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Ancient Bards – Origine (The Black Crystal Sword Saga Part 2) (Limb Music)

Part 2? What the hell happened to part 1? I was sure Ancient Bards’ previous album was called “A New Dawn Ending” back in 2014. Further investigation shows that this is actually a continuation of the story from their debut… Continue Reading →

Anneke van Giersbergen with Residentie Orkest The Hague – Symphonized (Inside Out)

Anneke van Giersbergen is something of an enigma having constantly evolved her style over the years amassing an impressive back catalogue of work during her tenures with The Gathering, Agua de Annique, The Gentle Storm, Vuur and of course her… Continue Reading →

Ethernity – The Human Race Extinction (AFM)

Formed in 2000, Belgian Progressive Metal five piece Ethernity were up until recently a Six- piece. Due to vocalist Julie Colin leaving the band (due to Personal Reasons), the band are now seemingly on the hunt for a new vocalist… Continue Reading →

Ayreon Universe – Best Of Ayreon – Live (Mascot)

If someone as musically innovative and fan-friendly as Arjen Lucassen is approached to release a ‘Best Of’, it’s pretty fair bet he will find a way to do it differently, in a way that treats his fans to something new…. Continue Reading →

Melted Space – Darkening Light (Sensory)

Like Arjen Anthony Lucassen and Christofer Johnsson, French maestro Pierre Le Pape surrounds himself with a cast of many and goes down the symphonic rock opera route with various singers from both the sort of bands that you might well… Continue Reading →

Vuur – In This Moment We Are Free – Cities (Inside Out)

Anneke Van Giersbergen is a household name across the globe for any self-respecting metal head who leans towards the more symphonic brand of the metal world, and Anneke is back. This time she is flanked by some of the most… Continue Reading →

Daydream XI – Circus Of The Tattered And Torn (Sensory)

Progressive Metal and concept albums go hand in hand, much like those released in the 60’s and 70’s in the realms of the Prog Rock genre. Artistic licence to create long, convoluted and ‘deep’ stories which are conveyed through the… Continue Reading →

Prospekt – The Illuminated Sky (Laser’s Edge)

Formed in Oxford back in 2008, Prospekt are a five piece progressive metal band with a wide range of influences to their sound, most notably titans of the genre in the form of Dream Theater, Symphony X and Circus Maximus…. Continue Reading →

Wolfpakk – Wolves Reign (AFM)

Wolfpakk are a melodic metal band formed by the hugely talented Michael Voss and Mark Sweeney who invite guest vocalists to join them on their expertly crafted albums. This is their fourth and the third one in a row that… Continue Reading →

Ayreon – The Source (Music Theories Recordings)

It’s a bit of a thankless task reviewing a new Ayreon album. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always a joy to hear but…what do you say? Arjen Lucassen puts so much info out there pre-release that all the Ayreon fans… Continue Reading →

Nightmare – Dead Sun (AFM)

Some bands from “back in the day” have a habit of drawing on past glories, relying on their name and back catalogue to keep interest in the band alive. The NWOBHM era is a bugger for it to be honest,… Continue Reading →

Sirenia – Dark Days Of Dolor (Napalm)

So whatever the reasons were, Sirenia main-man Morten Veland decided it was time to bring in a new vocalist in the form of Emmanuelle Zoldan after 8 years and 4 albums with Ailyn (it sounds like she’s had a tough… Continue Reading →

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