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by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist – Forte’s dazzling 2012 debut established him as a new generation torch bearer of neoclassical shred, but now the Frenchman ventures further afield with a sophomore record. Flashy chops on an aptly titled opener “Short Virtuosity Etude” [...]
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 Derric Miller – Managing Editor – Just in time for the cheerful holidays comes the new release Dead Winter Sun from the American metal band Born of Fire. Although they’ve been around since 1998, the band’s releases have been intermittent and far between. In fact, Dead Winter Sun [...]
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 – UK-based technical metal band Synaptik makes their debut this year with a full-length album titled The Mechanisms of Consequence. Synaptik is a new band, but its members have an established track record. Guitarist Ian Knight, vocalist John Knight [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Overloaded is the latest release by Italian bass master Alberto Rigoni. In a departure from his older releases, Rigoni has moved his music in a much more progressive and heavier direction without neglecting the core melodies that have always filled his [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Midnight Rising is the fourth progressive metal release from the trio that calls themselves Oceans of Night. This Scott Mosher led project blends melodic progressive rock with heavy metal, and delivers it with a bit of theatrical flair. Oceans of Night is [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – There have been some major changes in the Evergrey camp since the Swedish dark progressive metal pioneers released their 2011 album Glorious Collision. Drummer Hannes Van Dahl left to join Sabaton, so former Evergrey drummer Jonas Ekdahl [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – California-based Hailey Woodruff is aiming to do it all, and her debut release simply entitled LP shows that she comes pretty darn close. Hailey paints herself as a solo artist, and taking a page from the Phil Vincent playbook, she does everything on her [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Guitarist Michael Abdow continues to amaze fans with his virtuoso talent. After releasing his latest solo album Life Symbolic in 2013, his name resurfaced with the re-release of the album 3 by the progressive metal outfit Frozen. 3 originally was released [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – It’s been seven long years, but Australian progressive metal band Vanishing Point is finally back with a new studio album, their fifth overall, titled Distant Is the Sun. It’s not the first time fans have had to wait several years [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Australian melodic progressive metal band Voyager is back with a new album, their fifth overall, appropriately titled V. The band has generated a fair amount of buzz in the last couple of years, appearing at both the ProgPower Europe and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – 2013’s Our Own Devices is the debut full-length album from American progressive/power metal band Mindcage, one of the more promising bands to hit the scene in recent years. Mindcage’s sound is clearly influenced by classic [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Long running German progressive metal band Vanden Plas is back with a new album, their seventh full-length release, titled Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld – Path 1. Once again the band, which has impressively maintained the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – The second wave of Divebomb Records’ new Bootcamp series is here, and unlike the first wave, which focused on bands from decades past, this wave puts the spotlight on new bands whose demos or self-released material didn’t get the [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Starsoup’s Bazaar Of Wonders lives up to its name in a number of ways. This Russian studio project fronted by singer and guitarist Alexey Markov (Shadow Host, Distant Sun) is indeed a bazaar of styles, and some tracks are indeed wonderful, but the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – After releasing a pair of mind-blowing concept albums (2004’s Mabool and 2010’s Never Ending Way of Orwarrior), Israeli progressive/death/symphonic/folk metal band Orphaned Land decided to try a different approach with their [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – The second band to be spotlighted by Divebomb Records’ new Bootcamp series (which focuses on overlooked and forgotten demos, both new and old), is UK-based Inner Sanctum. Given past reissues, Divebomb’s appreciation for the UK thrash [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Fragments of the Inner Shadow is the full-length debut album from German progressive/power metal band Javelin, but unlike a lot of bands making their debut these days, this band has been around since 1982. Despite releasing a pair of EPs [...]
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