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by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Dutch Heavy Metal band Exises made their debut in 1986 with this self-titled release on the Megaton label. This is a band that ran in the same circles as Picture, Bodine and Highway Chile, but never really emerged from the underground. This, despite [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — The trans-media project, Dragon Kings, is spearheaded by Timothy Brown, who is a Dungeons and Dragons setting designer, fantasy author and musician. Dragon Kings is a role-playing action, adventure board game based in the exotic world of Khitus, a fantasy [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — After a lengthy absence, Karyn Crisis – vocalist for Death Metal turned Metalcore band Crisis – has resurfaced with a new project, titled Karyn Crisis’ Gospel of the Witches. It’s essentially a two-person effort, with Crisis handling vocals [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Finnish “all-star” – Progressive, Melodic Death, Doom Metal – band Barren Earth is back with a new album, their third full-length release, titled On Lonely Towers. The band features bassist Olli-Pekka Laine (ex-Amorphis), keyboardist [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Turtles All the Way Down is the seventh full-length release from Maryland-based progressive rock band Odin’s Court. It’s also the first album of all-new material since the band’s 2011 release Human Life in Motion. Since that point, the band [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — 2015 is shaping up to be a very good year for fans of Symphonic/Progressive/Power Metal. We’ve already seen outstanding releases from Nightwish and Damnation Angels; now Kamelot has delivered their much-anticipated follow-up to [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — Having started over 20 years ago playing knotty math Metal, ATP gradually grew into a phenomenally expansive band. These days the trio digs deeper and wider than anyone else on today’s rock scene. But it’s been a long journey — moving from [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — After seven long years, we finally saw the return of Dan Swano’s Nightingale at the end of 2014. Retribution is the title of the new album, the band’s seventh release to date, and the first we’ve seen since 2007’s White Darkness. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — While the new super-group Level 10 is getting a fair bit of attention, there’s another “all-star” project featuring Primal Fear members that is worth noting. Blackwelder is the brainchild of American guitarist Andrew Szucs [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s been more than two decades since the release of Screams and Whispers, the final album from the criminally overlooked progressive thrash band Anacrusis. The band’s recent reunion gave fans hope for a new album, but that reunion [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — While we anxiously await a full-length follow-up to 2013’s The Inheritance, Witherscape gave us a killer EP, titled The New Tomorrow, to tide us over. Witherscape is, of course, the latest excursion into Melodic/Progressive/Death [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — Norway’s Sarpedon released an EP a few years back … a raw, unpolished but promising journey through Progressive Metal, with tinges of Power Metal too. Anomic Nation can really be noted as their first official release, unless you want to get [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — It’s been five years since we last saw a new studio album from Brazilian progressive/power metal legends Angra. During that time, the band celebrated the 20th anniversary of their classic debut album Angels Cry with a live CD and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Virginia-based progressive metal trio Iris Divine returned late in 2014 with a new full-length album, their second to date, title Karma Sown. Iris Divine is one of a select few American progressive metal bands (The Deadstation and The [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — AlogiA is a progressive metal band from Serbia, and their popularity proves that music is a universal language (despite producing most of their material in their native Serbian tongue). In fact, AlogiA has developed such an international following that [...]
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 [...]
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