2011 was another banner year for all things melodic hard rock and heavy metal, progressive rock and metal. However, after reviewing more than 400 albums, and listening to nearly 200 more submissions, it’s hard, sometimes, to recall what truly stood out, what real cream rose to the top.
But being the glutton for punishment that I am, once more I’ll attempt to pick my favorites of 2011. Here’s my top picks, about 15, in three general genres: aor/melodic (sometimes hard) rock, heavy metal, and progressive rock/metal. Again, these are in no particular order. (more…)
Hugo Flores is working on the new installment of the Project Creation series, and also on a brand new (4th) Factory of Dreams album.
Project Creation will focus on the continuation of the previous episode – Dawn on Pyther – with new discoveries including a new planet with a hidden city, an intelligent ocean and much more. Hugo is counting on the great musicians and singers that gave the epic sound of Project Creation, and also new performers to join in! (more…)
Neal Morse is renowned for amazing live performances with some of progressive rock’s most accomplished musicians. With Live in Los Angeles, Neal throws down the gauntlet: 2 DVDs and 3 CDs of his incredible Testimony 2 tour, live at the Whittier Theater in Los Angeles, California.
For the first time since the original Testimony, Neal’s music is performed by the original musicians who created it: Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Eric Brenton, Rick Altizer and Mark Leniger. And with two new members (Nathan Girard and Nathan Brenton), it’s Neal’s biggest band, ever. They bring to life every nuance and detail of Morse’s extraordinary compositions, with the virtuosity and energy from some of prog’s most seasoned performers. (more…)
The music of ANUBIS GATE: Stylistically Anubis Gate is conglomeration of the classic 80′s heavy metal, a more epic 90′s ambience and a dark progressiveness of our days. You could describe it as metal with beautiful soundscapes, cool riffing, and a clear and powerful vocal performance.
Musical inspirations for ANUBIS GATE are acts such as Queensryche, Iron Maiden, Lord Bane, Tad Morose, Iced Earth, Crimson Glory, Fates Warning, King Crimson, Genesis & Savatage, but really ANUBIS GATE is in a niche of their own. (more…)
American heavy metal masters VIRGIN STEELE are proud to announce that they will be reissuing their classic 1986 album “Noble Savage”. The album will released May 17th in North America on SPV/Steamhammer. This deluxe reissue will be available as a double CD digipak as well as a double gatefold LP. (more…)