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Melted Space – Darkening Light (Sensory)

Like Arjen Anthony Lucassen and Christofer Johnsson, French maestro Pierre Le Pape surrounds himself with a cast of many and goes down the symphonic rock opera route with various singers from both the sort of bands that you might well… Continue Reading →

Therion – Beloved Antichrist (Nuclear Blast Records)

I’ll firstly state here and now that I am a complete and utter fan boy of Therion and have been since the first album released in 1991. I missed the demo years and have tried to buy them but with… 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 →

Melted Space – The Great Lie (Sensory)

This album should have had me running to the hills screaming and trying to distance myself as far away from it as possible. Melted Space are a project that were originally formed by Pierre Le Pape of Wormfood and essentially… Continue Reading →

Gloryhammer – Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards (Napalm)

Gloryhammer are not for the faint of heart. This isn’t because their music is intensely heavy or anything, but because they sing tales of legendary and epic proportions about the saviour of the intergalactic empire, Angus McFife. For those unfamiliar… 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 →

Vanden Plas – Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld – Path 1 (Frontiers)

Though Vanden Plas have quite amazingly had the same line-up since they formed way back in 1986, they only really came to my (and many other’s) attention with their second album “The God Thing” in 1997. They were part of… Continue Reading →

The Meads Of Asphodel – Sonderkommando (Candlelight)

I was told about this album on chatting to Metatron about The Meads Of Asphodel’s last contentious album ‘The Death Of Jesus The Jew.’ As it is Easter I really should be giving this a spin but everything is concentrated… Continue Reading →

Avantasia – The Mystery of Time (Nuclear Blast)

There’s always a party atmosphere with the approach of each Avantasia album. For fans of the group the list of contributors alone is enough to get the power-metal pulses racing and there’s no doubt the creative sum is normally turns… Continue Reading →

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