Distant Past – The Final Stage (Pure Steel Records)

Music can induce so many different feelings and emotions but, sometimes, you come across an album that if suffused with pure and simple joie de vivre it automatically lifts your mood and puts a great big grin in your face. This excellent old school metal album by the Swiss band Distant Past is a perfect..

Awaken – Out Of The Shadows (Pure Steel Records)

Awaken is a New York based progressive metal band that was formed in 2009 by the vocalist Glenn DaGrossa (ex-Lazarus) with the self-titled debut coming out in 2012. One of the very many excellent benefits of the internet is that the world is now much smaller which makes it easier for unknown bands to make..

Dark Arena – Alien Factor (Pure Steel Records)

Dark Arena is an American progressive power metal band was formed originally around 1994 by guitarist Paul Konjicija (Antithesis) and they do appear to have something of a 'dark' past too. The original vocalist was John Marshall until his untimely death and he was briefly replaced by Tim 'Ripper' Owens with Owens then making way..