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Dukes Of The Orient cover
Submitted by thanos on Tue, 05/08/2018 - 00:21 / Reviews - Comments

Dukes Of The Orient - Dukes of the Orient

It’s very encouraging to see two of the top musicians of our time working together to release an album with new music. Then again, this album has been 10 years in the making (!), so it was about time, more or less, to hear what John Payne (Asia, GPS) on vocals, guitars & bass and Erik Norlander (Last In Line, Lana Lane) on keys have recorded all these...
Armored Dawn Barbarians in Black cover
Submitted by eric on Mon, 03/12/2018 - 01:43 / Reviews - Comments

Armored Dawn - Barbarians in Black

While I’ve long considered Viking inspired power metal a relative hit-or-miss affair, rest assured São Paulo’s Armored Dawn has truly hit Thor’s hammer on the nail with its sophomore full-length, “Barbarians in Black”, released via AMF Records and comprised of ten rampant and raw, stiff-upper lipped face smashers averaging an oh...
Ancient Empire The Tower cover
Submitted by eric on Sun, 12/31/2017 - 13:18 / Reviews - Comments

Ancient Empire - The Tower

Eureka! I’m thrilled beyond words to announce I’ve found a prime candidate for my heavy metal album of the year in Ancient Empire’s third and latest offering, “The Tower”, released in December under the irrefutably reputable Stormspell Records. That said, each subsequent listen of Joe Lizst’s storied and masterfully composed...
Cats In Space Scarecrow cover
Submitted by rockavlon on Tue, 11/28/2017 - 01:45 / Reviews - Comments

Cats In Space - Scarecrow

I was surprised, scratch that, amazed, when I heard the debut album by UK sextet Cats In Space, who feature in their ranks a number of seasoned musicians who had success in decades past but only came together a couple of years ago to form this new band. Taking only a year they came up with an equally amazing album as their debut, if not better. Their 70s classic...
Fiction Syxx Tall Dark Secrets cover
Submitted by thanos on Mon, 10/30/2017 - 00:18 / Reviews - Comments

Fiction Syxx - Tall Dark Secrets

Fiction Syxx is a newcomer that consists of well-known musicians that have proven their music value over the years and have offered us great music on the whole. The band was formed by vocalist, guitarist & songwriter Mark Allen Lanoue (Chasing Karma, Biloxi), who brought the multi-talented guitarist, songwriter & producer JK Northrup (King Kobra, XYZ), his...
Keldian Darkness and Light cover
Submitted by thanos on Sun, 10/29/2017 - 13:18 / Reviews - Comments

Keldian - Darkness and Light

The truth is that I’ve been longing for a new Keldian album for quite some time now. You see 4 years since their previous one, “Outbound”, is not a small period, but the two masterminds behind Keldian, Christer Andresen (lead vocals, guitars, bass) and Arild Aardalen (synthesizers, vocals) are rather conscious when it comes to music… they...
Air Raid Across the Line cover
Submitted by eric on Sat, 09/23/2017 - 13:18 / Reviews - Comments

Air Raid - Across the Line

Man oh man! It’s always an enriching treat to witness a metal band’s rise from obscurity to excellence; such is the case with Gothenburg’s Air Raid, which at the end of September released its most flavourful and stellar album yet, “Across the Line”, on CD under the venerable High Roller Records, as well as Spiritual Beast in Japan....
Fÿre III Ghosts cover
Submitted by eric on Sun, 08/27/2017 - 12:31 / Reviews - Comments

Fÿre - III Ghosts

Holy crow! I’m indubitably enthralled by Bellwood, Pennsylvania’s Fÿre and its independently released full-length debut, “III Ghosts”, as I instantly took to the seven sparkling and refreshingly melodic tracks like a duck to water. In spite of the occult-ish lyrical themes the material at hand is imbued with an undeniable basic goodness...
Dream Tröll The Knight of Rebellion cover
Submitted by eric on Sun, 06/04/2017 - 13:11 / Reviews - Comments

Dream Tröll - The Knight of Rebellion

Floooobah! I haven’t been this beguiled and overwhelmed by a metal album since Amulet’s “The First” and Sin Starlett’s “Digital Overload”. Therefore, allow me to elaborate on what makes Dream Tröll’s full-length debut (released last May on CD under California's super reputable Stormspell Records), “The...
Art Of Anarchy The Madness cover
Submitted by thanos on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 01:41 / Reviews - Comments

Art Of Anarchy - The Madness

Sometimes a good thing can come up out of a tragedy. This is exactly the case with Art Of Anarchy that experienced the loss of their vocalist Scott Weiland in late 2015. The band didn’t call it a day but decided to go on and they found the ideal new vocalist in Scott Stapp (Creed), who seems to have been with the band since the beginning.   Scott,...