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Monolord ‘No Comfort’ Album Review

Monolord ‘No Comfort’ Album Review By Adam McCann Relapse Records/Doom Metal These days, doom metal bands are pretty much everywhere, it is a genre which attracts mass attention beyond the gazing eye of the media. Fans of the genre are rabidly loyal, travelling far and wide to support their bands worldwide as niche

Mobina Galore ‘Don’t Worry’ Album Review

Mobina Galore ‘Don’t Worry’ Album Review By Adam McCann New Damage Records/Gunner Records/Pop/Punk/Alternative Rock Throughout the current decade, there has been somewhat of a revival of interest in the alternative rock scene. Although many of these bands have not yet reached the dizzy heights of their predecessors, the internet has allowed many of

NorthTale ‘Welcome To Paradise’ Album Review

NorthTale ‘Welcome To Paradise’ Album Review By Adam McCann Nuclear Blast Records/Power Metal Following a rather surprising parting of ways between fantasy themed power metal band Twilight Force and vocalist Christian Eriksson, the former Twilight Force mouthpiece joined forces with Bill Hudson of Circle II Circle and Patrick Johansson of Clockwork Revolution to

Whitesnake – ‘Flesh & Blood’ Album Review

Whitesnake - ‘Flesh & Blood’ Album Review By Adam McCann Frontiers Records/Hard Rock It has been a rough few years for Whitesnake, multiple tours with those who attended being shocked at the state of David Coverdale’s once golden larynx coupled with accusations of lip synching and backing tapes. Ultimately, this led to expectations

The Skys – Automatic Minds Album Review

The Skys - Automatic Minds Album Review By David Kerber The Lithuanian band The Skys was founded in 1995. For their fourth album, the band has again invited some illustrious guests. The best known are certainly Snowy White and Neil Taylor (Robbie Williams Band). The Lithuanians play Progressive Rock in the style

Texas Hippie Coalition ‘High In The Saddle’ Album Review

Texas Hippie Coalition ‘High In The Saddle’ Album Review By Adam McCann eOne Music/Southern/Groove Metal Is there any other band which mixes the Texan swagger, southern charm and good ol’ groove as well as Texas Hippie Coalition? These guys have been drinkin’, cussin’ and fightin’ their way through the desert of heavy metal

Dun Ringill ‘Welcome’ – Album Review

Dun Ringill ‘Welcome’ - Album Review By Adam McCann Argonauta Records - Doom Metal Dun Ringill were born when the members of The Order of Israfel decided to take a break back in 2017; joining forces with members of Doomdogs, Silverhorse, Lommi and Intoxicate, Dun Ringill create grinding monolithic riffs with an

CelTauro ‘Origen’ Album Review

CelTauro ‘Origen’ Album Review By Adam McCann Independent Release/Folk/Metal Late last year, Spanish newcomers to the folk/metal scene managed to sneak out their debut album ‘Origen’. Unlike many of their peers which have come to saturate the genre with stereotypical sounds, growls, accordions and violin jigs, CelTauro take a different approach with

Black Mass ‘Warlust’ Album Review

Black Mass ‘Warlust’ Album Review By Adam McCann Iron Shield Records/Thrash Metal Following their electrically charged debut album in 2015, the American trio from Boston are finally back with their sophomore album ‘Warlust’. As expected, the band blast forward at blistering pace with an album which has all the hallmarks of thrash metal,

Avantasia ‘Moonglow’ Album Review

Avantasia ‘Moonglow’ Album Review By Adam McCann Nuclear Blast Records/Power Metal The wait for ‘Moonglow’ the latest release from Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia project was nowhere near as long as anticipated, with only a two-year gap separating ‘Moonglow’ from its predecessor ‘Ghostlights’. In the usual life cycle of Tobi Sammet, the pint-sized genius

Rotting Christ ‘The Heretics’ Album Review

Rotting Christ ‘The Heretics’ Album Review by Adam McCann Season Of Mist/2019/Black Metal Although it has only been three years since Rotting Christ released ‘Rituals’, it feels much longer. Now, the Greek black metal masters had hit another pinnacle in their career with ‘Rituals’, it was a magnificent black metal tour de

Happily Ever Blind ‘Good Enough For…’ Album Review

Happily Ever Blind ‘Good Enough For…’ Album Review By Adam McCann Realm Records/2019/Alternative What happens when an Australian decides to up-sticks and move 5000 miles across the globe, traversing hemispheres and settling in Helsinki, Finland? The answer is Happily Ever Blind, the musical baby of John Emslie, who got bored of playing

Dream Theater ‘Distance Over Time’ Album Review

Dream Theater ‘Distance Over Time’ Album Review By Adam McCann InsideOut Music/2019/Progressive Metal Dream Theater needed a boost, following their ambiguously received Dystopian concept album ‘The Astonishing’. This album divided not only fans of progressive metal, but also fans of Dream Theater; the band themselves are no strangers to large overblown concepts,

What Lies Beyond – Coup De Grâce Album Review

What Lies Beyond - Coup De Grâce Album Review By Rainer Kerber A few days ago, I found an email in my mailbox, from the Croatian band "What Lies Beyond". The band was founded in 2012 by guitarist Filip Samardžić. Since then there have been several lineup changes. Since 2017, this seems

Steelwings – Back Album Review

Steelwings - Back Album Review By Rainer Kerber Mmmhh, the name Steelwings seemed somehow familiar. But no, this is not the Swedish band Steelwing from Nyköping. These existed from 2009 to 2016 and published three albums in that time an EP and a demo. Steelwings are also from Sweden, but from Laholm,

Lance King – ReProgram Album Review

Lance King – ReProgram Album Review By Rainer Kerber He is known as the voice of Pyramaze and other Metal acts (Gemini, Balance of Power, ...), Lance King. The tenor has a vocal range of four octaves. For a Metal Singer that is quite unusual. For some time now, the American singer

Secret Rule – The 7 Endless Album Review

Secret Rule - The 7 Endless Album Review By Rainer Kerber For the first time I heard from the band Secret Rule from the Italian capital Rome at the beginning of 2016. Shortly before the release of the second album "Machination". Already at that time the musicianship of the musicians convinced me.

Autumn – Stacking Smoke Album Review

Autumn - Stacking Smoke Album Review By Rainer Kerber I experienced Autumn from the Netherlands already in 2005, in Hamburg as support for their compatriots Within Temptation. At that time singer Nienke de Jong was still on stage. I was thrilled with the unique voice and powerful sound. With Nienke de Jong

Imperia – Flames Of Eternity Album Review

Imperia - Flames Of Eternity Album Review By Rainer Kerber Easter 2004 is the founding date of Imperia. All four current band members belonged to the original line-up. Only guitarist John Stamm left the band in 2010. This is a very remarkable stability in the lineup. Although the band has been playing

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