichean Church of the origins of Christianity, was typical of the Process Church of the Final Judgement, one of the most unique and controversial cults of the latest decades. It was rumored to be linked to Charles Manson and Satanism, but now it is dissolved and what remains are its rites. Sabbath Asssembly have put in music the most sacred texts of the Church and also have revamped some of their most revered hymns, stuff reserved to the most important members. The songwriting is quite simple, mostly based on acoustic music, to be played in church and it is also background to reading of sacred texts. The overall experience is quite alienating as all good cults should be while Jamie Myers vocals are sweet, versatile, really beautiful, I appreciated that are so different from the vocals usually found in occult acts. Genesis P-Orridge delivers readings throughout the album, giving the effect of call-and-response between priest and flock.  I do not know the exact aim of this album, maybe it is just a tribute to the Church, but it is powerfully effective.

Rating – 80/100



  1. Let Us All Give Praise and Validation
  2. We Come From the One
  3. Bless Our Lord and Master
  4. We Give Our Lives
  5. Exit
  6. Christ You Bring the End
  7. And the Clarion Calls
  8. In the Time of Abaddon II
  9. Transcendence
  10. For the Love of the Gods


Line Up

  • Jamie Myers – vocals
  • Dave Nuss – guitars



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Mar 25, 2012

Rhode Island Red – “Rhode Island Red” (2010)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Rhode Island Red are a London, England based unit. Their self-titled debut has just been issued and it features 10-songs and 41-minutes worth of classic sounding hard rock, led by the soulful and quite expressive vocals of Lyla D’Souza. Musically, Rhode Island Red is a bit of a throwback to classic rock bands of the 70’s. Lyla D’Souza has a bit of a Bluesy quality to her voice. Their songs have been described as The Cult meets Garbage, and that is a fair assessment I suppose. The songs have a definite raw energy and power to them, but the band also has shown some great attention to the melodic end of the spectrum. Highlights include: “Kerosene”, “Slip Away”, “Over & Over” and the acoustically ballad “Fate Insists” which closes the CD. With their debut album, Rhode Island Red has released a strong rock record that pays homage to a bygone era, while still keeping their feet planted firmly in the present.  

Rating – 78/100



  1. Kerosene
  2. Slip Away
  3. Stalemate
  4. Over & Over
  5. Hollow Man
  6. Little Wizard
  7. Too Far Gone
  8. Untouchables
  9. Supernatural
  10. Fate Insists


Line Up

  • Lyla D’Souza – Vocals
  • Dave Garfield – Guitar
  • Andrea Basiola – Guitar
  • Mike McGinness – Bass
  • Marco Tiano – Drums



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