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Witherfall - Nocturnes and Requiems (Century Media)

Witherfall – Nocturnes and Requiems (Century Media)

Witherfall are a relatively new American Metal band but with a fine pedigree. They were conceived by guitarist Jake Dreyer (Iced Earth etc), Vocalist Joseph Michael (Midnight Reign, Omery Rising, ex-White Wizzard, ex-Peppermint Creeps) and drummer Adam Sagan (ex-Circle II Circle, ex-Into Eternity). However, during.. Read More
Nocturnal Rites – Phoenix (AFM)

Nocturnal Rites – Phoenix (AFM)

Formed back in the 90’s, Nocturnal Rites released three rather Hammerfall-esque Power Metal albums before the Millennium, but for me they really found their identity with the introduction of vocalist Jonny Lidqvist and 2000’s excellent “Afterlife”. Four more albums of an equally high standard followed.. Read More
Kaipa - Children Of The Sounds (Inside Out)

Kaipa – Children Of The Sounds (Inside Out)

Kaipa will be a familiar name to many a progressive rock fan, as they were an active and important part the Swedish progressive rock scene since their recording debut in 1976 through to their hiatus in 1982. Band founder and keyboardist Hans Lundin decided to.. Read More
Ensiferum - Two Paths (Metal Blade)

Ensiferum – Two Paths (Metal Blade)

It’s often said that Ensiferum need no introduction, and it’s true. If you were having a small soiree or bijou shindig one evening, you’d just know they’d arrived. The long-boat dragged onto the front lawn is an obvious clue, as are the discarded shields, swords.. Read More
Argus - From Fields Of Fire (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Argus – From Fields Of Fire (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Having thoroughly enjoyed the Adruini/Balich album from earlier this year I felt happily honour-bound to cover the new release from vocalist Butch Balich’s main band Argus. With a voice as utterly and intrinsically “Metal” as Balich’s, with a band possessing heaviness to match, Argus always.. Read More
Epica - The Solace System (Nuclear Blast)

Epica – The Solace System (Nuclear Blast)

It’s bordering on bragging really isn’t it? Epica had SO many tracks for previous album “The Holographic Principal” that the unused songs get their own 6 track EP. And as the high quality of these “rejected” songs now see the light of day, they are.. Read More
Fireforce -Annihilate The Evil (Limb Music)

Fireforce -Annihilate The Evil (Limb Music)

With an opening track called ‘The Boys From Down Under’, it’s pretty obvious where this energetic Power Metal band hail from! Yep, Belgium. Not known for it’s Power Metal pedigree (and a fair old distance from Australia), Fireforce are certainly one of their country’s leaders.. Read More
Subterranean Masquerade – Vagabond (Vicisolum)

Subterranean Masquerade – Vagabond (Vicisolum)

Subterranean Masquerade – expect the unexpected. There’s always something unexpected on a Subterranean Masquerade album. The band’s main line-up is normal enough as you look down the list of members – there’s of course guitarist Tomer Pink (the band’s founder), notably there’s also Kjetil Nordhus.. Read More
Vinsta – Wiads (Trollmusic)

Vinsta – Wiads (Trollmusic)

I confess that I know very little (please wait for me to finish my sentence before agreeing…) about Vinsta. It appears to be pretty much a solo project by multi-instrumentalist Christian Höll and Vinsta’s facebook page has some really great pictures of Alpine scenery on.. Read More
Jack Starr's Burning Starr - Stand Your Ground (High Roller)

Jack Starr’s Burning Starr – Stand Your Ground (High Roller)

I’m all for a bit self promotion – if you think you’ve just recorded a great album then that’s a fabulous thing and you should promote this. Let the world know that your album is pretty bloody good and then wait hopefully for people to.. Read More
Alpha Tiger – ST (SPV)

Alpha Tiger – ST (SPV)

I had the pleasure of reviewing Alpha Tiger’s third album “iDentity” back at the end of 2014, but I felt sure with a gap this long from such an active, driven band that somehow I must have missed the next release. That lengthy gap was.. Read More
Eluveitie - Evocation II – Pantheon (Nuclear Blast)

Eluveitie – Evocation II – Pantheon (Nuclear Blast)

Eluveitie is Chrivel Glanzmann’s band and it always has been. Right from it’s inception back in 2002 he assembled like-minded musicians to carry forward his vision for his band. Therefor, members may come and go but as long as Glanzmann is still at the helm,.. Read More