The band Firewind was initially formed in 1998 as a showcase for the mercurial talents of Greek guitarist Konstantinos Karamitroudis (more commonly known as Gus G) but it took another three years for a real band to emerge with the debut, Between Heaven And Hell, being released a year later in 1992. Since then there..
This is the second album by the German duo of Patrick Nevian and Martin Soer, who collectively make up the band Sündenklang. Sung entirely in German, this is a rock album with pop sensibilities, but with a rather dark heart and a stark delivery that gives an air of mystery, intrigue and romantic beauty to..
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Ricky Warwick was cut from the cloth of a mill workers jacket. He has embraced no-frills, emotionally direct, pure music exemplified by such American influences as Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Woody Guthrie and Steve Earle. Being isolated at home due to the Covid-19 threat, Ricky has found the time to mine his creative soul..
There are bands one can always rely on when expectations need to be met. Melodic black metal Swedes Naglfar are one such band. Bassist-turned-vocalist Kristoffer W. Olivius and guitar player Andreas Nilsson form the core of the band since 1993, with second guitarist Marcus E. Norman part of the line-up for the last 20 years...
July 2020, via Wymer Publishing, sees the publication of A Genesis In My Bed – the long overdue autobiography from guitar great and former member of Genesis, Steve Hackett. As with his music, Steve has written a highly detailed, entertaining and embracing tome that charts his life in full, but with a firm emphasis on..
Cheerful is not the first word that springs to mind listening to Ilathar! This one-man project was created in 2018 in Lower Austria, with the initial goal being to act as a side project for Arstaern-Ilathar (I think Arstaern is his first name), creating his own take on old folk songs while also working in..
Midnight Empire is the long awaited second album by One Desire, a refined and smooth melodic rock band from Finland. In my experience, Finnish bands tend towards the heavier side of rock with heavy and power metal, symphonic and doom themed bands very much to the fore but One Desire are closer in style to..
If you are a fan of melodic rock then you will know that the name of FM is one that is synonymous with the genre and a moniker that always guarantees sublime, quality AOR. Synchronized is the band’s twelfth album (this number also includes the re-recorded Indiscreet 30 version of their debut from 1986) and..
Dawnwalker are an experimental metal band from London, England, featuring a revolving cast of players and led by songwriter Mark Norgate. Their music blends the modern progressive metal of Opeth and Tool with the melodic folk and progressive rock influences of 1970s heroes King Crimson and Comus, not to mention more recent prog bands like..
Legendary singer-songwriter Dion simply doesn't know how to age! He's been creating hits since the 50's and has continued his career pretty much non-stop for the following 60 (yes, 60) years, focussing over the last ten years or so on straight blues. The list of his friends is equally legendary, and he's been working hard..