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by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — With their blend of Folk, Symphonic and Power Metal, Italy’s Elvenking was formed in 2007 with this being their ninth studio release and the follow up to 2014’s excellent Pagan Manifesto. Released on the AFM Records label, this is a [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — For fans of Aldaria, Vanishing Point, Lords of Black, Astralion, or Sinbreed, Serious Black featuring members of some of the finest Power Metal bands around (Helloween, Blind Guardian, Tad Morose, Firewind), have released this new album, Magic, on [...]
by Derric Miller — Managing Editor — (Disclosure: Hardrock Haven has been a strong supporter of Eden’s Curse members going back to before their debut. Bassist Paul Logue was introduced to and featured on Hardrock Haven with his earlier band Cry Havoc (review, interview), and when [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — The Italian Symphonic Power Metal band Rhapsody of Fire, previously known as Rhapsody, returns with a new album and a new vocalist and drummer. Formed way back in ’93 by guitarist Luca Turilli and keyboardist Alex Staropoli, the group obviously had had to [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Senior Columnist — Gorgeous, dramatic, melodic, galloping, loud, bombastic, and ripe with the sounds of Power, Celtic, Progressive, Folk and Heavy Metal is Orden Ogan’s latest, Gunmen, released under the AFM Records label. And oh my god is this one astonishing [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — In celebration of Edguy’s 25th anniversary, the group is preparing to take to the stage this fall for its ‘Best of Tour,’ performing the group’s greatest hits live. Preceding this outing will be the release of Monuments, Edguy’s greatest hits [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — As opposed to the so-called super groups – burdened with instability from the moment of birth – the all-star project with its clear division into masterminds and guest performers gives the former almost endless possibilities to push [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — You’d think that long-running German Power Metal band Iron Savior might have stopped to take a breath, what with releasing the re-recorded Megatropolis 2.0 and the massive live set Live at the Final Frontier since their last studio album (the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Ah, the infamous self-titled album. When you see that from a band and it’s not their debut album, you know they’re either a) completely reinventing its sound or b) attempting to press the “reset button” on their career. Given the fact that this [...]
by Justin Gianes – Sr. Columnist — German melodic hard rockers Kissin’ Dynamite are back with a new album, its fifth overall, titled Generation Goodbye. It’s the first album the band produced on their own and is yet another example of why they’re one of the most [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — These days, if you want some old school, super-melodic party rock like they used to make in the late ‘80s, you turn to the Scandinavian countries, and bands like Hardcore Superstar, Crashdiet, Reckless Love and Crazy Lixx. People tend to forget that [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — German Power Metal band Orden Ogan, arguably the most exciting band in power metal at the moment, has officially raised the bar on what a live release can be. The Book of Ogan is the band’s first-ever live release, and it is, in a word, massive. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — German Power Metal band Human Fortress is back with a new album, their fifth overall, titled Thieves of the Night. It’s the second Human Fortress album under the current lineup, which features former Adagio vocalist Gus Monsanto, and shows just how [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Thunderstone returns with a new album, Apocalypse Again, and the band’s original vocalist Pasi Rantanen. Following up 2009’s release of Dirt Metal with former vocalist Rick Altzi, Thunderstone, led by guitarist Nino Laurenne, continues to deliver [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Right on schedule, Swiss Melodic Hard Rock veterans Shakra are back with a new studio album, their tenth overall, titled High Noon. The big news from the Shakra camp is that vocalist Mark Fox, who was the frontman for Shakra’s best albums, is [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Swedish Heavy/Power Metal band Bloodbound released their first-ever live offering this year. It’s called One Night of Blood – Live at Masters of Rock MMXV, and in keeping with the AFM label’s other live releases this is no ordinary live [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Long running German Power Metal band Brainstorm kicked off the New Year with a new studio album, their eleventh overall, titled Scary Creatures. Brainstorm has been steadily delivering hard-hitting Power Metal albums for the better part of two decades [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — After releasing eight studio albums in their 15+ year career, Italian Folk/Power Metal band Elvenking has finally delivered their first-ever live album, titled The Night of Nights – Live. Now, this being the DVD era and Elvenking being signed to [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Swedish Heavy/Power Metal band Manimal is back after a six-year absence with their second album, titled Trapped in the Shadows. That title is actually a pretty fitting summary of the band’s trajectory up to this point. Their 2009 debut The Darkest [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Another year, another U.D.O. live set, right? Well, it seems that way at least, what with three separate live packages in the past four years. Navy Metal Night is the latest, and if nothing else you have to give U.D.O. and the AFM label credit for [...]
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