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Space Vacation - Cosmic Vanguard CD Album Review

Space Vacation: Cosmic Vanguard

Classic Heavy/Speed Metal
4.5/5.0

One thing to say about the strength and tradition of classic heavy metal is that it's presence is largely, and happily, indefatigable. Keeping that spirit alive ... [ Read More ]

Renegade - Thunder Knows No Mercy CD Album Review

Renegade: Thunder Knows No Mercy

Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

Hailing from Italy and now signed to Germany's Pure Underground Records, Renegade returns with their fourth album, Thunder Knows No Mercy. Their brand ... [ Read More ]

Michael Jessen - Memories CD Album Review

Michael Jessen: Memories

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
3.5/5.0

Aspiring solo artist and guitarist Michael Jessen has been honing his chops since the young age of fifteen. The young Dane has been playing in various bands over ... [ Read More ]

Messiah's Kiss - Get Your Bulls Out CD Album Review

Messiah's Kiss: Get Your Bulls Out

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

Messiah's Kiss has been missing in action for nearly seven years, mostly due to the health issues of several members including main songwriter guitarist Georg Kraft ... [ Read More ]

Harem Scarem - Thirteen CD Album Review

Harem Scarem: Thirteen

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
4.0/5.0

Six years ago they broke up. Last year they got back together, and re-recorded their popular album Mood Swings as Mood Swings II. Then they the hit the road ... [ Read More ]

Dreadful Minds - Love Hate Lies CD Album Review

Dreadful Minds: Love Hate Lies

Melodic Metal
4.0/5.0

Germany's Dreadful Minds is band that had a twelve year run from 1995 through 2007, with both success and troubles. They had some demos, an EP, and finally an album ... [ Read More ]

Cruizzen - Free Ride CD Album Review

Cruizzen: Free Ride

(Melodic) Hard Rock
3.0/5.0

After many years of troubled times, German band Cruizzen makes their comeback with a new, and second album, Free Ride, now signed to Pure Rock Records. And ... [ Read More ]

Bloodbound - Stormborn CD Album Review

Bloodbound: Stormborn

Melodic Heavy/Power Metal
5.0/5.0

When it comes to creating their power metal, Sweden's Bloodbound has always operated from a simple formula: go big or go home. With their latest, and sixth album ... [ Read More ]

Nigel Bailey - Long Way Down CD Album Review

Bailey: Long Way Down

Melodic Hard Rock
4.0/5.0

Bailey is Nigel Bailey, vocalist and bassist for the UK hard rock act Three Lions. He steps out of that role for his first solo album, Long Way Down, a mere eight months from ... [ Read More ]

Triosphere - The Heart of the Matter CD Album Review

Triosphere: The Heart of the Matter

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

Four years in the making, Norway's Triosphere returns with their third album, The Heart of the Matter. It was worth the wait. While reviewed previously on this site ... [ Read More ]

Starbynary - Dark Passenger CD Album Review

Starbynary: Dark Passenger

Progressive Power Metal
4.0/5.0

After some prodding, several times actually, from an acquaintance, I've finally begun to watch Dexter. The American television series is about a forensic ... [ Read More ]

All Seeing Eyes - Trinity Road CD Album Review

All Seeing Eyes: Trinity Road

Melodic/Progressive/Power Metal
4.0/5.0

Perhaps the most obvious observation to make about All Seeing Eyes' debut album Trinity Road is that it's really, really long. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. All ... [ Read More ]

Neonfly - Strangers In Paradise CD Album Review

Neonfly: Strangers In Paradise

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
4.5/5.0

On the strength of a well-received debut album and successful tours with Magnum and Dragonforce, among others, Neonfly's experience and exposure has been elevated ... [ Read More ]

Maverick - Quid Pro Quo CD Album Review

Maverick: Quid Pro Quo

Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

Naming your band Maverick would suggest certain connotations: the lone dissenter, a rebellious spirit, or an iconoclastic nonconformist. Perhaps, put into ... [ Read More ]

Harmony - Theatre of Redemption CD Album Review

Harmony: Theatre of Redemption

Melodic Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

Through the trials and tribulations of absence and line up changes, Sweden's Harmony has finally emerged with their third album, Theatre of Redemption ... [ Read More ]

Empire 21 2014 Debut CD Album Review

Empire 21: Empire 21

Melodic Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
4.0/5.0

Empire 21 is a new Swedish act featuring some native heavyweights in the hard rock and heavy metal venue, including CJ Grimmark (Rob Rock, Narnia ... [ Read More ]

Firewolfe - We Rule The Night CD Album Review

Firewolfe: We Rule The Night

Melodic Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
4.5/5.0

Following a successful debut album, American band Firewolfe returns with their second effort, We Rule The Night. A few things have changed including some slight ... [ Read More ]

Black Fate - Between Vision & Lies CD Album Review

Black Fate: Between Vision & Lies

Progressive Power Metal
4.0/5.0

Having existed in some shape or form since 1990, Greece's Black Fate is another band that has been seeking consistency and stability in their career for better than ... [ Read More ]

Axenstar - Where Dreams Are Forgotten CD Album Review

Axenstar: Where Dreams Are Forgotten

Power Metal
3.5/5.0

Axenstar, from Sweden, is another band from which many observations can be made. For instance, if there was a heavy metal dictionary, and you looked up Scandi ... [ Read More ]

Amadeus Awad's Eon - The Book of Gates CD Album Review

Amadeus Awad's Eon: The Book of Gates

Progressive Metal
4.5/5.0

If you've never heard of Amadeus Awad, I'm not surprised. The Lebanese guitarist and composer, while mostly recognized in the Middle East and Europe, has basically ... [ Read More ]

United Progressive Fraternity - Fall In Love With The World CD Album Review

United Progressive Fraternity: Fall In Love ...

Melodic Progressive Rock
5.0/5.0

A few years back Australian band Unitopia called it quits, with members seeking to investigate new and different projects. One of those projects is United Progressive ... [ Read More ]

Laugh At The Fakes - Dethrone The Crown CD Album Review

Laugh at the Fakes: Dethrone the Crown

Melodic/Progressive/Heavy Metal
5.0/5.0

To be honest, I was skeptical. Another band with more than two words for a name smacks of modern hard rock or metal. But with Laugh at the Fakes, nothing could be ... [ Read More ]


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Four years in the making, Norway's Triosphere returns with their third album, The Heart of the Matter. It was worth the wait. While reviewed previously on this site by another reviewer, this is my first experience with the band ... [ Read More ]

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