September 23, 2020

Watertank – Silent Running (Atypeek Music)

After a dormant period of time due to some quite hefty line-up changes, French post-hardcore/noise-rock group Watertank have finally completed the work on their third full album and follow-up to their 2015 sophomore album Destination Unknown. Silent Running was released on 4 September and sees Watertank incorporating other influences like shoegaze and post-rock into their trademark post-hardcore sound, indeed on first listen fans of the Manchester band Ride will feel quite at home...

Neal Morse – Sola Gratia (InsideOut)

For those of you feeling like 2020 has been a rather apocalyptic year, Neal Morse may have the answer to your prayers. On 11 September, he released a solo album on Inside Out Music, entitled Solo Gratia, meaning “Only Grace”. Fans of Sola Scriptura (the story of Martin Luther) will be familiar with the format...

TY MORN – Istor (Doc Gator Records)

Ty Morn is a band project put together in the UK in 2018 by musician and songwriter Aron Biale, with this debut album being released in 2019, so we are a little late picking up on it. It seems that Biale had written a collection of songs influenced by his love of '70s and '80s..

Aevum – Multiverse (Dark Tunes)

On first listen, I thought that this symphonic metal band with soprano type operatic vocals and death metal growls to be something of a chaotic whirlwind with far too much happening to take it all in. However, after a couple of plays it all falls into place, makes perfect sense and starts to grow on you to..

Veonity – Sorrows (Scarlet Records)

Veonity is a well established band from Sweden and is a unit very much in the mainstream of Swedish/German power metal. The closest comparisons to their style are the usual big boys in Helloween, Gamma Ray, Stratovarius, Edguy but, to me, the closest band in style and delivery has to be the wonderful and imperious..

Hyperion – Into The Maelstrom (Fighter Records)

HyperioN is, quite simply, a wonderful traditional heavy metal band from Bologna in Italy that delights in delivering frenetic old school metal. The band was formed towards the end of 2015 by guitarist and main song writer Davide Cotti (ex-Prophecy/Prophexy) and he quickly brought in a team of great musicians in guitarist Luke Fortini (Imago..

Wobbler – Dwellers Of The Deep (Karisma)

Dramatic and evocative... Album Of The Year material There is cause for celebration in the land of Wobbler. The many-bearded quintet has emerged from their lair deep in the Norwegian woodland to deliver the follow-up to 2017's acclaimed From Silence To Somewhere. An even more robust and focused release, Dwellers Of The Deep marks the..

Kiss The Gun – We See You (KTG Records)

They did what all serious bands would do if they had the chance and the initiative, and hired an impressively hirsute, classically-trained trombonist... Kiss the gun are a melodic metal band based in Salisbury in Wiltshire, founded in 2016 by a duo of New Wave of Heavy Metal veterans, rhythm guitarist Graham Exton and bass..

Pain Of Salvation – Panther (InsideOut Music)

This is a very good album and will undoubtedly be ranked amongst the best progressive metal albums of the year. There is a fantastic soaring guitar solo that enters around the eight-minute mark on the closing track of this album, giving us a minute or so of pure Gilmouresque magic. But, remarkably, that is the..