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Primitai The Calling cover
Submitted by eric on Sun, 06/24/2018 - 12:13 / Reviews - Comments

Primitai - The Calling

Recklessly rocking and carousing rivet heads, alongside mildly sensible albeit unbiased, broad-minded adepts of dynamically bustling twin guitar cavalcades – chiefly, even those moderately inclined towards harmoniously brisk and zippy “traditional” heavy metal mainstays such as Holy Grail, Striker, Sin Starlett, the now sadly disbanded Steelwing (...
Blackslash Lightning Strikes Again cover
Submitted by eric on Sun, 05/27/2018 - 12:13 / Reviews - Comments

Blackslash - Lightning Strikes Again

“We rise from the Earth to the Sun Solar winds take us far and beyond Still, I remember so long ago Down below, the days were long, the nights were cold There was no love, there was no life It was a long way to go but now we’re back up again We came from the old, the darkness into the light And so we rally, commanding the night to shine again!...
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...