Metal Hammer Top 20 Albums Of The Year

13 12 2012

The Christmas/end of year Metal Hammer is out this week and as is customary, the Top 50 albums of 2012 (voted for by writers for the mag like myself) are revealed.Sadly this year, there wasn’t enough room to print the individual lists of all the scribes (boo!) but since I’m awful good to you Dead Horse readers I’ve posted up mine below.

Towards the end of the month I’ll also post up the less genre-specific list I sent to the other mags I write for,but for now, without further ado, here’s my pick of the heaviest records of ’12.

01) Therapy? ‘A Brief Crack Of Light’ (Blast)

02) Gallows ”Gallows’ (Venn Records)

03) Wolfsbane ‘Wolfsane Save The World’ (Cargo)

04) Triggerman ‘Hail To The River Gods’ (Triggerlad Records)

05) Hour Of 13 ‘333’ (Earache)

06) Down ‘Down IV Part 1: Purple EP’ (Roadrunner)

07) Pulled Apart By Horses ‘Tough Love’ (Transgressive)

08) Gacys Threads ‘The Ignorance Of Purity’ (Savour Your Scene)

09) Turbonegro ‘Sexual Harassment’ (Volcom)

10) Trash Talk ‘119’ (Odd Future Records)

11) The Cult ‘Choice Of Weapon’ (Cooking Vinyl)

12) Rolo Tomassi ‘Astraea’ (Destination Moon)

13) Tankard ‘A Girl Called Cerveza’ (Plastic Head)

14) Pelican ‘Ataraxia/Taraxis’ (Southern Lord)

15) Purified In Blood ‘Flight Of A Dying Sun’ (Indie Recordings)

16) Orange Goblin ‘Eulogy For The Damned’ (Plastic Head)

17) Witchsorrow ‘God Curse Us All’ (Rise Above Records)

18) Paranoid Visions ‘Escape From The Austerity Complex'(Plastic Head)

19) Steve Harris ‘British Lion’ (EMI)

20) Corrosion Of Conformity ‘Corrosion Of Conformity'(Plastic Head)

Album Review: Steve Harris ‘British Lion’ (Hot Press)

27 11 2012

Here’s a review of the Steve Harris record that ran in Hot Press.I fucking love Steve Harris, me!


British Lion (EMI)

Four stars

Key Track: ‘Karma Killer’



Ever since the 70s, Stephen Percy Harris has resolutely steered rock legends Iron Maiden through supreme highs and character-testing lows. Having sold 85million records with the aforementioned Irons despite little to no mainstream coverage (an achievement which, somewhat bafflingly, is still largely ignored in the Londoner’s homeland) the bassist is pretty much the most indomitable man in metal and after penning over a hundred songs with the band, he’s also one of the chief architects in the creation of one of the world’s most enduring genres too. British Lion is his first ever solo project and when its release (and indeed existence) was announced last July, it took many people by surprise.


You see ‘Arry had always stated he would never make a record outside of Maiden, so the bassist’s new venture has cocked many an eyebrow as a result. The music itself, needless to say, will also provoke a similar reaction too because British Lion is by no means a metal record and apart from that iconic bass sound of his, that’s where the association between his day job and side project ends. Instead, we see the musician re-embrace his rock roots and the likes of the Who (‘The Chosen Ones’) and Rainbow (‘A World Without Heaven’) influence and infuse the music.


British Lion is far from a walk down memory lane though and there’s a Soundgarden/Stone Temple Pilots-esque grunge-iness to ‘This Is My God’ while the sublime ‘Karma Killer’ calls to mind Queens of the Stone Age at their most grandiose (especially during the climax) and features an ace wah wah-laden riff wrapped around a swirling chorus delivered by singer Richard Taylor. The 80s-tastic arena rock fest of ‘Eyes Of The Young’ might be a little too commercial for some listeners, but personally this reviewer applauds Harris and Co. for taking chances and ripping up the rule book. In fact, I’m already looking forward to the mooted second album.


News From The North Week 47

8 02 2010

Would you believe this week marks the 2nd birthday of my NI band news column in Hot Press? Mad, isn’t it? Two years on and I’m pleased to report that bands from my neck of the woods are starting to get the recognition/breaks they deserve and I’m still as fired up about writing about them as I ever was. This fortnight’s issue of Hot Press is out on Thursday, so here’s last issue’s piece.

Support your scene. Cynicism is for dicks and rich kids.


Words: Edwin McFee

This fortnight has been mostly spent recalling the heady days of summer 2009 and more importantly the local band love-in that was Glasgowbury. Why is that we hear you cry? Well this week we’ve received word from the organisers that they’re now accepting submissions to take part in this year’s festival. If you’re in a band and want to feature on the bill, then post out a press pack (including an up to date biog and CD) to Glasgowbury Music Group, Unit B1, the Business Centre, Tobermore Road, Draperstown, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland BT45 7AG. We don’t know about you, but we’re looking forward to revisiting the noodle bar that ran out of noodles and the always entertaining campsite already.

Congrats to And So I Watch You From Afar and the Duckworth Lewis Method who have made the shortlist for the Choice Music Prize. While this writer feels that there should be a few more NI names on that list apart from the customary token few, it’s always nice to see hard working bands get some recognition. The live show takes place on March 3 in Vicar Street and we’d like to wish everyone good luck.

Fancy yourself as the next Steve Harris, Phil Lynott or even, er, yer man from the Jonas Brothers who sometimes plays an instrument onstage? Well, you might just be in luck this month as Delirium Tremens are on the hunt for a new bass player. Eager the fill the hole left by DT’s mainstay Brian, the band are urging anyone with an appetite for destruction (and by destruction we mean good old fashioned alternative rock) to email if they want the gig.  

Comply or Die have made a video for their thunderous track ‘Love Under Will.’ The clip, which was directed by Ron from the Black Bear Saloon (more on him in a minute) features enough fake blood to give Rob Zombie himself the willies and you can view it here- Comply or Die also have a shed-load of dates coming up so check out their website to see if they’re playing in your town, village or mud hut.

Finally, as most of you already know-a huge earthquake decimated Haiti recently. Keen to do their bit, the NI music scene have banned together for a gig on January 31. Organized by Ron from the Black Bear Saloon, Anto from Tin Pot Operation and John from Bruised Fruit, it features 50bands including the Answer and General Fiasco. For more information take a look at the HP news section and for up to the minute info click on


25 09 2009

Tomorrow (Saturday) I’m off to Portugal to visit the Maiden Mecca that is Eddie’s Bar. Now as some people know, I got flights for my birthday for October, but alas this week Steve Harris decided he wanted to close the pub for good (my luck all over really) and this Saturday is the last night it’ll ever be open. After much teeth gnashing we changed our flights and tomorrow I’ll be over there to say goodbye to 20years worth of history. I’m gone until tuesday evening (Sep 29) so if anyone gets in touch and doesn’t hear from me, you know where I am….

Up the Irons!