Let this band lead you into the darkness (their name roughly translates as 'black truths') In May, the Swedish band Svarta Sanningar released their latest EP Kapitel 2, which is a stand-alone sequel to the previous EP Kapitel 1 from 2018. The band's music can best be described as occult post-rock with elements of goth and metal. Svarta Sanningar has also built an entire concept around a fictional backstory that includes an occult order society with the same name as the band. This is a fairly unique, weird,..
Frontiers Music have so many talented musicians on their books these days that just about any form of metal project can be put out by the label and they certainly seem to enjoy doing this as the projects keep coming thick and fast. The latest album sees the coming together of the two outstanding Brazilian..
Escape is a British melodic rock band which formed in 2011 with the members located in the Black Country (the traditional manufacturing heart of the UK based around Dudley and Tipton) and West Yorkshire. They produced two fine hard yet melodic rock albums before the band went into hibernation mainly because of the logistical difficulties..
Fredrik Lindkvist, mostly known as the former singer and frontman of Swedish hardcore band Totalt Jävla Mörker, has signed to Lövely records. Under the artist name Fred Lee & The Restless, he will release his solo debut album Sleepwalking in Daylight in June 2021. "Fred" has already released three singles in the lead-up to his..
A warm homage to the Tull output of the 1970s... It's important to address a few points right away with this one before anyone rolls their eyes in instant judgment. Yes, Still Thick As A Brick is clearly a Jethro Tull-inspired release. Yes, it's a pastiche of the original Thick As A Brick in appearance,..
One Desire is a melodic rock band from Finland with just the two albums in their catalogue despite forming as long ago as 2012. The early years were spent tinkering with the line-up and sound so it wasn't until 2017 that the eponymous debut saw the light of day. The time was obviously well spent..
Quinn Sullivan - photo by Justin Borucki It's impressive enough that Quinn Sullivan is releasing his fourth full album Wide Awake having just turned 22 years of age. Even stranger that it’s been so long since his last one – Midnight Highway came out in 2017, when the Massachusetts guitar prodigy was just 17. The..
Brian Island (aka Brian Cowieson) is a Canadian singer and bass player with his one and only solo album being this self titled and now available again work which originally dates back to the very late '80s. It seems that Island performed in a rather clever and often well regarded AOR band, Prototype, which was..
Warning, this review contains smooth jazz so if this is anathema to you then best stop reading now. I have always loved jazz in its many, many forms most particularly as jazz fusion but over the years this has broadened from traditional jazz all the way through to free form and people like John Coltrane,..
The Marigold is a self-appointed sludgy post rock band which, to me, means de-tuned and distorted doom rock that is very heavy on bass and crunching power chords. The Marigold hails from Italy and was formed in Italy in 1998 by multi-instrumentalist Marco Campitelli and has seen a number of changes in personnel with the..