CDs

Nordic Union - Second Coming

Not too long ago, Frontiers record boss Serafino did what he likes to do, ie proposed to the very talented and ever busy Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T, Ammunition) to write an album for Pretty Maids’ lead singer Ronnie Atkins, who’s also a very prominent force in Avantasia.

Musta Paraati - Black Parade

Musta Paraati return with a new studio album almost 34 years after their latest studio work, “Käärmeet”, which was released in 1984. Certainly, that wasn’t an easy thing to do, especially after the passing of their original singer, Jore Vastelin in 1993; but it does show that the fire was burning inside the rest of the members and it was a matter of time to get back to biz.

Sunflower Dead - C O M A

When California based quintet came out with their first two albums, the 2012 self-titled debut “Sunflower Dead”, and the 2015 release “Time to Get Weird”, they established themselves as an up and coming heavy weight band. With their constant touring in support of those albums and their theatrical makeup and stage show they built up their fanbase. With some upheaval in the band, and a new record on the horizon, it was time for a new direction. They ditched their makeup and refocused their sound to match their new look.

Holter - Vlad the Impaler

Holter is the project that initially was known as “Dracula: Swing of Death” an album that saw a collaboration between a couple of ex-members of Norwegian glam merchants Wig Wam (whose bassist however has always also held membership in Artch – so they’re also versed in pure heavy metal as well) with the celebrated Jorn Lande.

Death SS - Rock ‘n’ Roll Armageddon

Death SS deserve of recognition simply due to the fact that in the face of adversity their output extends over some five decades (they started way back in 1977), even if during recent times they’ve been largely laying dormant, with the occasional legacy release, popping up from time to time and post millennial albums occurring every four to five years that extended to some seven between the “7th Seal” and “Resurrection”.
 

Dyrewolf - Dyrewolf

Admittedly, my knowledge of Manitoban heavy rock/metal leaves much to be desired. Aside from spotting the odd Propagandhi T-shirt amongst a (wacky) crowd back in college or fawning over Evil Survives’ killer “Die like a Samurai”, I’ve yet to musically sink my cuspids (i.e. canines) into Canada’s Easternmost Prairie province.

Warkings - Reborn

Warkings are an international power metal band/project, made up of Viking on Bass (some Scandinavian guy?), Spartan on drums (maybe a Greek, as the band’s bandcamp lists Pieria in Northern Greece as their base of operations), Crusader on guitars (likely a Brit or Frenchman?) and Tribune on vocals, who’s been revealed to be Georg Neuhauser, the Austrian singer of bands like Serenity and another international project, by the name of Phantasma that if fate serves correctly we did review some time ago.

Tomorrow’s Outlook - A Voice Unheard

Almost 6 years after their debut album, “34613”, Tomorrow’s Outlook are back with their sophomore release entitled “A Voice Unheard”. The band was initially formed by Trond Nicolaisen (manager & songwriter) and Andreas Stenseth (bass & songwriting) and they were afterwards joined by lead guitarist Øystein K. Hanssen (Cyclophonia).
 
This time Tomorrow’s Outlook has enlisted two vocalists for the tracks that are vocally different to one another. The first is the renowned Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) and the other is Tony “Thunder” Johannessen (Thunderbolt).
 

Erotic Psycho - The Lost Boyz

Erotic Psycho are a Spanish Sleazy quartet on their sophomore effort, that are somewhat endearing, despite not being particularly original and suffering from a singer that while certainly in the right frame of mind and with the right attitude, has a weird accent and seems to avoid going for the whole range, maybe for good reason, maybe not, but feels pretty grounded and not out and about. Think of him as a Vincenzo Neiloz of sorts, only think of Neil worse moments – because good ones were quite a rarity.