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Melodic Metal

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 [...]
by Matt Karpe – Columnist – Sacramento four-piece Restrayned play a combination of hard rock and melodic metal, which works well in some instances, but in others it lacks the muscle to make any serious waves in a genre containing many more accomplished acts. Sacramento’s favorite sons [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – V is the fifth studio release from melodic metal rockers Legion. Despite being fronted by the seemingly boundless energy of Phil Vincent, Legion truly showcases the songwriting skills and massive guitar chops of Vince O’Regan. Edgy melodic metal is the [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Hunger is the fourth and latest from Tragik, a trio fronted multi-talented musician and songwriter Phil Vincent. Based in Rhode Island, Tragik puts out intense melodic rock clearly influenced by some of the greatest metal acts of all time. Hunger is [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Wow! Amazing! Awesome! There is not much more that can be said about Free Fall, the solo debut of Primal Fear / Last Tribe guitarist Magnus Karlsson. The Swede proves himself to be a complete musician – playing everything but drums, and singing lead on [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor– It’s been three years since the last Masterplan album (2010’s Time To Be King), and to no one’s surprise, the melodic metal band has gone through yet another lineup change. This time around, founding guitarist Roland Grapow and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s only been a year since Norwegian super-vocalist Jorn Lande’s last studio album (2012’s Bring Heavy Rock to the Land), but we’ve already seen a symphonic re-recordings album (Symphonic) and now a brand new studio offering. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Australian traditional/power metal force Lord is back with a new album, titled Digital Lies. It’s the fourth full-length from the band, which of course was formed as a solo project for (now former) Dungeon frontman Lord Tim, and while [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – All Is Gone might be the title of Kandia’s second full length album, but musically “all is here.” The band’s sophomore release is nothing short of dazzling. Continuing to build on the successful formula of strong vocals and solid [...]
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