Svarta Sanningar (Swe) – “Kapitel 2”

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,..

Escape – Fire In The Sky (AOR Heaven)

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..

Quinn Sullivan – Wide Awake (Provogue/Mascot)

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 – Brian Island (AOR Heaven)

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..

The Marigold – Apostate (Coffin & Bolt Records)

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..