Podcast: Episode 171 Hear 2 Zen Reviews Mick Mars The Other Side Of Mars

Welcome to Episode 171. In this episode Rod and I review the new album from legendary guitar player Mick Mars, appropriately titled “The Other Side Of Mars” The legendary guitarist, whose riffs, solos and overall devastatingly heavy sound powered the L.A. icons through four decades of world-conquering, multi-platinum sonic mayhem Continue Reading


ARTIST: DUFF MCKAGANALBUM: LIGHTHOUSERELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 20TH 2023LABEL: SONY / BFD / ORCHARDREVIEWER: ANDREW TREADWELL When you are a member of Guns N Roses, people pretty much have preconceived notions of who you are and what you do. That kind of stereotype might work for others but not for Duff Continue Reading


ARTIST: KK’S PRIESTALBUM: THE SINNER RIDES AGAINRELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 29TH 2023LABEL: NAPALM RECORDSREVIEWER: MERT TYSON “The Sinner Rides Again” by KK’s Priest is a heavy metal masterpiece that takes us back to the roots of the genre. With killer riffs and classic influential guitars and screaming vocals, this album highlights Continue Reading


ARTIST: STAINDALBUM: CONFESSIONS OF THE FALLENRELEASE DATE: FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2023LABEL: BMGREVIEWER: ROD STRACHAN A shade over 11 years since the release of their self-titled album Rock Legends Staind return with eighth studio album “Confessions of The Fallen”. Frontman and vocalist Aaron Lewis lead’s the band into a new era Continue Reading

Album Review: Empire State Bastard – Rivers Of Heresy

ARTIST: EMPIRE STATE BASTARDTITLE: RIVERS OF HERESYRELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 1ST 2023LABEL: ROADRUNNERREVIEWER: ANDREW TREADWELL Simon Neil and Mike Vennart first envisioned the idea of Empire State Bastard during downtime on tour with Biffy Clyro. They have stretched their legs in a super aggressive manner. With drumming from Dave Lombardo (/Slayer/Testament), Continue Reading

Album Review: Polaris – Fatalism

ARTIST: POLARISALBUM: FATALISMRELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 1ST 2023LABEL: RESIST RECORDSREVIEWER: ANDREW TREADWELL Strength can be defined as the capacity of an object or substance to withstand great force or pressure, or the emotional or mental qualities necessary in dealing with difficult or distressing situations. Next to the word strength should be Continue Reading

Album Review: Mammoth WVH II

ARTIST: MAMMOTH WVHALBUM: IIRELEASE DATE: AUGUST 4TH 2023LABEL: BMGREVIEWER: ANDREW TREADWELL Album number 2 for some artists ends up being referred to as the sophomore jinx, where it doesn’t match the success of the first album. Wolfgang Van Halen made sure that the jinx was not only broken but shattered Continue Reading

Album Review: Sevendust – Truth Killer

ARTIST: SEVENDUSTALBUM: TRUTH KILLERRELEASE DATE: 28/07/2023LABEL: NAPALM RECORDSREVIEWER: ANDREW TREADWELL Sevendust are a working class band that aren’t about the accolades even though they have sure deserved each one they have earnt. Their 14th album and first for Napalm, “Truth Killer” is a show of strengthand a firm statement from Continue Reading