2011 Music Reviews

Messenger | See You in Hell

by Justin Gaines Staff Writer – Long-running German heavy metal band Messenger is back with a new album, their first in five years and fourth overall, titled See You in Hell. Messenger’s sound is somewhere between the power and traditional metal genres, and it’s firmly rooted in the [...]

Virgin Steele | Age of Consent (Remastered)

by Erik Tweedy Staff Writer – Originally released in 1988, Age of Consent, Virgin Steele’s fourth studio release, was to be the album to catapult the band to metal stardom. Much to the band’s dismay the album was released with no label support and subsequently went unnoticed by most of [...]

Himora | Argue All You Want

by Trevor Portz Staff Writer – Throwback bands have a difficult job to do. They somehow have to capture the magic that made a style cool in the first place, but also add their own twist. Plus, they have to avoid the less spectacular bits that inevitably forced the style out of fashion in the [...]

Desert Sin | Destination Paradise

by Joe Mis Staff Writer – Like an avalanche roaring down from the Alps, Desert Sin’s upcoming album Destination Paradise will have the ground shaking. The Austrian five piece metal band hails from Tyrol in the Alps, and looks poised to make a big impact on the melodic power metal scene [...]

House of Shakira | HOS

by Erik Tweedy Staff Writer – After a 5 year hiatus, one of Sweden’s greatest exports, House of Shakira, return to the forefront of the European melodic rock scene. HOS features 13 tracks chock full of pure melodic rock bliss that have made House of Shakira one of the biggest bands in the [...]

One Man’s Trash | History

by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer – Fresh from the highly acclaimed Kimball-Jamison project album, iconic AOR singer Jimi Jamison debuts for the second time in 2011 with a new project One Man’s Trash. One Man’s Trash is Jamison joining forces with German songwriter/guitarist Fred Zahl, [...]

Journey | Greatest Hits Vol. 2

by John Kindred Staff Writer – Following up 1988’s release of Journey Greatest Hits is the release of Greatest Hits Vol. 2, 23 years later. The CD contains the singles, album rock hits and album tracks that weren’t included on the first release. The album features 17 songs and hits, [...]

Astral Doors | Jerusalem

by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer Swedish heavy metal band Astral Doors have returned with their 6th studio album Jerusalem. Astral Doors play classic heavy metal, not to be confused with the ‘New wave of traditional heavy metal’ trend. It is all about heaviness, precision and impeccable [...]

Elm Street | Barbed Wire Metal

by Mark Allen Staff Writer Despite hailing from Australia, Elm Street’s sound is deeply rooted in ‘80s NWOBHM and American heavy metal. Not the mousse-and-spandex model, but the denim and leather definition. We’re not talking the pretty boy gloss of Poison or Stryper, we’re talking the [...]

Gunner | Desire

by Nikiforos Skoumas Staff Writer Though mainly recognized as a re-issue label amongst melodic rock enthusiasts Retrospect Records has also released a good few albums by contemporary melodic rock artists namely Wild Rose’s Half Past Midnight and lastly Gunner’s Desire. At first glance [...]
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