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..

VEGA – Grit Your Teeth (Frontiers)

British rock band VEGA (not to be confused with the Turkish alt-rock band of the same name!) will release their new album Grit Your Teeth on Friday 12th June 2020 via Frontiers Records. It's VEGA's sixth album, and the band are (not so quietly!) confident that this will be their career-defining work. Working with producers..

NIGHTWISH – HUMAN :II: NATURE (Nuclear Blast)

It’s been five years since their last studio album, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, and now Nightwish release their ninth offering, Human. :II: Nature. It’s a double CD, the first having the usual Nightwish characteristics; the soaring, precise vocals of Floor Jansen leading those recognisable symphonic, bombastic, metallic melodies and a second instrumental album. But this..

Paradise Lost – Obsidian (Nuclear Blast)

Being one of the originators of the gothic metal genre as well as one of the big three of British doom (along with Anathema and My Dying Bride) has always meant that a new album by Paradise Lost is a big event in metal. The band, as we painfully remember, has gone through some strange..

Havok – V (Century Media Records)

Sixteen years of existence and five full-lenghts are an evidence of ambition, which is backed both by labels and fans. Denver’s Havok are one of the many new wave of thrash bands that emerged in the new millennium, but at the same time – one of the very few requiring special attention. It should be..

A Day In Venice – Lights EP

Listen up, this is a lovely little EP, nicely composed, lovely playing, a complete surprise! A Day in Venice is actually a one-man-band, aka Andrej Kralj, a multi-talented artist from Trieste, Italy. Andrej is a clever chap, he's a painter, poet and music producer; and has also been creating music and has published three albums under the 'ADIV'..