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Elvenking – Reader Of The Runes – Divinator (AFM)

It has always surprised me that there aren’t more Folk Power Metal bands – the two styles seem to fit together so well. I guess you could argue that many Power Metal bands over the years have had elements of… Continue Reading →

Kryptos – Afterburner (AFM)

Indian band Kryptos are really no stranger to these pages, this is their latest offering and man does it work out really well! Their art of powerful heavy metal, bounded with a true magical sense of melody, well, this is… Continue Reading →

Danko Jones – A Rock Supreme (AFM)

Sometimes you just need straight up rock and roll. The simplicity of a cranked up amp, overdrive crackling to crisp distortion, a clear and sometimes fuzzy bass, straight forward drums with plenty of hi-hat and cowbell, it’s the tried and… Continue Reading →

Bloodbound – Rise Of The Dragon Empire (AFM)

It’s simple really. Do you like Melodic Power Metal? Do you like that Melodic Power Metal to have bombastic Symphonic arrangements? And big, memorable choruses? Do you…like Dragons…? Do you? Do you really? Then you will love Bloodbound! Previous album… Continue Reading →

Rhapsody Of Fire – The Eighth Mountain (AFM)

So the Italian cinematic power metal maestros are back with their 11th album, some three years after the awesome “Into The Legend” release. I am discounting the “Legendary Years” album as a full length because it is a re-recorded compilation,… Continue Reading →

Evergrey – The Atlantic (AFM)

In 2019, it would be surprising if you, the person taking the time to read this review, had never heard anything by Evergrey. Over more than 25 years this unique Metal band have been releasing quality material that has rarely… Continue Reading →

Flotsam And Jetsam – The End Of Chaos (AFM Records)

Now, while I know that Flotsam And Jetsam have been around for a really long time and have plenty of albums under their belt, the only one I’ve ever actually heard before is ‘No Place For Disgrace’, and that was… Continue Reading →

Albums Of The Year 2014

  Pete Woods What a year as far as music was concerned, even if everything else is pretty much shit it is the tonic that keeps us going through it all and there has been no shortage of choice. It… Continue Reading →

Bloodbound – Stormborn (AFM)

Power Metal. Mocked by many, revered by some – but what exactly is it? For me it has encompassed so many bands that the actual genre is HUGE. In the 80’s it included acts as diverse as Running Wild, Savatage,… Continue Reading →

Words Of Farewell – Immersion (AFM Records)

I enjoy good solid melodies with plenty of heavy guitar riffs and flowing but intricate lead breaks. Words of Farewell have those in spades. Opening track “Project Daybreak” isn’t terribly fast, but then it doesn’t need to be as there… Continue Reading →

Lyriel – Leverage

Artist: Lyriel Title: Leverage Type: Album Label: AFM I heard and reviewed Lyriel’s 3rd full length album ‘Paranoid Circus’ which came out in 2009 on Femme Metal Records and shortly after got invited to cover it again via AFM. It… Continue Reading →

Black Messiah – The Final Journey

Artist: Black Messiah Title: The Final Journey Type: Album Label: AFM Germany’s Black Messiah have been going since the late nineties although the bulk of their five releases have been since 2005. They sing often but not exclusively in their… Continue Reading →

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