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Bloomfield Kooper Stills - Super Session SACD CD Album Review

Bloomfield Kooper Stills: Super Session SACD

Classic Blues Rock
5.0/5.0

Here's a recording that will make you consider investing in one of the those expensive Super Audio CD (SACD) players. It may even cause you to upgrade your 5.1 surround ... [ Read More ]

Atkins May Project - Empire of Destruction CD Album Review

Atkins May Project: Empire of Destruction

Melodic Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

Guitarist Paul May and vocalist Al Atkins have a working relationship that spans better than 20 years, beginning largely with the latter's solo albums. Lately, the ... [ Read More ]

From Light Rose The Angels - 2014 CD Album Review

From Light Rose The Angels: S/T

Symphonic/Melodic Rock/Metal
4.0/5.0

Call her a chameleon or maybe just versatile, but vocalist VK Lynne has reinvented herself. When I last heard from Lynne she was doing something akin to country pop ... [ Read More ]

Ion Vein - 2014 CD Album Review

Ion Vein: Ion Vein

Heavy/Power/Progressive Metal
4.5/5.0

Nearly missing in action, at least in terms of a studio album, has been Chicago's Ion Vein. Their last album was better than ten years ago. But founder and guitarist ... [ Read More ]

Metal Machine - Free Nation CD Album Review

Metal Machine: Free Nation

Heavy/Power Metal
1.5/5.0

Disappointing. That's one word for Metal Machine's debut album Free Nation. Other words would include nearly unlistenable, poorly done, or cringe worthy ... [ Read More ]

Warrant - Metal Bridge CD Album Review

Warrant: Metal Bridge

Heavy/Power/Speed Metal
4.0/5.0

Alright. Let's get this out of the way at the start. Every reviewer will have to do it. This Warrant is not that Warrant. You know the American hair metal band that's famous ... [ Read More ]

Stud - Rust On The Rose CD Album Review

Stud: Rust On The Rose

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
4.0/5.0

It took Finland's Stud better than 20 years to get their first album launched. But on the strength of that album, Out of the Darkness, Stud didn't waste any time ... [ Read More ]

Riot - Unleash The Fire CD Album Review

Riot V: Unleash The Fire

Heavy/Power Metal
4.0/5.0

Unleash The Fire marks the return of legendary New York City metal band Riot, two years after the passing of founder and guitarist Mark Reale. Now going by the ... [ Read More ]

Lonewolf - Cult of Steel Coming CD Album Review

Lonewolf: Cult of Steel

Heavy/Power/Speed Metal
3.5/5.0

There's much to be said for consistency. Begun in the early Nineties, and excepting a brief hiatus, France's Lonewolf has been playing traditional heavy/power metal ... [ Read More ]

In Faith - There's A Storm Coming CD Album Review

In Faith: There's A Storm Coming

Melodic Hard Rock
4.0/5.0

They say what goes around comes around. It appears for Pete Godfrey and Tony Marshall (ex Contagious, Pride, Vaughn), the principals behind In Faith, that's been ... [ Read More ]

Megasonic - Intense CD Album Review

Megasonic: Intense

Melodic Heavy/Speed Metal
4.0/5.0

After taking various and different paths, Belgium's Megasonic is the creation of long time friends Lieven De Wolf, Jeroen De Bock and Dimitri Verhoeven. All three have ... [ Read More ]

House Of X CD Album Review

House Of X: House Of X

Melodic Hard Rock
4.0/5.0

From the roots of the UFO cover band X-UFO comes House Of X featuring former UFO personnel Danny Peyrenol on vocals and Lawarence Archer on guitar, with Clive ... [ Read More ]

Khaos - Risen CD Album Review

Khaos: Risen

Hard Rock
3.0/5.0

After the ambitious 2012 EP Rising my expectations for Khaos and a full-length album were rather high. Maybe too high. Two years in the making, Khaos, featuring ... [ Read More ]

Alternative5 - Ghost Magnet CD Album Review

Alternative5: Ghost Magnet

Melodic/Progressive Rock/Metal
3.5/5.0

I can't tell you much about Alternative5. There's four guys in the band. They play a hybrid of melodic and progressive rock. Ghost Magnet is their third album. And they're ... [ Read More ]

Mindmaze - Back From The Edge CD Album Review

Mindmaze: Back From The Edge

Melodic/Progressive/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

It's a strange thing, but hardly uncommon in the Internet age. I had to find out about Pennsylvania's Mindaze through a German promotion outfit distributing ... [ Read More ]

Voices of Destiny - Crisis Cult CD Album Review

Voices of Destiny: Crisis Cult

Symphonic Power Metal
3.0/5.0

There's really not much to say about Voices of Destiny and the third album Crisis Cult. At least there's nothing new to say about the band, excepting the fact that ... [ Read More ]

Allen Lande - The Great Divide CD Album Review

Allen/Lande: The Great Divide

Heavy Melodic/Power Metal
4.0/5.0

After some four years, The Great Divide marks the return of the two powerful heavy metal vocalists in duet, Symphony X's Russell Allen and solo artist Jorn Lande. It's ... [ Read More ]

Holy Dragons - Dragon Inferno CD Album Review

Holy Dragons: Dragon Inferno

Classic Heavy Metal
3.0/5.0

Kazakhstan isn't the first place I would consider to be a hot bed of heavy metal, let alone classic heavy metal. Yet Holy Dragons comes from Almaty, the country's largest ... [ Read More ]

Selene - Paradise Over CD Album Review

Selene: Paradise Over (EP)

Symphonic/Melodic Rock/Metal
3.5/5.0

Coming from lush green hills of Northern Ireland, Selene is an upstart band trying to break into the crowded field of female-fronted symphonic metal. The return with their ... [ Read More ]

Devin Townsend Project - Z2 CD Album Review

Devin Townsend Project: Z2

Heavy Progressive Metal
4.0/5.0

Man, machine, or mad genius? If anything, Devin Townsend is prolific and unstoppable. Approaching the creation of Z2, somewhere around his 30th recording ... [ Read More ]

Antoine Fafard - Ad Perpetuum CD Album Review

Antoine Fafard: Ad Perpetuum

Instrumental Jazz Rock Fusion
4.5/5.0

With Antoine Fafard's third album Ad Perpetuum I found myself traveling back in time. It's the mid-Seventies and new college friends are introducing me to the new ... [ Read More ]

Soulhealer - Bear The Cross CD Album Review

Soulhealer: Bear The Cross

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
4.0/5.0

There's much to be said for consistency and a steady work ethic. Finland's Soulhealer has put out an EP and three albums in a mere five years. The latest and third album ... [ Read More ]

Vega - Stereo Messiah CD Album Review

Vega: Stereo Messiah

AOR/Melodic Hard Rock
5.0/5.0

Maybe we should just cut to the chase at the start. Buy this album. If you dig classic AOR melodic hard rock, Vega's third album Stereo Messiah is pretty fandamntastic ... [ Read More ]


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They say what goes around comes around. It appears for Pete Godfrey and Tony Marshall (ex Contagious, Pride, Vaughn), the principals behind In Faith, that's been the case. Early collaborations were interesting and ambitious ... [ Read More ]

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