August 10, 2020

Vanden Plas – Ghost Xperiment -Awakening (Frontiers Music)

So, how do you follow the quite magnificent and sublime Chronicles Of The Immortal World Parts One and Two, the outrageously epic sci-fi collaboration the band produced with the German author Wolfgang Hohlbein? Well, you start by taking time to recharge the batteries and then make a triumphant return, albeit a slightly delayed one, with..

Michael Sweet – Ten (Frontiers Music)

Michael Sweet is the singer and guitarist from the American Christian rock band Stryper and he was also involved with the melodic rock legends Boston from 2007 to 2011 and, yes you’ve guessed it, this is his 10th solo recording.  If you are yet to sample the wares of Michael Sweet then you are in for a real treat as he..

KXM -Circle Of Dolls (Frontiers Music)

If you like your hard rock to be direct and frill free then KXM is a band that you definitely need in your life. This thrilling and vibrant power trio is made up of the hugely talented dUg Pinnick of King’s X, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken and Ray Luzier of Korn and they gel..

Voyager – Colours In The Sun (Season Of Mist)

… ostensibly a gentle, tuneful track backed with twinkly keyboards, but try tapping your foot to it – there is an extra beat every second bar, putting the song into an overall 9/8 or some such. Aussie prog metal outfit Voyager return with this, their 7th album, and they bring everything to the party for..

SOULSPLITTER – SALUTOGENESIS

...this album is definitely, almost defiantly, grandiose in its scope and range Salutogenesis is the debut album from Germany’s Soulsplitter, who’re an arts and music community as opposed to a band.  There may be only four people in the actual band but, in the three year gestation period for this album, around fifty people were..

Mystery – Live In Poznań (Unicorn Digital)

It's been a great five years for Québec-based Mystery and their fans since the release of their previous live album Tales From The Netherlands in 2014. In that time, they've brought formidable vocalist and front man Jean Pageau on board, released two of their strongest studio albums to date, and played numerous Canadian and European..

The Ferrymen – A New Evil (Frontiers Records)

The Ferrymen is one of the cases where the term “super group” does not sound like an exaggeration. The threesome of Mike Terrana (don’t expect us to put down the zillion bands he has performed with), Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, who plays guitar, bass and keyboards on the album and is the main composer) and..

RENAISSANCE – TOUR 2011 (Esoteric)

Annie is a revelation throughout ... the standard that she continues to reach four decades on from the first release of these albums is quite astonishing. In 2011 Renaissance undertook a US tour which consisted of them performing their classic albums Turn Of The Cards and Scheherazade & Other Stories in their entirety.  Here in..