2009 Music Reviews

Lanfear X to the Power of Ten

by Derric Miller Staff Writer It’s been over three years since the German Prog/Power Metal band Lanfear released one of the best CDs of 2005, Another Golden Rage. That album landed in the Top 10 of critics around the world, and firmly set Lanfear on a path for success, especially with Another [...]

Vox Tempus In the Eye of Time

by Justin Gaines Staff Writer Originally released in 2004, In the Eye of Time was the debut offering from U.S. melodic progressive rockers Vox Tempus. The band, now signed to Angelmilk Records, was formed after the dissolution of the band Equinox. Guitarist Ray Mantor, bassist Jim Turba and [...]

Vision Divine 9 Degrees West of the Moon

by Justin Gaines Staff Writer Frontiers seems to be making a major push lately, beyond the AOR and melodic rock it is so well known for, into power metal territory with releases by Saint Deamon, Primal Fear and now Vision Divine. The band, long a fixture in the somewhat incestuous Italian power [...]

Deceiver Thrashing Heavy Metal

by Matthew Hoffman Staff Writer Formed in 2004, Swedish thrash metal stallions Deceiver is back again with a new release on Pulverized Records.  What you get on Thrashing Heavy Metal is unabashed solid and basic thrash metal.   The music is heavy on riffing and aggressive percussion.  This [...]

Cherry Lips Cherry Lips

by Derric Miller Staff Writer So, if some mad scientist thought to himself, “What would I get if I mixed the raucous rock ‘n’ roll vibe of AC/DC with the pop tendencies and sultriness of a band like The Go-Gos,” and went through with the experiment … he’d get the new Italian band Cherry [...]

God Forbid Earthsblood

by Matthew Hoffman  Staff Writer The one time metal-core band God Forbid is now a dominant thrash/death metal merchant. Their blazing new high charged mix is entitled Earthsblood and is out now on Century Media. It is the bands fifth full length CD in their ten year existence, and is getting mad [...]

Derek Sherinian Molecular Heinosity

by Matther Hoffman Staff Writer Derek Sherinian’s (Kiss, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper, Dream Theatre) latest effort, his sixth solo CD is entitled Molecular Heinosity and is more of the same quality material progressive metal fans have come to expect from the keyboard maestro. This CD is a [...]

Sins of America Own Best Enemy

by Derric Miller Staff Writer A new band calling themselves “Sins of America” certainly picked an apropos time in America’s history to highlight the nation’s sins. Those sins could be everything from multiple wars, to the government ignoring the victims of national catastrophes while the [...]

Place Vendome Streets of Fire

by Derric Miller Staff Writer Place Vendome — the Dennis Ward vehicle featuring the fathomless talent of singer Michael Kiske — is back with their sophomore effort, Streets of Fire. This time around, while Dennis Ward continues to play bass/guitar, while also mixing, producing, engineering and [...]
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