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Avantasia – Moonglow (Nuclear Blast)

I’ve always thought of Avantasia as Edguy’s more mature, more refined sibling. Even though Edguy is the older of the two, Edguy still likes to go out and party whereas Avantasia is more likely to have friends around for dinner…. 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 →

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 →

Kalidia – The Frozen Throne (Inner Wound )

Italy knows how to do Symphonic Power Metal. Since Rhapsody (Of Fire etc…) blazed a trail back in the mid 90’s it seemed to unleash a plethora of like-minded souls which has continued through to current times. There is generally… Continue Reading →

Septagon – Apocalyptic Rhymes (Cruz Del Sur)

Last time out, Septagon didn’t quite live up to the hype and promise which the promotional material supplied with their album ‘Deadhead Syndicate’. Whilst it did bring some of the more technical and harder hitting aspects of the 80’s thrash… Continue Reading →

Divine Ascension – The Uncovering (Vicisolum)

It’s almost 4 years to the day that I had the unreserved pleasure of reviewing Divine Ascension’s previous release “Liberator”, and damn fine piece of Symphonic Metal it was too. Four years is a long time between releases and although… Continue Reading →

Nanowar Of Steel – Stairway To Valhalla (S/R)

Comedy and parody in music is a thorny subject. For every Chicken Song there is a Doctorin the Tardis. Hell, let’s face it the Chicken song was only funny when we were kids. (apologies to anyone under 35 who hasn’t… Continue Reading →

Hammer King – Poseidon Will Carry us Home (Cruz Del Sur)

Hammer King are back again and as you would expect, they bring another dose of Power Metal for you all. Album #3 “Poseidon Will Carry Us Home” breaks the tradition the band has so far set with regards to its… Continue Reading →

Outlaw – Marauders (High Roller)

Outlaw were formed 3 years ago in Finland, Outlaw take influence from US Power Metal, the NWOBHM scene and traditional metal, a-la classic 80’s Priest and Maiden. From the initial track, ‘Hell’s Thunder’, vocalist Lee Anvel sounds like a cross… Continue Reading →

Them – Manor Of the Se7en Gables (SPV)

Trans-Atlantic Power/Thrash outfit Them have returned once more, bringing with them another host of supernaturally inclined songs detailing the continued trials of the warlock K.K Fossor. 2016’s ‘Sweet Hollow’ began this tormented tale and it continues on at the Manor… Continue Reading →

Manticora – To Kill To Live To Kill (ViciSolum)

It may come as a surprise to some, but Manticora have been a going concern for over 20 years. Their debut came out in 1999 and their Dark-tinged speed-driven Power Metal style spawned a further 5 albums over the following… Continue Reading →

Helsott – Gods And Slaves (M Theory)

With a name meaning ‘Fatal Illness’ one would make the assumption that Helsott were a German clan or at least with their brand of pagan metal a group hailing from somewhere Viking and Scandinavian. Hold on though, it appears these… Continue Reading →

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