May 28, 2020

BRAM STOKER – No Reflection

An album which really should have no right to sound this good after half a lifetime away Comebacks. They are sometimes expected and sometimes surprising. For every unsurprising Status Quo retirement U-turn, there is a, well, entirely surprising Status Quo 'Frantic Four' reunion, to stay on the same theme! However, there can surely not have..

ALTARIA – DIVINITY Remastered (Reaper Entertainment Europe)

Altaria is a heavy melodic rock band from Jakobstad in Finland, formed in 2000 by ex-Blindside members Marko Pukkila (bass) and Tony Smedjebacka (drums). They were soon joined by vocalist Johan Mattjus and guitarists Jani Liimatainen (ex-Sonata Arctica) and Emppu Vuorinen (Nightwish) to make a very strong team for the debut release, Invitation, in 2003...

Bad Touch – Kiss The Sky (Marshall Records)

New Wave of Classic Rock favourites Bad Touch release their new studio album Kiss The Sky on Friday 19th June 2020. Their fourth album, I would say it's their most complete collection of material to date with the band having gone for a stripped-back no-nonsense production built around what they do best, which is writing..

Witnesses – Doom II

Have you ever wondered what Brian Eno would sound like if he wrote a doom album? I know that’s an odd question but believe me it didn’t come totally out of the blue! Witnesses is the project of New Yorker multi-instrumentalist Greg Schwan (ex-keyboard player of doom merchants While Heaven Wept). Like many, he likes..

Die Kreatur- Panoptikum (Napalm Records)

It is easy to forget what Germany has brought to music over the decades, an endless list of of electronic, avant-garde and underground bands. From Krautrock to Neue Deutsche Welle (New German Wave) heavy electronica with its roots in British punk but faithful to the German tongue. The late 1980s and early 1990s heralded a..

Frost* – Others (InsideOut)

a unique and curious blend of heavy rock riffs, thumping electronica, and anthemic choruses... Happenings in the Frost* camp have been fairly intermittent in the four years since their third album Falling Satellites was released to largely positive reviews. But recently the good news broke: a new album is due to be released in September..

BORN IN EXILE – TRANSCENDENCE (Art Gates Records)

Born In Exile is a female fronted progressive metal band from Barcelona in Spain that formed in 2012 with Trancendence being their second album following their debut release, Drizzle Of Cosmos, in 2017. I haven’t heard the first album but Trancendence shows them to be a hard hitting, frenetic progressive metal band of great technical..