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Mean Streak - Blind Faith CD Album Review

Mean Streak: Blind Faith

Traditional Heavy Metal

Hailing from Sweden, Mean Streak is one of the many modern flag bearers of classic "keep it true" heavy metal. After a four year absence from the studio, the band returns ... [ Read More ]

Jorn - Life On Death Road CD Album Review

Jorn: Life On Death Road

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal

Jorn Lande needs little introduction. His reputation as the consummate hard rock and heavy metal vocalist and songwriter precedes him. Besides, to recite his ... [ Read More ]

Adrenaline Mob - We The People CD Album Review

Adrenaline Mob: We The People

Heavy Rock/Metal

Through adversity comes perspective and, hopefully, healing. Original Adrenaline Mob members, guitarist Mike Orlando and vocalist Russell Allen (Symphony X, et al) took ... [ Read More ]

Wind Rose - Stonehymn CD Album Review

Wind Rose: Stonehymn

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal

While it's happened often in ten years of writing reviews, I was surprised to see that I have reviewed every album that Italy's Wind Rose has created. They return after ... [ Read More ]

Hidden Lapse - Redemption CD Album Review

Hidden Lapse: Redemption

Progressive Rock/Metal

From small beginnings in 2011, Italy's Hidden Lapse, featuring Alessia Marchigiani on vocals, Marco Ricco on guitars, and Romina Pantanetti on bass, began with ... [ Read More ]

DGM - Passing Stages Live CD Album Review

DGM: Passing Stages Live (2DVD/CD)

Progressive Power Metal

Italy's DGM hasn't released a live DVD since 2010's Synthesis. With this year's Passing Stages Live in Milan and Atlanta, the band has doubled down on their ... [ Read More ]

Ravage - Return Of The Spectral Rider CD Album Review

Ravage: Return Of The Spectral Rider

Traditional Heavy/Power Metal

The history of Boston metal band Ravage dates back to 1995 when, a few years, later they began to independently release a bunch of demos, EPs, and live recordings ... [ Read More ]

Rikard Sjoblom's Gungfly - On Her Journey To The Sun CD Album Review

Gungfly: On Her Journey To The Sun

Melodic Progressive Rock

The demise of significant Swedish prog band Beardfish in 2016 hasn't slowed down it's vocalist Rikard Sjoblom in the least. The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ... [ Read More ]

Legionnaire - Dawn Of Genesis CD Album Review

Legionnaire: Dawn Of Genesis

Traditional Heavy Metal

Formed a mere five years ago, and with two demo cassette tapes to their credits, Finland's Legionnaire delivers their first long player Dawn Of Genesis ... [ Read More ]

Rock Goddess - It's More Than Rock And Roll CD Album Review

Rock Goddess: It's More Than Rock and Roll

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal

With more than a little hazy vagueness, I remember England's female trio Rock Goddess. Formed in 1977 by sisters Jody Turner (vocals and guitar) and Julie Turner ... [ Read More ]

Mark Slaughter - Halfway There CD Album Review

Mark Slaughter: Halfway There

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal

To some surprise, considering his vast musical experience, Mark Slaughter, vocalist for Nineties namesake rockers Slaughter, never cut a solo album until 2015's ... [ Read More ]

Nad Sylvan - The Bride Said No CD Album Review

Nad Sylvan: The Bride Said No

Melodic Progressive Rock

Vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Nad Sylvan (Agents of Mercy, Steve Hackett) returns with a new solo album, The Bride Said No, and two things ... [ Read More ]

Old Season - Beyond The Black CD Album Review

Old Season: Beyond The Black

Traditional Heavy Metal

The history of Irish metal band Old Season is something not uncommon to many bands. Formed in 2003, the band quickly cut an EP Volume One in 2004, but it ... [ Read More ]

Mastercastle - Wine Of Heaven CD Album Review

Mastercastle: Wine Of Heaven

Melodic Heavy Metal

To some surprise Italy's Mastercastle, formed by guitarist Pier Gonella (Necrodeath, ex-Labyrinth) and vocalist Giorgia Gueglio, haven't dropped a new album since ... [ Read More ]

Hell Or Highwater - Vista CD Album Review

Hell Or Highwater: Vista

Modern Melodic Heavy/Hard Rock

My knowledge of California band Hell Or Highwater is limited by the press material supplied by their label, Finland's Spinefarm Records. The band was started by ... [ Read More ] - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft
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The demise of significant Swedish prog band Beardfish in 2016 hasn't slowed down it's vocalist Rikard Sjoblom in the least. The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist dropped a new solo album ... [ Read More ]

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Click to read the Salem - Dark Days Album review

A certain clarity comes with age and, if you have some proper sense, some maturity. Born out of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement in 1979, and resurrected some six years ago, UK's Salem plays classic melodic hard rock and metal with determination, enthusiasm ... [ Read More ]