Apotheus – The Far Star (Black Lion Records)

With The Far Star, Apotheus have created a fascinating and original concept album that cuts across the progressive, progressive  metal and melodic death genres. Put your hand up please if your favourite band is from Portugal. No takers there, I suspect, unless you happen to be a big fan of the Fado. OK, put your..

MOON HALO – Chroma (Moon Halo Music)

One of the impressive things about the album is the track sequencing, which juxtaposes the disparate influences of the tracks without ever making it abrupt enough to jar the flow. This is an album I’ve been waiting for eagerly since it was first mooted some months ago. For those who aren’t aware, Moon Halo is..

Deaf Rat – Ban The Light (AFM Records)

This is the debut release by this new Swedish hard rock outfit and shows a band that has taken influences from the past masters like Sabbath and Guns ‘N Roses and mixed them with the more modern tones of bands Alter Bridge and fellow Swedes Hardcore Superstar. Photo by Georgios Grigoriadis This is riff heavy..

Edge Of Forever -Native Soul (Frontiers Music)

Edge Of Forever is a melodic/hard rock band from Italy and was formed in 2003 with Native Soul being their fourth release. They kept the same five man line-up for the first two albums, Feeding The Fire in 2004 and Let The Demon Rock ‘N’ Roll in 2005 but introduced some significant changes for Another..

A New Tomorrow – Universe (Frontiers Music)

Universe is the debut release by this hard rock band formed in London in 2009 by vocalist and guitarist Alessio Garavello, guitarist Michael Kew, bassist Andrea Lonardi and drummer Tim Hall. They have plenty of experience behind them too with Garavello being ex-Power Quest and Arthemis and he has taken this power metal background into..

House Of Shakira – Radiocarbon (Frontiers Music)

Yet another of those great melodic rock bands coming out of Sweden, House Of Shakira formed around 1991 but it was not until 1997 that they finally released Lint, their quiet exceptional and very well received debut album. They have since followed this with quite regular releases although it does seem that the general consensus..

Praying Mantis – Keep It Alive (Frontiers Music)

The roots of Praying Mantis go back to the early '70s when the Troy brothers, Tino and Chris, put the band together but it was the burgeoning NWOBHM movement that saw them come to prominence with their first recordings and some high calibre tour slots. They have had a most interesting career since those early..