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Geoff Tate – ‘Kings And Thieves’

I suppose it could be argued that the timing of the release of Geoff Tate’s second solo album is somewhat fateful. What with him being publicly (and embarrassingly so) fired from Queensrӱche earlier this year and the subsequent high profile squabbling which has ensued between the singer and the former …

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CIRCLE OF REASON – “A Favour For A Stranger”

  Formed in 2009 this four piece are set to turn a few heads with this amazingly catchy and well crafted three track E.P. Described as Alternative/Prog Rock, the sound leans towards a mix of Queens Of The Stone Age meets Funeral For A Friend who then hook up with …

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Kowloon Walled City – Container Ships

This oddly name quartet hail from San Francisco take their name from a densely populated, largely ungoverned settlement in Kowloon, Hong Kong; known for its brothels, casinos and opium dens, which was torn down in the early 90’s. With that in mind you can be assured that the music produced …

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Aeon – Aeons Black

Sweden’s Aeon (one of eight bands with the same name list in that essential resource for any serious metal journalist, or fan for that matter, the Encyclopaedia Metallum) count no less than the mighty Alex ‘Corpsegrinder’ Webster among their legion fans. And it’s not hard to see why on ‘Aeons …

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Avatar – Black Waltz

Black Waltz,  is the 4th album by Swedish melodic death metal band Avatar. “Black Waltz” was released in Europe on November 19th via Gain/Sony Music. The album itself really shows off the different sides of how the bands’ musical talents. 3 specific songs really caught my attention; title track Black …

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Kerion – Cloudriders Pt 1

Kerion are a French symphonic metal band formed in 2002 from the band Kerlian who were an instrumental Prog metal band.  When singer Flora joined they decided to create a new group rather than just continue under the old name with a very different sound. They released two demos (“Conspiracy …

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Sonja Perenda – Time has come

Sonja Perenda is a classically trained singer from Austria.  As well as being a singer she’s a qualified lawyer and has played charity concerts to the homeless and in prisons across Austria and Germany.  She’s also performed to UN soldiers in Kosovo and Syria, toured Europe and the middle East, …

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Heavenward ‘Within These Dreams’ Album Review.

Heavenward are a band that cleverly blur different metal genres together. They were founded in 1986, with deep roots of progressive rock/metal elements with a lashing of 80’s thrash and a burst of the power metal movement. They released their first demo in 1989 “At first nature …” . In 1991 their first CD …

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UDO – Live In Sofia

German heavy metal singer Udo Dirkschneider was born on April 6, 1952. He  is best known as the vocalist in German heavy metal band Accept before he left in 1987  to form U.D.O. He as not lost his roots as on occasion he still performs with Accept as well as doing …

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The Haarp Machine – Disclosure

How much further can metal really go? It’s an internal dialogue we must’ve had with ourselves a thousand times. It’s been fascinating to watch our beloved genre develop over the years, hasn’t it? No matter how unreasonably heavy, inexplicably technical or utterly deranged it gets, just when we think metal …

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Kerstin Bischof – Project Ava

Kerstin Bischof has been the singer for bands including Axxis, Lakonia, and Xandria.  Recently she has focussed on her own solo work and has just released her solo album, “Project Ava”.  It’s an interesting mix of metal, rock and more classical sounds. Brief comments on a few of the songs. …

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Nightwish – Imaginaerum – The Score

Finnish metal giants Nightwish have released the musical score to the film ‘Imaginaerum’, the final part of the overall experience that keyboard player Tumoas Holopainen wanted fans to hear. This is also the final album to feature former vocalist Anette Olzon, before she was controversially let go by the band …

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Alice Cooper – Old School [Box set]

“Old School” is a 4 disc collection that spans the ten years of the Alice Cooper Group and includes a whole host of goodies spread over the four discs. This Special Edition is in its self a cut down version of the original sold-out Old School: 1964–1974 super deluxe box …

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All She Wrote – Weathered

  Barely a year old and already this band are planning an E.P. and a tour for next year but in the meantime they release this rather catchy little ditty accompanied by a video as well. Based in the London Boroughs All She Wrote deliver a great mix of Post-Hardcore …

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BUST A MOVE – ‘There’s No Place Like Home’

Deathcore comes of age with this brutal debut album release. Germanys Bust A Move have been around for a few years now, releasing an E.P. and touring hard to both develop their style and build a strong fan base. With all that accomplished they are now able to infest the …

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Orchid – Heretic EP Review

San Francisco’s Doom masters Orchid released their latest EP “Heretic” back in September via Nuclear Blast, as a follow up to the successful album “Capricorn” that came out in 2011. Orchid’s next full length is set to be released next year. “Heretic” starts with a spoken chant before seething into …

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Chillihounds – Shake your skull

“Shake your skull” is the third album from Swedish rock band Chillihounds.  The album is darker and heavier than their earlier albums – as lead singer and rythm guitarist Gabriel Aadland says “Even though we’re very pleased with our previous albums, we knew we wanted to do something different this …

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The Boogiemen inc. – Rocket surgery

Norwegian band The Boogiemen inc. started their careers in the early nineties as a purist Blues and Rhythm and Blues band, but ove the years they have evolved to more of a rock band in the vein of Rolling Stones or The Faces.  They take influences from a range of …

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The Southern Experience Band – Where I’m from

The Southern Experience Band released their debut EP (Beginnings) in 2011 and are back with their debut album. Brief comments on a few of the songs The album kicks off with a short intro before the first proper song, “Where I’m from”.  It’s got a real Southern feel to it …

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Violet Gibson – American circus

Violet Gibson are an Italian band that formed in 2007 under the name “Last vegas”.  After a lineup change the band changed their name to Violet Gibson.  They spent the next year writing and recording their album “American Circus” and it was released in Italy in April 2012, before they …

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