May 31, 2020

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..

Dion, and his support for “Keeping The Blues Alive”

Legendary singer-songwriter Dion simply doesn't know how to age! He's been creating hits since the 50's and has continued his career pretty much non-stop for the following 60 (yes, 60) years, focussing over the last ten years or so on straight blues. The list of his friends is equally legendary, and he's been working hard..

IO Earth – Aura

IO Earth have once again managed to produce a powerful and emotionally moving album that will be a strong candidate for the best progressive album of the year How to describe the music of IO Earth? Many bands like to say that their music can’t be pigeon-holed but that phrase definitely rings true for the..