May 31, 2020

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..

Khymera- Master Of Illusions (Frontiers Music)

Khymera initially began life as a project put together by Italian producer/musician Daniele Liverani and the Kansas vocalist Steve Walsh but it became more of a fully functioning band when bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69/Unisonic and now Magnum) came on board as vocalist for the second album. Although only the backing vocalist in Pink..

Allen/Olzon – Worlds Apart (Frontiers Music)

I guess we all know that this project features Russell Allen, the vocalist of immense US rockers Symphony X and Anette Olzon formerly of Nightwish (what a great job she did in replacing the irreplaceable Tarja Turunen) and The Dark Element with Sonata Arctica guitarist Jani Liimatainen? Effectively, this is a continuation of the project..

NOVENA – Eleventh Hour (Frontiers)

Mark the name, as these guys are going to be huge in the progressive rock universe! This is the debut album by this UK progressive metal band formed in 2013 and they already have an outstanding EP in their locker with the quite staggering 32-minute Secondary Genesis featuring three lengthy prog metal tracks - and..

Semblant – Obscura (Frontiers Music)

I just knew that this was going to be a difficult album for me to review when I looked at the album publicity and saw the three words that were never meant to go together, melodic death metal! I’m quite a simple person and to me, there is quite a gulf between melodic metal and..