Project Arcadia – Of Sins And Other Tales (PA Music)

Centered around guitar wizard and main composer Plamen Uzunov, Project Arcadia has been releasing some classy progressive power metal since its inception in 2007. You can’t call them prolific, because Of Since And Other Tales is only their third full-length release since, but what cannot be denied is that quality steps up in spades in..

Sweet Oblivion – Relentless (Frontiers Music)

If you didn’t pay attention first time around (shame on you!), the Sweet Oblivion project is masterminded by the Italian label Frontiers Music, which has quite a number of successful all-star bands in its roster. This particular project is built around the talent of legendary Geoff Tate, with the help of some amazing musicians from..

Paranorm – Empyrean (Redefining Darkness Records)

Paranorm is a progressive death/thrash band from Sweden, existing since 2008. With two EPs behind their backs (released in 2011 and 2014 respectively), now, finally the time has come for the full-length debut Empyrean. The eight-track album will be released on February 26th by Redefining Darkness Records and you can already listen to the first..

Pain Of Salvation – Panther (InsideOut Music)

This is a very good album and will undoubtedly be ranked amongst the best progressive metal albums of the year. There is a fantastic soaring guitar solo that enters around the eight-minute mark on the closing track of this album, giving us a minute or so of pure Gilmouresque magic. But, remarkably, that is the..

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Threshold confirm they have begun writing the follow up to 2017’s ‘Legends Of The Shires’

British prog metallers Threshold have confirmed they've started work on a follow-up to their 2017 double album Legends Of The Shires. As with most bands, Threshold's plans have been heavily disrupted during 2020 with tours to Europe and Australia cancelled due to coronavirus. Guitarist Karl Groom commented: "It's a good feeling to have something positive to say about music again. We've..

Hittman – Destroy All Humans (No Remorse Records)

The reunion “trend” has always been a two-sided card. On the one hand we have bands which simply do not live to the expectations and release mediocre new music just for the sake of it, with no heart or feel anymore. I will not give examples, because someone will be offended, but you definitely have..