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Melodic Metal

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 — Fans of the Kiske/Somerville project, which paired vocalists Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween) and Amanda Somerville, have something to celebrate this year. Their 2010 debut album was thought to be a one-off, but the duo is back [...]
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 — Now here’s an album that slipped under the radar in the closing days of 2014. Swedish band Empire 21 is a supergroup of sorts. The players involved aren’t exactly superstars, but between them they have quite an impressive [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Now here’s a super-group with a lineup that’s sure to get people’s attention. Level 10 is the latest project to emerge from the mad scientists at the Frontiers label. This time around they’ve assembled a [...]
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 [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Now here’s an album that caused many a melodic rock fan to do a double-take. It’s not that a collaboration between super-vocalist Jorn Lande and Wig Wam guitarist Trond Holter is unusual, but did anyone really expect that [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Now here’s an album no one saw coming. Swedish band Dynazty already had three albums under their belts, all of which followed the basic sleaze/melodic rock approach of bands like Hardcore Superstar and Crashdiet. That’s about all [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Norway’s Triosphere returns with its latest album The Heart of the Matter, which follows up its 2010 release The Road Less Traveled. It has taken four years for fans to get their hands on new material. And the wait was well worth it. The Heart of the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It took more than a decade, but Swiss melodic progressive/power metal band Kirk is finally back with a follow-up to their 2003 debut The Final Dance. Their new album is titled Masquerade, and in addition to featuring a new drummer – Philipp [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — The music of Luxembourg’s My Own Ghost is difficult to pigeon-hole. Perhaps the band’s own words describe it best: “We are a rock band. And sometimes a pop band. With electronic things.” However you classify it – power metal, Gothic [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s been five years since Bulgarian melodic/progressive/power metal band Project Arcadia’s debut album From the Desert of Desire, but the band is finally back with a follow-up. Project Arcadia figured out a sure-fire way to get [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s been four years since melodic metal project Allen-Lande last released an album (2010’s The Showdown). Russell Allen has been active in Symphony X and Adrenaline Mob in the meantime, and Jorn Lande has released several solo albums [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — The busiest man in metal music strikes again. Phil Vincent’s full band, Legion, returns with a very solid release – their sixth CD – entitled Tempest. Phil seems to have a truly bottomless pit of inspiration, as despite prodigious output as [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — German melodic/power metal supergroup Unisonic is back with their second full-length album, titled Light of Dawn. Unisonic of course features bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69), drummer Kosta Zafiriou (ex-Pink Cream 69), and guitarist [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Long running Danish melodic metal band Pretty Maids has been on a hot streak lately. Since 2010 they’ve released two amazing new studio albums (2010’s Pandemonium and 2013’s Motherland), a killer live CD/DVD set (2012’s It Comes [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Katharsis is the latest release from Finish sextet Shear. Despite a history reaching back to 2001, Katharsis is only the band’s second full length release. They dropped their debut Breaking The Stillness in 2012, and an EP (In Solitude) in 2009 – [...]
by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist — Pardon the pun, but you don’t need a crystal ball to know what this album will sound like. Now on their seventh release, this Swiss melodic metal band has a firmly established, easily identifiable style. Simply put, you know a Crystal Ball album when [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Danish melodic/progressive metal band Royal Hunt is back with a new album, their 12th overall, titled A Life To Die For. The band has been busy of late. The last couple of years have seen the return of fan favorite vocalist DC Cooper, a [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — You might not be familiar with the band Edge of Paradise yet, but if their new EP is any indication then they will be making a major splash in the melodic metal arena very soon. Perfect Shade of Black is a five song follow up to Mask, the band’s 2011 [...]
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