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Stephen Pearcy Smash CD Album Review

Pride Of Lions: Fearless

AOR/Melodic Hard Rock

So, once more we have to wait five years for another album from Pride Of Lions, the creation of singer, composer, and producer Jim Peterik with vocalist Toby ... [ Read More ]

Stephen Pearcy Smash CD Album Review

Stephen Pearcy: Smash

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal

Everybody knows Stephen Pearcy as the vocalist for Eighties hair metal band RATT, with many multi-platinum selling albums. Then there's things I never knew about ... [ Read More ]

Jack Russell's Great White - He Saw It Comin' CD Album Review

Jack Russell's Great White: He Saw It Comin'

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR

Through the years vocalist Jack Russell has been synonymous with Eighties hair metal band Great White. Even splitting with the original band in 2011, Mr Russell ... [ Read More ]

The Murder Of My Sweet Echoes Of The Aftermath CD Album Review

The Murder Of My Sweet: Echoes Of The ...

Symphonic/Melodic Hard Rock

The Murder Of My Sweet didn't waste much time getting into the studio after their third album Beth Out Of Hell. The band returns with their fourth albums, Echoes Of ... [ Read More ]

Borealis World Of Silence MMXVII CD Album Review

Borealis: World Of Silence MMXVII

Melodic/Progressive/Power Metal

I generally don't review reissues of albums. It's a simple problem of balancing the abundance of releasing new albums with the time it takes to revisit the past ... [ Read More ]

Xandria Theater Of Dimensions CD Album Review

Xandria: Theater Of Dimensions

Melodic/Symphonic/Power Metal

They decided to keep her. After going through six singers in as many albums, Xandria is sticking with that sixth singer, Dutch vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen, for their ... [ Read More ]

Renegade Twelve 2017 Debut Album CD Album Review

Renegade Twelve: Renegade Twelve

Hard Rock/Heavy Metal

Rising only a few years from Suffolk, England, Renegade Twelve is a young modern heavy metal band. The five piece band cites some diverse influences such as ... [ Read More ]

Habitual Sins Personal Demons CD Album Review

Habitual Sins: Personal Demons

Heavy/Doom Metal

As a reviewer, it's always a good thing to pass on press and PR material and simply give a new album a first listen, especially from an new artist. First, doing so allows ... [ Read More ]

Firewind Immortals CD Album Review

Firewind: Immortals

Melodic Power Metal

Firewind, the kings of Greek melodic power metal with guitar phenom Gus G. at the helm, make their comeback with their eighth album, Immortals. The album reunites ... [ Read More ]

Nightmare Dead Sun CD Album Review

Nightmare: Dead Sun

Heavy/Power/Thrash Metal

Most metalheads familiar with the international metal scene are also familiar with France's Nightmare. Excepting an hiatus between 1988 and 1999 Nightmare has been ... [ Read More ]

Last Autumn's Dream In Disguise CD Album Review

Last Autumn's Dream: In Disguise

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR

To my surprise, a Last Autumn's Dream album has not crossed my desk in five years, the last being 2012's Nine Lives. But the band has continued its prolific ways ... [ Read More ]

Heaven's Guardian Signs CD Album Review

Heaven's Guardian: Signs

Melodic Progressive Power Metal

The information I received about Brazilian metal band Heaven's Gate was rather sketchy, so a moderate amount of detective work via the Internet was required ... [ Read More ]

Burning Point - The Blaze CD Album Review

Burning Point: The Blaze

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal

Having made the switch to a female vocalist, former Battle Beast singer Nitte Valo, in 2014, Finland's Burning Point is sticking with the decision. The Blaze ... [ Read More ]

Ancestral - Master Of Fate CD Album Review

Ancestral: Master Of Fate

Heavy/Power Metal

Emerging from the "where have they been" category is Italy's metal band Ancestral. They haven't had a studio album since their 2007 debut The Ancient Curse ... [ Read More ]

This Winter Machine The Man Who Never Was CD Album Review

This Winter Machine: The Man Who Never Was

Melodic Progressive Rock

Coming from many and varied musical backgrounds, This Winter Machine is a new five member melodic progressive rock band from Leeds. Their debut album ... [ Read More ] - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft
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Click to read the Renegade Twelve 2017 Self-titled Debut CD album review

Rising only a few years from Suffolk, England, Renegade Twelve is a young modern heavy metal band. The five piece band cites some diverse influences such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Killswitch Engage, Pantera, Slash and Alter Bridge. From that we deduce one thing ... [ Read More ]

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Click to read the Dark Moor - Project X CD album review

Spain's Dark Moor is another band that has been pressing on for a long time, better than 20 years. Formed in Madrid by guitarist Enrik Garcia, the band returns with their tenth album, Project X. While I can't be sure, as information about the album is lacking from the band, it appears this album has some sci-fi theme ... [ Read More ]