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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 [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Melodic rockers Voodoo Circle help close out 2015 on a high note with Whisky Fingers, their fourth studio album. The band is, of course, the brainchild of Silent Force/Primal Fear guitarist Alexander Beyrodt and features an all-star lineup that [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Long-running German Power Metal band Iron Savior has been quite productive this year. It’s only been a year since they released their last studio album (the most excellent Rise of the Hero), but they’ve delivered two new releases that are [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — King of Kings marks the triumphant return of Leaves’ Eyes to the pinnacle of the Symphonic Metal world. After adopting somewhat of a softer and more varied sound on their prior release Symphonies of the Night, King Of Kings cranks the power and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Long-running German Power Metal band Iron Savior is certainly delivering the goods this year. No, not with a new studio album (besides, it’s only been a year since they released their excellent Rise of the Hero), but with the re-recording of their [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Italian Symphonic/Death/Black Metal (the exact mix keeps changing) band Graveworm is back with a new album, their ninth full-length offering to date – titled Ascending Hate. Newly signed to the AFM label, the band has served up a sinister new [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — German Melodic Metal collaboration Wolfpakk returned this year with a new album, their third to date, titled Rise of the Animal. Wolfpakk is, of course, the project put together by vocalists Michael Voss (Mad Max, Casanova) and Mark [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Like a comet that only blazes through the sky and disappears only to return after several years, the arrival of each new Magic Kingdom album seems to occur only after a five year absence. Of course, founding guitarist Dushan Petrossi is [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Multi-national melodic metal band Eden’s Curse delivered their first ever live album this year with the two-disc Live With the Curse. Live albums seem a bit passé in the DVD/Blu-ray age, but given the buzz this band has generated with [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Beneath one of the ugliest album covers since Warrant’s Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich lies Decadent, the fifteenth studio album from German Heavy Metal institution U.D.O. The former Accept frontman and his band have been one of the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Is there a band in the European Power Metal scene with more buzz than Germany’s Orden Ogan? Their 2012 album To The End was a major breakthrough for the band, and their stunning performance at last year’s ProgPower USA event made a huge [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Swedish Heavy/Power Metal band helped close out 2014 with a bang with the release of their latest album, titled Stormborn. It’s the band’s sixth album overall, and it appears Bloodbound is still trying to figure out exactly what [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Finnish melodic death metal veterans Mors Principium Est closed out the year with a new album, their fifth to date, titled Dawn of the 5th Era. It’s the first Mors Principium Est album to feature guitarist Kevin Verlay (of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — The new year is upon us, and we already have a contender for our “top ten of 2015” list wih As Daylight Breaks, the debut album from Serious Black. This is a new band – not just a one-off project – from some very familiar names [...]
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