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Sarasin 2016 Debut CD Album Review

Saracin: Saracin

Melodic Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

The back story to Canadian band Saracin's appearance is rather brief. The band dates to the mid-Eighties with one EP to their name, 1987'sLay Down Your Guns. ... [ Read More ]

Redwest Crimson Renegade CD Album Review

Redwest: Crimson Renegade

Heavy/Power Metal
3.0/5.0

There's this scene in the old Blues Brothers movie, where Jake and Elwood arrive at their first post-prison gig at Bob's Country Bunker, a country bar. Elwood, after looking ... [ Read More ]

Rage Of Angels The Devil's New Tricks CD Album Review

Rage Of Angels: The Devil's New Tricks

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
4.0/5.0

Former Ten keyboard player Ged Rylands returns with his Rage Of Angels project, The Devil's New Tricks, once more on the Escape Music label. It's also the case ... [ Read More ]

Headspace All That You Fear Is Gone CD Album Review

Headspace: All That You Fear Is Gone

Progressive Rock/Metal
4.5/5.0

While Headspace probably known to most prog fans, All That You Fear Is Gone, their second album, is my first experience with the band. Headspace features some ... [ Read More ]

Axevyper Into The Serpent's Den CD Album Review

Axevyper: Into The Serpent's Den

Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

I'm not sure how Axevyper came up with their band, but it does sound very "metal." The Italian band has been active for seven and return with their third long-player ... [ Read More ]

Anvil Anvil Is Anvil CD Album Review

Anvil: Anvil Is Anvil

Heavy/Speed Metal
4.5/5.0

Hardly an understatement for Anvil's sixteen studio album, Anvil Is Anvil is a definition. Anvil has been pretty doing the same thing, sounding the same way ... [ Read More ]

Delain Lunar Prelude EP CD Album Review

Delain: Lunar Prelude (EP)

Symphonic Heavy Metal
3.5/5.0

As the title suggests, the Lunar Prelude EP arrives in advance of new full-length album from symphonic metal band Delain scheduled also for this year. Perhaps ... [ Read More ]

Thornbridge - What Will Prevail CD Album Review

Thornbridge: What Will Prevail

Heavy/Power Metal
4.0/5.0

Power metal is definitely in the fiber of German culture. Maybe not as deeply embedded as brats and beer, but it's there beneath the surface in the heavy metal ... [ Read More ]

Loudguns Sunset Runaway CD Album Review

Loudguns: Sunset Runaway

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
4.0/5.0

Formed in 1999, Loudguns comes from Tampere Finland with their second album Sunset Runaway on Germany's Rock It Up Records label. But it arrives with some ... [ Read More ]

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Organized in England by vocalist Nathan James (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Inglorious is already receiving high praise from the UK music industry and press. The five piece band release their first album, simply self-titled, through Italy's Frontiers Music ... [ Read More ]

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