Mage fans can be proud of this achievement and of ‘their’ band, but beyond that, ‘Green’ deserves to be the album that spreads the word to a far wider fan base and it seems that 2017 will be the year in which the name Mage looms large over the UK metal scene. 9
In terms of production values, depth of composition and skill, there’s no question that ‘Pallid reflection is an impressive debut LP. Where certain sections do feel in thrall to the influences that inspired them, for the most part it is an intelligent offering from a band destined for greater things. 8
‘Little Treasures’ is a gorgeous EP, full of spirit that perfectly lives up to its name. 8
If you want a band who have melody and power in equal measure, then get yourself over to the band’s bandcamp page (linked above) sharpish – this album comes unequivocally recommended. 9
This is true doom, dark, abrasive and diabolically essential. 9
Fast, frenetic fun, if you dig your old-school punk with a youthful edge, then Stupid Karate are well worth checking out. 8
The progressive artist is back with a 4-track EP, 'Paranoia', details inside.
Reverential of its influences and yet defiantly forward looking, beautifully produced (by Bryan Ramage) and played with consummate musicianship, ‘Earth shaker’ is a record to treasure.