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Manimal – Purgatorio (AFM)

Impressive Swedish Heavy/Power Metal band Manimal may have a bit of a silly name, but there’s nothing particularly comical about the delivery of their particular blend of high energy, no-nonsense Metal. Not for them the symphonic noodlings of Sonata Arctica… Continue Reading →

Estate – Mirrorland (Mighty Music)

Russian Symphonic Melodic Metal band Estate have had a bit of a re-assess in the past 4 years. “Fantasia” was a more than credible Symphonic/Melodic/Power Metal debut, relying as it did on good tunes and memorable melodies, but possibly lacking… Continue Reading →

Voodoo Circle – Raised On Rock (AFM)

If you have a penchant for Melodic Metal’s heady late 80’s period of wealth there are still plenty of routes open to you if you want to reconnect with those halcyon days. Many of the bands have reformed, some of… Continue Reading →

Primitai – Night Brings Insanity (S/R)

Now this is a heart-warming listen and then some. Boasting a denim-and-leather fuelled assault of unashamed melodic metal, this Berkshire-based five-piece have chosen to roar out of the traps all guns blazing with their fourth full-length. Polished and professional, there’s… Continue Reading →

Primal Fear – Rulebreaker (Frontiers)

Back in 1997, Rob Halford had just left Judas Priest. You may be wondering why I am stating this but fear not for it is leading somewhere. Because of Halford’s departure, a talented vocalist from Germany by the name of… Continue Reading →

Manimal – Trapped In The Shadows (AFM)

I admit I was worried about this one. I’d never heard the band before and…well…Manimal – not the greatest name is it? Though granted Helloween seems pretty daft in hindsight so undeterred I accessed the press pack that the record… Continue Reading →

Nergard – A Bit Closer To Heaven (Battlegod)

I really thought that said Nerdgard! I know I’m not alone, you had to double check didn’t you? But before you think the name is some kind of visor for computers, or a bigger kid looking out for the brainy… Continue Reading →

Level 10 – Chapter One (Frontiers Music)

Level 10 is the result of a coming together of two titans in the progressive metal and speed/power metal genres. Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) and Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) had discussed a collaboration a few times, and… Continue Reading →

Orden Ogan – Ravenhead (AFM)

German Power Metal has a history, a tradition. If you are going to step up and be the future of German Power Metal then you have to make damn sure you have it’s past covered. You can’t cover it all… Continue Reading →

Nitrogods – Rats and Rumours (SPV)

What happens when you combine ex-Primal Fear members with classic rock meets rockabilly meets the blues? You get the strangely enjoyable Nitrogods project. Having released their self titled effort in 2012, the band started work on what would become this… Continue Reading →

Grave Digger – Return of the Reaper (Napalm)

German legends Grave Digger are back once again with a new album. The PR material was enough to whet my appetite as its claims this album is a return to classic Grave Digger in the vein of their first two… Continue Reading →

Freedom Call – Beyond (SPV)

It’s hard to know what to say about Freedom Call that hasn’t already been said in the many reviews written over the years. Self-confessed purveyors of ‘Happy Metal’, they are excellent at what they do. They don’t veer too far… Continue Reading →

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