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..

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David James Smith – Austin Gold

We recorded the drums, bass, guitars and keys, as we always do. Then if I remember rightly, Andy put a monitor in the toilet... First off, let’s set something straight – Austin Gold is the name of a band, not a person. It grew out of a standard Peterborough pub blues band, and is named..

THE FAR MEADOW

 The Far Meadow are a 5 piece symphonic prog rock band from London who’ve now been playing for five years. They’re a band at the mellower end of the prog spectrum. There’re no lengthy ‘for the sake of it’ guitar/keyboard soloing, or raucous instrumental histrionics, just plenty of virtuoso playing, some epic songs, plus a..

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..