Stranger Vision – Poetica (Pride & Joy Music)

Stranger Vision is a new progressive metal band out of Italy which was formed in 2019 by the guitarist Riccardo Toni and vocalist Ivan Adami. They quickly brought in drummer Luca Giacopini, bass player Daniele Morini and Gabriele Sarti on keyboards to complete the team with Poetica being the band's sit up and take notice..

The Dust Coda – Mojo Skyline (Earache Records)

The phrase ‘New Wave of Classic Rock’ has always seemed a bit of a contradiction, as ‘new’ and ‘classic’ generally refer to opposite ends of the time scale. And of course, the more time marches on, the less ‘New Wave’ this genre appears. Nevertheless, the continuing surge of new bands espousing classic rock virtues is..

Jordsjø – Pastoralia (Karisma)

There came a point midway through Pastoralia, the new album from Nordic folk-proggers Jordsjø, where I realized they might be on to something with the switch from monochromatic cover art to a decidedly more vibrant impression. The Oslo-based outfit have been on a steady incline for several years, with recent albums Jord and Nattfiolen garnering..

Trope – Eleutheromania (Beats Mee Records)

Trope is a new alt-rock band from Hollywood in California that was formed in 2016 and the musicians have spent the time since then fine tuning the songs and music that has become their debut album and it is most obvious that it has been time very well spent. Some albums benefit from raw passion..

Nephila – Nephila (The Sign records)

Now then , cast your mind back to a Velvet Thunder review last Autumn of the Italian retro-rock band Witchwood, described in those pages as an imagining of Uriah Heep and Jethro Tull playing together on the same stage. That perfectly captured the sense of the band, enough for me to rush out and invest!..

Winding Road – Winding Road (AOR Heaven)

The latest addition to the ever expanding list of fine Swedish hard hitting melodic rock bands is Winding Road which only began life in 2018 and this self-titled album is their very mature and perfectly balanced debut. The two founding and well established musicians Magnus Åkerlund (Blender) and Jan Hedlund (Coastline, Eagle Down) got together with..

Desolate Realm – Desolate Realm

Finland regularly tops the list of the happiest place in the world to live in. That may well be merited but in warmer climes we tend to look on such claims with mistrust, and the musically minded amongst us might also point out the Scandinavian habit of churning out bleak and melancholy music. And, as..

Stephen Crane – Kicks (AOR Heaven)

Stephen Crane is not a name I know or even remember from the '80s when this album initially came out but he is an American singer, song writer and bass player from Wichita Falls, Texas. For sure, the album screams '80s as loud as it possibly can as the sound and production is so very..

Paris – 50/50 (AOR Heaven)

OK, so no prizes for guessing that the band Paris comes from France with the duo that makes up the band coming from Bouffémont which is just 15km north of the great city. The musicians involved in the group are Frédéric Dechavanne who supplies the vocals and keyboards with Sébastien Montet on guitar, keyboards and backing vocals..