Review: Gypsy Pistoleros

Without a doubt the most impressive glam band of the last five years in my book is the Gypsy Pistoleros. Their blend of glam, punk and flamenco music had me hooked from the first time I heard them.

They have received positive reviews and played some large festivals. The one thing that I think has really held them back is the numerous line-up changes. Lee and Iggie had soldiered on until Iggie left to form a new band Wildside Riot last year.

This left vocalist and main songwriter Lee and fortunately he decided to keep marching on taking the sound with him but now going by the singular handle of Gypsy Pistolero. Lee brought in guitarist Mark Westwood and drummer Johnny Peligroso to complete the line-up for what is essentially a solo album.

Essential Heavy Metal Albums

Every Heavy metal fan should have these.....

1. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
Metallica's third album is their best. It doesn't have the radio singles and MTV videos as some of their later releases, but is a musical tour de force. From the trademark thrash of "Battery" to the instrumental stylings of "Orion," it's a sound of a band on top of their game. The songs are diverse and the musicianship is simply incredible.

2. Slayer - Reign In Blood
This is one of the top 3 thrash metal albums and one of the top 10 metal albums ever. Many publications have named it the best metal album ever. This is speed metal at its finest, with compact songs jam packed with riffs and head banging intensity. The lyrics are also filled with dark and disturbing images. Slayer released several fantastic albums, and this is their masterpiece.

3. Megadeth - Peace Sells...But Who's Buying

Top 5 Heavy Metal Releases (April)

April was a very consistent, but not great month. No new releases garnered 4.5 stars or higher, but a bunch received 4 stars, making it a difficult task to determine this month's top 5.

I have a feeling some of these will age pretty well, and by the end of the year may even grow on us enough to crack the best of 2011 list. After a lot of debate, arm-wrestling and coin-flipping, Primordial gets the top spot for April, barely edging out the return of Pentagram. Here are April's top 5 metal releases.

1. Primordial - 'Redemption At The Puritan's Hand' (Metal Blade)
2. Pentagram - 'Last Rites' (Metal Blade)
3. Blut Aus Nord - '777: Sect(s)' (Code 666)
4. Cruachan - 'Blood On The Black Robe' (Candlelight)
5. Vintersorg - 'Jordpuls' (Napalm)