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Herman Frank – Fight the fear

Herman Frank has been part of the German metal scene for a long time now, first coming to people’s attention when he joined Accept in 1982. He only stayed with them a couple of years, but then when the band reformed in 2005 he rejoined the band and stayed with …

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Rantanplan – Stay rudel stay rebel

Rantanplan are a German ska-punk band. Formed in Hamburg in 1995, they’ve had various lineup changes over the years and now the only remaining original member is Torben Meissner (vocals/guitar). This is their tenth album. Prior to being sent this album to review I must admit I’d never heard of …

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Aaron Buchanan and the cult classics – The man with stars on his knees – special edition

In 2017 Aaron Buchanan and the cult classics released their debut album, “The man with stars on his knees”. Now, newly signed to Listenable records it’s being re-released, this time as a special edition with bonus tracks. Normally I’m not a fan of bands doing special editions of their albums …

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Beast in black – From Hell with love

Beast in Black was formed in 2015 by Anton Kabanen – guitarist, songwriter and founding member of Battle Beast. In many ways he’s continued with what he was doing in Battle beast – writing catchy power metal songs with some pop influences. I saw Beast in black live for the …

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Megadeth – The system has failed (2019 reissue)

Thrash legends Megadeth are re-issuing two of their albums on 15th February 2019. Both “The world needs a hero” and “The system has failed” have been remastered by Ted Jensen (Guns N’Roses, Mastodon, Machine Head and Trivium) and will be available on vinyl, CD and digital formats – the first …

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Megadeth – The world needs a hero (2019 reissue)

Thrash legends Megadeth are re-issuing two of their albums on 15th February 2019. Both “The world needs a hero” and “The system has failed” have been remastered by Ted Jensen (Guns N’Roses, Mastodon, Machine Head and Trivium) and will be available on vinyl, CD and digital formats – the first …

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Fugitive – The Awakening

For a reviewer personally speaking, ten tracks is fine, twelve is a challenge but come on Fugitive! Fourteen of them. FOURTEEN with new album The Awakening but I digress as I’m only joking as it’s a fine hard rock album to say the least. Due for release on April 5th …

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Avantasia – Moonglow

Tobias Sammet releases the next Avantasia album in February. As always it’s music on a grand scale featuring a lineup of top singers. Joining Tobias Sammet on vocals on this album are Hansi Kursch, Ronnie Atkins, Jorn Lande, Mille Petrozza, Candice Night, Geoff Tate, Eric Martin, Bob Catley and Michael …

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Rosy Vista – Unbelievable

Rosy Vista were Germany’s first all-female hard rock band, forming in 1983 before splitting in 1989. During that time they released an EP and two singles, but now they’re back and are finally releasing an album. The album consists of 12 tracks – the five songs that were on their …

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Bloody Times – On A Mission.

The aptly titled On A Mission album from Bloody Times available now from Rock N Growl Promotion sees the core trio of John Greely on lead/backing vocals, Raphael Saini on drums and Simon Pfundstein on bass guitar/backing vocals joined by an array of guest artists including ex Manowar guitarist Ross …

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Evergrey – The Atlantic

Evergrey are a metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Founded in 1995 they released their debut LP ‘The Dark Discovery’ in 1998. Twenty one years and 10 albums later, they hit us with this latest release, the closing epic tale of their ocean trilogy titled ‘The Atlantic’. Having had the initial …

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Arch Enemy – Covered in blood

This isn’t a normal Arch Enemy album – it’s actually an album full of cover versions – 24 of them in fact. There’s a wide range of artists covered including Tears for fears, Pretty maids, Judas Priest, Mike Oldfield, Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Manowar, Carcass, Discharge, GBH and Scorpions. The songs …

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King 810 – Suicide king

It’s less than five years since metal band King 810, from Flint, Michigan, hit the scene with the release of their debut album, “Memoirs of a murderer”. Initially they divided opinion among metal fans in the UK but a 2017 appearance at Bloodstock open air saw them win over a …

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King Diamond – Songs for the dead live

For over 35 years King Diamond has been releasing albums, first with Mercyful fate and then under his own name. Among a strong catalogue of albums, a firm favourite among fans is the 1987 album “Abigail”. This new live release from King Diamond sees him perform that album in full …

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Maestus – Deliquesce

‘In the original Latin, Maestus makes reference to a state of mourning, a theme that finds voice in lyrics which explore the threads between despondency and bitterness. Maestus reflects the principle of misery as it moves through the world in life, death, and memory, and of the ceaseless decay which …

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SAOR- Forgotten Paths

Every so often an album comes along that is immediately enveloping. This is a record that deserves undivided attention. With each spin new sounds and interwoven melodies start to appear. Mainman Andy Marshall hails from Scotland and has moved forward his unique vision which is steeped in the Culture and …

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Illimitable Dolor – Leaden Light

      Illimitable Dolor return with ‘Leaden Light’, the follow up album to their stunning self titled debut offering from 2017   When I first came across this band in 2017, I was completely blown away. The debut album was produced with such depth of feeling and emotion ( …

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To An End – Redefine

Australian Metallers To An End make themselves known with this their self-released debut album ‘Redefine’. Hailing from Melbourne, Redefine was released on November 22nd, but has only just come to my attention. And my attention I will give it. My first impressions as ‘From Grace To Demise’ follows opener ‘Intro’ …

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Fractions – Soundness Of Mind (Single)

Jeez, how have I not heard of Fractions before? A band that slipped past my eagle eyed radar who will be releasing a rather excellent single called Soundness Of Mind on January 29th 2019, free to download on all digital outlets featuring stunning artwork from Andy Pilkington at Very Metal …

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Toxik Attack – Assassinos Em Serie

Portugese thrashers Toxik Attack release their debut full length LP on the last day of January. This follows EP ‘Thrash On Command’ which was released way back in 2016. Formed in 2012, they also released a demo in 2014. As far as thrash goes, this is ok. But is it me …

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