The album cover featuring a skeletal figure in full armour holding a mighty sword, the band name and track names all scream power metal but, in truth, this is a more traditional heavy metal album albeit one with its roots in Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Savatage rather than Blind Guardian, Thaurorod or Primal Fear...
It is sometimes amazing just how many sub genres rock has spawned; perhaps it is part of the human psyche that everything needs to be labelled and assigned to a category. So, we now have horror punk which is a curious branch off the main rock highway which encompasses punk rock and heavy metal with..
So we now come to the Curse Of The Hidden Mirror, part of the latest batch of live and studio albums being put out by Frontiers Music, a record that has been out of print for quite a while and, apparently, this is the first time it has ever been released on vinyl. This was..
Stargazery is a Finnish band from the northern city of Oulu, a place where I have been many times and never has anyone mentioned the band to me. Looks like I need to have a quiet word with a couple of people because if Stargazery is a secret then we need to spread the word..
Is it possible to review a Dennis DeYoung album without mentioning Styx? Obviously, it is not but, unless you are a resident of Mars, then everyone knows the story of Styx and the events leading up to DeYoung’s departure in 1999 and the ensuing fall-out. So, no history lesson needed here but we must acknowledge..
Oliver Hartmann is a German vocalist and guitarist, and though his name may not be so familiar to you, you may know him for his work with the Pink Floyd tribute band Echoes - and, if not that, then you should definitely know him for his work with At Vance and guest performances with the..
The German heavy metal band that is The Unity has rapidly made a quite a name for themselves with their inspirational hard and melodic metal. Pride is now their third album, and shows that the band is not content to rest on its laurels as they continually strive to push the heavy melodic rock boundaries..
Altaria is a heavy melodic rock band from Jakobstad in Finland, formed in 2000 by ex-Blindside members Marko Pukkila (bass) and Tony Smedjebacka (drums). They were soon joined by vocalist Johan Mattjus and guitarists Jani Liimatainen (ex-Sonata Arctica) and Emppu Vuorinen (Nightwish) to make a very strong team for the debut release, Invitation, in 2003...
This is the third release by this Australian glam rock band, and they certainly have that swagger and in-your-face attitude that just about every band from down under seems to have. They call themselves a theatrical glam band, which probably means they like to dress up, and admittedly they are very glamorous to look at..
Born In Exile is a female fronted progressive metal band from Barcelona in Spain that formed in 2012 with Trancendence being their second album following their debut release, Drizzle Of Cosmos, in 2017. I haven’t heard the first album but Trancendence shows them to be a hard hitting, frenetic progressive metal band of great technical..