Ronnie Atkins – Symphomaniac EP (Frontiers Music)

The Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins is currently in a rich vein of form having released two excellent solo albums in little over a year and he has now followed up this year's excellent Make it Count album with these four orchestral versions of songs from that album. It's rather similar to what Atkins did..

THE ENIGMA DIVISION release their stunning self-titled debut album on 27th January 2023

The Enigma Division have produced one of the most captivating debut albums you’re likely to hear in 2023. Featuring the virtuosic talents of guitarist Conor McGouran [ex-Xerath], with acclaimed producer/mixer/composer/drummer, Ben Wanders [ex-Xerath/Shardbourne] and Ronan Burns with guest appearances from William Alex Young (Defences), Derek Sherinian (Sons Of Apollo/Planet X/Dream Theater), and Sam Bell (Mask of..

Mantric Momentum – Trial By Fire (Frontiers Music)

Mantric Momentum is a new project put together by the Norwegian multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Christer Harøy (Divided Multitude, Crossnail) with his cousin and Pyramaze vocalist Terje Harøy with Trial By Fire being the pair's debut album release. Given the musician's history then it should really be no surprise that Mantric Momentum is a heavy metal..

Fren – All The Pretty Days

All The Pretty Days is a fine example of how to bring new life and ideas to the prog genre. I must confess that I am not a great fan of instrumental progressive rock albums. I’ve got a soft spot for Camel’s Snow Goose and can enjoy a bit of Focus or Mike Oldfield but..

Steve Vai To Release New Album ‘Vai/Gash’, CD and Digital out on 27 January 2023, LP out on 24 February 2023 Via Favored Nations / Mascot Label Group

Photo: Larry DiMarzio Steve Vai and Favored Nations/Mascot Label Group have announced the release of VAI / GASH digitally and on CD January 27, 2023. The vinyl album release will follow on February 24. Now, they reveal the video for In The Wind which you can watch below.As Vai shares, "This record was written and recorded in somewhat of a stream of..

About Us – About Us (Frontiers Music)

Well, colour me surprised! I started playing this debut release by the melodic rock band About Us and was expecting it to be an American, Swedish or British outfit as these countries tend to be the 'traditional' home of all things melodic rock. I most certainly was not expecting that the home nation would be..

Feed Me To The Waves – Apart (Dunk! Records)

When this Swedish quartet began the writing process for the follow-up to their extremely well-received sophomore album Intill in late 2019, their intention was to engage in an exploration of the difficulty of juggling private triumphs and public tribulations. It is a conflict that many of us face: how do we continue to smile while..

Empyre announce new album on KScope Records, share title track “Relentless”

UK rock band Empyre, who recently signed to Kscope, will release their new album Relentless on 31st March next year, with pre-orders available now at They now find themselves alongside the likes of TesseracT, The Pineapple Thief and Envy of None, on a label that has previously released albums from Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree and Tangerine Dream. Empyre are:Henrik Steenholdt:..

Ain’t Logic System – Untold Truth EP (Self-released) 

Ain't Logic System is an Alternative Rock band from Tarouca, a city between Beira-Alta and Douro in Portugal, formed by five friends in March 2019, that captures an kind of fusion between Rock, Grunge, Stoner and other genres. With distinct musical influences between each member of the band, the Ain't Logic System transcends any attempts (by me)..