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Act of Defiance – Birth and the Burial (Metal Blade)

I guess after nearly a decade and a half the editor has a pretty good handle on my musical tastes and when he gave me this to review I wasn’t really sure I wanted to. I guess it had a… Continue Reading →

Albatross – Fear from the Skies (Transcending Obscurity)

I enjoyed this Indian heavy metal bands outing on the split with Vestal Claret (‘The Kissing Flies’) back in 2012, and I did hear some sound samples prior to receiving this album, but I wasn’t totally convinced if I am… Continue Reading →

Abnormal Thought Patterns – Altered States of Consciousness (Lifeforce)

The Tipton brothers, who I know for their involvement with Zero Hour and Cynthesis as well as their previous work with Abnormal Thought Patterns, have brought some friends along for their latest hyper technical prog adventure. Probably the most known… Continue Reading →

Pineal – Smiling Cult (S/R)

This band like Alice in Chains. A lot. At one time that would have been cool, because there was no Alice In Chains. Now there is again. Ya get me. OK that is off my chest These guys are good… Continue Reading →

Sanctuary – The Year The Sun Died (Century Media)

The house lights dimmed – it went dark. We all waited for the start of the inevitable intro tape – there’s ALWAYS an intro tape, and just who were this ‘Sanctuary’ lot anyway? Looks from the name like a bunch… Continue Reading →

Malpractice – Turning Tides (Sensory Records)

Opening track “Best Kept Secret” could quite easily be applied to the band itself. While they may have been around for the last 20 years and have 5 previous releases, I don’t really recall ever  taking much notice of them,… Continue Reading →

Nightmare – The Aftermath (AFM)

  France’s Nightmare are no strangers to the Metal scene. In the early 80’s they released two commendable albums on Ebony in a NWOBHM (or WOFHM if you prefer…) style as good as anything else on the Yorkshire-based label at… Continue Reading →

Helstar – This Wicked Nest (AFM)

  American Speed Metal (fast and furious, usually with some form of sporadic high pitched vocal, double-kick drums flying all over the place, frenetic riffing, but stopping just short of Thrash) was one of the 80’s Metal styles that never… Continue Reading →

Need – Orvam: A Song For Home (Trailblazer)

This third full-length album, following “The Wisdom Machine” and “Siamese God”, from the Greek quintet Need displays a complex grasp of 70s and contemporary prog metal. It comes spring-loaded with flighty melodic threads à la Dream Theater and Fates Warning…. Continue Reading →

Broken Fate – Rising To The Dream (SR)

What a great production for an unsigned band! Switzerland’s Broken Fate are still without a deal despite releasing high standard demos for a few years now, but I reckon this is a good move – put out a mini album… Continue Reading →

Artillery – Legions (Metal Blade)

Ah, another album where I can drag out the hoary old cliche “I’m old enough to remember when their debut came out… “. True, I do remember the Danes’ ‘Fear Of Tomorrow ‘ but frankly as I’ve heard nothing since,… Continue Reading →

Ashes Of Ares – ST (Nuclear Blast)

I’ve only heard Matt Barlow sing outside the confines of Iced Earth on Pyramaze’s 2008 CD “Immortal”, but I was told that the music was already written for that album so it was a similar situation to Iced Earth…again. He… Continue Reading →

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