Glasya – Attarghan (Scarlet Records)

Glasya is a relatively new symphonic metal band from Portugal with the ambition Attarghan being the very ambitious second album. The band formed in 2017 and released Heaven's Demise in 2019 announcing them as a unit to keep an eye on with a most impressive epic symphonic album with a distinct Middle East sound with..

Alvablot – Harmonic Dystopia (Self Released)

Alvablot is a new project put together by the Swedish multi-instrumentalist Petter Karlsson who some of you may recall for his work with Therion, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Mats Leven's Skyblood and Snowy Shaw. He was the drummer in Therion but for the debut Harmonic Dystopia he is simply credited with 'everything' meaning that he has..

KAIPA – Urskog (InsideOut Music)

Calling all 70's prog fans! Legendary Swedish progressive folk-fusion-rock band KAIPA are celebrating the release of their 14th studio album Urksog, out now. It really is a classic prog creation in every sense, lots of touches of so many bands from the 70's to start with, particularly ELP to my mind, albeit with a fresh, contemporary..

WINTER IN EDEN – Social Fake (Cherry Red)

The sound - courtesy of Steve Johnson's production - is immense... It grabs you around the head and gets your attention like the musical equivalent of Judge Death opening his helmet visor on you. It's been a long time now since North-East of England prog-metal band Winter In Eden released an album - in fact,..

Infamous Stiffs – Lockdown Live (Riot Records)

Infamous Stiffs is a SoCal (Southern Californian) punk rock band which formed in 2019 and released a pretty impressive debut record last year with the short but very effective Kill For The Sound. SoCal punk bands take their influences from British bands like Throbbing Gristle and Wire and Infamous Stiffs concentrate on fast and furious..

Nazareth – Surviving The Law (Frontiers MUsic)

It is probably understandable if today's casual rock fan has not heard of Nazareth but if you pop back in time to the early 1970s then this hard rock band from Dunfermline in Scotland were real pioneers of the hard rock movement. They had a fair amount of album chart success plus several singles but..

Black Swan – Generation Mind (Frontiers Music)

It was in 2020 that Black Swan arrived on the hard rock/heavy metal scene with the triumphant debut album Shake The World which was a real tour-de-force and a major statement of intent from a team of stellar musicians and most deserving of the term supergroup. How can you not get excited when you see a..