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by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Canadian Rockers Van Halst may not be well know outside of their native Alberta, but their full length debut album entitled World of Make Believe may just change that. Van Halst’s music is mostly Hard Rock mixed with Metal, Gothic, Punk, and a touch of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — After a seven-year absence, Melodic Rock project Khymera returned at the end of 2015 with a new album, their fourth to date, titled The Grand Design. This is the first Khymera album not to feature founder Daniele Liverani. Instead, bassist/vocalist [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — After a significant break, pioneering Gothic Rockers Beseech have reunited and put the finishing touches on their latest dark and melancholic release entitled My Darkness, Darkness. If the title doesn’t give you a clue, the band hails from the [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Columnist — Brutal, aggressive, antagonistic and skull crushing – all ways to describe what really is a pretty solid outing of Power Metal from Germany’s Fireleaf and their debut, Behind The Mask released on the always great Massacre Records. Naming everyone [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Long running German Progressive Metal band Vanden Plas helped wind down 2015 with their eighth full-length release, titled Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld II. As the title suggests this is the second part of the band’s very ambitious [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — The quintessential Power Metal juggernaut that is Primal Fear rocks on taking no prisoners. Rulebreaker is the band’s eleventh studio album – and fortunately they did not break any of the Metal rules that they themselves established over a long and [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Columnist — Getting their moniker from the words “avalan” and “fantasia” that describes “a world beyond human imagination,” Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia have come roaring back, following 2013’s Mystery of Time with their 6th studio album [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — It has been five long years since Solution .45’s debut album (2010’s excellent For Aeons Past), but the Swedish Melodic/Progressive/Death Metal band finally gave us a follow-up late last year with Nightmares in the Waking State – Part I. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Originally released in 1987, Reign of Terror was the third album from American heavy metal band Wild Dogs. This is the first Wild Dogs album to feature vocalist Michael Furlong, who had a pair of solo albums to his credit before joining. And of course [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — First thing’s first, just in case you’re looking at that cover and thinking “this seems awfully light for a Paradise Lost album cover;” this is not the UK Gothic/Doom Metal band Paradise Lost. Way back in the mid 1980s, there was a band [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Norway, the land of the midnight sun, offers ups its latest native son Lars Lind. Lind, guitarist and composer, has just released his latest studio album Soul Kicker. The 9 track instrumental release on Shredguy Records features performances from drummer [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Savage return with the double-CD release of its new studio album, 7, packaged with the release of the groups live album Live N Lethal. The double CD release arrives on Minus 2 Zebra Records. 7 is the seventh full-length release by Savage. Following up [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — It almost isn’t fair to all the other Melodic Rock bands planning on new releases this year. 2016 just started and the bar for Melodic Rock has been set impossibly high by the debut of Nordic Union, a new Frontiers project that pairs Pretty Maids [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Pennsylvania-based progressive metal band MindMaze followed-up their well-received 2014 album Back to the Edge this year with Dreamwalker, a limited EP featuring cover songs and a few other surprises. The seven-song EP contains the following tracks: 1. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — Arguably the best comeback story in Metal in recent years, New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band Satan has been on fire lately. First they returned after a 25 year absence in 2013 with the excellent Life Sentence, then they followed it up with [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — You might have missed their Live In Concert release. Perhaps you were also not able to travel to Scandinavia to catch them somewhere during the sold out tour back in 2012. But still you’re familiar with the musicians behind the [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Recent years brought abundance of Melodic Rock/AOR bands and projects – almost to the point of losing track among the vast number of them. One of the projects which might not ring a bell yet but are still a real treat for the genre’s [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Sr. Columnist — Whatever seemed to be swept away by a giant grunge wave twenty years ago, now is back in all its bombastic, melodic glory. Recent years brought a huge number of new bands trying to emulate, at their best, the ‘80s Glam/Hair Metal or Melodic [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — U.S.-based Heavy/Power Metal band Reverence returned this year with their second full-length album, titled Gods of War. The band, which features vocalist Todd Michael Hall (Riot V, Jack Starr’s Burning Star), guitarists Bryan Holland (ex-Tokyo [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — After wowing fans and critics (including this one) with last year’s Evil Tongues EP, South Carolina-based Progressive Metal band Everthrone is back with a new album, their first proper full-length release, titled The Dawning. Everthrone maintains [...]
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