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Arabs In Aspic – Madness And Magic (Karisma)

Trondheim veterans Arabs In Aspic have been the standard bearers for the retro-rock and classic prog stylings in Norway for the past 15 or so years. With a big musical focus on making their sound and approach sound like an… Continue Reading →

Horisont – Sudden Death (Century Media)

Horisont are a band I have had the pleasure of seeing grow and develop into a diverse and unique act over the last 10 years. I actually purchased their debut at the same time I got fellow retro Swedish band… Continue Reading →

SL Theory – Cipher (Rock Of Angels Records)

SL Theory is the brainchild of Greek multi-instrumentalist Sotiris Lagonikas, Co-founder of the bands What’s The Buzz? And Double Treat and a former member of six piece ‘Four Wheel Drive’. Based out of Piraeus, Lagonikas is a long time veteran… Continue Reading →

The Neptune Power Federation – Memoirs of a Rat Queen (Cruz Del Sur)

…and now for something completely different. I read the blurb from the list which Thee Ed sends us reviewers, and there was a lot there to make this crew stand out for me – name-checking Queen, Motorhead and Judas Priest…. Continue Reading →

Sonata Arctica – Talviyö (Nuclear Blast)

Let’s get this out of the way now. Sonata Arctica’s brand of melodic metal is not for everyone. If Cannibal Corpse are Last House on the Left and Eaten Alive then these jovial Finns are the Princess Bride and Labyrinth… Continue Reading →

Majestica – Above The Sky (Nuclear Blast)

A Symphonic Power Metal band…from Sweden…on Nuclear Blast…called Majestica? And right now the readership has split straight into two camps – the first who read that and went “Oh bloody hell, I know exactly what THAT will be like” and… Continue Reading →

In Motion – Thriving Force (Freya Records)

It’s handy to have contacts. Without naming names and probably without needing to, the guy behind this Belgian progressive thrash metal project has roped in vocalists from Soilwork, Revocation, Dagoba, Uneven Structure and a bunch of others for this album…. 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 →

EYE – Vision And Ageless Light (Lasers Edge)

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, EYE have released their third studio album, “Vision And Ageless Light” which is an aptly entitled disc for this very interesting band. After a number of lineup changes, this four piece outfit have managed to craft… Continue Reading →

Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence (Inside Out)

Fans of Devin Townsend must be the luckiest in the metal industry if sheer volume is any measure. I count 21 full-length releases since Strapping Young Lad’s 1995 album Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing and that’s not to mention… Continue Reading →

Delain – Moonbathers (Napalm)

Okay, cards on the table……I have been a big fan of Delain since catching them at their first UK show in 2009, and have seen them many times since, both in the UK and further afield, and consider them one… Continue Reading →

Scorpion Child – Acid Roulette (Nuclear Blast)

If anyone out there in the land of the internet has been following Ave Noctum for a few years, you may have read my review of Scorpion Child’s eponymous first LP, an album that held the top slot for my… Continue Reading →

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