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Sorcerer The Crowning of the Fire King cover
Submitted by rockavlon on Sun, 10/29/2017 - 13:18 / Reviews - Comments

Sorcerer - The Crowning of the Fire King

The state of doom these days is rather bleak, which under normal circumstances, should be good news, but the current reigning kings of it, Candlemass, seem to have fallen in disrepair, without their natural leader and with Mats Leven doing a good job, but making it sound more Crux, than Mass. Below and Mirror, bizarrely both Metal Blade acts too, have done well in...
Steelheart Through Worlds of Stardust cover
Submitted by rockavlon on Sun, 10/29/2017 - 00:58 / Reviews - Comments

Steelheart - Through Worlds of Stardust

Instead of describing Miljenko Matijevic as the guy who sung in the movie Rockstar, as some British asshat journalist did, I’d say that he’s the very successful leader of a band that almost made it in the early 90s before grunge took over and before he almost lost his life after a freak accident where a whole rail of lights fell onto him, severely...
Power Quest Sixth Dimension cover
Submitted by rockavlon on Fri, 10/27/2017 - 23:50 / Reviews - Comments

Power Quest - Sixth Dimension

I will not pussyfoot about it; there are a bunch of bands I do not like in power metal, with the exception of a “few” tunes and Dragonforce, are a prime example of that, as their simplified and ultrafast style doesn’t really cut it for me… and guess what, Steve Williams was their initial keyboard player, during the demo years, before the...
Every Mother’s Nightmare Grind cover
Submitted by rockavlon on Thu, 10/26/2017 - 23:46 / Reviews - Comments

Every Mother’s Nightmare - Grind

Every Mother’s Nightmare were formed in the late 80s and debuted in 1990 releasing a couple of unspectacular, but not terrible albums on Arista, before disappearing along with all other “hairy” or not bands up the anus of Seattle’s metal bane that “grunge” was.   Following a few years in the wilderness or bars, they...
Lars Eric Mattsson Sand and Blood cover
Submitted by rockavlon on Thu, 10/26/2017 - 00:08 / Reviews - Comments

Lars Eric Mattsson - Sand and Blood

Lars Eric Mattsson has been releasing albums for some thirty years, now. He keeps releasing them either under his name or as LEM’s Vision, or Mattson I suppose, sometimes more “band” efforts while at other times more “solo”. I suppose, now shortening his name into an acronym, supposedly makes it more “modern” or something?...
Gods Of Silence Neverland cover
Submitted by rockavlon on Tue, 10/24/2017 - 23:31 / Reviews - Comments

Gods Of Silence - Neverland

Previously known as Kirk (for the better part of twenty years and having released 2 albums under that moniker), this Swiss five piece debuts under their new name, with an album of solid and balanced power metal with generous amounts of melody. Think early Avantasia/mid era Edguy, Masterplan or Serious Black, the sort of subdivision of power metal, where things are...
Harbour Sharks A History of Violence cover
Submitted by rockavlon on Sun, 10/22/2017 - 23:49 / Reviews - Comments

Harbour Sharks - A History of Violence

Harbour Sharks is a punkcore trio from Kingston that debuted a couple of years ago with a single and are bringing out their proper full-length release out now, after honing their skill on live stages all around the UK. There’s lots of groove/core elements, as well as some more metallic riffs here and there, while the vocals tend to be power/pop meets punk....
Simon Phillips Protocol 4 cover
Submitted by thanos on Sun, 10/22/2017 - 17:21 / Reviews - Comments

Simon Phillips - Protocol 4

Simon Phillips is a British drummer, songwriter & producer that has been part of Toto and has played with various bands throughout his career, such as Judas Priest, Camel, The Best, The Who & Ultimate Zero among others. I do not think that Simon needs any special introduction, as those who fancy rock & jazz/fusion music know exactly who Simon is and his...
Eloy - The Vision, The Sword and The Pyre: Part 1
Submitted by rockavlon on Sat, 10/21/2017 - 23:43 / Reviews - Comments

Eloy - The Vision, the Sword and the Pyre

Let’s start this review by saying that a band like Eloy, a band that has been around since 1969 (experiencing brief hiatuses), that has released some 20+ albums, a historical as much as legendary band that has released milestone albums in its genre, is not going to be judged poorly because of its last album, their place in history is already cemented...
Lionize Nuclear Soul cover
Submitted by rockavlon on Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:53 / Reviews - Comments

Lionize - Nuclear Soul

6 albums in their career, this Maryland quartet ain’t too bad but their biggest accomplishments seem to be having played some poorly attended stoner fest in Greece as well as having a member of Clutch handle production duties for them, ie “not much”.   In the decade plus since their inception, they only seem to now be somewhere, still...