September 24, 2020

DEXTER WARD – III (No Remorse Records)

Dexter Ward is a joint Italian/Greek band with members from Venice and Athens and was formed in 2009 when vocalist Mark Dexter aka Marco Concoreggi and guitarist Manolis Karazeris left the Greek power metal band Battleroar. Their name of Dexter Ward being taken from the novel The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward by American horror/fantasy..

Firewind – Firewind (AFM Records)

The band Firewind was initially formed in 1998 as a showcase for the mercurial talents of Greek guitarist Konstantinos Karamitroudis (more commonly known as Gus G) but it took another three years for a real band to emerge with the debut, Between Heaven And Hell, being released a year later in 1992. Since then there..

SÜNDENKLANG – JAHRESRINGE (Drakkar Entertainment)

This is the second album by the German duo of Patrick Nevian and Martin Soer, who collectively make up the band Sündenklang. Sung entirely in German, this is a rock album with pop sensibilities, but with a rather dark heart and a stark delivery that gives an air of mystery, intrigue and romantic beauty to..

Naglfar – Cerecloth (Century Media Records)

There are bands one can always rely on when expectations need to be met. Melodic black metal Swedes Naglfar are one such band. Bassist-turned-vocalist Kristoffer W. Olivius and guitar player Andreas Nilsson form the core of the band since 1993, with second guitarist Marcus E. Norman part of the line-up for the last 20 years...

STEVE HACKETT TO PUBLISH AUTOBIOGRAPHY

July 2020, via Wymer Publishing, sees the publication of A Genesis In My Bed – the long overdue autobiography from guitar great and former member of Genesis, Steve Hackett. As with his music, Steve has written a highly detailed, entertaining and embracing tome that charts his life in full, but with a firm emphasis on..

One Desire – Midnight Empire (Frontiers Music)

Midnight Empire is the long awaited second album by One Desire, a refined and smooth melodic rock band from Finland. In my experience, Finnish bands tend towards the heavier side of rock with heavy and power metal, symphonic and doom themed bands very much to the fore but One Desire are closer in style to..

FM – Synchronized (Frontiers Music)

If you are a fan of melodic rock then you will know that the name of FM is one that is synonymous with the genre and a moniker that always guarantees sublime, quality AOR. Synchronized is the band’s twelfth album (this number also includes the re-recorded Indiscreet 30 version of their debut from 1986) and..