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Savage Machine - Through The Iron Forest EP CD Album Review

Savage Machine: Through The Iron Forest (EP)

(Traditional) Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

Savage Machine. I hope they never apologize for their music. Ever. Without apology, Savage Machine plays, in their own words, "old school" heavy metal ... [ Read More ]

Ruthless - They Rise CD Album Review

Ruthless: They Rise

(Traditional) Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

Not too many bands get a second chance at life, a ressurection of from the tombs of forgotten heavy metal bands. But minor Eighties heavy metal sensation Ruthless did ... [ Read More ]

Nightingale - Retribution CD Album Review

Nightingale: Retribution

Melodic Hard Rock
4.0/5.0

If memory serves, I know little to nothing about Sweden's Nightingale. So, we'll learn together. Started as a one-off solo project by composer and multi-instrumentalist ... [ Read More ]

Visigoth - The Revenant King CD Album Review

Visigoth: The Revenant King

(Traditional) Heavy/Power Metal
5.0/5.0

Twenty-five years ago traditional heavy metal was forced underground, especially here in America. Overseas, it also fell off the radar, but still had momentum. Because ... [ Read More ]

Blind Guardian - Beyond The Red Mirror CD Album Review

Blind Guardian: Beyond The Red Mirror

Symphonic Power Metal
4.5/5.0

Blind Guardian has never done anything half-way or half-hearted. For these self-described perfectionists everything is grand and extravagant. And so it is with ... [ Read More ]

Darking - Steal The Fire CD Album Review

Darking: Steal The Fire

(Traditional) Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

There's little doubt, Italy's Darking parties like it's 1985, when the New Wave of British Heavy Metal was affecting heavy metal worldwide. They return with their second ... [ Read More ]

Quartz - Too Hot To Handle CD Album Review

Quartz: Too Hot To Handle

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
3.5/5.0

The history of English band Quartz dates back to the early Seventies where the rode the wave of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Recognized mostly in the native ... [ Read More ]

Beardfish - +4626-comfortzone CD Album Review

Beardfish: +4626-comfortzone

Progressive Rock/Metal
4.5/5.0

You can always expected the unexpected from Sweden's Beardfish, yet also something familiar and comfortable. Their approach to melodic progressive rock is ... [ Read More ]

Illuminata - Where Stories Unfold CD Album Review

Illuminata: Where Stories Unfold

Melodic/Symphonic/Power Metal
3.0/5.0

Let's cut to the chase. Austria's wants to be Nightwish. Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica all rolled into one. They so much want to be like Nightwish, I'm ... [ Read More ]

Stormwitch - Season of the Witch CD Album Review

Stormwitch: Season of the Witch

Traditional Heavy Metal
3.0/5.0

Pardon the pun, but here's Stormwitch another German metal band who's recent history has been more stormy. The band had a rather vigorous out between 1984 and ... [ Read More ]

Scanner - The Judgement CD Album Review

Scanner: The Judgement

Traditional Heavy/Speed Metal
4.0/5.0

Germany's Scanner has a long history, dating back to the early Eighties, but it's been a sketchy history. It's been one rife with personnel changes and such. A couple of ... [ Read More ]

Level 10 Chapter One Russell Allen Mat Sinner CD Album Review

Level 10: Chapter One

(Melodic) Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

Heavy metal musicians, vocalist Russell Allen (Symphony X) and bassist Mat Sinner (Sinner, Primal Fear, et al) have wanted to work together for some time. Our good ... [ Read More ]

Heywire 2015 Self-titled Debut CD Album Review

Heywire: Heywire

(Melodic) Hard/Heavy Rock
3.0/5.0

Like many bands, Denmark's Heywire had to go through some tribulations to get where they are today. Mostly, for them, it was ongoing personnel changes, not the least of ... [ Read More ]

Air Raid - Point Of Impact CD Album Review

Air Raid: Point Of Impact

Traditional Heavy Metal
3.5/5.0

With one look at Air Raid's band photo (see below), I had a serious case of early 1980's deja vu. Yeah, back in the day, I dressed like that. Cut off denim jacket, patches ... [ Read More ]

UDO - Decadent CD Album Review

U.D.O.: Decadent

Melodic/Heavy/Speed Metal
3.5/5.0

The ever prolific and legendary heavy metal vocalist Udo Dirkschneider returns with his fifteenth U.D.O. album, Decadent. If you're guessing from the title ... [ Read More ]

Jorn Lande and Trond Holter Present Dracula Swing of Death CD Album Review

Jorn Lande and Trond Holter: Dracula

Melodic Heavy Metal
4.5/5.0

One of the great characters of gothic horror, Dracula, comes to life in a new heavy metal rock. Norwegian music veterans, vocalist Jorn Lande and guitarist and ... [ Read More ]

Stargazery - Stars Aligned CD Album Review

Stargazery: Stars Aligned

Melodic Metal/Hard Rock
4.0/5.0

It appears, for their sophomore effort Stars Aligned, Finland's Stargazery fell back on the old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Then added another American word of ... [ Read More ]


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