September 23, 2020

Author: Terry Craven

A former reviewer and member of the Classic Rock Society having been involved since its early days. .Enjoys virtually all forms of music but first real love is Progressive Rock. Top three band, in no particular order, are Pink Floyd, Rush and the mighty Judas Priest.

BLACK ROSE MAZE – Black Rose Maze (Frontiers)

Black Rose Maze is a band project put together by the Canadian singer Rosa Laricchiuta, a woman with a stunning voice that is every bit as powerful and effective as a nuclear bomb, and is her staggering debut rock album release. Hailing from Montreal, Laricchiuta is a singer, songwriter and performer and has gradually been..

ARCTIC RAIN – The One (Frontiers)

I am starting to believe that the new rule of thumb on determining a band’s origin is that if they are melodic rock, refined, modern and supremely skilled with an instant and mid-Atlantic delivery then they must be Swedish. Such is the case with Arctic Rain, a new and ambitious rock band that has released..

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT – Live In London (Frontiers)

Let’s face it, if your band officially formed in 1971, had significant roots going back to 1967 and is still a fully functioning unit, then every year will be a significant anniversary of something or other. This definitely seems to be the case with the Blue Öyster Cult, and the celebratory releases are coming thick and..

MADHOUSE – Braindead (Pure Steel)

Madhouse is a German heavy rock band that was formed in Hamburg in 1987 by vocalist and guitarist Karsten Krekow and fellow guitarist Thomas Gamlien. They recruited bassist Lars Rothbarth and drummer Paul Slabiak and released a couple of demos, Goin’ Crazy and Madhouse in 1988 and 1989 respectively. These garnered several positive reviews in..

OPERUS – Score Of Nightmares (Pride & Joy Music)

Some reviews are relatively easy to do whilst others less so, and this Canadian symphonic/power metal band definitely falls into the latter category. Hailing from Toronto in Canada and formed in 2005, Operus is a power metal band with a difference, being something of an amalgamation of symphonic metal and extravagant musical theatre a la..