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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 [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Adfectus Infernus is the fourth full-length release from Cincinnati-based metal band Silver Cypher. The band bills themselves as a “dark power metal” outfit, a term that brings to mind the likes of Evergrey and Bloodbound. The [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – The first band in the Divebomb label’s new Bootcamp series, which spotlights overlooked and forgotten demos (both new and old), is Dallas-based power metal band Manta Ray. The band was formed at the end of the ‘80s by [...]
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 Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Here’s one that slipped by us at the tail end of 2012 and deserves another look. In Death’s Shadow is the debut full-length from Melbourne-based heavy metal band Knightmare. Despite having a name that’s as overused as it is cheesy, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – After delivering one of the absolute best progressive metal albums of the decade with 2011’s Bilateral, it’s safe to say that expectations were very high for Leprous’s follow-up effort. The Norwegian band, who also double as former [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Three years after shocking a lot of fans with his 2010 release Static Impulse, Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie is back with a new solo album. The album is titled Impermanent Resonance, and it’s the singer’s third proper solo [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Hailing from the Czech Republic, pogressive/technical death metal band Mindwork released their debut album, titled Into the Swirl, in 2009. This previously self-released album went mostly unnoticed, but has been newly reissued here in [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Eterea is album number two from Mindwork, a progressive/technical death metal band from the Czech Republic. Originally self-released in 2012, Eterea (as well as Mindwork’s 2009 debut Into the Swirl) has been newly issued here in the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally released in 1988, Deception Ignored was the third album from German thrash metal band Deathrow. The band had released a pair of solid albums at that point, but it wasn’t until they enlisted Uwe Osterlehner as lead guitarist [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – Jon Oliva’s first “solo” album arrives with the release of Raise the Curtain. While some will argue that Oliva went solo with his other band, Jon Oliva’s Pain, others could say this is the first album on which Oliva primarily plays all instruments. [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor – Ancestral Energy is the second full-length album from Artizan, one of the more exciting bands to emerge from the American power metal scene in recent years. The Florida-based band once again enlisted the services of Jim Morris at the [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh – Columnist – More Than Meets the Eye is the perfect title for this album by Patrick Hemer, who is a well acclaimed studio musician and guitar instructor. His recognition is paired with the early 2000’s while he was the front man and worked the fret-boards of the [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – The Mask Within is the much delayed but long anticipated release from Nick Hellfort – the solo project of Tokyo Blade’s dynamic front man, Nicolaj Ruhnow. Part melodic metal, part progressive metal, part old school hard rock, performed with power and [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – Italy is fast becoming a mainstay in the progressive metal and Gothic metal scene, and the upcoming release from Alessandria’s Odd Dimension only emphasizes that fact. Their second studio debut album, The Last Embrace To Humanity, is a fine follow up to [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor / Senior Columnist – Here’s another independently-released album that snuck by us in 2012 but has been getting plenty of repeated listens in 2013. Book I is the debut album from The Great Gamble, a progressive metal band out of Scranton, PA, who, like [...]
by Justin Gaines – News Editor / Senior Columnist – Pennsylvania-based progressive metal band MindMaze have just released their debut album, titled Mask of Lies, independently. The female-fronted band, which was previously active under the name Necromance, plays a fairly traditional [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist – November Red is the third release from the German progressive metal band Dante, and a fine release it is. This epic seven track CD is a solid follow up to their prior releases, The Inner Circle (2008) and Saturnine (2010), and the 2 plus year gap between [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher – In 2008, Metal Mind Productions re-released Flotsam and Jetsam’s studio album Cuatro. This was the fourth album released by Flotsam and Jetsam and originally was released by MCA Records on Oct. 13, 1992. The re-release is re-mastered and features five [...]
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