October 20, 2020

Author: Steve Smith

A retired council officer and a long-time rock fan, whose favourite acts include Genesis (with Gabriel), Mostly Autumn, Arena, Dr Feelgood and Black Sabbath, plus a few more. For those who want to know, he's a Bolton Wanderers & St Helens Rugby League fan

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HIDDEN PHASE – THE DEVIANT PLACE THEORY

I can’t say I’d ever heard of this French unnamed duo.  Apparently, they’re from Angers (coincidentally the twin town of my home town, St Helens), but there seem to be few other details about them. The album is composed of eight songs; Sell Your World, Scars, Revelation, The Growl, Disturbing, The Curve Of Forgotten Things, Cause..

NIGHTWISH – HUMAN :II: NATURE (Nuclear Blast)

It’s been five years since their last studio album, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, and now Nightwish release their ninth offering, Human. :II: Nature. It’s a double CD, the first having the usual Nightwish characteristics; the soaring, precise vocals of Floor Jansen leading those recognisable symphonic, bombastic, metallic melodies and a second instrumental album. But this..

DREAMING MADMEN – ASHES OF A DIARY (Dreaming Madmen)

The debut by Texas-based, Lebanese brothers Mathew & Christopher Aboujaoude, this concept album is the tale of an old man’s discovery of a journal of his previous trials and tribulations. The soaring guitar work may betray the brothers’ influences, Pink Floyd & Rush, but it would be unfair to say this is a Floyd copy. The..