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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 →

Them – Fear Them (Empire Records)

Them are somewhat of a supergroup of sorts which draws from a wide variety of styles, namely occult, horror, traditional heavy metal and theatrical delivery. In short, you could say it is King Diamond and Mercyful Fate thrown in a… Continue Reading →

Universal Mind Project – The Jaguar Priest (Inner Wound Recordings)

The Universal Mind Project (here on referred to as UMP) are brainchild of guitarist and composer Michael Alexander. The whole premise of the group is that there is a core nucleus of four members who lay the foundations for guest… Continue Reading →

Foreign – The Symphony Of The Wandering Jew Part I (S/R)

Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle/Savatage), Andy Kuntz (Vanden Plas) and Tom Englund (Evergrey). Just three of the prolific singers not on this release. Nope, none of them…but they’ve all said they’ll be on the next one! Why tell you this?… Continue Reading →

The Gentle Storm & Stream Of Passion – London Garage 23/4/15

I did rather swear when this gig was announced as I realised it was the same night as Prong in London. Well you can’t be in two places at once and it was really no contest as I had never… Continue Reading →

Anthropia – Non Euclidian Spaces (Adarca)

French progressive power metallers Anthropia have set their sights on a lofty target with this release. A concept album based on the Cthulhu mythos and all things Lovecraftian certainly spells ambition and roping in Arjen Anthony Lucassen of Ayreon fame,… Continue Reading →

The Gentle Storm – The Diary (Inside Out)

You know it’s going to be a long review when you realise it will take two paragraphs just to explain who is is involved, what it’s about and why. But it has to be – The Gentle Storm’s debut offering… Continue Reading →

Jorn Lande & Trond Holter present DRACULA – Swing of Death (Frontiers)

Jorn Lande is one of those people in metal who has a pretty impressive resume. The Norwegian with the powerful voice has been the frontman for a series of bands such as Ark and Masterplan, as well as contributing guest… Continue Reading →

Defying – Nexus Artificial (S/R)

Defying are a 4 piece progressive metal band from Poland who formed in 2008 and “Nexus Artificial” is their first effort at a full length album after the 2010 “Portraits” Ep. What makes this release interesting is that it is… Continue Reading →

Another Destiny Project – Metodo Paranoico-Critico (SR)

Multi-instrumentalist Peter Pahor’s musical vision in very commendable indeed. He wants his project (that’s Another Destiny Project to you and me…) to be free in every sense. Free from boundaries, industry interference, greed, vanity, commerce – totally, and genuinely free…. Continue Reading →

Lingua Mortis Orchestra – ST (Nuclear Blast)

Victor Smolski likes to push the Power Metal boundaries, he’s been doing that since he recorded his first Rage studio outing back in 2001. It’s possible Lingua Mortis Orchestra has come about because Rage founder Peavy has thought it was… Continue Reading →

Witherscape – The Inheritance (Century Media)

In the Metal world Dan Swanö really should need no introduction. As one of the cornerstones of the Swedish Metal scene, he has (officially) performed on more than 30 different albums with bands as diverse as Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath,… Continue Reading →

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