January 15, 2021

NARYAN – THE WITHERING (Progressive Gears)

Finland. A lot of people probably don't give a lot of thought to this particular Nordic country, except for the fact that it's probably pretty cold. Let's have a look at a couple of interesting facts, however, to see where we go. Firstly, the ubiquitous Angry Birds game originated from Finland, which may or may..

Pounder – Breaking The World (Shadow Kingdom Records)

In case you don’t know that already, Pounder is the band where Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Gruesome) expresses his love for old school, pure heavy metal. The line-up is rounded-up by the equally talented Tom Draper (guitars, Carcass), and Alejandro Corredor (bass, Nausea). Pounder’s debut full-length Uncivilized came out in 2019 and impressed by ticking all..

Creye – II (Frontiers)

Creye is a melodic rock group from Sweden and there are no prizes for guessing that this is the second album released by the band! The self-titled debut hit the market towards the end of 2018 and showed a fully developed and mature band playing super slick melodic rock that was rich, powerful and full..

Perticone – Underdog (AOR Heaven)

Perticone is a new band put together by Martin Perticone, a very well established musician from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Not a name I have come across before but it seems that he has been involved with the music industry since the age of 13 when he joined the Fondo Blues as the lead singer and..

W.E.T. – Retransmission (Frontiers Music)

Retransmission is an album that has been eagerly awaited by all hard/melodic rock fans of the supergroup that is W.E.T., a band put together by the three integral musicians of Robert Säll (the 'W' from Work Of Art), Erik Mårtensson (the 'E' from Eclipse) and Jeff Scott Soto (the 'T' from Talisman). Together, they have..

Viral – Viral (self-release)

Swedish newcomers Viral are one of the examples to prove that sometimes, you can actually judge a book by its cover. The beautiful artwork and stylish logo immediately draw the attention and scream classic heavy/power metal. The surprise actually comes from the first few minutes of music, when one realizes Viral have much more in..

Wig Wam – Never Say Die (Frontiers Music)

Wig Wam is a glam/sleaze rock band that formed in 2001 in Halden, Norway and built up quite a reputation in their homeland and further afield with their high energy, hard hitting glam metal that was delivered with style, class and always with fun in mind. The band even built up something of a Eurovision..

AL STEWART – 24 CARROTS (Esoteric)

By 1980, Al Stewart had experienced his greatest sales to date with the albums Year Of The Cat and Time Passages, having moved from his folkier beginnings into a somewhat more mainstream rock direction - albeit always with something of an off-kilter edge, as his old folk wordplay and songwriting construction would regularly twist otherwise..